Andre Del Castillo
Eight Seconds got its start as an entity when the members became aware of each other in various bands playing the Ottawa club scene. It was 1982 and Castillo, Levin and Milks had all just graduated from high school; encountering each other continuously in the local bars fostered a sort of mutual admiration society between them and they by the end of the summer of '82 they'd decided to form a band. They wrote and demoed their material to hone their chops until finding Cesare and Parent, and then hit the bars as Eight Seconds.
They managed to slip the occasional original into their set of covers, one of which was "Where's Bula"? This song won them CHEZ 106's Sharechez '83 homegrown contest, so they contacted Corvideocom to make a video which got airplay on MuchMusic and MTV's Basement Tapes show, as well as winning the 1984 Canadian Film and Television Association's Best Music Video of the Year. These achievement's plus the band's potential attracted the attention of Allan White, owner of the video company. He sent them back into the studio to record a five-song EP, 1985's 'Ottava Rima' (pronounced Oh-ta-va Ree-ma), which charted in Ottawa both on CHEZ 106 FM and CFRA AM.
Greg Torrington, music director at CHEZ 106, sent the EP to producer Rupert Hine (the Fixx, Howard Jones) in England, who was so impressed he went on the air in Ottawa and stated publicly that he wished to produce the band. This attention from Rupert caught the attention of the major labels and eventually the band signed with Polygram Records and then went to England to work with Hine. The result was their first full-length release, 'Almacantar', in 1987, and a Top 30 hit with "Kiss You (When It's Dangerous)".
A second album was recorded in 1988 but management hassles and red tape kept the material on the shelf. By 1990 things had been worked out and WEA had come calling with a new deal, and their second album, 'Big Houses', was released. In 1987, however, Parent left the fold, and so they added an extra player for their live dates in 1990.
The band was lost in the dissolution shuffle of their American record label, ATCO, and the band remained in limbo, effectively causing Eight Seconds to disband.
del Castillo is part owner of audio/video production and multimedia company in Ottawa named R+D Creative.Levin was part owner in independent music CD distribution company IndiePool in Toronto and managed his own studio before becoming a importer/exporter of antique furniture and other goods with China. He was previously involved in the production of Alanis Morrisette's 1991 debut dance album 'Alanis'; Scott Milks became an IT manager for the Canadian Government but is still active in Ottawa's music scene with Bigger Than John; Marc Parent remains active in the Quebec music industry and founded Montreal Rock/R & B act Wang Dang Doodle in the late 80's.
Eight Seconds have reunited on several occasions including the 1995 recording of the song "In Your Hands" for the Ottawa Recording Artists United Against AIDS compilation CD 'Unmuted' in 1996; In 2002 to record a track for the 2004 Bullseye Records release "It Was 40 Years Ago Today: A Tribute To The Beatles" with their remake of the classic track 'Hey Jude'; and in 2010 (without Frank Levin) for a live performance.
with notes from Frank Levin, Todd Huckabone, and Mark Parent.
Where's Bula?/[same] (Apprentice/Polydor/Polygram) DJ-93
Kiss You (When It's Dangerous)/Land Of The Monster//Kiss You (extended mix) [12"] (Apprentice/Polydor/Polygram) PDSX-2287
Kiss You (When It's Dangerous)/Land Of The Monster (Apprentice/Polydor/Polygram) PDS-2297
Where's Bula/Wings// Shoot The Moon/We Set Him Free [2 x 7" singles] (Apprentice/Polydor/Polygram) PDS-2302
Where's Bula? [12"] (Polydor/Polygram) DJP-216
Sincere (I Shall Return) [12"] (PolydorPolygram) PRO-503
Sincere (I Shall Return)/Commissioner Street (Polydor) PDS-2306
Tell Diane (Atco)
Otta Va Ri Ma [EP] (Apprentice) AR-001
Almacantar [re-issue] (Apprentice/PolydorPolygram) 831-1191
Big Houses (Atco) CD-91417
Kiss You (When It's Dangerous)
"Where's Bula?" on 'Sharechez '83 Homegrown'
"In Your Hands" on 'Unmuted: Ottawa Recording Artists United Against AIDS' (Indiepool) 467
"Hey Jude" on 'It Was 40 Years Ago Today: A Tribute To The Beatles'
Official Mark Parent Website
Official Eight Seconds Website
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