I’ve never owned a plentiful amount of record albums in my lifetime, but I’ve owned some interesting ones. I wish I could say it was the result of an exceptionally discerning use of my allowance but the more likely truth is that I was just weird. I didn’t exactly shy away from popular music. I did own Springsteen’s Born In The USA, after all. And Culture Club, Chicago, Pat Benatar, and REO Speedwagon are hardly obscure acts, screaming Eighties though they may be.
But for every multi-platinum hit record in my modest collection there was a quirk like this album that is perhaps the greatest testament to the power of Canadian Content regulations. I can’t imagine any parallel universe in which this band, this album, and this song even exists without CanCon let alone becomes a national hit. It’s both unique and wonderful and truly bizarre. A mixture of English and French, spoken/sung with a distinctly Quebecois accent, and detailing the murder of a young girl by a man suffering from multiple personality disorder, it’s as distinctly Canadian as anything I’ve recounted in this blog series.
The chorus of this song really moved me back in the day. I just loved it and had to buy the album. The album turned out to be quite good with many other songs much to my liking including a strange, unexpected recitation of the album title at the very end of side B. I’m kicking off the weekend with “L’Affair Dumoutier” by The Box from their 1985 album All The Time, All The Time, All The Time.