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April 2010

Sick Ones: Brad Kent & Randy Rampage

Brad & Randy’s bands — Sergeant Nick Penis, the Sick Ones, .45’s, Ground Zero, etc.

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Fuck Bands

The “fuck band” was one of the more notable and enjoyable features of the early Vancouver punk scene...

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Records & labels

The majority of records produced in the Vancouver punk/indie scene were D.I.Y. (do-it-yourself) productions. There were a couple local labels, however, that played a major role in the Vancouver music scene...

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The Vancouver Complication album

The LP’s detractors complained about the dizzying mix of styles on the album, sequencing hardcore punk next to new wave pop and quirky art-rock experimentalism...

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The Modernettes

The Modernettes were formed in the spring of 1979, based on the central partnership of John Armstrong, aka Buck Cherry, and Mary Armstrong, aka Mary-Jo Kopechne...

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Punk on TV

In 1978/’79, viewers of cable access TV in Lower Mainland Vancouver were lucky to be able to watch two groundbreaking shows: Nite Dreems and Soundproof...

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Young Canadians

Originally named the K-Tels, the Young Canadians were around barely two years — but they made a lasting impression on the Vancouver punk/indie scene...

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Rabid

Rabid were in existence roughly from fall 1978 to fall 1979, not counting a handful of reunion or “farewell” shows that followed...

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UJ3RK5

UJ3RK5 was Vancouver's pre-eminent art-rock group whose members were well-known in the art community — many of whom would go on to bigger and better things in their respective fields...

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Private School

Private School was often pegged as an “art school” band, but their musical repertoire was eclectic, and also featured harder punk tunes...

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