Can-Con 45 Of The Day - April 4

Can-Con 45 Of The Day - April 4

Postby radiofan » Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:53 pm

Today's Can-Con 45 is from 1981 ... the first hit single for Carole Pope and Rough Trade ... "Fashion Victim" ...

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 - April 4

Postby jon » Tue Apr 03, 2018 9:34 pm

Seeing the label reminds me that True North was the only record label that actually sent a representative to regularly visit UBC Radio (CYVR) when I was there in 1970-72. As I recall, as Record Librarian for the first few months that I was there, we got "service" (i.e. - free singles) from all the Canadian labels.

Amazing to me, looking back, that a Canadian label that was only 9-20 months old when I arrived at UBC Radio, was well enough funded to be sending reps to campus stations.

Just for interest, I looked at the RPM Top 50 Canadian Chart for October 3, 1970, and there was exactly one True North single on it: #7 was "You Make Me High" by Luke & The Apostles
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Re: Can-Con 45 Of The Day - April 4

Postby Richard Skelly » Wed Apr 04, 2018 12:40 am

Jon and I missed each other at CYVR by mere months. Between ‘72–76, I saw the UBC student-run station become CITR. But only grabbing records for my weekly show from the library, I had no idea that record promo reps dropped by from any labels, let alone True North. Impressive, though, that the indie firm took an interest.

I do remember, a few years after graduating summa cum Rock, giving a lift to Murray McLauchlan after interviewing him for his stellar Whispering Rain album. (Still think it’s criminal that Whispering Rain didn’t propel Murray to the stature of, say, Jackson Browne.) I remember joking that, by giving him a ride, I was leaving True North more money for PR.

A fine label from its inception, True North was created by Bernie Finkelstein. Initially home to primarily Murray and Bruce Cockburn, it expanded to include actual punk-rock artists like Rough Trade. In more recent times, the label has been home to Blackie And The Rodeo Kings, Buffy Sainte-Marie and even, for a time, Randy Bachman. As a British Columbian, I appreciated their investing in the late John Bottomley.

If I had to bet on True North reaping a windfall from a newer artist, I’d lay the money down on Matt Andersen. But you never know...Gordon Lightfoot is on the roster and may surprise by bringing out one last-hurrah recording. Surprise us, Gord.

A few years back, True North was absorbed into Linus Entertainment. But Bernie Finkelstein is apparently still involved in a senior-executive capacity. The label also reportedly continues to distribute recordings by such legacy artists as Richard Thompson and has a division to stage and promote concerts. To survive in Internet times, labels big and small need to keep fingers in many pies.
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