Can-Con 45 Of The Day - November 23

Can-Con 45 Of The Day - November 23

Postby radiofan » Wed Nov 22, 2017 8:58 pm

Today's Can-Con 45 is from 1983 .. one of many early 1980's hits from Doug & The Slugs ... "Making It Work" ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwwPmNWQfIY

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Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who couldn't hear the music.
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Re: Can-Con 45 Of The Day - November 23

Postby Richard Skelly » Wed Nov 22, 2017 11:37 pm

This was the theme song for newly minted Liberal Prime Minister John Turner's gutsy (and successful) bid to snatch Vancouver Quadra from the Tories in the 1984 federal election. Perhaps it was the national campaign song, too. In any event, I recall Doug & The Slugs warming up a huge crowd for Turner at The Commodore.

Turner won the seat but sadly (for him and the Grits) lost the national battle to Brian Mulroney's PCs. Makin' It Work sounds as fresh today as ever. RIP Doug.
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Re: Can-Con 45 Of The Day - November 23

Postby Tom Jeffries » Thu Nov 23, 2017 9:45 pm

I met Doug at a house Party, at a neighbour's home, in Point Grey - 1982. He was shy and didn't like deejays.....it was kind of funny.
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Re: Can-Con 45 Of The Day - November 23

Postby Richard Skelly » Sat Nov 25, 2017 1:09 am

The other funny factoid about the late Slugman is that Doug's day job was a graphic artist. He toiled for the Georgia Straight at one post it.

Another Straight staffer who left to express himself musically? Bob Geldof. He returned to Great Britain, formed The Boomtown Rats and, thanks to his charitable works, was knighted by Her Majesty.

Who knows what Doug Bennett would have gone on to achieve if he'd just paid more attention to his declining health. He remains a great figure in Vancouver rock annals.
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