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Published on June 30th, 2019 | by Alan Cross

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Rock My World Canada, chapter 78: Blue Peter

[Mike Carr is determined to create a catalogue/reference work featuring all kinds of Canadian rock and alternative releases from the past few decades. Check out his 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. – AC]

Blue Peter is a new wave synthpop band founded in 1978 in Markham, Ontario by Chris Wardman and Paul Humphrey. The initial lineup was rounded out by bassist Geoff McOuat and drummer Ron Tomlinson; this ensemble recorded Blue Peter’s first EP, Test Patterns for Living, in 1979.

In their heyday, Blue Peter opened for major international acts such as the Police and Simple Minds. The video for “Don’t Walk Past”, directed by Rob Quartly, was No. 85 on MuchMusic’s top videos of the century list and was played on MTV in the United States, in spite of the lack of American record distribution for the band.

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.




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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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