Rockin’ the 80s Canadian Style
I’ve been sick for the past week and unable to sleep because of this stupid cough and have occupied my time looking at old 80s songs on Youtube. I grew up in the 80s and LOVE the music. I shared a few of my favourite songs with my friend Yolanda who lives in California and was beyond shocked when she hadn’t heard of many of my favourite songs. How could that be????? I did a little research and found a bunch of Canadian artists from the 80s that made it big in Canada, but never crossed over to the US. Thanks to Heather and the other ladies in the BSMB for their input as well!
So here’s my list (and I know there’s lots more), but these are some of my personal favourite songs (and Canadian artists) from the 80s:
Luba (I can’t pick a favourite song because they are all good)
OMG I was shocked that Yolanda hadn’t heard of Luba! Luba has to be one of the best artists to come out of the 80s. Her voice is husky and beautiful. Luba is from Montreal, Quebec. Some of my favourites of hers are Everytime I See Your Picture, Let It Go, Storm Before the Calm, How Many (Rivers to Cross), Innocent (With An Explanation), Giving Away A Miracle, Little Salvation and No More Words. LOVE HER!
Moonlight Desires by Gowan
Lawrence Gowan aka Gowan is a Scottish born Canadian who is most well-known for his 1985 album, Strange Animal. This album featured Strange Animal, Cosmetics and A Criminal Mind. In 1987, his album Great Dirty World came out with the hit single Moonlight Desires (my fave Gowan song). I remember Gowan came to our area in the mid 80s and we dropped my older cousin, Krista off at the concert. Too bad I wasn’t old enough to go!
What Does It Takes by Honeymoon Suite
Honeymoon Suite is another well-known Canadian band from Niagara Falls, Ontario (the honeymoon capital hence their name). They released a bunch of awesome songs in the 80s including my favourite, What It Takes (1986). The other ones that were popular included New Girl Now, Burning in Love, Stay in the Light, Wave Babies, Feel It Again and Love Changes Everything.
Dream Come True by Frozen Ghost
Frozen Ghost is another awesome 80s band originating in Toronto. They formed in 1985 and a few hit singles including Round and Round, Promises and Pauper in Paradise. Their best song in my opinion is Dream Come True. It is the perfect wedding song and I read somewhere that the lead singer wrote it for his wife. Actually, my friends Randy and Vanessa had it as their wedding song at my suggestion!
Start Telling the Truth by Toronto
My parents had this cassette and my dad always had music playing especially when we were out boating on the Ottawa River. Toronto is a hard rock band from well, Toronto! Their other songs I really like are Your Daddy Don’t Know and Girls Night Out. They remind me a bit of Heart.
Don’t Forget Me When I’m Gone by Glass Tiger
Glass Tiger was a mega huge 80s band with many hit singles including Don’t Forget Me When I’m Gone, Thin Red Line, Someday, I’m Still Searching, Diamond Sun and Animal Heart. They formed in 1983 in Newmarket, ON.
Tears Are Not Enough by Northern Lights
In 1985, a bunch of Canadian artists came together to record this single to raise money for the famine in Ethopia.
Dance Desire by Haywire
Haywire came out with Dance Desire in 1987 and it made it to the top 10 in Canada. They are from Charlottetown, PEI. I remember watching this video on MuchMusic.
Patio Lanterns by Kim Mitchell
This song reminds me so much of going on our boat in the summer. Kim Mitchell (is a man LOL) and he’s from Sarnia, ON. His other song I really like is Go For a Soda. He was born in Sarnia, ON.
She Ain’t Pretty by The Northern Pikes
Another song I like of their is Teenland. They are from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
My Girl by Chilliwack
This band was big in the 70s and the 80s. They first got together in Vancouver, BC and are still performing across Canada to this very day! Wonder if they are still sporting the same hairstyles??
Have you heard of any of these bands? Which ones do you like? Are you crazy about the 80s like me?