Can-Con 45 Of The Day - May 4

Can-Con 45 Of The Day - May 4

Postby radiofan » Thu May 03, 2018 8:35 pm

Today's Can-Con 45 is from 1974 .. From Vancouver, it's Chilliwack and "Crazy Talk" ...

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 - May 4

Postby Richard Skelly » Fri May 04, 2018 2:41 am

When the remaining four members of The Collectors changed their band’s name to Chilliwack, one didn’t have to look much further than the cover of their first eponymous album to suspect the music had changed. Released on Parrot Records, the cover of the 1970 ‘Chilliwack’ album was adorned with a fierce-looking scarlet West Coast native mask. Stylistically, the group largely abandoned the smorgasbord of musical styles that had infused the Collectors repertoire when Howie Vickers had been lead vocalist.

With the name change, the Chilliwack quartet of Bill Henderson (guitar/lead vocals), Claire Lawrence (reeds/keyboards/vocals), Glenn Miller (bass/vocals) and Ross Turney (drums) primarily channeled First Nations inspired rhythms and sounds onto their folk-blues-rock song structures. This continued onto their followup—a double album on A & M Records. Miller had left for health reasons, but the remaining trio created a national hit, Lonesome Mary, that also reached the lower reaches of the Billboard Hot 100

But then Lawrence left and Miller returned. Still recording as a trio, but adding Vancouver session players, Chilliwack went mainstream pop-rock on their next album All Over You. The 1972 disc did so poorly that the band was cut loose by A & M. Spending well over a year with no record deal, Henderson, Miller and Turney soon added Howard Froese on guitar, keyboards and harmonies.

Enter Terry Jacks. By late 1973, the former Poppy Family co-founder was about to release Seasons In The Sun and see his new solo career take off like a rocket. But he was also adding talent to his fledgling Goldfish label. After signing Chilliwack he produced two singles, There’s Something I Like About That and Crazy Talk.

Both 45s got national airplay but Crazy Talk was the bona fide hit. In a nod to band origins, Crazy Talk stood out for the First Nations-type percussion. Indeed, Turney’s tom-toms and Miller’s bass were the perfect foundation for producer Jacks to encourage Henderson and Froese to add chuck-a-chuck guitar lines and moody electric piano chords. To some ears the catchy riffs wouldn’t have been out of place on the Poppy Family hit Where Evil Grows.

The result was a 1974 comeback hit for that let them tour further afield than BC and Alberta. And a signature tune that bought them time until their next big break—being signed to Mushroom Records two years later.
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