Kim Mitchell

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Kim Mitchell
Kim Mitchell publicity image.jpg
Background information
Born (1952-07-10) July 10, 1952 (age 62)
Sarnia, Ontario
Genres Rock, hard rock, progressive rock
Occupations Musician, Songwriter, Radio DJ
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Years active 1973–present
Labels Anthem, Alert
Associated acts Max Webster
Website http://www.kimmitchell.ca

Joseph Kim Mitchell (born July 10, 1952) is a Canadian musician. He was the lead singer and guitarist for the band Max Webster before going on to lead a solo career. He is currently a radio show host for CILQ-FM (Q107) in Toronto.

Early life[edit]

Mitchell attended St. Clair Secondary School in Sarnia.

During the 1970s, Mitchell began playing with local bands in Sarnia. After going through a few name changes with essentially the same band, Mitchell and "Zooom" headed for Toronto, Ontario. Zooom eventually dissolved, with Mitchell traveling to the Greek islands.

Career[edit]

On his return to Canada, he formed the band Max Webster with fellow Sarnia native Pye Dubois. Max Webster toured extensively and built a string of hits. Mitchell's solo career began after his departure from Max Webster, with session work and a succession of solo albums.

A new sound was road-tested on the club circuit and recorded on his 1982 self-titled mini-album. Songs such as "Chain of Events" featured Mitchell's lead vocal and guitar and Dubois' suburban story-telling, anchored by the visceral drum/bass combination of Paul DeLong and Robert Sinclair Wilson. Peter Fredette added vocal and guitar counterpoint.

In early 1985, the song "Go For Soda" from the Akimbo Alogo album became an international hit and remains his best known song outside of his native Canada. The song was also featured in the opening scene of the 1985 Miami Vice episode "Buddies". It was popularized in a series of television commercials for the soft drink Mr. Pibb. More recently, that ad campaign was lampooned by American Dad, in the episode "A.T. the Abusive Terrestrial". The song was later used in the Trailer Park Boys episode "We Can't Call People Without Wings Angels So We Call Them Friends". His most successful Canadian album was the follow-up, 1986's Shakin' Like a Human Being, featuring the hits "Alana Loves Me", "Easy to Tame", and the biggest hit of his career, "Patio Lanterns".

In 1992, Mitchell played guitar on the track "Brave and Crazy" from Tom Cochrane's album Mad Mad World. In that same year he also made a cameo appearance (as himself) on the third season finale of the popular Canadian sketch program The Kids in the Hall.

2004 to Present[edit]

In 2004, Mitchell entered the radio broadcasting industry, becoming an afternoon drivetime host on Toronto classic rock radio station Q107 (CILQ-FM).[1] He also opened for Def Leppard at the Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto on July 16, 2007. His eighth studio album, entitled Ain't Life Amazing, was released on July 17, 2007.[2]

In 2006, Mitchell provided a guitar solo on the song "Wind It Up" from the Barenaked Ladies' album Barenaked Ladies Are Me.

The Kim Mitchell Band features his musical partner of 26 years Peter Fredette on bass and vocals (originally 2nd guitar and keyboards) with Chris Sutherland on drums and vocals, and Ray Coburn on keyboards.

Discography[edit]

Mitchell at the Fergus Truck Show, 2008

Max Webster[edit]

Year Title Chart positions Certifications
CAN
[3]
CAN
[4]
1976 Max Webster 32 Gold
1977 High Class in Borrowed Shoes 44 Gold
1978 Mutiny Up My Sleeve 53 Gold
1979 A Million Vacations 13 Platinum
1979 Live Magnetic Air 17 Gold
1980 Universal Juveniles 41 Gold
1981 Diamonds Diamonds 47
1989 The Best of Max Webster -

Solo[edit]

Year Title Chart positions Certifications
CAN
[5]
CAN
[6]
1982 Kim Mitchell 38
1984 Akimbo Alogo 23 Platinum
1986 Shakin' Like A Human Being 6 3x Platinum
1989 Rockland 4 2x Platinum
1990 I Am A Wild Party (Live) 13 Platinum
1992 Aural Fixations 17 Gold
1994 Itch 55
1995 Greatest Hits 31 Platinum
1999 Kimosabe -
2005 Fill Your Head with Rock -
2007 Ain't Life Amazing -

Singles[edit]

Year Song US Hot 100 U.S. Main- stream Rock Album
1985 "Go For Soda" 86 12 Akimbo Alogo
1986 "Patio Lanterns" - 36 Shakin' Like A Human Being

Guest singles[edit]

Year Title Artist Album
2006 "Young at Heart" Charlie Major Shadows and Light

Juno Awards[edit]

Mitchell has been awarded several Juno Awards for his work:

  • 1983 – Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year
  • 1987 – Album of the Year: Shakin' Like A Human Being
  • 1990 – Male Vocalist of the Year

Television appearances[edit]

  • Mitchell also made a cameo appearance on the show Twitch City.
  • In Season 7 of the Trailer Park Boys Ricky played one of Mitchell's classic songs, "Go For Soda", on 8 track, while exclaiming "Bubbles, While you rock a piss, I'll rock some Mitchell."[7] Mitchell also appeared on the Canadian sitcom The Kids in the Hall during a sketch where he teaches senior citizens how to tune the electric guitar.
  • he has contributed voice work for several episodes of the PBS animated series Cyberchase voicing Appollo in "out of sync", chief in "The guilty party" and Walter the walrus in "When Penguins fly"
  • Kim Mitchell is also the host (and has made guest appearances) on GUITAR PICKS shown on the HIFI high-definition channel now in its second season starting in 2012.

Family[edit]

Kim Mitchell has two sons, Josh and Jesse. Jesse works for his father as a drum tech and road manager.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kim Mitchell becomes DJ" - CBC News - The Arts
  2. ^ "Kim Mitchell's back in his groove" - The Spec - Entertainment
  3. ^ Peak positions for Max Webster's albums in Canada:
  4. ^ "Gold Platinum Database: Max Webster". Canadian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2011-09-02. 
  5. ^ Peak positions for Kim Mitchell's albums in Canada:
  6. ^ "Gold Platinum Database: Kim Mitchell". Canadian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2011-09-02. 
  7. ^ Trailer Park Boys - Season 7 - "We Can't Call People Without Wings Angels - So We Call Them Friends"

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