Date: December 07, 2000 04:57PM
There are a lot of good bands that have been mentioned, like Lee Aaron, April Wine, Alias, Brighton Rock, Britton, Coney Hatch, Carl Dixon, Dalbello, Emerald Rain, Fist, Goddo, Gowan, Hanover Fist, Harem Scarem, Helix, Honeymoon Suite, Headpins, Haywire, Kick Axe, Killer Dwarfs, Paul Laine, Loverboy, Lynx, Kim Mitchell, Max Webster, Frank Marino, Moxy, Aldo Nova, Prism, Red Rider, Rush, Saga, Sheriff, Santers, Streetheart, Pat Travers, Triumph & Von Groove(whew!)
But in my humble opinion there are some pretty average bands being bandied around as being classics that just aren't.
Qwest - One average record (Dream Zone) and one terrible one (Tampico Gold)
Regatta - Pleasant pop/rock, nothing more.
The Kings - Very poor pseudo-new wave pop
Queen City Kids - Great singer, no songs
Trooper - Two or three good songs per album.
Glass Tiger - Drippy
Platinum Blonde - The pits!
Korea - Really lame, terrible production.
On the other hand, I would heartily recommend....
Teaze - All five albums, classy commercial arena rock with a great singer.
Orphan - Two fabulous and varied AOR albums with killer guitars & keys.
Harlequin - Lightweight AOR of the highest order. Superb songs.
Zon - Slightly off-the-wall pomp. Great keyboards but ignore 3rd LP.
Wrabit - Again ignore 3rd album but first two are awesome.
FM - For prog/experimental fans only. Early stuff weird, later stuff poppy.
Surrender - Good intelligent atmospheric rock. Feat. Alfie Zappacosta.
Zappacosta - First two albums. High-tech AOR.
Toronto - Five good-to-great albums. Excellent female singer.
Everest - Good first album, avoid the second.
Refugee - Two excellent albums.
Avalon - Good pomp
T.O. Joker - Fabulous hard rock. One album and a mini-album
Leyden Zar - Two good quirky albums, very Canadian!
I'm sure I've missed out some great bands, but I'm sure you'll remind me.
P.S. Rik Emmett WAS Triumph, Edge Of Excess sucked!