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Monday, March 06, 2006

Oh, Canada

On this date in history in 1834, the city of York in Upper Canada was incorporated as Toronto.

And from Canada, Toronto specifically, punk rock got the B Girls.

Stiv Bators & Cynthia Ross

Bass player Cynthia Ross is pictured here with Stiv Bators.

Toronto also gave us The Mods, and Stiv stole their drummer, David Quinton when Johnny Blitz exited the Dead Boys.

David Quinton & Thom Wilson

Here's David with the now famous Thom Wilson during the recording of Stiv's "Disconnected" album, in Los Angeles, circa 1979.

Strange that I think about it, but Stiv's involvement with the people in these bands coincided with each band's break up. Hmmmm

Perhaps the best know punk/punk era band from Toronto was the Diodes who had a bit of a hit with a manic punk version of "Red Rubber Ball," a 60's power pop hit for The Cyrkle. Of their own songs, they're best known for "I'm Tired of Waking Up Tired," a sentiment I heartily agree with!

I know people will complain if I fail to mention the Viletones and Teenage Head, so consider them remembered.

I want to close today with a big shout out to David Quinton, who we now call by his real name, Steinberg. He is simply the coolest guy in Canada.


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