Wednesday, March 19, 2008

LAST CALL (Canada) - V/A

LAST CALL - Vancouver Independent Music 1977-1988
- 2CD
1991 (Zulu)


"Many Canadian music fans would argue that during the punk and new wave eras, Vancouver was the home of the best Canadian bands, and the compilation Last Call provides pretty compelling evidence.

Early tracks from the punk school, including the bands D.O.A. and the Subhumans are included, as well as new wave acts like the Modernettes. Disc two leans more towards the "alternative" era, which still featured punk-oriented acts like Nomeansno (who were technically from Victoria, but it's close enough for punk) and Slow, but also included more pop fare in the form of bands like Oversoul Seven. These aren't the only touch points, however, with forays into hardcore, folk, surf, and more.

A few things are of particular note on this compilation: first, the inclusion of an early track by 54.40, who would go on to become one of Canada's most enduring pop acts. Secondly, a mini-Art Bergmann overview, featuring his early work with the bands Young Canadians (who do the classic "Hawaii"), Los Popularos, and Poisoned, who went on to be his backup band when he started performing under his own name.

There are also a number of performers here who would go on to other things: David Wisdom of U-J3RK5 would later become a late-night host on the CBC, and Bob Rock, who produced many of these early punk classics later became a big-name heavy metal producer for acts like Van Halen and Metallica. Though some of the tracks are more forgettable than others, there are enough lost classics here (Slow being the most notable) to make the album a must-have for anyone who lived through this era, even if you were from Toronto at the time." - by Sean Carruthers, allmusic

Disc 1
What Do You Want Me To Be (Furies)
Fucked Up Baby (Skulls)
Disco Sucks (D.O.A.)
Fuck You (Stiffs)
I Wanna Be A Girl (Generators)
I Don't Love You (Dishrags)
Nothing Holding You (Active Dog)
I Don't Give A Shit (BIZ)
New Clientele (Shades)
Real Thing (Pointed Sticks)
Science Fiction (Private School)
Slave To My Dick (Subhumans)
Hawaii (Young Canadians)
Divided By Three (Female Hands)
Eisenhower & The Hippies (U-J3RK5)
Barbra (Modernettes)
Off The Deep End (Insex)
634 Dog (AKA)
Waiting For The Drugs To Take Hold (Secret V's)
Seen A Fight (Tim Ray)
Shame I Feel (Corsage)
Synchronized Swimming (Popular Front)
Yank (54-40)
Mystery Movie (Scissors)
Can't Come Back (Los Popularos)
Music Is Your Body (Moral Lepers)
Teenage Barnacle (Enigmas)
Party Dog (Actionauts)

Disc 2
The Crush (Family Plot)
Self-Pity (NoMeansNo)
Work Song (The Work Party)
Inevitable (Bolero Lava)
Edge (I, Braineater)
Just Another Day (Go Four 3)
Learning To Live (Animal Slaves)
Happy Man (Brilliant Orange)
Have Not Been The Same (Slow)
American Desert (Shanghai Dog)
Be Like Us (No Fun)
Bone Of Contention (Cannon Heath Down)
Evil Town (Lost Durangos)
Dirty Ol' Town (Herald Nix)
To Tell The Truth (Poisoned)
Talk To The Birds (Bob's Your Uncle)
King Blood (Rhythm Mission)
Solitary Man (Scramblers)
1 + 1 is 3 (Oversoul Seven)
Darker Than This (The Hip Type)

You need all three parts(192 kbs, 204 Mbs)
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Rainy Day Sponge said...

CD1 contains the historical and excellent "Vancouver Compilation" from 1979-80, right?
Vancouver Compilation is one of the best compilations ever, and I don't mean just for Canadian music.

Dgrador said...

"Vancouver Complication" is a different comp that features many of the same bands. I was fortunate enough to be part of the video crew at the re-issue show in 2005.

SamIam said...

Another great collection, thanks a heap.

Cheers, SamIam

mocha said...

thanks so much for this - been wanting to hear this, but hadn't gotten around to it. i was living in vancouver playing in bands around the last 86-88 portion of the mix. brings back good memories. now i just need to hear "it came from the pit" ...

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Anonymous said...

Great blog, just discovered it.

It seems the 1st archive is corrupted. Would love to get this rec. Thanks.