Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Streetheart Revisited

Today in Music History:

In 1989, Nick of Time, Bonnie Raitt's first album for Capitol Records, enters the album chart. Produced by Don Was, it is one of the major success stories of the year, rising to #1 and minor hits in "Have a Heart" and "Nick of Time."

StreetheartStreetheart was a Canadian rock band from Regina, Saskatchewan. In 1975, vocalist Ken Shields, keyboard player Daryl Gutheil and bassist Ken Sinnaeve formed the band Wascana. After being renamed Witness, the group became Streetheart when guitarist Paul Dean and drummer Matt Frenette joined in 1977. Streetheart's heyday as a popular club and concert attraction in Canada was during the late 1970s until the mid-1980s. They originally drew the attention of Atlantic Records and were signed in 1977. Their first LP, Meanwhile Back in Paris, sold 100 000 copies in 1977 and brought the band a Juno Award as most promising group of 1979. Seven LPs followed 1979-83: Under Heaven, Over Hell, Quicksand Shoes. Action - The Best of Streetheart, Drugstore Dancer, Streetheart, Dancing with Danger, and Live after Dark. Record sales earned them six gold albums and four platinum albums; the single 'Under My Thumb' achieved gold single status.

At the peak of their career, Streetheart toured with several Canadian rock bands including Chilliwack, Rush, Harlequin, Max Webster (see Kim Mitchell), Aldo Nova, April Wine and with American bands including Sammy Hagar, Styx, Kansas, and Blue Oyster Cult. Paul Dean and Matt Frenette left Streetheart in 78 and 79 respectively and you may remember them from another little old Canadian band by the name of Loverboy. Streetheart played together until 1984, and Streetheart's most popular single, "Under My Thumb" (1979), was a remake of the song by the Rolling Stones, who were an early Streetheart influence. Keith Richard's himself said that Streetheart's version of the song was the best cover of a Stones song that he'd ever heard. In fact he liked it much better than the Stones version.

Look in Your Eyes by Streetheart
out of print

Trouble by Streetheart
Buy It

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