Archive for the ‘1999 Music’ Category


Beatniks Cafe Chatham

December 27, 2011

Venue: Beatniks Cafe
City: Chatham Ontario
Location: 125 King St W (Downtown)
Year: 1999

* Beatniks was lost to a fire that broke out in the year 2000.
* Small vibrant bar that welcomed live bands including blues, alternative, Punk etc.
* A funky little bar in downtown Chatham where numerous debaucheries and outlandish performers were the norm.

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Gary Stocking and Magnum

February 17, 2011

Band: Gary Stocking & Magnum
Circa: 1990 – 1999
Genre: Country, Rock
Home: Chatham Ontario
Year: 1999

Gary Stocking:  Lead Vocals / Acoustic Guitar
Dwayne Boismere:  Lead Guitar / Vocals
Darryl Boismere:  Drums / Bass Guitar / Vocals
Tim McLean:  Steel Guitar / Vocals
Scott Meriano:  Drums / Sound / Lights

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Judy Paling Second Chance At Love 1999

August 13, 2010

Artist: Judy Paling
CD: Second Chance At Love
Year: Circa 1999
Home: Chatham Ontario

Judy Paling
Chuck FitzGerald
Steve Kubica

Additional Artists: Amber Ladd, R. Arsenault, Beth Fox, Noreen Donnell, Gary Barnett.

Songs: Second Chance At Love, He Rises Up In Me, Say Yes, How Beautiful, Go Light Your World, Bring That Child To Me, He’ll Be Waiting For Something To Happen, He Is Good, Thy World, His Strength Is Perfect.

Recorded & Mixed At Baseline Studio, Chatham.

This release was dedicated to the memory of Mile Nuets & the grade 5/6 class of St. Agnes School.



Ben Srokosz – choose to decide

November 2, 2009


Artists: Ben Srokosz
Release: choose to decide
Home: Chatham-Kent
Year: 1999

  Ben’s third album brings change, expansion and experimentation to his music.  New song structures, better production, and a slightly different sound keeps things fresh and satisfying. 
  This is clearly a personal document; “choose to decide” comes in the wake of Touch Green’s break-up, reflecting the band’s influence on Ben’s new music. 
  Best of all, the sound of “choose to decide” is open to many possible directions.  Songs like “fog” and “good to know” tell us that Ben is moving into more uncharted territory and is taking more of the melodic side of his sound to the forefront.

  why so shy
02  a long way home
03  good to know
04  i’m so tired
05  this day is strange
06  over and under
07  words for june
08  summer
09  the garden
10  its all a matter of thinking
11  blame the names
12  sleep
13  fog
14  just a second
15  mountain skies

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Ian And Sylvia – Movin’ On (1999)

May 30, 2009

Artist: Ian And Sylvia
Release: Movin’ On (1967-1968)
Date: 1999 (Mercury) Made In Canada
Sylvia is from Chatham. Born Sylvia Fricker.

  This CD contains the two albums Ian & Sylvia released on MGM, Lovin’ Sound (1967) and Full Circle (1968). Here they started developing a richer, fuller sound. This is probably my favorite single-CD release of Ian & Sylvia. Notes by Nicholas Jennings.

1. Windy Weather (Tyson) 3:07  2. Hang On To A Dream (Tim Hardin) 2:15  3. I Don’t Believe You (Dylan) 3:11  4. Where Did All The Love Go (Fricker) 2:41  5. Mr Spoons (Tyson) 2:24  6. National Hotel (Tyson) 2:07  7. Sunday (Tyson, Fricker) 2:03   8. Pilgrimage To Paradise (David Rea) 3:24  9. Reason To Believe (Tim Hardin) 2:13   10. Big River (Cash) 2:02   11. Trilogy (Fricker) 2:45   12. Lovin’ Sound (Tyson) 2:34  13. Here’s To You (Hamilton Camp) 2:34  14. I Learned From Leah (Tyson, Fricker)  15. Woman’s World (Fricker)   16. Mr Spoons (Tyson) 2:47   17. Shinbone Alley (Fricker)   18. Please Think (Keith McKie) 4:34   19. Stories He’d Tell (Tyson) 5:52   20. Jickson Johnson (trad) 3:57  21. Tears Of Rage (Dylan, Manuel) 4:52   22. Minstrel (David Rea) 3:55

Lovin’ Sound:
David Rea: lead guitar
Paul Harris: keyboards, orchestrations
Harvey Brooks & Don Payne: bass
Bill LaVorna & Donald MacDonald: drums
Produced by John Court.

