Wednesday, March 01, 2006


Today in Music History:

In 1969, Jim Morrison of The Doors was charged with lewd and lascivious behavior after showing his penis to the audience during a show in Miami. He was found guilty and sentenced to eight months hard labor. Morrison died in Paris while the sentence was on appeal.
bubblesThe Great White North is very familiar with Bubbles, a character from the Trailer Park Boys. I'm not sure about south of the border or in the UK. I think the show runs on BBC America and I would also guess it's probably censored depending on the time slot. Canucks know that the show is funny as hell. Behind the voice and the coke bottle glasses of Bubbles is a guy named Mike Smith who is a wildly talented individual.

Mike Smith (Bubbles) was born and raised in Thorburn, Nova Scotia. He started playing hockey at the age of four but showed early signs of musical genius when he learned to play guitar at the age of seven. Continuing with both hobbies for the majority of his life, Mike eventually gave up hockey to concentrate on being a musician.

He attended St. Francis Xavier University where he earned a degree in English. In 1992, Mike's career in music began to take off. He played guitar and was one of the principal songwriters and guitarist in the band Sandbox and signed a record deal with EMI in Canada and Nettwerk in the U.S. Nominated for a Juno Award, East Coast Music Awards and a Casby Award, Sandbox released two albums with EMI and Nettwerk - Bionic and A Murder In The Glee Club.

In 1999, when the band split up Mike started composing music for film and television and has worked as a sound mixer on such feature films as The Weight of Water starring Sean Penn and Elizabeth Hurley, and Serendipity starring John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale. While sound mixing on the Trailer Park Boys feature, Mike met Robb Wells and John Paul Tremblay. Goofing around one day on set, Mike was imitating a character he had been doing for years. Mike Clattenburg decided to write the character into the series and thus the birth of the lovable character Bubbles.

As far as the band goes I'm finding it hard to come up with any info about the other members other than the lead singer, Paul Murray, who is the nephew of singer Anne Murray. Where they are and what they're doing now is a mystery to me, but there's no mystery about Mike's success. Today's track comes from the 1996 album Bionic and received a lot of airplay at the time. It is quite an excellent album and highly recommend it if you can get hold of it.

Curious by Sandbox
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