Five Man Electrical Band = A Canadian Classic
The Five Man Electrical Band (originally known as the Staccatos) are a Canadian band out of Ottawa. The group enjoyed substantial success in the late 60’s and early 70’s. They released 7 albums between 1967 and 1975, achieving star status in Canada, The song that they are best known for was a major hit here in Canada, and it achieved top 10 status in the USA. This was a rare feat at that time for a Canadian band. The song is “Signs” and it reached number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1971. Their follow-up to Signs was a tune called “Absolutely Right” which also achieved some success on both sides of the border. At the height of their career, they toured extensively across North America with such bands as the Allman Brothers, Edgar Winter and Sly and the Family Stone. The band is still together and touring, with an album set for release in 2012.
I have attached 2 videos, the first a 2010 live version of Signs and the second, a live version of Absolutely Right from 1972.