Full Circle:
David Rea: guitar
Bill Pursell: piano, organ
Weldon Myrick: steel guitar
Norbert Putnam: bass
Ken Buttrey: drums
Charlie Fox: string choir arrangements
Produced by Elliot Mazer.



Rock Radio Station Launches In Chatham (1999)

May 30, 2009

CKUE 95.1FM: The Rock, a rock music station established on October 6, 1999. In 2002, CKUE swapped broadcasting frequencies with CKSY.



CHRIS HART Sings for the MATADORS (1999)

May 19, 2009


Artist: The MATADORS
Release: Matadors (Demo)
Style: Rockabilly
Date: 1999

Chatham Connection: Singer Chris Hart is from Chatham.During his high school years he fronted the punk rock band L.O.T.D. (Lice Of  The Dead). After moving to London, he joined Jivaro Fracus, and later the Matadors. In 2000, Chris began a venture into solo records.

At the time, the band did a mix of covers and original music.

The Matadors are:
Joel Parkins – Guitar
Steve Crew – Drums Linda McCartney – Organ
Jefry Sheppard – Dog House Bass
Chris Hart – Vocals

01. Ride
02. Other Man
03. Hangin’ Round
04. London Dungeon (Misfits cover)

These songs were recorded at dB studios in London, Ontario in 1998-ish.
I was lucky enough to catch Chris perform in local punk & rockabilly bands before he moved on to London. Chris’s voice is amazing. He may not like that I think he has an early Danzig/Misfits sound, but he does, and he turned it into his own. Go listen.

Note from chrwradio : Chris Hart went on to record his own record entitled Lonesome Blood. Linda McCartney sadly died that year of cancer related illnesses. Jef and Joel, however, transformed the Matadors into what the original intention of the band was….a youth oriented Satanic outreach and musical revue. The new Matadors also put out a record, aptly named ‘Heartless’, in 2002.

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The Janet Theory – Shoot Me Down (1999)

May 15, 2009

Artist: The Janet Theory
Home: Chatham Ontario Canada
Release: Shoot Me Down
Music: Modern Rock
Date: recorded 1998 / Released 1999

Shawn Beaulieu
– Vocals , Guitar, Bass, Acoustic Guitars
Jesse Verleye – Vocals, Bass, Acoustic Guitars
Charles (Chuck) Young – Drums, Bass, Guitar, Vocals, sequencer

Additional MusiciansMatt Drew – Percussion, Jay Moskaluk – Guitar on ‘Inspire Me’.

The Scoop: This is the bands 2nd demo.  Just like the first one, Shawn & Jesse spit the vocal duties, but by the next release, they recall Mat Drew to the front.
The song “She Said” caught the attention of the local radio station “The Rock” who put it into regular rotation, from there it spun off to other stations.
The Mellow track ‘Deny Me’ was accepted well in the California area.

Recording credits
Produced by Steve Eyres & The Janet Theory.
Engineered, Mixed & Mastered by Steve Eyres.
Recorded at Eyres Space Studio. Chatham Ontario (Franks Music Center) Jan-July ’98.

1. Waving Good-Bye 2. She Said 3. Everything & Anything 4. Deny Me 5. Waiting 6. Suffer Well 7. Wishful Thinking 8. Battle Of Head & Heart 9. One White Dove 10. Shoot Me Down 11. Losing The Angle 12. Inspire Me



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Twitch – A Subliminal History (1999)

May 6, 2009


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Artist: Twitch
Home: Chatham
Release: A Subliminal History
Genre: Metal
Date: 1999

Track Listing:
01 BoneStorm
02 Hellucinagen
03 Blind Folds & Hand Grenades
04 So Different
05 Wicked Me
06 Around
07 Burn
08 Through & Through

Band members:
Vocals – Jerry Meloche
Guitars – Mike Dow
Bass – Jay Erina
Drums – Brian Blais

Preview the music on You Tube here.
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The Cause If Anything – Can Your D_ck Touch (1999)

May 6, 2009


Artist : The Cause If Anything
Home : Dresden
Release : Can Your D*ck Touch Your *ss?
Music Style : Punk
Date : 1999

Musicians :
Kenny – Drums, Kramer – Guitar, Scott  – Bass

The Scoop :
    The Cause…If Anything has been together for quite awhile. Since 1994. But has only been called The Cause…If Anything since 1998. CIA used to be called Frosty and it’s members consisted of Kramer, Kenny and Josh Davies. As the music style started changing, the name Frosty just wouldn’t do anymore. The band plays heavily at the Embassy in London.

