Segarini – Another Iceage
Another Iceage from my time at SIRIUS Sat/Rad Radio. Iceberg 95 played 100% Canadian Music, but when it came to the classic stuff, we got stuck with the usual Burton, Randy, Bryan, and Hip, so I started a weekly one hour specialty show to feature more than just the usual suspects. It also allowed me to play new artists we started to overlook after the incredible Liz Janik was replaced as Our Leader by a corporate FM guy.
No offense to those who tried to follow in her footsteps, but Liz was perfect, not only when it came to her extraordinary musical taste and people skills, but her confidence to let creativity and passion flourish.
This was the second Iceage show, broadcast originally in 2007. There are 50 of these….
The Iceage Volume 2….
A Toronto favourite. Their “Might as Well be On Mars” is a classic, as is this gem.
Call ’em a Pop Rock Power Pop Band, they coulda been the Canadian Monkees. Big cute factor and a perfect ‘Wool Hat’ in leader Blair Packham, an astute, witty man who still pops out fine music when poked. Only difference between the Jits and the Monks? …the Jitters were always fine players.
Doug and the Slugs
If you ever saw this bunch live, you know what a huge loss Doug’s passing was. Truth in advertising AND music….
The Ville Emard Blues Band
Always worth the drive. An experimental, envelope bursting, blues based prog band of no small talent. There were always “WTF moments in their live performances. Smoke filled rooms full of tipsy believers…I am still one.
I was always pleased this track was a massive hit. James Taylor used to mention the “Folk Scare of the 1960s”, but Valdy stood up for it and made no bones about its detractors being ‘closed minded’. Still on the road. See him if you can.
Lots of talent in a small package. Arrogant little guy, but then, so are a lot of us when we’re young. Dude was responsible for a bunch of solid hit records. Probably still is….
5 Man Electrical Band
Always loved this Indigenous sounding rocker…an anomaly at the time. Still is, come to think about it.
The Prime Minister of the Blues. The Maritimes are still struggling to receive the respect they deserve. Start here.
Of all the songs this group got onto the radio, this one has always stuck with me. The tension of the verses and the release afforded by the text-book perfect chorus makes for one hell of a great single. There are some glitches in this file. Sorry….
All the rage again, it seems, but in 2007 when this Iceage was broadcast, he was still a bit of a mystery to most English speaking Canada and the rest of the world. Pag is the Beatles and Elvis of Canada…make no mistake about that.
All the Young Dudes
Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda, The Dudes became one more band eviscerated by a deaf dumb and blind producer and engineer, sent by a Major Label to change what they signed into something they didn’t. This track is from the demos that got us the deal. We weren’t allowed to record it for the album.
Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush
I misspoke on The Iceage. I was involved in Frank’s 2nd album, not the first. Marino is not only a talented musician/singer/writer, he is a very deep and spiritual individual. …he also knows more about getting the optimum flavour out of Coca Cola than the Coca Cola people themselves. A fascinating man and good friend.
Aww, Beeb. Shoulda stuck around, Bub…you would be famous as fuck right now. Such a talent, too many demons for any one man to handle. We should have all been there for him. RIP old chum.
The closing theme song, re-written by Jaimie as a tribute to Canadian artists…mind boggling in its all-inclusive patter, and trip-over-your-own-tongue delivery. Fuck you, Drake.
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Bob “The Iceman” Segarini was in the bands The Family Tree, Roxy, The Wackers, The Dudes, and The Segarini Band and nominated for a Juno for production in 1978. He also hosted “Late Great Movies” on CITY TV, was a producer of Much Music, and an on-air personality on CHUM FM, Q107, SIRIUS Sat/Rad’s Iceberg 95, (now 85), and now publishes, edits, and writes for DBAWIS, continues to write music, make music, and record.