Lost Dakotas

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Lost Dakotas
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres alternative country
Years active 1989 (1989)–1996 (1996)
Labels Cargo Records
Past members Greg McConnell
Paul Dakota
Adam Faux
Ron Duffy
Rick O'Brien
Tim Bovaconte
J.C. Orr

Lost Dakotas was a Canadian alternative country band in the 1990s.[1] The band originally consisted of vocalist Paul Dakota and bassist Greg McConnell (formerly of Absolute Whores), who began in 1989 as a busking duo at the corner of Yonge and Dundas Streets in Toronto.[2][3]

Dakota and McConnell added guitarist Adam Faux and drummer Ron Duffy for their 1990 debut, Love to Play.[3] Initially released as a limited edition cassette, the album completely sold out in just two days.[4] The band's visuals, including posters, album art and animated video clips, were created by artist Erella Vent.[3]

1991's Last Train to Kipling (a reference to Kipling station on the Toronto Transit Commission's Bloor-Danforth subway line) stayed in the campus radio charts in Chart for over 100 weeks.[4] The album was most noted for a countrified cover of AC/DC's "Back in Black".[5]

In 1992 Faux left to focus work on his previous band Pig Farm,[6] and was replaced by Rick O'Brien[3] and later by Tim Bovaconte.[5] The band supported the album with their first full-scale national tour in spring 1993.[3]

Their third and final album, Sun Machine, was released in 1993 on Cargo Records.[7] The album included a cover of Ned Sublette's "Cowboys Are Frequently, Secretly Fond of Each Other",[5] 13 years before the song was made famous by Willie Nelson. At the 1993 Kumbaya Festival, the band performed the song live with rock singer Lee Aaron as guest vocalist.[8] For their 1994 tour to support that album, the band was also joined by J.C. Orr, formerly of King Apparatus, as a second guitarist.[7]

The band's final recording was a cover of Bob Snider's "You" on the 1996 tribute album Poetreason: The Songs of Bob Snider.[9]

McConnell went on to form Stratochief, but died in 1999.[4] Erella Vent, now Erella Ganon, continues as an illustrator and writer. Adam Faux currently leads two bands with drummer Topher Stott, Hot Fo Gandhi and The Tiny Specks.


  • Love to Play (1990)
  • Last Train to Kipling (1991)
  • Sun Machine (1993)


  1. ^ "Lost Dakotas find popularity with earthy approach to music". Halifax Chronicle-Herald, March 5, 1993.
  2. ^ "But does it beat busking?". The Globe and Mail, February 22, 1994.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Dakotas get off street ... and hit highway". Toronto Star, March 11, 1993.
  4. ^ a b c "Gregarious Greg McConnell", The Globe and Mail, May 19, 1999.
  5. ^ a b c "Lost Dakotas found some raunch on new CD". Ottawa Citizen, January 20, 1994.
  6. ^ "Pigfarm drummer didn't miss a beat". Edmonton Journal, May 10, 1994.
  7. ^ a b "Lost Dakotas find new sound going un-unplugged". Edmonton Journal, December 6, 1994.
  8. ^ "AIDS benefit concert goes over big 3 ways". Toronto Star, September 6, 1993.
  9. ^ "How EMI signed busker Bob Rags-to-records tale brings Snider to Yellow Door". Montreal Gazette, November 4, 1995.