Strange Advance

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Strange Advance
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Background information
Origin Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Genres New wave
Years active 1982 (1982)–1995 (1995)
Labels Capitol
Website[dead link]
Past members 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 1982 album Worlds Away[2] was a Canadian gold selling record.[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.



Release Date Title Chart positions Album
1982 "She Controls Me" Worlds Away
1983 "Kiss in the Dark"
1983 "Love Games"
July 1983 "Worlds Away" 46[6] 29[7]
January 1985 "We Run" 28 2WO
April 1985 "Running Away"
June 1985 "The Second That I Saw You" 20
January 1988 "Love Becomes Electric" 20 The Distance Between
June 1988 "Till the Stars Fall"
August 1988 "Hold You"


Compilation albums[edit]

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


  • Strange Advance - 1985 (Spectel Video Inc)[8]

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. 
  6. ^ RPM (magazine). "Top Singles - Volume 38, No. 23, August 06 1983" (PDF). Library and Archives Canada. Archived from the original (PDF) on 31 March 2004. Retrieved 19 February 2011. 
  7. ^ RPM (magazine). "Adult Contemporary - Volume 38, No. 23, August 06 1983" (PDF). Library and Archives Canada. Archived from the original (PDF) on 31 March 2004. Retrieved 19 February 2011. 
  8. ^ Library and Archives Canada. "AMICUS No. 17118375" (in French). Retrieved 19 February 2011. 

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