December 7, 2004

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Artist: Moxy




LINE-UP I (1974-1977) Buzz Shearman (vocals) Earl Johnson (lead guitar) Buddy Caine (rhythm guitar) Terry Juric (bass) Bill Wade (drums) LINE-UP II (1978) Michael Rynoski (vocals) Earl Johnson (lead guitar) Buddy Caine (rhythm guitar) Terry Juric (bass) Danny Bilan (drums) LINE-UP III (1980s) Buzz Shearman (vocals) Woody West (guitar; replaced Earl Johnson) Doug MacAskill (guitar; replaced West) Terry Juric (bass) Buddy Caine (guitar) Danny Bilan (drums) LINE-UP IV (2000) Brian Maxim (vocals) Earl Johnson (lead guitar) Buddy Caine (rhythm guitar) Bill Wade (drums) LINE-UP V (2001-2003) Brian Maxim (vocals) Earl Johnson (lead guitar) Buddy Caine (rhythm guitar) Kim Hunt (drums) Jim Sampson (bass) LINE-UP VI (2004 - present) Alex Machin (vocals) Earl Johnson (lead guitar) Buddy Caine (rhythm guitar) Kim Hunt (drums) Jim Sampson (bass)

From his previous act, Leigh Ashford, Shearman had inherited the name of the long running band and had scooped up members of non-recording act Outlaw Music to reconstitute Leigh Ashford's line-up; Earl Johnson, Terry Juric and Billy Wade. So it was in 1974, at Scarborough's notorious rock pit The Knob Hill Hotel, that the newest incarnation of Leigh Ashford made its unnoticed debuted. But, because there was new blood and a new sound the 5-piece changed its handle to Moxy for the label copy on their Yorkville Records debut single "Can't You See I'm A Star". The promising sounds on that trial run led to a signing with Polydor Records. The band's first album was recorded at Sound City in Van Nuys, California with co-producer Mark Smith. As luck would have it, legendary guitarist Tommy Bolin was recording next door and added his trademark licks to the LP. When the band returned from LA, they enlisted guitarist Buddy Caine to round out the line-up and fill in the parts Bolin had injected. Moxy was able to generate a strong following in America, specifically in Texas. Two more albums -- 'Moxy II' featuring their radio hit "Take It Or Leave It" (1976) & 'Ridin' High' (1977) -- and the constant grind of road life gave Shearman vocal chord problems. He quit Moxy to rest his throat and later formed Buzz Saw (with ex-Christmas guitarist Bob Bulger and drummer Frank Russell) which couldn't rise above the bar scene. His vocal problems persisted and he had to pass on an opportunity to replace the late Bon Scott in AC/DC. Shearman's replacement was Mike Rynoski for the album 'Under The Lights' (1978). But it wasn't the same old Moxy and before long Shearman was back fronting the band and a new line-up featuring Doug MacAskill (guitar) and Danny Bilan (drums) carried on to little fanfare. Caine, Juric, and Bilan created Voodoo while Bill Wade formed Bongo Fury with Goddo's Gino Scarpelli. Both acts had songs featured on the El Mocambo Records compilation 'Toronto Calling'. Mike Rynoski changed his name to Mike Reno and had massive success with 1980's pop act Loverboy. Shearman quit music and took up a day job. He died at the age of 33 in a motorcycle accident on June 16, 1983. He was survived by country singer wife Valerie Shearman and son Jesse. Through Valerie's job as executive of Precision/Ahed Records, the former band members put together one more Moxy album - a retrospective tribute in 1984. In the mid'90's Valerie Shearman oversaw the release of all of Moxy's back catalogue on CD through Pacemaker Records including a 'best of' package called 'Self-Destruction'. In 1999 Moxy drummer Bill Wade called Moxy members Earl Johnson and Buddy Caine after a 20 year recording gap to produce Moxy's fifth studio album appropriately titled Moxy V. The new album V released in 2000, returned them to the hard rock sound of the first three albums. New vocalist Brian Maxim (former member of Stumbling Blind and The Passing Fancy), who was considered a true member of Moxy, as Brian sang back-ups for "Buzz" on tour back in 1977, worked with Buddy Caine and Terry Juric in the band Voodoo and worked with "Buzz" at Shaw Industries in the early 80s . Bill Wade grew very ill shortly after Moxy V was released. Unable to continue, a replacement for Bill became necessary and a bass player was also needed to replace Terry Juric who couldn't play live. Drummer Kim Hunt and bassist Jim Samson, both former members of Zon, were added/ For their 25 anniversary Moxy played in San Antonio (alongside fellow special guests Saxon) in 2000 and performed again in 2004 with Budgie and Michael Schenker (Scorpions & UFO) at the annual Legs Diamond Bash in the Sunken Garden Theater to the delight of 6,000 fans. The popularity that Moxy still holds in Europe prompted the band's first tour outside North America in 2001. Later that year Moxy found a home at Bullseye Records of Canada and released the 'best of' live album 'Raw' which was recorded in Pickering, Ontario 'live' off the floor in a secret warehouse location to an invitation-only audience. Bullseye Records of Canada also re-released Moxy V in North America with remastered and re-edited songs and new a track sequence supervised by Earl Johnson at Soho Studios in Toronto with engineer Glenn Belcher. With notes from Bill Munson, Peter Burnside, Cam Atkinson and Wayne Diamond.


Singles
1974 Can't You See I'm A Star/Out Of The Darkness Into The Fire (Yorkville) 1976 Fantasy (Polydor) 1976 Take It Or Leave It/Wet Suit (Polydor) 1977 Cause There's Another (Polydor) 1984 Ridin' High/Change In My Life (Ahed)

Albums
1975 Moxy (Polydor) 1976 Moxy II (Polydor) 1977 Ridin' High (Polydor) 1978 Under The Lights (Polydor) 1984 Moxy: A Tribute To Buzz Shearman (Ahed) 1995 Self-Destruction: The Best Of Moxy (Pacemaker) 2000 Moxy V (Pacemaker) 2001 Moxy V [re-issue] (Bullseye) 2002 Raw (Bullseye)

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