Artificial Joy Club
|Artificial Joy Club|
|Also known as||Sal's Birdland|
|Origin||Ottawa, Ontario, Canada|
|Associated acts||One to One|
The group formed in 1993 when Louise Reny and Leslie Howe, formerly of the pop group One to One, joined with guitarist Michael Goyette, bassist Tim Dupont and drummer Andrew Lamarche. Initially taking the name Sal's Birdland ("Sal" was Reny's stage name in the band), the group released its debut album, So Very Happy, in 1994.
In 1995, the group signed an international deal with Warner Bros. Records' Discovery imprint, which reworked So Very Happy with production assistance from Michael James and released Nude Photos Inside to the North American market.
The label rejected their planned followup, claiming that they didn't hear a potential hit. The band consequently left Warner and signed to Interscope Records, changing their name to Artificial Joy Club at the same time. Goyette, Dupont and Lamarche had previously used the name Artificial Joy Club for a shortlived side project with Ottawa singer Doug Wilson.
They had a No. 17 Billboard Modern Rock Tracks hit in 1997 with "Sick and Beautiful", and appeared on the second stage bill at the Lollapalooza festival. That song was also featured on the soundtrack for the 1998 comedy-thriller film Homegrown.
The band broke up in 1999.
- So Very Happy (1994)
- Nude Photos Inside (1995)
Artificial Joy Club
- Melt (1997)
- "Crunchy Act Artificial Joy Club melts away doubters with 'Sick & Beautiful' single". Billboard, August 9, 1997.
- "Not quite banned, Sal's Birdland rocks on". Ottawa Citizen, December 22, 1994.
- "Colin Linden just a book of blues". Ottawa Citizen, June 22, 1995.
- "Lippy litany of buzzwords is Sal's way". The Province, September 26, 1997.
- "Big Smoke success smells sweet to Waltons". Ottawa Citizen, May 4, 1995.
- "The SoundtrackInfoProject: Homegrown (1998)".
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