June 30, 2006

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Artist: New Regime




Kevin Connelly (vocals)
Neil A. Taylor (drums)
Bill Telep (guitar)
Jon James (bass)
Tim Durnford (bass; replaced James)
Les Stroud (guitar; replaced Telep)
Norm McMullen (guitar, guitar synthesizer; replaced Stroud)
Russell Walker (keyboards, PPG programming)
Rick Lintlop (bass)
Jim McDonald (keyboards; replaced Walker)
Rob Laidlaw (bass; replaced Lintlop)

New Regime was a Toronto-area synth-pop act founded in 1982 by Kevin Connelly and Neil A.Taylor along with guitarist Bill Telep. Connelly would soon create The Diamonds Dogs, a brief side project, from the original New Regime. But Connelly disbanded Diamond Dogs when the group's sponsor, Honeymoon Suite's manager Stephen Prendergaast, expressed no interest in the original material they were writing.

However, Diamond Dogs guitarist Les Stroud and bassist Tim Durnford were recruited into New Regime. Creative differences caused Stroud and Durnford to leave and Connelly called on Rick Lintlop, Russell Walker and Norm McMullen to take up the vacant positions; McMullen was originally in Toronto cover band Persons Unknown with Connelly. After the band's breakup in 1983, McMullen played in another short-lived Toronto cover band called The Tribe before leaving that group to join New Regime.

With Jake Gold and David Kirby managing, the act soon signed to RCA Records having been offered the biggest advance to a Canadian act ever signed to the label. Their 1985 self-titled debut was produced by Terry Brown (Rush, Klaatu, Cutting Crew) and featured the radio hit "Seduction" which was an original song by McMullen called "Production".

Shortly before working on their follow-up album, Walker and Lintlop were replaced by Jim McDonald (of Rational Youth) and Rob Laidlaw. Their second record in 1987, 'The Race', was produced by Steve Webster and featured the radio hit "Love + Satisfaction".

Connelly went solo in the late '90s and released his first solo album called 'Son Of The Sun' which was well very received by critics and featured co-writes with Bill Bell (Tom Cochrane's guitar player), Rycky Bird (Joan Jett) and others. Since then he has written and produced a rock musical called "Burn - The Real Joan Of Arc Story" and "Life On Mars - Stage v1.0", a live show featuring the music of David Bowie; Jon James joined the band Britton, touring Europe; Russ Walker (also formerly of Heads In The Sky) is the house composer for Kitchen Sync Studio in Toronto; Les Stroud would go on to world fame as the solitary traveler in the Outdoor Life Network reality show 'Survivorman'.

with notes from Kevin Connelly, Chris Bland, Terry Lusk and Les Stroud.


Singles
1985 Seduction/Beat That Drum (RCA) PB-50819
1985 Love In Motion/Love Will Survive (RCA) PB-50841
1985 Fools Cry/I Won't Let You Go (RCA) PB-50848
1985 Treasure/Careful//Seduction/I Won't Let You Go [12"] (RCA) KJN1-7094
1987 Love + Satisfaction/Let It Loose (RCA/BMG) PB-50945
1987 Love + Satisfaction (Monkey Trance Mix)/Monkey Sex Mix/Dub Monkey Mix [12"] (RCA/BMG) KD-10019
1987 Where The Heart Is/It's Alright (RCA/BMG) PB-50961

Albums
1985 New Regime (RCA) NFL1-8054
1987 The Race (RCA/BMG) KKL1-0586

Video
1985 Seduction
1985 Love In Motion
1985 Fool's Cry
1987 Love + Satisfaction

Compilation Tracks




Official Les Stroud Website
Kevin Connelly Stage Project


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