Price paid: $3.50
Purchased at: Angry Mom Records, Ithaca NY
Either a promo or mail-away premium for Bubble Yum Bubble Gum, I must admit I bought this one pretty much for the cover. I was sold when I saw Adam and the Ants made an appearance, hoping that (despite the inclusion of Cheap Trick and Journey) there might be a hidden gem in the otherwise rather obscure Canada-heavy mix. Alas only Adam delivers the goods in the New Wave department, with most of the other tracks being dull energy-free rock ballads of little note. But what a cover!
There was never a volume two.
Adam And The Ants: ‘Dog Eat Dog’– This single is from the band’s second album, 1980’s ‘Kings of the Wild Frontier.’ It peaked at #4 in the UK and #15 in the US.
Harlequin: ‘Innocence’– Blasting out of Winnipeg in the mid-70’s, Canada’s Harlequin swooned listeners in the great white north for decades, eventually being inducted into the Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2006.
Powder Blues: ‘Doing It Right’– The Powder Blues were a Canadian blues/jazz band formed in Vancouver in 1978. This single, their first, reached #40 on the Canadian charts in 1980 and was taken from their 1979 freshman album ‘Uncut.’ It has a vaguely ‘Huey Lewis’ sound to my ears…
Cheap Trick: ‘Dream Police’– This song is from the band’s fourth studio LP of the same name. It reached #26 on the US charts; it’s Canadian chart ranking is unknown, but the album itself went to #4 and stayed on Canada’s charts for 20 weeks.
Randy Meisner: ‘Hearts On Fire’– Randy was a founding member of both Poco and the Eagles, having wrote and sang ‘Take It to the Limit’ for the later. This single reached #14 on the US Mainstream Rock chart in 1981. Yawn.
Journey: ‘The Party’s Over (Hopelessly In Love)’– The only studio track appearing on their live album ‘Captured’, this single made it to #33 in Canada and an impressive #2 on the US Mainstream Rock chart. Yawn.
Loverboy: ‘The Kid Is Hot Tonight’– From their 1980 self-titled debut album, this song was released as a single,but never saw any significant chart action.
Teenage Head: ‘Let’s Shake’– Perhaps Canada’s greatest punk band, Ontario’s Teenage Head released eight studio albums (and one live album) over a twenty-five year period. This vaguely-Rockabilly sounding single reached #88 on the Canadian charts in 1980.
Rough Trade: ‘Fashion Victim’– Canadian rock band that may be marginally known to American listeners through their 1981 single ‘All Touch’, which reached #58 in the states. This single is from 1980’s ‘Avoid Freud’ and reached #25 in Canada. Bland, slow, and uninspired.
Doug And The Slugs: ‘Too Bad’– Another Vancouver powerhouse formed in the late 70s, DATS lasted into the early 90s, racking up ten top-100 singles in Canada (most of those flying south of the top-50 mark.) ‘Too Bad’ was their first and highest charting single, coming in at #20.