December 1, 2004

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Artist: Harem Scarem




Harold Hess (lead vocals)
Pete Lesperance (guitars, vocals)
Mike Gionet (bass, vocals)
Darren Smith (drums, vocals)
Barry Donaghy (bass, vocals; replaced Gionet 1995)
Creighton Doane (drums, vocals; replaced Smith 2000)

After spending many years in Oshawa's heavy metal band Blind Vengeance, in 1988 Harry Hess and Darren Smith were ready to move into a new musical direction. Teaming up with their buddies Pete Lesperance and Mike Gionet, they began rehearsing and writing original material together. Deciding to make a go of it and try to get a record deal, they rehearsed for a full year before playing live. Putting together an 11-song demo in Hess's 24-track recording studio, they sent their manager out to shop it in early 1989 while continuing to write more material. In 1990 they entered Q107 FM's annual Homegrown Contest, placing second over all; by the end of that summer, they were in negotiations with Warner Music Canada.

Their eponymous debut on WEA was released in 1991 and received instant airplay on rock radio stations across the country. With videos to support the singles and tours of the nation's bars, the album quickly climbed the rock charts, going on to sell a respectable 30,000 copies in Canada. It was also released in Germany, Portugal and Spain.

Getting off the road in the fall of 1992, principal songwriters Hess and Lesperance started writing once more, and the result was 1993's Mood Swings, a decided departure stylistically from the pop-metal of the first album. The heavier edge to the material lost them some of their loyal fanbase, but it also gained them respect in the industry. That fall they went on the road opening for April Wine in western Canada.

The first album was re-released in Japan in 1994 and quickly garnered rave reviews. Warner Music Canada had the band put together a quick live release which was shipped to Japan to facilitate the newly expanding fanbase. Such was the reaction that the band went to Japan in 1995 to promote the first two albums plus 1995's "Voice Of Reason". Original bassist Mike Gionet left the band at this time and was replaced by Barry Donaghy (ex-Blu Bones). Subsequent support from the Japanese proved to be their strongest market allowing the band to customize their releases there.

In 1997 Harem Scarem released a new studio album, "Karma Cleansing" in Canada to mixed reviews. The days of corporate rock were waning and the band was in the market for a change, so in 1999 Harem Scarem would re-invent itself under the new banner RUBBER in North America (while maintaining their old moniker in foreign territories). The change was a refreshing one as the self-titled debut produced the band's first national Top-20 hit "Sunshine" which was mixed by Arnold Lanni (Frozen Ghost, Our Lady Peace). However, the initial reaction wasn't enough to keep Warner Music interested and after a contract fulfilling final release in 2001 called "Ultra Feel", the band parted ways with their label.

With a strong overseas presence, the Harem Scarem/Rubber contingent has been able to release albums yearly since then on a number of independent labels worldwide. "Weight Of The World" was released on Marquee/Avalon in Japan. The band continued to release albums between North America (as Rubber) and Japan & Europe (as Harem Scarem) until the group mutually decided to stop recording and touring in 2009.

In 2002 Creighton Doane released his 2nd solo album entitled 'Learning More And More About Less And Less' on Bullseye Records. He followed that up with 'Pilot Error' in 2010 as a Digital album; in 2003, lead singer Harry Hess released his first solo album called 'Just Another Day'. Hess continues recording other major label and independent acts at his Vespa Studio in north Toronto including Billy Talent, The Kings, John Boswell, Maureen Leeson, and Creighton Doane; Darren Smith has continued with a solo career; Lesperance writes, records and produces for his own solo material, for other artists and is in the band Fair Ground.




