November 28, 2004

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Artist: Thundermug




Joe de Angelis (guitar, vocals)
James Corbett (bass)
Bill Durst (keyboards, guitar, vocals)
Ed Pranskus (drums)
Corey Thompson (drums; 1995)
Justin Burgess (drums; replaced Thompson 1997; bass in 2001)

Formed in London, Ontario, originally as Pink Orange, but eventually changed their name to Thundermug and picked up manager Wyn Anderson. Anderson rallied their cause and was able to secure the band a record deal with Greg Hambleton's Axe Records in 1972.

Their debut album, Thundermug Strikes, was produced by Greg Hambleton (with engineering by a young Terry Brown) and included the 1972 hit "Africa" reaching the Canadian Top40. 1973's Orbit album featured the title track as a single which reached the Top50 that year. It too was produced by Greg Hambleton.

With the band's touring schedule keeping them extremely busy they managed several non-album singles before returning to the studio with producer Greg Hambleton to complete 1974's Ta-Daa!!. de Angelis quit after the third record and the group continued on as a trio to tour.

The group split up shortly after their last charting single, 1975's "Clap Your Hands And Stomp Your Feet", made the Top50 in Canada.

Durst would perform in ZZTop tribute act Tres Hombres with Gary McCracken (Max Webster) and recorded with another original acts called The Brains while Corbett joined Cheryl Lescom's band.

Though Wyn Anderson and the band had parted company during the intervening years, a reunion around the end of the 1980's was instigated by Anderson and it was this seed that sparked the desire in the band members for a full-fledged reunion.

Several years later Anderson put his own money on the line and paid for some recording sessions, as well as everything else necessary for Thundermug to return with a reunited band in 1995 -- Durst and Corbett -- for a new album ('Who's Running My World') which featured the title track as its first single and video. Successful exposure on radio and television helped the band regain a foothold in the Canadian club scene and the CD went on to have three Top-40 hits at rock radio.

The band returned to the studio for the follow-up CD 'Bang The Love Drum' in 1997 on the Raven Records label. The band toured as a trio for at least two shows a week with Bill Durst, James Corbett and returning original member Ed Pranskus.

With Corbette leaving in 2000 over health reasons and Burgess re-joining on bass followed by a trail of new drummers, the band officially retired its name in 2000 and became Big On Venus. Thundermug were nominated into the London Music Hall of Fame in 2006.

Manager Wyn Anderson died in September 1999 after a long illness; Corbett has re-joined Cheryl Lescom’s band; Bill Durst continues his successful solo career. He still regularly performs in and around London, Ontario and environs.

with notes from D. Wilding, Nick Bajada, James Mark, Erik Pierik and Greg Simpson.



Singles
1972 You Really Got Me/Will They Ever (Axe) AXE-3
1972 Africa/Help Father Sun (Axe) AXE-4
1972 Page 125/Jane "J" James (Axe)
1972 Orbit/Mickey Mouse Club (Axe) AXE-8
1972 Help Father Sun/You Really Got Me (Ariola - HOLLAND) 12714-AT
1973 Breaking Up Is Hard To Do/I Wanna Be With You (Axe) AXE-16
1974 Let's Live Together/Penny Baby (Axe) AXE-20
1974 I Feel Lonely/Banga Banga Humpa Humpa (Axe) AXE-28
1974 I Wanna Be With You/[same] (Epic - US) 5-11126
1974 Long Tall Sally (AVCO - US) 4557
1975 Clap Your Hands And Stomp Your Feet/Duckworth Stomp (Axe) AXE-33
1975 Old Songs/Love Is (Axe) AXE-39
1977 Jeanine/Duckworth Stomp (Papillon/Basart - HOLLAND) S-912
1995 Who's Running My World (Raven)
1995 She Said (Raven)
1995 Blue Water (Raven)


Albums
1972 Thundermug Strikes (Axe) AXS-502
1973 Orbit (Axe) AXS-504
1975 Ta-Daa (Axe) AXS-507
1975 Ta-Daa (Axe) AXS-509
[same as AXS-507 except "I Want You" and "Banga Banga Humpa Humpa" replaced by "John" and "Penny Baby"]
1995 Who's Running My World (Raven) 94712
1997 Bang The Love Drum (Raven)

Video


Compilation Tracks
1975 "Jeanine" and "The Look In Her Eyes" on 'Heavy Canada' (Mercury) 9299-807
1990 "Africa" on Made In Canada: Volume Three - Eclectic Avenue (BMG) KCD1-7158





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