November 29, 2004

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Artist: Junkhouse




Tom Wilson (lead vocals, acoustic guitar)
Dan Achen (guitar)
Ray Farrugia (drums)
Russ Wilson (bass)
Grant Marshall (bass; replaced R. Wilson 1996)
Colin Cripps (guitar, vocals, keyboards; 1996)

When the Florida Razors broke up in 1988, Tom Wilson felt completely ready to give up music altogether. A visit to his friends, and fellow Hamiltonians, Daniel Lanois and Malcolm Burn in New Orleans convinced him otherwise; while in the Big Easy the trio wrote together and worked with the Neville Brothers. The feedback he received from his time in the south propelled him to return to Ontario and try again.

In 1989 Wilson founded Junkhouse with Dan Achen, Ray Farrugia and Russ Wilson (no relation) - with help from his friend and Crash Vegas member Colin Cripps. To help the band get established and hone their chops, Crash Vegas got Junkhouse to open a few gigs for them, and Cripps produced some of Junkhouse's recording sessions. By 1992 Wilson was signed to a publishing deal with Sony Music, and in 1993 he released a cassette of music recorded over the past four years called "Here Lies Happiness" that the band sold at their gigs. They were signed to a recording deal with Sony Music in 1993 and while recording their first album, they got opening gigs with the Waltons and Soul Asylum. Their first album, 'Strays', released in September 1993, was produced by Malcolm Burn and eventually sold gold in Canada. The video for the first single off the album, "Out Of My Head", was moved from medium to heavy rotation on MuchMusic within a week of being released. "Prayin' For Rain" soon followed, making Junkhouse a MuchMusic and Rock Radio staple.

The second album, also produced by Malcolm Burn, 'Birthday Boy', was released in September 1995 and featured a duet with Sarah McLachlan on the track "Burned Out Car". After touring extensively to support the release, the band took a break to pursue individual projects. Meanwhile, their cover version of Crowbar's "Oh! What A Feeling" was included in the soundtrack to the Paul Gross TV show 'Due South'.

Wilson continued to stay active musically by playing with Blackie And The Rodeo Kings whose members included Stephen Fearing and Colin Linden. It was also during this time that Russ Wilson decided to leave for his own musical endeavours and Grant Marshall was brought into the fold. Crash Vegas having broken up in the meantime, it seemed only natural that Colin Cripps join Junkhouse as a second guitarist.

The band members reconvened in the fall of 1996 at a converted church studio in Hamilton called Catherine North which was co-owned by Achen. They began writing again, in the studio and in Wilson's living room, and the results of their efforts was released in early 1997 as 'Fuzz' which was effectively a Cripps/Wilson project. Junkhouse dissolved after this.

Junkhouse would still perform occasionally including their appearance with Finger Eleven at the Tsunami Relief Benefit in Hamilton on February 2, 2005. They also did a 20th anniversary reunion show on November 7, 2009 at the Horseshoe Tavern.

Tom Wilson has released two solo albums, 'Planet Love' (2001) and 'Dog Days' (2006), reunited with his first band The Florida Razors to promote their 'best of' called 'Beat Music' on Bullseye Records in 2001, continues recording & touring with with Stephen Fearing and Colin Linden in Blackie And The Rodeo Kings. He's also released a new project called Lee Harvey Osmond with members of The Skydiggers featuring studio help from The Cowboy Junkies; Dan Achen maintained production work at his Catherine North Studio in Hamilton until his untimely death from a heart attack while playing hockey on March 15, 2010; Cripps married Kathleen Edwards in 2004 and produced her 'Asking For Flowers' album in 2007. He produced and played guitar on Blue Rodeo member Jim Cuddy's 'The Light That Guides You Home' solo release in 2006 and worked on Bryan Adams' '11' album in 2008. He has also done soundtrack work (composing the music for Wrestling With Shadows, The Life and Death of Owen Hart, Machine Gun, and Planet Storm) and studio work with Sarah McLachlan, Justin Rutledge, Collin Herring and Dawn Langstroth. His most recent activities include being the touring guitarist for both Kathleen Edwards and The Jim Cuddy Band; Farrugia is a much in-demand session and live drummer as well as drum teacher around the Southern Ontario region.

with notes from Tom Wilson.



Singles
1993 Out Of My Head/Buffalo Skinner (Epic/Sony) 77419
1993 Gimme The Love (Epic/Sony)
1993 Praying For The Rain (Epic/Sony)
1993 Big Brown Turtle (Epic/Songy)
1993 Oh Linda (Epic/Sony)
1993 Jesus Sings The Blues (Sony - Europe)
1995 Brown Shoe/Down In The Liver (Epic/Sony) 662355
1995 Burned Out Car/Run & Run (Epic/Sony) 663029
1995 Pearly White (Epic/Sony)
1995 Father Gone (Sony - Europe)

Albums
1991 Here Lies Happiness [cassette] (independent) 1993 Strays (Epic/Sony) CEK-80184
1995 Birthday Boy (Epic/Sony) CEK-80228
1997 Fuzz (Columbia/Sony) CEK-80285
2002 Rounders: The Best Of Junkhouse (Sony) 510108

Video


Compilation Tracks
1994 "Out Of My Head" on '1994: There & Then' (Sony)  751304
1998 "Oh! What A Feeling" on 'Due South: The Original Television Soundtrack, Volume II' (Unforscene Music) 62428-40007





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