So perhaps you
think, "Yes, I suppose it's about time for a best-of package as some ambitious,
last-gasp cash-grab." Ha! You evidently don't know TPOH very well. Like
Moe told Liisa Ladouceur in eye, "...it's not like we're the kind of band to think of this
ourselves." Fortunately, somebody else thought of it and got it together.
We may all have our favourite omissions, but considering the minefield of various
record labels to negotiate, this is quite the achievement. Here are the tracks,
where they came from, reviews of the CD and some other compilations in which TPOH have been involved.
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- 1. I'm An Adult
- The 1988 Love Junk
version, not the 1986 version released independently. How does an average
doof tell them apart? In the original, after the line about "some guy
screaming in a leather jacket," Moe doesn't scream.
- 2. Cigarette
- From The Downward
Road, and immortalized in an episode of "Beavis and Butthead".
Said Beavis: "The angle of the dangle is inversely proportional to the
heat of the beat."
- 3. Two Girls
- The big single from One
- 4. Ten Fingers
- From Love Junk
- 5. She's So Young
- The other big single
from Love Junk, and the song they eventually performed on "The
New Mickey Mouse Club", after much wrangling about unsuitable lyrics
in other songs.
- 6. Pressing Lips
- From The Downward
Road, and the last TPOH song I saw on the U.S. charts (that's when the
mess with Mercury got going).
- 7. Kalendar
- The one entry here from
Moe's favourite TPOH album, Where's the Bone. Kalendar is a restaurant/coffee
house on College Street in Toronto often named in various polls as one of
the most romantic places to take a date.
- 8. Let My People
- The B-side on the single
for "She's So Young." (Y'see, kids, once upon a time, records were
on something called "vinyl"...) Has been making appearances in recent
- 9. Hard to Laugh
- The other-other single
from Love Junk.
- 10. Nobody But
- From The Downward
Road. The one song Moe successfully requested for inclusion in the compilation.
- 11. She's the
- The lone entry from The
Wonderful World of the Pursuit of Happiness, which is especially strange
because it's like nothing else on the album. Nevertheless, it was the first
single from that album. Moe's voice is distorted almost to the point of being
unrecognizable and there's no female backup singing, causing some people to
offer the backhanded complement: "I love that song! I had no
idea it was you."
- 12. Food (live)
- An acoustic version (just
Moe, Kris Abbott and Rachel Oldfield) recorded at a studio at CBC Vancouver
in January of 1996. One of TPOH's many appearances on the CBC Stereo radio
show "Realtime," which has since morphed into "Radiosonic."
- 13. Wake Up and
- From the original demo
for Chrysalis (before Love Junk), and the only track on the compilation
featuring the original TPOH lineup: Moe, Dave Gilby, Johnny Sinclair, and
Tam and Tasha Amabile.
- 14. Take You
- Recorded during the sessions
for Love Junk, but didn't happen to make it on the record, although
it would've fit in quite well.
- 15. Walking in
- This one did
make it to Love Junk. Somehow had its genesis in a game called "Cutest
Girl in the Laundromat."
- 16. Consciousness
Raising as a Social Tool
- Also from Love Junk
- 17. Edmonton
Block Heater (live)
- Recorded at the Legendary
Horseshoe Tavern, on Queen Street West in Toronto, as part of Canadian Music Week, again by that beloved CBC show
"Realtime" (the rest of the show is now in our MP3
Archive). TPOH originally recorded this song as part of a quasi-tribute
album for the title band in the brilliant Bruce Mc Donald film (and Michael
Turner book) Hard Core Logo.
- 18. All I Want
- One of TPOH's most romantic
songs, from One Sided Story.
of Sex & Food (just
click on the arrow)
by Jeffery Lee Puckett, Louisville Courier-Journal, January 8, 2000
- by Jordan Hoffman, LeisureSuit.net, January 10, 2000
- by Shannon McCarthy, Real Detroit
January 13, 2000
- by Jon Niccum, Pitch Weekly, January
- by Lydia Carole DeFretos, Aquarian Weekly,
January 19, 2000
- by Vic Savage, bangSheet, February, 2000
- by Bill Holmes,
Cosmik Debris, March 2000
- by Kevin Matthews, MTV Asia Online, March, 2000
- by Claudio Sossi, Shake It Up!, April 2000
- An Elpee's
Worth of Productions (Rhino, released 1992)
- Features "I'm
An Adult Now" (the Love Junk version) in this collection of tracks scratching
the surface of Todd Rundgren's career as a producer.
the Black: An Electric Tribute to Neil Young (Sony, 1994)
- TPOH contributed
a version of "Violent Side" (the original is on Landing On Water)
in the cassette version of this all-Canadian tribute double album (the other
half of the double, Out of the Blue, was all acoustic).
- A Tribute
to Hard Core Logo (BMG, 1996)
- Where you can
find the original cover (there's a strange term) of "Edmonton Block Heater."
Other bands paying their respects include 54-40, Odds, Chris Spedding and Fishbone.
Power Pop Classics of the '80's (Rhino, 1997)
So Young" is included among gems by the Plimsouls, the Smithereens, Utopia
and Marshall Crenshaw. Part of a three-part set.
Hits of the '80's (EMI, 1998)
- "I'm An
Adult Now" (the Love Junk version) is at the top of a strange list of
obscure tunes, including those from the Tubes, Red Rider, Glass Tiger and
Vixen (yes...Vixen). The last volume of a four-decade series.
In Compilation (Analekta, 1999)
Rocks" is part of this eclectic collection of music featured in the recent
TV interview series by Canadian broadcasting legend Peter Gzowski.
The song was played at the end of a repeat episode of an interview with Wayne Gretzky (subject of Gzowski's classic book The Game of Our Lives) -
repeated at the time of Gretzky's retirement to give the lie to his denials
in the interview.
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