Thursday, March 27, 2008

The Watchmen

Today in Music History:

In 1971, New York radio station WNBC banned the song 'One Toke Over the Line' by Brewer & Shipley because of its alleged drug references. Other stations around the country followed.

The Watchmen were a Canadian rock band that was one of the most commercially successful Canadian alternative rock groups of the early 1990s. The group was formed in 1988 in Winnipeg, Manitoba by vocalist Daniel Greaves, guitarist Joey Serlin, bassist Pete Loewen and drummer Sammy Kohn. Serlin was a comic fan and named the group after the DC comic. The band's 1994 album In The Trees confirmed their place in Canadian rock with the hit singles "Boneyard Tree", "All Uncovered" and "Lusitana".

In 1998 the band released Silent Radar which was their fourth studio album and it spawned numerous hits for the band. The album provided the band with their third and final Juno nomination as they were nominated for Best Rock Album at the 1999 Juno Awards. As was the case with their previous two Juno nominations, the band lost the award to The Tragically Hip. In November 2003 the band decided to go their separate ways. Before they did, they performed one last short tour across Canada as a "Thank You" to their fans. The tour was called "The Watchman's Last Road Trip" and included 9 concerts in 6 Canadian cities and 1 American city. Another Canadian band that while well known in it's native land, did not garner much exposure south of the border.

Stereo by The Watchmen
Any Day Now by The Watchmen
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Absolutely Anytime by the Watchmen
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