December 7, 2004

SJP


Artist: Singing Fools




Tim Dunlop
Kevin Murphy
Dave Bignell

Eclectic non-performing act formed in Ottawa in 1982.

The duo rocked the conservative Canadian music scene with the release of their first 7-inch indie single, "The Bum Rap", which is cited as the first, ever, Canadian rap. In 1983, Singing Fools followed up with the release of "Cruisin'84", a 7-inch EP featuring the song "Babylon Breakdown", that boasted a cameo trumpet solo by none other than Herb Alpert's lesser-known little brother, Ramone.

The group released a tune called "The Apocalypso" which attracted the attention of A & M Records who signed the band and re-released the single. The video for the track landed the Singing Fools an award as 'Best Video of 1984' by the Canadian Film & Television Association.

However, the label quickly dropped them when label-mate, Bryan Adams, complained that they were making fun of his album covers leaving Singing Fools putting out their material independently once again.

Toronto's CFNY playlisted the song "Fly At Night" from the independently released 'Call Me Lucky' EP.






Singles
1983 The Bum Rap/Fire My Love (SFM) D-7040
1983 Cruisin' '84
1984 The Apocalypso/The Apocalypso [version] (A & M) AM-674

Albums
1984 Apocalypso (Independent) WRC2-3202
1984 The Apocalypso//The Apocalypso [version]/Grave Expectations (A & M) SP-23026 1985 Call Me Lucky (Independent) WRC1-4199

Video
1984 Apocalypso
1985 Fly By Night
1986 Die Funkenstrasse (Europa's On The Radio)
1986 For the Love of God/Jihad

Compilation Tracks
1986 "Die Funkenstrasse (Europa's On The Radio)" on German-Canadian Friendship (Amok)






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