Shaking the Foundations

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Shaking the Foundations
Shaking the Foundations.jpg
Studio album by
Rough Trade
GenreNew wave, Synth pop, rock
LabelTrue North
ProducerGene Martynec, Carole Pope, Kevan Staples
Rough Trade chronology
For Those Who Think Young
Shaking the Foundations

Shaking the Foundations is the fourth studio album by the Toronto new-wave band Rough Trade. It was released in 1982 and became a hit in Canada in 1983, spending 21 weeks on the charts,[1] peaking at #9 in February, putting it at #1 on the CANCON listing.[2]

The only standard single release from the album was "Crimes of Passion" b/w "Endless Night",[3] which peaked at #18.[4] Both this and the title track were included on the 10-track 1985 greatest hits album Birds of a Feather: The Best of Rough Trade.[5] "I Want to Live" b/w "Numero Fatale" and "The Sacred and the Profane" (the last track being from the previous album For Those Who Think Young) was released as a 12-inch picture sleeve disc.[6]


Shaking the Foundations hit gold in Canada four weeks after its release[7] (50,000 units, certified by the CRIA on March 1, 1983),[8] and was the #68 album of the year for 1983.[9] It won the 1983 U-Know Award for Album of the Year.[10]

Track list[edit]

All tracks written by Carole Pope and Kevan Staples.

1."Crimes of Passion"3:57
2."Endless Night" (From the film Track Two)4:40
3."Shaking the Foundations"3:59
5."Numero Fatale"3:38
6."America: Bad and Beautiful"3:30
7."I Want to Live"3:56
8."Kiss Me Deadly"3:48
9."Fire Down Below"3:41
10."Beg for It"2:54

Note that the UK release of Shaking the Foundations adds the track "All Touch" to the album, placing it at the beginning of side two (right before "America: Bad and Beautiful").


During the recording of this album, Terry Wilkins and Bucky Berger left the band and were replaced by Howard Ayee and Jorn Anderson.

Additional vocals


Gary Gray was nominated for the Recording Engineer of the Year Juno Award for his work on this album.[11]

  • Gene Martynec - producer
  • Carole Pope - producer
  • Kevan Staples - producer, art direction
  • Gary Grey - engineer
  • Peter Lee - assistant engineer
  • Rick Starks - assistant engineer
  • George Marino - mastering
  • Peter J. Moore - remastering, restoration
  • Bart Schoales - art direction
  • Christopher Dew - photography


  1. ^ "RPM 50 Albums". Volume 38, No. 9. RPM. April 30, 1983. Retrieved 11 July 2011.
  2. ^ "RPM 50 Albums". Volume 37, No. 24. RPM. February 12, 1983. Retrieved 11 July 2011.
  3. ^ "Rough Trade Discography". December 2007. Retrieved 11 July 2011.
  4. ^ "RPM 50 Singles". Volume 37, No. 25. RPM. February 19, 1983. Retrieved 11 July 2011.
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  7. ^ "Artist Catalogue / Rough Trade / Shaking The Foundations". True North Records. Retrieved 11 July 2011.
  8. ^ "Music Canada, Gold Platinum Database".
  9. ^ "The Top Albums of 1983". Volume 39, No. 17. RPM. December 24, 1983. Retrieved 11 July 2011.
  10. ^ "The CASBY Awards > History". CORUS Radio. Archived from the original on 2011-03-17. Retrieved 11 July 2011.
  11. ^ "Juno Awards Database". The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 11 July 2011.

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