Album Credits :
Recorded at B.Y. Studios 1998-99
Produced by Joel “Pigger” Morningstar and C.I.A.
Engineered by Sean Mariano



Square Root Of Margaret – Heard Music Playing (1999)

May 6, 2009


Artist: Square Root Of Margaret
Home: Chatham On
Release Title: Heard Music Playing
Genre: hippy-surf-zappa-acid rock
Date: 1999
Formed: Oct.1992
Disbanded: Oct. 2012.

The Demo: The guys are on a mission. This recording includes guitars, bass, farfisa, moog, organs, korg synths, maestro phaser, e-bow, tape manipulation, autoharp, banjo, violin, xylophone, drums and various percusion.

Track Listing.
(prologue), locals theme song, ghost of a man, haya seehja, love me, baby, truth about peep-hole, race car song, chocolate bar song
(the captains log), smiling faces, boldly scolding, universal radial song, type 14, crisis in space, a gentle surge, mothership landing, (EPILOGUE)

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Ray Whaling – Party Train CD (1999)

May 5, 2009


Artist : Ray Whaling
Home : Chatham
 Release Title : Party Train   (CD Demo)
Music Style : Southern Rock/ Blues
Date : 1999

Recording Credits
Rick Neufeld,  Steve Eyres Studio

The Scoop:
All songs were originally inspired by playing on the porch, in the kitchen & having fun.
Keeping these things in mind, Ray succeeded in creating a CD demo with a ‘Down to Earth’ feel.
Ray’ Blues/Southern rock sounds were being heard throughout clubs in the area, Often performing his solo acoustic act & every so often doing the full band.

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Ray Whaling – Vocals, Harmonica, Guitars, Tambourine
various performers on different tracks include … 
Daryl Denault – Guitar
Andy Martin – Bass, backing vocals
Randy Coyle – Drums
Joel Laprise – Drums
Mat Drew – Bongos, Tambourine
Julie Ross – Backing Vocals
Lindsay Ross – Backing Vocals
Lisa Warnock – Backing Vocals
Steve Eyres – Shakers

Track Listing.
1. Bosco  2. Party train  3. Little Girl World  4. Funky Song  5. You With Me  6. Sunshine & Little Rays  7. Jakey



Midnight Mojo Release CD (1999)

May 5, 2009



Artist: Midnight Mojo
Home : Chatham Ontario Canada
CD Release : Midnight Mojo (CD)
Music Style : Blues
Date : 1999
Musicians :
Michael Schatte – Vocals, Guitar
Jamie Hofman – Bass
Kris Ryken – Drums

The Scoop : Midnight Mojo was formed in October of 1998 as 1 of just a few Blues Bands in Chatham. What stood out was Michael’s age when he recorded this CD @ 15. Only 4 originals appear on the disc but it is chalk full of great songs all around. The band performed on CTV’s Open Mike with Mike Bullard, December 2000.
 The band is mainly a cover band at this point, but this is just the beginning to a long career ahead as several good things continue to happen for them.

Track Listing.
1. Backstabbin’ Blues 2. Thank You Mr. Wolf  3. Lawdy Mama , 4. Dimples  5. Shame, Shame, Shame , 6. Two Time Boogie, 7. Who Do You Love , 8. Gary Seven , 9. Down The Line , 10. Sittin’ Here Crying , 11. Manhole , 12. Tin Pan Alley [Live] , 13. Gloria [Live] , 14. What’d I Say [Live] , 15. Got My Mojo Working 



Julie Ross – Middle Ground (1999)

May 4, 2009



Artist: Julie Ross
CD Release : Middle Ground
Home: Chatham Ontario
Born: Balham, N. London England 
Style : Acoustic/ Soft Rock
Date : 1999

