I was looking at a blog post about the new Super Friendz new CD when I wonderwed who was in the band, cause I used to live in Half-a-slacks in the 80’s, went to the Grafton Street Cafe, was 1/2 of Bob the Dog on CKDU and I found this picture on the band’s old site and I think – that guy looks like the John Wesley Chisholm guy from Blackpool once drummed by my soccer pal Roger as well as the Chipster (nice togs). So I goog a bit and find this chart created sometime before 1995 by Chris Murphy of Sloan (also ex-Blackpool) which sets out the entire family tree from, what, the mid-80’s to mid-90’s, which references Basic English who I knew as a NSCAD band of Monctonians when I was at Kings who used to live above Sams (later the Silver Bullet and the Double Diamond) where my brother Iain would see Sarah McLaughlin sing at parties. I had no idea there was a link between the semi-proto Slone band Kearney Lake Road (who I saw play outside at TUNS before or after Sook-Yin Lee and her band Bob’s Your Uncle in the summer of ’88) and 100 Flowers, one of which band my roomie dated in around ’89. Best name: Al Tuck and No Action.
Later: I did not mention the early 80’s start of the Hopping Penguins – still going – which I think was key in letting then-high-school kids know that local music could be vital and fun live. I have also dug out my tape of the pre-Geffen Sloan on Cod Can’t Hear from ’92 and the 1993 CDOut of the Fog, Too – brother Iain got me both. It is interestnig to see on the tape liner notes that Sarah M is thanked right before Zippy Print. Ah, before they were stars…
---------- Forwarded message ---------- Date: Tue, 12 Dec 1995 10:04:57 -0400 From: "Andrew P. Rodenhiser" <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: JRCOVEYemail@example.com Subject: A Band By Any Other Name OK, for the benefit of the newbies, I'll post it to everyone. This came out in the Coast last spring, the infamous Sloan edited issue. Set your screens to >80 column and no word wrap! Andrew ps. Note the list address, This is the olden days :) ------- Forwarded Message Follows ------- Date sent: Thu, 26 May 1994 10:03:17 -0300 From: "James R. Covey" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: A Band By Any Other Name To: gen4114+SLOAN@HUSKY1.STMARYS.CA chris murphy's "a band by any other name" halifax music scene family tree URBAN SURVIVORS ATTACK STEPS AROUND SUBURBAN | | | THE HOUSE REBELS REALISTS | | TRASH | | | MEDIA VULGARIANS VACANT KANZ CLUB THE SPENT SHAG DOGFOOD BLITZ DUFF HICKS | LOT | MED FLIES | | | OCTOBER | NOBODY'S | | | DELUXE KILLER KARMA STAJATANZ GAME TOPSIDERS HEROES | BLACKPOOL | BOYS KLAMZ WOLVES | | | | | | | | | | AGRO FLAGS FOR RIDGE OF TEDD | REGISTERED | KEARNEY 100 EVERYTHING TEARS | VOTE | LAKE RD FLOWERS | | | | EUTHENICS | | | | | | | SUSPECT DEVICE | BUBAISKULL | | | | BLACKPOOL II | | | | | | | MISERY SYSTEM | | | | | 100 FLOWERS II SEBAS- COOL | GOATS OVERLOAD | LONE STARS | | | TOPOL BLUE THRUSH | | | | | | | CONVULSIONS | HALO HERMIT | FALSE | BLUEGRASS BLACK| | | ALL GOOD | | | SECURITY | LAWNMOWER POOL | | HAPPY CO. CHILDREN THRUSH HERMIT II | | | | III | | | | | | HIP MORAL AL TUCK & SLOAN<-----------NO DAMN FEARS ESSEN | CLUB SUPPORT NO ACTION RHINO | | GROOVE | | PLASTY HOUSE OF USHER T A G | | QUAHOGS | | | | | ONE INCH SUPERFRIENDZ ADINSONG JALE CHAZ RULES PUNCH | | | | INFINITE LOOP SPIKE N SKREECH LEONARD CONAN I had to leave out one band -- Jellyfishbabies -- in order to fit all the rest on the computer screen. Chris has them located right next door to "Registered Vote" but not connected to anyone else. His note reads: "Chris Murphy's my name and I'm taking credit or blame for this Halifax music scene family tree. The tree itself was actually more twisted than this so I ended up eliminating some lines as it was getting too messy and hard to follow. I didn't put every band I could think of either because I couldn't connect them to anyone else or I didn't like the band. But the lines I did draw I think are true. I was relying on others near the top in the 'before my time' section. Sue me if I'm wrong." He also writes a list of "Honourable Mentions": Null Set, Redd Leader, The Nerve, Next X, The Quirk, Cooter Family, Roland Blinn, Basic English, Phycus, Aimless, Donner Party Reunion, Merge, Tetris That's 68 bands on Chris Murphy's chart and I can claim to have seen 17 of them live (=25%). There must be some longtime scenesters on this list who have seen many more than that. Anyone? james -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- _ _ James R. Covey <email@example.com> ___| | ___ __ _ _ __ _ __ ___| |_ the "halifax scene" mailing list / __| |/ _ \ / _` | '_ \ | '_ \ / __| __| to join or leave, send a note to \__ \ | |_| | |_| | | | | | | | | __| |_ our list manager: Scott Schuman |___/_|\___/ \__,_|_| |_| |_| |_|\___|\__| <firstname.lastname@example.org> -- "People say you have to travel in order to see the world. Well I think if you stay in one place long enough, you'll see all that you can handle" -- Harvey Keitel, in _Smoke_ Andrew P. Rodenhiser, Ph.D. Candidate RODENHISER@CHEM1.CHEM.DAL.CA Dalhousie University, Halifax, N.S., Canada or APRODEN@AC.DAL.CA
Thanks to Katrina Grentz for sending this to me.