November 28, 2004

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Artist: Boys Brigade




Malcolm Burn (vocals, keyboards)
Tony Lester (guitar, backing vocals, guitar synth)
David Porter (percussion, backing vocals)
Jeff Packer (percussion, backing vocals)
Wayne Lorenz (bass)
Billie "Bucko" Brock (drums, backing vocals)

Formed in 1981 in Toronto where they began as a pick-up act doing speak easies and underground clubs before debuting on Queen Street. Early exposure with their song "Mannequin" on Q107's annual Homegrown contest/album led to exposure on Toronto radio.

Toronto band Rush's light designer, Howard Ungerleider, took the band on as manager thereby putting them in direct contact with Rush's label, Anthem. Rush bassist, Geddy Lee, took an interest in the band and subsequently produced their debut album in 1983. The album spawned two hit singles "Melody" and "The Passion Of Love". Their song "Into The Flow" was also in the film and soundtrack album to the Canadian flick Heavenly Bodies starring Cynthia Dale.

Critics predicted a long and prosperous career for the group but alas, their sheer size (three percussionists) and conflicting personalities led to a meltdown.

Lead vocalist Malcolm Burn would go on to a critically acclaimed solo career and would become a world famous engineer and producer in his own right originally under the tutelage of Daniel Lanois; Billie Brock is currently in a project called Lemmings Go Here.; Tony Lester released his first solo album in 2005 under the name Tones.; David Porter works at Red Rock Studios.

with notes from Billie Brock.


Singles
1983 Melody/Africa (Anthem/Capitol-EMI) ANS-056
1983 The Passion Of Love/Exodus (Anthem/Capitol-EMI) ANS-053
1983 The Passion Of Love [12"] (Anthem/Capitol-EMI) 12CLJD-324

Albums
1983 Boys Brigade (Anthem/Capitol-EMI) ANR-1-1040


Video
1983 Melody
1983 The Passion Of Love

Compilation Tracks
1981 "Mannequin" on Q107 Homegrown - Volume 3 (Basement/Attic) BASE-6007
1984 "Into The Flow" on Heavenly Bodies (O.S.T.) (Private I/CBS)SZ-39930



Billie Brock at MySpace
David Porter at MySpace
Official Malcolm Burn Website
Official Tony Lester Website

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