Rock My World Canada, chapter 51: Rheostatics

[Mike Carr has put together a massive volume on Canadian music history entitled Canadian Alternative & Indie Reference and Collector’s Guide. It’s an incredible discography of hundreds of bands. This is the latest excerpt from his book. – AC]

Rheostatics are a Genie Award-winning indie rock band from Toronto. They were formed in 1978, and actively performed and recorded for 27 years, from 1980 until officially disbanding in 2007. Since then they have given a number of reunion performances at special events, and as of late 2016 are writing new material and performing again. Although they had only one Top 40 hit, “Claire” in 1995, they were simultaneously one of Canada’s most influential and unconventional rock bands, a band whose eclectic take on pop and rock music has been described both as iconic and iconoclastic. In particular, two of the band’s albums, Whale Music and Melville, have been cited in numerous critical and listener polls as among the best Canadian albums ever recorded.

Find out more about this artist and hundreds of other Canadian artists in the softcover edition of Canadian Alternative & Indie Reference and Collector’s Guide. Get your copy here. Follow Mike on Facebook and Twitter.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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