Rock My World Canada, chapter 84: Deja Voodoo

[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]

Déjà Voodoo was formed in Montreal by Gerard van Herk (guitar and singing) and Tony Dewald (drums), who combined 1950s horror imagery with rockabilly and country musical influences. Van Herk’s guitar only had the top four strings and he sang in a deep voice, whilst Dewald’s drum kit had no cymbals, which resulted in a low-treble rock style they termed “sludgeabilly.”

Despite their relative success, Déjà Voodoo never managed to break into the mainstream markets, and by 1990 both Gerard and Tony decided to split up the act.

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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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