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Canada’s Best Music – 5 Songs At A Time – Part 28

Heavy on the classic stuff again.  Canada did have a thriving cottage industry in music during the 70’s and 80’s.  There is also another trivia answer in here somewhere.

1. Five Man Electrical Band

“I’m a Stranger Here”

Five Man Electrical Band

Five Man Electrical Band (Photo credit: tab2space)

Another song from the group that brought us “Signs”.

2. Idle Eyes

“Tokyo Rose”

Another 80’s group that enjoyed moderate success in Canada, especially with this tune.  They won a Juno for most promising new group in 1985.

3. Indio

“Big Hard Sun”

[there’s a big] a big hard sun

[there’s a big] a big hard sun (Photo credit: [noone])

The trivia question.  Eddie Vedder covered this tune from Canadian singer-songwriter Indio.  Indio (Gordon Peterson) released 1 album in his career titled “Big Harvest” in 1989.  This was a hit in Canada and became worldwide after Eddie covered it.

4. Crash Vegas


Red Earth (Crash Vegas album)

Red Earth (Crash Vegas album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Kind of a depressing song from a very good band.  This song was released in 1994.

5. Ron Hynes

Sonny’s Dream

Ron Hynes at the Rose

Ron Hynes at the Rose (Photo credit: Kent Barrett)

Canadian folk singer Ron Hynes hit gold in 1976 with the Sonny’s Dream.  The song has become a standard and has been recorded by a multitude of artists around the world,  The version here is a live duet with Alan Doyle of the group Great Big Sea.

Five Man Electrical Band = A Canadian Classic

Cover of "Absolutely Right"

Cover of Absolutely Right

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.


Absolutely Right

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