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The Haunted (Canada) - 1995 - The Haunted
THE HAUNTED - 1995 - The Haunted
Tracklist: 1 - 1-2-5 2 - Shake 3 - Horror Show 4 - Untie Me 5 - I Can Only Give You Everything 6 - Eight O'clock This Morning 7 - 1-2-5 (Original Version) 8 - Out Of Time 9 - Searching For My Baby 10 - A Message To Pretty 11 - Twist 12 - Montreal Blues 13 - Porquoi (Talk Talk) 14 - Vapeur Mauve (Purple Haze) 15 - Come On Home 16 - I'm A Man 17 - Run Down Every Street 18 - Land Of Make Believe 19 - An Act Of Lovin' 20 - No More Lovin' 21 - Mona 22 - I'm Just Gonna Blow My Little Mind To Bits
scratchy, itchy garage rock from Montreal circa 1966. That was the year
The Haunted's first single, "1-2-5" was released, making it to the
Canadian charts and raising some eyebrows in the US and Europe. But
subsequent years saw their label's lack of support push the band to
obscurity (an old story).
Finding obvious inspiration in the Stones, Them, and the Kinks,
the Haunted added their own stamp to the hot sound of that time and
were unafraid to tackle classic-bound material ("Out of Time" by the
Stones, "Purple Haze" by Hendrix (um, in French), Sam Cooke's
"Shake"), unafraid to add a soulful edge to their garagey sound, and
most refreshingly, knew exactly where to use those tambourines and
harmonicas to near-excess ("1-2-5", "Eight O'Clock This Morning").
are blatant rips of classic melodies that are so obvious one would
think the band was working some kind of in-joke at the time: Donovan's
"Season of the Witch" becomes "Run Down Every Street". At any rate,
this stuff makes one long for a time when soul/punk/garage/pop, all
rolled together into one glorious whole, ruled rock 'n' roll airwaves,
and you could hear The Haunted right next to Otis Redding on your radio. Boy, I bet those were the days." - Lorry Fleming
Haunted came out of Montreal, Quebec, with a dirty and scruffy bad boys
image. Formed by Jurgen Peter, it has previously been reported that the
band formed as an instrumental group called The Blue Jays in late 1963.
This is now known to be incorrect, although the band did start out
playing instrumentals, with Bob Burgess on bass, The Blue J's were a
separate high-school act for whom Jurgen Peter stood in on guitar once
for one gig which was broadcast on local radio.
"In Canada, in the early '60s, there was no such thing as a commercial
music industry. The DJ's played only American records and it was common
knowledge that they lived off "payola" from the record companies. When
we, The Haunted, started to play as a band in the Montreal area, there
was no way to get a recording contract, no one to play your records, no
booking agency to book us, no large shows and paying gigs to play at,
no music magazine or anything like it to promote a local band."
had to scout out large halls and skating arenas and rent them from the
local communities for a Friday night show/dance. Then I went to the
local school commission and rented six or seven school busses for that
night in order to 'import' our home based Fan Club. I soon found out
that if you hired the local DJ to be the master of ceremonies at your
show, and gave him a percentage of the gate, he would plug that show
all week long without having to buy airtime at a ridiculous price, and
if you did have a record, he would actually play it on the air. With
the explosion and dominance of the British bands Canada wanted to
follow suit and soon the local record companies and radio stations
smelled money and latched on to the bands that had the most following."
also realized that I needed a 'vehicle' that would promote The Haunted
so I got together with one of our Montreal DJ Dave Boxer from CFCF. (He
later brought The Beatles into Canada) and formed and incorporated both
a bi-weekly music paper ('Music Trend') and a booking agency (Groups
And Sound Service aka GASS.) After a successful show, the public wanted
to come back the following week and it gave me an opportunity to book
some of the other local bands."
In 1965, David Wynne joined from The Rabble,
swapping places with Brian Robillard. David:- "I played with The
Haunted at the Montreal Forum when we won a Battle of the Bands
competition. The prize was a recording session where we cut 1-2-5.
Afterwards, Mason left and Michel St German of Les Sinners was hired temporarily to fill-in. Other bands in the competition included David Clayton-Thomas, The Shays and Les Classels etc."
first 45, the garage classic 1-2-5 was a hit in Canada in April 1966
and was subsequently released in the U.S.A., Australia and some
European countries. On early pressings the group's name was erroneously
spelt as The Hunted. Co-written by Burgess and Peter, the 'A' side was
a garage punk effort noticeable for its harmonica. The flip was another
relatively catchy punk rocker.
Shortly after recording the second 45, David Wynne, left the band. (Though soon afterwards he joined Influence.)
A new Haunted line-up (E) came into place, but after the release of, I
Can Only Give You Everything which was in a similar style to 1-2-5 and
also a minor hit, they left Quality Records for Trans-World. Burgess
left too after a row with Peter." - Haunted website