Jason Sniderman started dreaming of rock stardom when he was eight and invented his musical alter ego, Ensign Broderick, when he was 12. Now, 47 years later, he’s finally ready to release his debut record.
Feast Of Panthers (out March 9 on Six Shooter) combines recently written material with songs Sniderman wrote over four decades ago but which haven’t seen the light of day until now.
Seated in a booth at a Vietnamese restaurant on Dundas West, Sniderman explains the origin story of his new wave persona.
“It’s conceived and cultivated with a certain amount of innocence,” he says
Even the name bears the imprint of youth: “It just was a cooler-sounding name [than my own],” he smiles. “Ensign” rhymed with “Jensen,” the manufacturer of his favourite car.
There are a few contributing factors for the decades-long chasm between writing and releasing the music. One, he says, was that, when he played it for his friends in the 70s, reception was lukewarm at best. “Some of this music was just too weird for people back then.”
The muted response was discouraging. “Dealing with indifference or negative responses for a long time, you build up some scar tissue,” he says. “That scar tissue isn’t easily worn away.”
Blue Peter and Chalk Circle are playing the Phoenix on Dec 12.
More details to follow.
Paul Humphrey and Chris Wardman of Blue Peter came by the studio to chat about their hit "Radio Silence" on how the song came to be!
Blue Peter's Paul Humphrey & Chris Wardman are appearing on Boom 97.3's Behind The Vinyl tomorrow at 1pm as part of Turntable Tuesday, playing tunes and chatting.
It's all back: the synths, the skinny jeans, the studded jackets and, of course, the hair — and along with it, an ever-growing new wave of new wave bands.
7. Blue Peter
"At the forefront of the movement — their 'Chinese Graffiti,' 'Radio Silence' and 'Don't Walk Past' are a trifecta of new wave gems."
Release Date: March 25, 2014
Label: Universal Music Canada
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Tragically Hip – New Orleans Is Sinking
Alanis – Never Too Hot
Blue Peter – Don’t Walk Past
Boy's Brigade – Passion Of Love
Candi – Under Your Spell
Dalbello - Gonna Get Close To You
Eight Seconds – Kiss You When It’s Dangerous
Gino Vannelli - Black Cars
Glass Tiger – Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)
Grapes Of Wrath – All The Things I Wasn’t
Helix – Rock You
Kim Mitchell – Go For A Soda
Luba – Let It Go
Men Without Hats – Pop Goes The World
Northern Pikes - Teenland
Pagliaro – What The Hell I Got
Paul Janz – Every Little Tear
Payolas - Eyes Of A Stranger
Prism – Young & Restless
Rock & Hyde – Dirty Water
Sheriff – When I’m With You
Sherry Kean - I Want You Back
Spoons - Nova Heart
Strange Advance - World’s Away
Tom Cochrane – Big League
Triumph – Magic Power
Bob & Doug McKenzie - Take Off
Rush – Limelight
KD Lang & Roy Orbison – Crying
Robbie Robertson – Showdown At Big Sky
Colin James – Five Long Years
Pursuit Of Happiness – I’m An Adult Now
Powder Blues Band – Doin’ It Right
Red Rider – Lunatic Fringe
Bryan Adams – Run To You
Martha & Muffins - Echo Beach
FRI NOV 2, 2012
Then & Now: The Edge
...The Garys saw the club as a springboard for emergent local acts. “We nurtured a lot of local groups who got signed from playing regularly at The Edge and from being promoted the same ways we would promote The Police or whoever,” says Topp. He namechecks more than a dozen Toronto acts of the time, including The Mods, Drastic Measures, The Sharks, The Curse, Spoons, Battered Wives, The Demics, The Dishes, Johnny and the G-Rays, Blue Peter, and The B-Girls."