The Scenics

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The Scenics
The Scenics 04-14-2008.jpg
The Scenics on stage in Hamilton, Ontario
April 2008
Background information
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Punk rock, art rock
Years active 1976–1982
2008–present
Labels Dream Tower
Website www.thescenics.com
Members Andy Meyers
Ken Badger
Mike Young
Mark Perkell

The Scenics are a band from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, active from 1976 to 1982, and from 2008 to the present. Their style incorporates punk rock, post-punk, and art punk. The Scenics appeared both in the 1979 Colin Brunton documentary film The Last Pogo and on the accompanying soundtrack album And Now Live from Toronto The Last Pogo with two tracks.

In 1980 the band released a full-length album, Underneath the Door on the Bomb Records label. Finally, in 1981, they released a single "Karen" b/w "See Me Smile" on their own Scenic Route Records label.[1]

In 2008, The Scenics released a new album of 1977-1981 live material called How Does It Feel to Be Loved? The Scenics play the Velvet Underground.[2][3] The group reformed in early 2008 and has even played a few gigs to support the release including an appearance at the June 2008 NXNE Festival in Toronto, Canada.

In October 2009, the band released another compilation from their recording vaults, "Sunshine World (Studio Recordings 1977-78)". To promote the release, that same month, the band performed a series of live dates in Ontario and Quebec.[4]

In 2012 the now-active band recorded Dead Man Walks Down Bayview for release on their own Dreamtower Records. The album consists of new recordings of songs written over the last 20 years.[5]

Members[edit]

  • Andy Meyers (guitar, bass, vocals, songwriter)
  • Ken Badger (guitar, bass vocals, songwriter)
  • Mike Young (guitar, bass)
  • Mark Perkell (drums)

Former members[edit]

  • Andy Meyers (guitar, bass, vocals, songwriter, saxophone from 1976 to 1982)
  • Ken Badger (guitar, bass vocals, songwriter from 1976 to 1982)
  • Mike Young (guitar, bass from May 1979 to June 1980)
  • Mark Perkell (drums from March 1980 to May 1982)
  • Mike Cusheon (drums from November 1976- February 1977)
  • Mark French (drums from May 1977 to June 1977)
  • Brad Cooper (drums from July 1977 to February 1980)
  • Ken Fox (now with The Fleshtones, bass from June 1980 to May 1982)

Discography[edit]

LPs[edit]

  • Underneath the Door (1979, Bomb/Rio Records)
  • How Does It Feel to Be Loved? The Scenics Play the Velvet Underground (2008, Dream Tower Records[6][7])
  • Sunshine World - Studio Recordings 1977-78 (2009, Dream Tower Records [8])
  • Dead Man Walks Down Bayview (2012, Dreamtower Records)

Singles[edit]

  • "Karen b/w See Me Smile" (1981, Scenic Route Records)

Compilations[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vernon, Jaimie (2004-12-07). "The Canadian Pop Encyclopedia". Jam! Showbiz. Canoe.ca. Retrieved 2011-02-09. 
  2. ^ Morgan, Jeffrey (2008-01-02). "Jeffrey Morgan's Media Blackout". Metro Times. Times-Shamrock Communications. Retrieved 2011-02-09. SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: The Scenics 
  3. ^ Worth, Liz (2007-11-01). "The Scenics How Does It Feel To Be Loved". Exclaim!. Ian Danzig. Retrieved 2011-02-09. Kicking off like a frayed electric shock, How Does It Feel To Be Loved quickly immerses the listener into a warm frenzy of fuzzy energy. First formed in 1976 by Andy Meyers (guitar/vocals/bass) and Ken Badger (guitar/vocals/bass), the Scenics were one of the most intrepidly inspired bands of the Toronto new wave/punk scene. 
  4. ^ Harper, Kate (2009-09-09). "The Scenics Return, New Album Coming". CHARTattack. CHART Communications. Retrieved 2011-02-09. The Scenics, the Toronto band who were part of the 1978 Last Pogo punk concert at Toronto's Horseshoe Tavern, will release a collection of unearthed studio recordings, Sunshine World, on Oct. 13 
  5. ^ "Howlin Wuelf Media :: The Scenics ::". Retrieved 2012-03-10. The material here was written over a span of several decades, but stylistically could have all come together in one madly inspired session. 
  6. ^ "Listen Now! How Does It Feel to Be Loved: The Scenics Play the Velvet Underground". allmusic. Rovi Corporation. 2008. Retrieved 2011-02-09. 
  7. ^ Meyers, Andrew (2009). "How Does It Feel To Be Loved: The Scenics play the Velvet Underground/CD". Dreamtower Records. Retrieved 2011-02-09. 
  8. ^ Meyers, Andrew (2009). "Sunshine World/ The Scenics". Dreamtower Records. Retrieved 2011-02-09. 

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