Brent McNab (lead guitar, vocals)
Peter Bodman (guitar, lead vocals)
Paul Cottle (bass, vocals)
David Stahl (keyboards)
Mark Kosman (drums)
Formed in 1975 in Edmonton, the quintet were originally called Archer, then Targets, before settling on The Models. From day one they bucked the Top-40 cover tune trend and decided to live and die by their original material. This attitude got them nothing but the ire of club owners and the band was even fired on for putting original tunes in their sets.
They rallied against the conventional club scene and created their own working environment by taking over the Riviera Hotel's Rock Room and promoting their own gigs. They booked themselves into the hotel, pocket the door receipts and the hotel keeps the money from liquor sales. While out of town doing gigs elsewhere, the band would book high calibre acts to replace them. This led to a western home for the likes of Bob Segarini, One Horse Blue, The Smarties, Moxy, and Crowcuss.
With live simulcasts from the club on Edmonton's K97, the band came to the attention of Wes Dakus and his label Vera Cruz who signed the band in 1979 and released their self-titled debut later that year. Their first single, "Janie", received substantial airplay in Alberta as did the follow-up "Heart Like A Wheel".
The second album 'Remodelling' was released on Stony Plain (after the demise of Vera Cruz) and continued to build their reputation as a hot new wave/straight ahead rock and roll band. The band eventually wen their own way.
1979 Janie (Vera Cruz)
1980 Heart Like A Wheel/You Gave Up On Love (Vera Cruz)
1982 Marianne/Broxton Boy (Stony Plain)
1979 The Models (Vera Cruz)
1982 Remodelling (Stony Plain)
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