Julie Ross – Vocals, Acoustic Guitars, Mandolin
Lead Guitar – Andy Tattersall, Steve Eyres, Daryl Denault
Bass – Andy Martin, Bob Hiltz, Brett Hunter
Congas – Drew Thomas
Drums – Phil Caron, Spence Eyres. Pat Crone
Accordian – Benoit Deschenes
Background Vocals : Linz Ross, Bob Hiltz
Keyboard : Nick Novosad
Saprano Sax – Mark Wagter

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1. Middle Ground
2. The Real Deal
3. Back To You
4. Should’ve Known Better
5. Where Are You Now
6. Unspoken
7. Jenny’s Luck
8. It’s Alright
9.  Just In Case
10. Shades Of Grey
11. Let It Go
12. Do You Remember
13. This Is Me

  Julie has acquired an unquenchable thirst for the arts, from her family background. A dad who entertained his entire life across Great Britain and then Canada, and a mom who worked in fashion and design. Is it any wonder that she has a great love for poetry, fine art and graphics, as well as the musical canvases she currently paints upon.

  The release of her first album in the spring of 2000 Middle Ground resulted in a schedule of hectic proportions with a calendar of over 200 dates in the following year, with many highlights and great experiences along the way.

The CD :
   Simply the best CD put out this year from our local scene. Julie is best known for hosting ‘Open Mic’ Tuesday nights at the Elephants Nest which is swarming with local talent waiting to perform with her.
    The CD plays into this theme as several musicians from town all appear on this CD recorded at Franks Music Centre, downtown Chatham. Julie is well known as an acoustic performer but this CD of originals shows her ability to perform as a band also.
    13 songs fill the disc for the easy listen pop acoustic/rock feel good album.
Produced by Steve Eyres and Julie Ross.
Engineered by and mixed by Steve Eyres and Bob Hiltz
Mastered at Eyre Space Audio by Steve Eyres.
All songs written by Julie Ross except “This Is Me”, co-written with John Dupuis.

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Gridlock – 2 inches from the floor (1999)

May 4, 2009


Artist : Gridlock                                            Home : Chatham
 Release : 2 inches from the floor          Music Style : Rock
Date : 1999

Musicians :
Dave Richie – Guitar, Vocals
Adam Kubica – Drums
Peter Tiahur – Bass
(additional percussion by Jeff Mifflin)
Produced by Jeff Mifflin & Dave Richie
Recorded @ JLM Studios in Merlin Ontario

The Demo :
Gridlock began back in December of 1997.
   The band made their first demo in March of 1998 which consisted of a cover of Creed’s “My Own Prison” and their first original “Killers of You.” In the summer of 1998, the band entered the studio to record more songs with Jeff Mifflin. They first recorded “Fall” and “When You Go Away” and then returned again in the fall to record “Dead”, “Killers of You”, and “Everything I Need”.
       With the 5 songs completed, gridlock was considering what to do with the material. In early 1999, the band decided to release the material in CD form, but first, returned to the studio to record “Arrid”. During this time, Dave recorded a song on his own, playing all of the instruments. The song…”You Never Did”. gridlock decided to add this song on to the CD as well.   In August, the CD was finally released under the title “two inches from the floor.”

   Dave would later go on to join the Janet Theory for the Sacriluscious CD era & Dead Girls Union.

Track Listing.
1. Fall, 2. When You Go Away, 3. Dead, 4. Arrid, 5. Killers Of You, 6. Everything I need, 7. You Never Did



Fletcher Munson – Simple Tragedy (1999)

May 4, 2009


Band: Fletcher Munson
Home: Ridgetown Ontario
Release: Simple Tragedy
Genre: Adult Contemporary
Date: 1999

No full name list on the inlay.  Derek, Doug, Rod, Hairpie

The Scoop: There were only 2 bands trying to make it big on local mainstream radio at the time, Flicker (from Sarnia) & Fletcher Munson. The timing was good because Chatham just got hooked up with it’s first rock radio station.
“Hero” was put on regular rotation & a buzz began to happen for them. The demo is very professional looking. Produced by Doug Eberle.

Listen to ‘Hereo’ .

