Idle Eyes

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Idle Eyes
OriginVancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Years active1983 (1983)–1994 (1994)
2002 (2002)–present
MembersTad Campbell
Past membersGlenn R. Smith
Miles Fox Hill
John Webster
Phil Robertson
Randy Booth
Al Webster
Bud Omstead
Dave Stone
Bruce Mckenzie
Scotty Hall
Russel Newell
Gus Vassos
Tony Ferraro
Mark Poy
Randy Heibert
Kelly Cook
Thom Christiansen
Donna McConville
Dudley Welsh
Mike Poulter
Kevin O'Brien
Bill Miekle
Don Biggar
James Chadwick
Steve Elaschuk
Terry Alton
Larry Pardue
Kevin Swain

Idle Eyes is a Canadian rock and roll band from Vancouver, British Columbia.[1] They are best known for the Canadian hit single "Tokyo Rose", which peaked at #16 on RPM's Canadian singles chart in June 1985. David Bruce "Tad" Campbell is the group's singer, chief songwriter and sole constant member.


The band had its genesis in 1980 while Campbell was travelling in Australia, when he encountered an advertisement for a local band looking for a guitarist.[2] He joined the band, which spent several months as the house band at a resort in the Whitsunday Islands, during which time they were also joined by new vocalist Donna McConville, who would also become Campbell's girlfriend.[3] They later moved to Townsville,[2] where they recorded early demos of several songs that would eventually end up on the band's first two albums.[2]

Campbell eventually returned to Canada with McConville,[2] putting together a new lineup since most of the original Australian members had not moved with them.[2] The band lineup changed frequently over the early years,[2] including McConville eventually leaving the band when her relationship with Campbell ended.[2] She returned to Australia, where she became a backing vocalist for John Farnham.[2]

The band was nearly dormant when Campbell made a last-ditch effort to record a demo, which he sent to Payolas manager Cliff Jones in the hopes of securing a recording contract.[2] Jones responded favourably, so Campbell and drummer Phil Robertson recruited Glenn R. Smith, Miles Fox Hill and John Webster to record the band's self-titled debut album.[3]

The singles "Tokyo Rose" and "All Day" won awards from SOCAN as two of the top ten most played songs on Canadian radio that year.[2] The band toured extensively as an opening act for Loverboy, Bryan Adams,[2] Tears for Fears,[3] Toto,[3] The Human League[4] and Red Rider,[2] as well as at a nationally televised Expo 86 gala which also featured Adams, Loverboy, Sheena Easton, Véronique Béliveau and Kenny Rogers.[5]

Also in 1985, Campbell participated in the recording of "Actions Speak Louder Than Words", a charity single to raise money for Canadian food banks, alongside Mike Reno, Paul Dean and Matt Frenette of Loverboy, Darby Mills of Headpins, Johnnie Dee and Derry Grehan of Honeymoon Suite, Paul Hyde, Carole Pope and Murray McLauchlan.[6]

Idle Eyes were nominated for three Juno Awards in 1985, winning for Most Promising New Group.[7] Other awards included six West Coast Music Awards, winning group of the year honors in 1985 and 1986.[2] Campbell won Songwriter of the Year in 1985 for "Tokyo Rose", which was also named Song of the Year.[2]

Their second album Love's Imperfection was produced by Michael Beinhorn and engineered by Bob Rock at the Little Mountain Studio.[2] Released at Christmastime with no videos,[2] the album sold fewer than 20,000 units and the band was dropped from their label a few months later.[2] The band carried on for a few years, with a revolving line up and a minor hit, "Blue Train", from their independently produced third album Standing at the Edge.[2] A best-of album, Land of the Midnight Sun, was released in 1994 and featured six new songs.[2]

After the band's breakup in 1994, Campbell formed the bands Leghold Trap, Millions of Brazilians and Big Daddio before reforming Idle Eyes in the early 2000s.[2]



  • Idle Eyes - 1985 #42 CAN
  • Love's Imperfection - 1986 #93 CAN
  • Standing at the Edge - 1988
  • Land of the Midnight Sun - 1994 (released as "Tad Campbell & Idle Eyes")
  • Karma Cops - 2000
  • Bites Back - 2002


  • "Tokyo Rose" (1986) #16 CAN
  • "Two Rivers" (1986)
  • "All Day" (1986)
  • "In Your Room" (1987)
  • "Sandra" (1987) #83 CAN
  • "Chains Have Fallen" (1988)
  • "Standing at the Edge" (1988)
  • "Blue Train" (1989)


  • Tad Campbell (lead vocals, rhythm guitar)
  • Phil Robertson (drums)
  • Glenn R. Smith (guitars)
  • Miles Fox Hill (bass)
  • Scotty Hall (Guitar — Loves Imperfection)
  • Bruce MacKenzie (Keyboard - Loves Imperfection and post 1985)
  • John Webster (Keyboard - Idle Eyes 1985 tour)
  • Touring members post 1988
  • Randy Booth (Bass)
  • Al Webster (Drums)

Additional touring members post 1988[edit]

  • Bud Omstead (Bass-loves imperfection tour 1986)
  • Dave Stone (keys)
  • Russel Newell (drums)
  • Gus Vassos (vocals)
  • Tony Ferraro (drums)
  • Mark Poy (keys)
  • Patrick Miles (guitar)
  • Kelly Cook (bass)
  • Thom Christiansen (bass)

First version of Idle Eyes[edit]

  • Donna McConville (lead vocals, keyboards)
  • Dudley Welsh (drums)
  • Mike Poulter (bass)
  • Kevin O'Brien (bass, saxophone, vocals)
  • Bill Miekle (saxophone)
  • Don Biggar (bass)
  • James Chadwick (drums)
  • Steve Elaschuk (bass)
  • Terry Alton (guitar)
  • Larry Pardue (bass, vocals)
  • Kevin Swain (bass, vocals)


  1. ^ "Vancouver boogies to distinct beat". The Globe and Mail. June 7, 1986. p. D3.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t "Idle Eyes". JAM! Canadian Pop Encyclopedia. 29 November 2004. Retrieved 24 October 2005.
  3. ^ a b c d Quill, Greg (May 31, 1985). "Zeller returns with psychobilly band". Toronto Star. p. D12.
  4. ^ Niester, Alan (January 31, 1987). "Human League is starting to come alive". The Globe and Mail. p. E4.
  5. ^ "Comic Howie Mandel keeps it light for Expo gala". Broadcast Week (The Globe and Mail). May 17, 1986. p. 8.
  6. ^ Lacey, Liam (December 12, 1985). "Rockers cry out for the poor". The Globe and Mail. p. D5.
  7. ^ Lacey, Liam (November 5, 1985). "Young rockers step to the fore". The Globe and Mail. p. C1.

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