There is small, magical place where CanCon and One Hit Wonder converge. It’s a place where Unicorns in Molson toques play shinny on frozen ponds beneath which Ogo Pogo gleefully chases puck shadows. Legions of Hosers eagerly watch wrapped in Hudson Bay blankets, eating smoked salmon, and drinking Labatt 50. Don Cherry referees, Foster Hewitt does play-by-play, and Roger Doucet sings the national anthem backed by The Guess Who. Sam the Record Man has a store next to the bleachers where the rarest of rare Canadian musical gems can still be purchased on vinyl.
I can’t remember when or where I first heard this song. It was in my tween years and mostly likely I heard it by accident on the radio. Decades would pass without ever hearing it again though the chorus remained stuck in my conscience like a zircon in granite. I would eventually have to quiz a radio personality to get the song title and band name in order to hunt down a copy. As you can imagine, that was difficult to find in its own right, but I succeeded thanks to an obscure compilation CD perfectly titled Hard To Find Classics: Alternative 80’s.
Join me in kicking off the weekend with this New Wave treasure from the Great White North; “Melody” by Boys Brigade from their lone, self-titled album released in 1983.