Breeding Ground - Tales of Adventure

Breeding Ground - Tales of Adventure
Release Date: 
1986
Track Name: 
1. This Time Tomorrow
2. Turn To Dust
3. Epic
4. Tales of adventure
5. Happy Now I Know
6. Reflections (in a coffee cup) *
7. * in the sun
Recording Credits: 
Producer: Chris Wardman
Mix: Chris Wardman
Recorded at Quest Studio, Oshawa
Musician Credits: 
John Shirreff (vocals)
Hugh Gladish (guitar)
Jonathan Strayer (bass)
Kevin Hunter (drums)
Additional personnel Jason Sniderman - Keyboards
Molly Johnson: Backing vocals on "Happy Now I Know"

Label:Fringe Records
Released: 1985
Producer :: info ::

http://www.discogs.com/Breeding-Ground-Tales-Of-Adventure/release/1061878

jam.canoe.ca/Music/Pop_Encyclopedia/B/Breeding_Ground.htm

John Shirreff (vocals)
Hugh Gladish (guitar)
Jonathan Strayer (bass)
Kevin Hunter (drums; replaced Jones)
Gary Quinn (bass; replaced Strayer)
Chris Wardman (guitar) 

Breeding Ground was formed in Toronto in 1980 and subscribed to the cold wave mould of acts like New Order's school of rhythm. Their first release was an untitled 4 song 12" single in 1982 on Mannequin Records and featured original drummer Ken Jones. They would receive notoriety with the independent 12" single "Reunion"/"Slaughter" in 1983 oin Fringe. It was quite successful at college radio stations and ended up selling out three pressings. The follow-up EP, 1985's 'Tales Of Adventure', was produced by ex-Blue Peter guitarist Chris Wardman (who later joined the band) who enlisted the help of Alta Moda singer Molly Johnson and Jason Sniderman on keyboards. The record made it to No.1 on the campus charts and No.60 on CFNY's "Best 86 of '86" based on the success of the single and video for "Happy Now I Know". After the release of the EP, bassist Jonathan Strayer quit and the band effectively disbanded. However, Wardman and Shirreff continued writing material in Wardman's basement along with bassist Gary Quinn and before long, the remainder of Breeding Ground was recruited back to the band for the 1986 line-up of Shirreff, Gladish, Quinn, Hunter and Wardman. Bites began coming to the band from major labels but, alas, lawyer hassles prevented a deal from ever being struck even though another album had been recorded. Three years passed before Breeding Ground's next release, Obscurity And Flair which once again featured Molly Johnson and Chalk Circle's Tad Winklarz adding saxophone. Their version of David Essex's "Rock On" has never been released due to the flooding of the market with cover versions by Michael Damien, Bambi, and The Dave Howard Singers. Wardman claims that their version of the song, played by disc jockeys on a lark at the Silver Crown Tavern, was lifted by the members of Bambi who also frequented the club. ------------

Mostly inaccurate info from All Music Guide:

In 1980, a new rock band formed in Toronto, Canada, calling itself Breeding Ground. The original lineup consisted of lead singer John Shirreff, guitarists Chris Wardman and Hugh Gladish, bassist Jonathan Strayer, and drummer Ken Jones. Strayer and Jones were later replaced by bassist Gary Quinn and drummer Kevin Hunter. After a couple of years of playing gigs at clubs, the group landed a deal with the Mannequin Records label and released a self-titled EP. Over the next few years the band recorded a number of singles, a second EP, a couple of music videos, and even a full-length album. By the time the '80s had lived out its last hooray, so had Breeding Ground. After releasing that debut EP in 1982, Breeding Ground went independent the next year, and several singles followed, like "Slaughter," "Reunion," "Happy Now I Know," and "Ceremony of Love." Abundant airplay on college campuses earned the group great word of mouth reviews and plenty of exposure to young adults. Still, for all its growing popularity, the bandmembers were on shaky ground. There was a split up, but some of the guys managed to pull the tattered pieces back together for another try around 1986. Breeding Ground quickly released a sophomore EP, Tales of Adventure, and finally in 1989 completed an album titled Obscurity and Flair, both released under the Fringe Product label. When things fell apart again, there was no resurgence.
~ Charlotte Dillon, All Music Guide