That headline won’t make any sense to you unless you grew up in western Canada in the late 70s and early 80s. But if yiou did, read on.
Streetheart was the band guitarist Paul Dean and drummer Matt Frenette founded in Winnipeg before they bailed and moved to Calgary to form the much more successful Loverboy. Me and my buddiers were big fans, following them from bar to bar and cheering them on when they opened for Rush at the Winnipeg arena in the late 70s. Bass player Spider Sinnaeve still remains one of my favourite 4-stringers.
Their first album, Meanwhile, Back in Paris from 1978 (sample “Action” here), is something of a lost CanCon treasure and an honest-to-god Winnipeg classic.
Their second album, 1979’s Under Heaven Over Hell featured a different line-up (Dean and Frenette had left by this time) and a killer version of the Rolling Stones’ “Under My Thumb.” You still hear it on Canadian radio.
Streetheart broke up for the first in 1983 but has been sporadically gigging since 1999. Then yesterday, this appeared in my inbox. It’s a new recording featuring singer Kenny Shields performing yet another Rolling Stones song. If anything I’ve written so far makes sense to you, then you’ll want to listen to this.