2010-12-31

Boys Brigade - Boys Brigade (1983)


Boys Brigade was a Canadian New Wave band in the 1980s. Formed in 1980 in Toronto, the band consisted of vocalist and keyboardist Malcolm Burn, guitarist and vocalist Tony Lester, bass guitar Wayne Lorenz, drummer/bu vocals Billie Brock and percussionists/bu vocals David Porter and Jeff Packer. Booked by Raymond Perkins, Boys Brigade played an eclectic choice of venues to perform in Toronto. Bars that were not known for live music at the time. Among them, the now favoured Rex Hotel, and the Drake Hotel.


Part of the Queen Street West scene, the band's song "Mannequin" appeared on Q107's annual compilation album of local bands, Homegrown, in 1981. Howard Ungerleider, the lighting designer for Rush, signed a management agreement with the band that year, that was eventually signed over to Ray Danniels' SRO. Geddy Lee was enlisted to produce the band's self-titled debut album in 1983. Engineered by Nick Blagona (Rolling Stones), the sessions were stretched over six months, to accommodate Geddy's touring schedules.
The band's first single from that album, "The Passion of Love" was moderately successful. "Melody", the followup single was a Top 40 hit in Canada, and "bubbled under" on Billboard's US charts, peaking at #104. "Into the Flow" appeared on the soundtrack to the Canadian film Heavenly Bodies starring Cynthia Dale the following year.

However, internal tensions led the band to break up before releasing another album. Burn went on to a solo career, and is a Grammy Award winning record producer.
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01 The Passion Of Love
02 Melody
03 Exodus
04 Saigon
05 The Cut-Up [Breaking Glass]
06 Into The Flow
07 Africa
08 Mannequin
09 Anger [The Hunter]