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Electric Voodoo Revised (1999)

May 4, 2009


Artist: Electric Voodoo
Home :Chatham
Style : Classic Rock
Date : 1999

Musicians :
Mitch Robinson – Vox, Guitars
Basiaco – Drums
Tod Taylor – Bass
Nick Novosad – Keys

The Scoop: This is Mitch’s latest line-up for the ‘Electric Voodoo’ name which he has been jamming under for many years. The Voodoo are one of the areas most popular party/cover bands.
  Mitch has been busy getting his solo CD ready on the sidelines & Nick was in the studio doing keys for the Julie Ross record ‘Middle Ground’.
   Mitch is verging on local legend status as a true road warrior. This time around, they drop the Jimmi Hendrix tribute act & open the doors to an ‘anything goes’ vibe. Look for Mitch’s solo album coming soon called “Brother With A Record”.



Edwin & The Pressure (1999)

May 4, 2009


Artist : Edwin & The Pressure
Home : Toronto
Chatham Connection : Local Merlin boy ‘Ron Bechard’ was hired on as a guitarist for  live tours across Canada right after this record was finished. Sony Major Label artist now, Edwin was the original singer of  I Mother Earth. At that time, they were the biggest Canadian band going.
    This record was a huge success spawning 4 hit singles before being released in the states a year later.

Release Title :  ‘Another Spin Around The Sun’
Music Style : Modern Rock
Date : 1999

Musicians :
Edwin – vocals
Mike K – guitar
Ron Bechard – guitar  ( Merlin/Chatham)
Kenny Cunningham – bass
Sekou Lumumba – drums

The Scoop :  Established in Toronto, but hailing from the rural Ontario town of Chatham, we bring you Ron Bechard (bay-shard) – guitarist, backing vocalist and now contributing writer for “Edwin”.

   Being deep into the Toronto music scene, Ron found himself in a few local hard-core bands such as The Crazy babies, and Atomic Tomb – who actually have a full-length cd that one can get ahold of if they search hard enough. His main musical influences include those of the metal/hardcore vain, and his style of playing shows this comparison.

   Other past professions that Ron has endured comprise of a suit and tie job as a stock broker for a powerful Canadian company, and also he was head of the Y2K bug prevention program in T.O. In addition to these jobs, he attended college for media/web design.

   In early 2000, Ron was asked to replace current guitarist Chris Sczesniak and started extensive touring with the rest of the band in March of that year. Since then he has created his own fan-base due to his musical creativity, style, and good personality.

   Of  late, you’ll find Ron writing for the new Edwin album. One can bet on this being heavier than its predecessor, ASATS, due to Ron’s considerable involvement.

Recording credits – Columbia / Sony

Track Listing 1. Theories 11, 2. Trippin’, 3. Hang Ten, 4. And You, 5. Screaming Kings, 6. Shotgun 7. Alive, 8. Rush, 9. Amazing, 10. Take Me Anywhere, 11. Better Than This, 12. Another Drink



Drew Thomas – R-8 (1999)

May 4, 2009

Home : Chatham Ontario Canada
Release Title : R-8
Music Style : Reggae / Jam
Date : Fall of 1999


Drew Thomas – Everything
additional musicians
Guitars – Justin Mc Math, Homs
Horns – Mathew Brunke
Rasta – Trinidad Wayne

Recording credits
Recorded & produced by Drew Thomas @ the Shady Tree. (recorded on a Fostex
R-8 at his old studio on King St.)

The Scoop : Drew has put out several recordings & is constantly putting out new material.
   He is possibly the only Chatham artist to be recording original reggae style music.
    This CD demo is very infectious & stimulates the mind to make us all realize other cultures & the importance of free jam music.

Visit him online here.



The Beat Junkies (1999)

May 3, 2009

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The Demo : Recorded in their basement on an 8 track. Taking a page out of the ‘Never’ book, Colin shoots back with a pure punk rock demo. This also features Carrie, a girl punk bass player, which was different.
   This would only be a one off project.
   The highlight is the song ‘Tomorrow Night’ & a cover of Bad Religions ‘Only Gonna Die’.

Home: Chatham
Release Title: The Beat Junkies
Genre: Punk
Date: 1999

Colin Everingham – Guitar/Lead Vocals
Wes Moore – Drums/Backing Vocals
Carrie Phipps – Bass Guitar

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