Strange Advance

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Strange Advance
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Drew Arnott and Darryl Kromm circa 1988
Background information
Origin Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Genres New wave
Years active 1982 (1982)–1995 (1995)
Labels Capitol
Past members Principal
Drew Arnott
Darryl Kromm
Ric deGroot
Ian Cameron
Joey Alvero
David Quinton
Paul Iverson

Strange Advance was a Canadian new wave band formed in 1982 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. They were nominated for a 1983 Juno Award as Most Promising Group of the Year and again in 1985 as Group of the Year.[1] Their first two albums, 1982's Worlds Away[2] and 1985's 2WO, were Canadian gold selling records.[3][4]


Strange Advance was initially made up of Drew Arnott (keyboards, percussion, vocals), Darryl Kromm (lead vocals, guitars), and Paul Iverson (bass). The three met in Vancouver and founded the group in 1980. Initially called Metropolis, they were forced to change their name after discovering a band in Germany using "Metropolis."

The group's first album, Worlds Away featured the title track, "Worlds Away," which saw modest airplay in North American markets in 1983. The album was produced by Bruce Fairbairn, known for his work with Loverboy and Prism, but featured a very different sound from those groups. Rather than commercial hard rock, Strange Advance's music was a fusion of progressive rock and new wave, with a heavy reliance on synthesizers and keyboards.

Iverson left the group after the first album and was not replaced. The group's 1985 album 2WO also went gold in Canada and was produced by Arnott, using an extensive array of session players, and brought the band their first big Canadian hit with "We Run." Strange Advance had never played a live gig prior to 1985, so Arnott and Kromm added musicians Ric deGroot (keyboards), Ian Cameron (guitar, violin), Joey Alvero (bass) and David Quinton (drums) to the line-up as session players, and supported the first two albums with a tour of Eastern Canada.

Strange Advance's third album, 1988's The Distance Between[5] also used sessioneers (including Randy Bachman and Allan Holdsworth), and produced the top 20 single "Love Becomes Electric." Following this album's release, the group became essentially inactive.

In 1995, the Strange Advance compilation album Worlds Away & Back featured a mix of previously released material, outtakes, remixes, demos, and three newly recorded tracks—one from 1991, and two from 1995.

In 2016, The Distance Between was remastered and re-released on CD with two bonus tracks, an extended club mix of "Love Becomes Electric" and the previously unreleased song, "Flow My Tears".


Studio albums[edit]

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Over 60 Minutes with... Strange Advance (1987)
  • Worlds Away & Back (1995)

Video albums[edit]

  • Strange Advance (1985)


List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"She Controls Me" 1982 Worlds Away
"Kiss in the Dark" 1983
"Love Games"
"Worlds Away" 46 29
"We Run" 1985 28 2WO
"Running Away"
"The Second That I Saw You" 20
"Love Becomes Electric" 1988 20 The Distance Between
"Till the Stars Fall"
"Hold You"
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Juno Awards Database". Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 19 February 2011. 
  2. ^ Library and Archives Canada. "AMICUS No. 7406743". Retrieved 19 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "Artist: Strange Advance Biography". Jam!. 7 December 2004. Retrieved 19 February 2011. 
  4. ^ John Bush. "Strange Advance Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 19 February 2011. 
  5. ^ Library and Archives Canada. "AMICUS No. 8146164". Retrieved 19 February 2011. 

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