Tal Bachman

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Tal Bachman
Bachman performing in Newark, New Jersey; circa 2005
Bachman performing in Newark, New Jersey; circa 2005
Background information
Birth nameTalmage Charles Robert Bachman
Also known asIan Starglow
Born (1968-08-13) August 13, 1968 (age 55)
OriginWinnipeg, Manitoba, Canada[1]
GenresPop rock
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1992–present
Member ofRandy Bachman, Bachman-Turner Overdrive[2]

Talmage Charles Robert "Tal" Bachman (/ˈbækmən/ BAK-mən; born August 13, 1968) is a Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist. He is best known for his 1999 hit, "She's So High", a pop rock tune from his self-titled 1999 album that led to a BMI award.[3]

Musical career[edit]

1999–2000: Debut album[edit]

Bachman got his musical break when executives at EMI Music Publishing in New York City heard a demo tape, and aided him in securing a record deal with Columbia Records. Bob Rock (of Metallica, Aerosmith, Mötley Crüe, and Skid Row fame) signed on to co-produce his debut album. His first album, Tal Bachman, featured what would eventually become his hit single, "She's So High",[4] which reached No. 1 on three different radio formats in Canada. The song became a multi-format Top 10 hit in the United States and internationally, earning BMI's "Song of the Year" award. The album earned Bachman two Juno awards in Canada, and much media exposure, including appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, MTV, MuchMusic, and E Network; and profiles, interviews, and reviews in Rolling Stone, Q Magazine, USA Today, Interview, and the Los Angeles Times. In support of the record, Bachman toured as an opening act for Bryan Adams and the Barenaked Ladies, and also toured in his own right.

2004–2005: Staring Down the Sun[edit]

Bachman's second album, Staring Down the Sun, was released in Canada on Sextant Records in August 2004 and was released in the United States by Artemis Records in 2006. The single "Aeroplane" reached No. 20 on the Canadian charts and was used in the 2005 film, American Pie Presents: Band Camp. It was played as an instrumental and during the credits.

Personal life[edit]

Bachman lives in Victoria, British Columbia, and is the son and the nephew of Canadian rockers Randy Bachman and Robbie Bachman, respectively, of the classic rock bands The Guess Who and Bachman–Turner Overdrive. His sister Lorelei Bachman is also a writer and a musician.

He is a former member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), and went on a two-year mission to Argentina, but after two years of research into that church's origins, Bachman concluded that the church's founder Joseph Smith had invented his stories, and severed his ties to the church. In 2006, Bachman was interviewed for the 2007 PBS documentary called The Mormons. In it, he discussed his departure from the LDS Church.[5] In 2008, Bachman also discussed his departure from the LDS Church when interviewed for the Bill Maher documentary Religulous.[6]

As the holder of a bachelor's degree in political science, Bachman has moonlighted as a political commentator, writing for American Greatness[7] and SteynOnline.[8]

He plays right-wing and outside-centre for the Victoria, BC rugby club Castaway Wanderers RFC.[9]

In 2012, while eating at Victoria, British Columbia's Cactus Club Cafe, Bachman was disappointed to learn that the restaurant had dropped Key lime pie, a personal favorite, from the dessert menu. He subsequently spearheaded a successful public pressure campaign to encourage restaurant management to restore the dessert. Reflecting upon the experience, Bachman posited Bachman's First Law of Commerce: "If it's great, they'll stop making it."[10] Herbert Block had formulated the same idea as: "If it is good, they will stop making it."[11][12][13]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Chart positions
Tal Bachman
  • Release date: April 13, 1999
  • Label: Columbia
Staring Down the Sun
  • Release date: July 13, 2004
  • Label: Sextant

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Album details
Ian Starglow's Greatest Hits Vol. 1
(as Ian Starglow)
  • Release date: December 9, 2019
  • Label: Self-release


Title Year Chart positions Album


US Adult
"She's So High" 1999 3 30 8 71 9 30 14 1 Tal Bachman
"Strong Enough" 31 59
"If You Sleep" 61 35
"Aeroplane" 2004 20 Staring Down the Sun
"Na Na Na" 2019 Ian Starglow's Greatest Hits Volume 1


Third Annual Canadian Radio Music Awards (2000)

  • Best New Solo Artist – Rock
  • Best New Solo Artist – Pop Adult
  • Best New Solo Artist – Contemporary Hit Radio

29th Annual Juno Awards (2000)

  • Best New Solo Artist (won)
  • Best Producer (with Bob Rock) for "She's So High" and "If You Sleep" (won)[21]
  • Best Pop/Adult Album (nominated)
  • Best Songwriter (nominated)


  1. ^ ,"Bachman, Tal". The Canadian Pop Encyclopedia. Canoe. Retrieved January 5, 2015.
  2. ^ "Bachman-Turner Overdrive Returning for Tour, Live Album and Film". September 20, 2023.
  3. ^ "Rob Thomas, Eagle-Eye Cherry Receive BMI Awards". MTV.com. Retrieved August 10, 2013.
  4. ^ "Winnipeg’s one-hit wonders. They were supposed to be the next big thing. Where did they go?". The Uniter, Catherine van Reenen, March 31, 2011
  5. ^ "FRONTLINE + American Experience: Mormons - PBS". PBS. Retrieved March 12, 2017.
  6. ^ Kaufman, Gil (November 21, 2008). "Britney Spears, 'NSYNC Led The Class Of '99, But Whatever Happened To Len, Orgy?". MTV. Retrieved August 23, 2009. Most recently, he can be seen in the Bill Maher documentary "Religulous", talking about his break with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  7. ^ "Author: Tal Bachman › American Greatness". February 26, 2022.
  8. ^ "The Bachman Beat".
  9. ^ "Castaways Wanderers Rugby – Tal Bachman Profile". Cwrugby.com. Archived from the original on March 19, 2012. Retrieved May 2, 2012.
  10. ^ "Machiavelli for Dessert". August 6, 2020. Retrieved August 6, 2020.
  11. ^ Block, Herbert (1974). Herblock's State of the Union (1st ed.). Grossman Publishers. p. 85. ISBN 9780670368723.
  12. ^ G.kleiser (2005). Dictionary of Proverbs. APH Publishing. ISBN 978-81-7648-814-3.
  13. ^ Buchmeyer, Jerry (June 1984). "New Fundamental Truths". Texas Bar Journal. 47: 741 – via State Bar of Texas.
  14. ^ "Tal Bachman Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved July 15, 2021.
  15. ^ "Discography Tal Bachman". australian-charts.com. Retrieved July 15, 2021.
  16. ^ "Offizielle Deutsche Charts - Offizielle Deutsche Charts". www.offiziellecharts.de. Retrieved October 19, 2021.
  17. ^ "Discography Tal Bachman". charts.nz. Retrieved July 15, 2021.
  18. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 38. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  19. ^ "Tal Bachman Chart History: Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved July 15, 2021.
  20. ^ "Tal Bachman Chart History: Adult Pop Songs". Billboard. Retrieved July 15, 2021.
  21. ^ Larry LeBlanc (February 12, 2000). "Morissette leads Canada's Juno nomination list". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 45–. ISSN 0006-2510.

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