Singles
1991 Slowly Slippin' Away (Warner Music)
1991 Honestly (Warner Music)
1991 Love Reaction (Warner Music)
1992 Something To Say (Warner Music)
1993 No Justice (Warner Music)
1993 Change Comes Around (Warner Music)
1994 If There Was A Time [5 song CD] (Warner Music) 4309-96032-2
1995 Blue (Warner Music - Japan)
1997 Die Off Hard [3 song CD] (Warner Music - Japan) WPCR-195
1997 Rain [3 song CD] (Warner Music - Japan) WPCR-1298
1998 New Religion [3 song CD] (Warner Music - Japan) WPCR-1737
1998 So Blind (Warner Music - Japan) PCS-314
1998 So Blind [3 song CD] (Warner Music - Japan) WPCR-2011
1998 Turn Around [3 song CD] (Warner Music - Japan) WPCR-2122
1998 What I Do [3 song CD] (Warner Music - Japan) WPCR-2123
1999 Stuck With You (Warner Music - Japan) PCS-400
2001 Draggin' Me Down (Warner Music - Japan)

as RUBBER
1999 Sunshine (Warner Music)

Albums
as HAREM SCAREM
1990 Harem Scarem [cassette] (independent)
1991 Harem Scarem (Warner Music) CD-75150
1993 Mood Swings (Warner Music) CD-931391993
1994 Acoustic Sessions [5 song CD-EP] (Warner Music) CDN-10
1994 Live And Acoustic [7 song CD-EP] (Warner Music) W2-96585
1995 Voice Of Reason (Warner Music) W2-10613
1995 World Rally Championship [shared with Easy Action] (WEA - Japan) WPCR-216
1996 Live In Japan (Warner Music) CD-14250
1996 Live Ones [2CD] (Warner Music - Japan) WPCR-1504-5
1997 Believe (Warner Music - Japan) WPCR-978
1997 Believe: Special Edition (Warner Music - Japan) WPCR-1498
1997 Karma Cleansing (Warner Music) CD-19146
1998 Live At The Siren (Warner Music - Japan) WPCR-1736
1998 Big Bang Theory (Warner Music) 2-24208
1998 The Best of Harem Scarem (Warner Music) 3984-24166
1998 B-sides Collection (Warner Music - Japan) WPCR-2230
1999 Ballads (Warner Music - Japan) WPCR-10595
1999 Rubber (Warner Music - Japan) WPCR-10530
2000 Last Live (Warner Music - Japan) WPCR-10764
2001 Rocks (Warner Music - Japan) WPCR-10931
2001 The Very Best (Warner Music - Japan) WPCR-11198
2002 Weight Of The World (Marquee/Avalon - Japan) MICP-9285
2002 Live At The Gods (Marquee/Avalon) MICP-10336
2003 Higher (Marquee/Avalon - Japan) MICP-10382
2005 Overload (Marque/Avalon - Japan) MICP-10502
2005 The Early Years (Bullseye) BLR-CD-4078
2005 The Essentials (Warner Music) 262480
2006 Human Nature (Vespa/Bullseye) BLR-CD-4113
2008 Melodic Rock [EP] (Melodic Rock Magazine)
2009 Hope (Marquee/Avalon) MICP-10750
2009 This Ain't Over - The Best of the Avalon Years (Marquee/Avalon) MICP-30006


as RUBBER
1999 Rubber (Warner Music) 2-29884
2001 Ultra Feel (Warner Music) 2-86859
2002 Weight Of The World (Bullseye) BLR-CD-4071
2004 Live At The Gods 2002 (Bullseye) BLR-CD-4073

Video
1991 Slowly Slipping Away
1991 Honestly
1991 With A Little Love
1993 No Justice
1995 Blue
1998 Video Hits & More [VHS] (Warner Music - Japan)
2002 Video Hits & More [DVD] (Warner Music - Japan)
2004 Live At The Gods [DVD] (Bullseye)

Compilation Tracks
1990 "A Little Love" on 'Q107 Homegrown '90 - Volume 12 (WEA) CDQ-10712
1992 "Honestly" on 'Warner Promo CD - Volume 127 (WEA) PROC-92127



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