The Dinner Is Ruined

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The Dinner Is Ruined
GenresIndie rock
Years active1991–present
Associated actsGordon Downie, Rheostatics
MembersDale Morningstar
Dave Clark
Dr. Johnny Pee
Past membersDon Kerr
Al Kelso
Jim Field

The Dinner Is Ruined is a Canadian indie rock band. the band plays an experimental and improvisational brand of blues rock. The band members are Dale Morningstar, Dave Clark and Dr. Johnny Pee.


The Dinner Is Ruined was formed in 1991 by multi-instrumentalist Dale Morningstar. Original members included Don Kerr on drums and Al Kelso on bass. They recorded their first album, Burn Your Dashiki, in 1991. After this point, Kelso left the band. Keyboardist/bassist Dr. Pee joined the group, and a second album, Love Songs from the Lubritorium, was recorded in 1993 by Raw Energy, Kerr left the band after this.[1]

While opening for the band Rheostatics in 1994, Morningstar and Pee were booed and had objects thrown at them. Subsequently, Clark, at the time a member of Rheostatics, joined The Dinner is Ruined.[2]

In 2000, the group released the album A Maggot in their Heads. The band continued to perform live, with often improvised instrumentation quite different from their recorded work.[3]

In 2001 the band performed live at the Folk on the Rocks Festival in Yellowknife, backing up Gord Downie.[4] This collaboration continued, and the members of The Dinner Is Ruined recorded as part of Gordon Downie's backup band on his three solo albums. Downie's band also includes Julie Doiron and Skydiggers guitarist Josh Finlayson.[5][6]

In 2014, The Dinner is Ruined backed up singer Kyp Harness on his album Armageddon Blues.[7]


The Dinner Is Ruined[edit]

  • Burn Your Dashiki (1991)
  • Love Songs from the Lubritorium (1993)
  • Worm Pickers Brawl (1994)
  • Ice Cream, Drugs, Rubber Goods (1996)
  • Elevator Music for Non-Claustrophobic People (1997)[8][9]
  • A Maggot in Their Heads (1999)
  • Ray Charles Kinda Party (2001)
  • Legion Hall (2005)[10]

Gordon Downie[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Michael Barclay; Jason Schneider; Ian Jack (1 June 2011). Have Not Been the Same: The CanRock Renaissance, 1985-1995. ECW Press. pp. 341–. ISBN 978-1-55490-968-1.
  2. ^ "Rheostatics: Blame Canada". Exclaim!, November 2001.
  3. ^ "The Dinner Is Ruined Band No Speed Limit". Exclaim!, By Michael Barclay Feb 01, 2000
  4. ^ "Live: Gord Downie & The Dinner Is Ruined w/ Julie Doiron". Chart Attack, Jul 24, 2001. Kate Guay
  5. ^ "Gord Downie and the Country of Miracles The Grand Bounce". Pop Matters, by Ross Langager 19 May 2011
  6. ^ "The self-explanatory Gord Downie". Toronto Star, Ben Rayner June 7, 2010
  7. ^ "Kyp Harness Armageddon Blues (independent)". The Coast, By Doug Taylor
  8. ^ Option. Sonic Options Network. 1998. p. 83.
  9. ^ "(Elevator Music) for Non-Claustrophobic People". Dropd, Review by Darren Kerr
  10. ^ "New and Notable Releases: The Dinner is Ruined". Now Toronto, by Tim Perlich February 24, 2005
  11. ^ "Battle of the Nudes", Journal of Popular Music and Society, Volume 28, No. 3, July 2005, pp 425-430.

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