Ongoing History of New Music

The Ongoing History of New Music, episode 984: 54-40 in their own words, part 2

If you’re going to commit to being in a band, you have to be prepared to deal with the bad as well as the good.

The good stuff can include fame, money, perks, and the glorious opportunity to make a living by playing music. Enviable stuff.

But then there’s also the bad stuff. Problems with your record label(s). Lineup changes. Dealing with the fickle tastes of the public. Writer’s block. Internal struggles. Management hassles. And I guess we can now add pandemic lockdowns, too. I could go on, but you get the point.

All these bad things can be deadly for any group at any level–but none of these issues are necessarily fatal. And this is where I direct you to exhibit “A:” Canada’s 54-40. They’ve been a going concern since 1980 and while there have been a couple of lineup changes over the years–three by my count–the core of the group is still there. And boy, do they have stories.

This is part 2 of 54-40: In Their Own Words.

Songs heard on this show (all songs by 54-40):

  • We’re a Western Band
  • Love You All
  • I Go Blind
  • Since When
  • Take Me Out
  • Feast of Ida

Eric Wilhite has created another playlist for us.

The Ongoing History of New Music can be heard on the following stations:

We’re still looking for more affiliates in Calgary, Kamloops, Kelowna, Regina, Saskatoon, Brandon, Windsor,  Montreal, Charlottetown, Moncton, Fredericton, and St John’s, and anywhere else with a transmitter. If you’re in any of those markets and you want the show, lemme know and I’ll see what I can do.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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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