The Watchmen (band)

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The Watchmen
Origin Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Genres Alternative rock
Years active 1988–2003, 2008–present
Labels MCA (1991-96), EMI (1997-2002)
Associated acts Doctor
Members Daniel Greaves
Joey Serlin
Ken Tizzard
Sammy Kohn
Past members Pete Loewen
Ryan Ahoff Grant Page

The Watchmen are a Canadian alternative rock band. They were most commercially successful in the mid to late 1990s. During their peak years the band had three gold records (McLaren Furnace Room, Silent Radar,[1] and Slomotion) and one platinum record (In the Trees). In addition, they have toured Canada a number of times, were the opening act for The Tragically Hip, and co-headlined a national tour with Big Wreck.

History[edit]

The Watchmen first came together in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1988. Founding members were Daniel Greaves, Joey Serlin, Sammy Kohn and Pete Loewen. After performing together for several years, they released an album, McLaren Furnace Room, in 1992.[2]

Kohn had left the band when they recorded their 2001 album Slomotion; the percussion tracks were created electronically.[3] A single from the album, "Absolutely Anytime" was in the Top Ten on the Canadian charts for several weeks.[4] While touring to support the album, the band took on drummer Ryan Ahoff.[5]

In 2003, the Watchmen announced their farewell tour and their intention to disband.[6] They returned to Winnipeg to perform at a fundraiser for the Israel national bobsleigh team.[7]

In 2010, the Watchmen came together for a reunion show at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto.[8]

In 2016 the Watchmen continue to perform occasionally in the Toronto area.[9]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Chart positions Certifications
CAN
[10][11]
AUS
[12]
CAN
[13]
1992 McLaren Furnace Room Gold
1994 In the Trees 34 Platinum
1996 Brand New Day 37
1998 Silent Radar 28 68 Gold
2001 Slomotion 6 Gold

Live albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak Chart Position Album
CAN
[14]
CAN
Alt

[15]
CAN Content (Cancon)
[16]
AUS
[12]
1992 "Cracked" 87 2 McLaren Furnace Room
"Run and Hide"
1993 "Must to Be Free" 8
1994 "Boneyard Tree" 29 In the Trees
"Wiser" 74
"All Uncovered" 23 5
1995 "Lusitana" 65
1996 "Incarnate" 26 10 Brand New Day
"Shut Up" 48
"Zoom" 24
1998 "Stereo" 5 51 Silent Radar
"Any Day Now" 39 3
"Say Something" 45
1999 "Brighter Hell"
2001 "Absolutely Anytime" Slomotion
2002 "Holiday (Slow It Down)"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bettsy Powell (16 January 1999). There's no place like home. Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. and 58. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  2. ^ "Go Canada: My list of the greatest Canadian bands to never win a Juno". By Dean Pilling, Calgary Sun, April 01, 2016.
  3. ^ "Watchmen release innovative collection". UWO Gazette, Volume 95, Issue 25 October 17, 2001
  4. ^ "The Watchmen Cometh". Chilliwack Progress, December 7, 2001. Page 34
  5. ^ "Butt-rocking show". IAN NATHANSON -- Ottawa Sun, Sep 7, 2004
  6. ^ "The Watchmen Pack It In, Look Towards New Projects". Chart Attack, Nov 17, 2003
  7. ^ "Watchmen rock for Israeli bobsled team". Winnipeg Free Press, 09/25/2003
  8. ^ "Concert Review:The Watchmen with Birds of Wales". Panic Manual, September 25, 2010
  9. ^ "The Watchmen with East of Avenue at the Danforth Music Hall". Live in Limbo, Neloufer Perera Concert Reviews February 3, 2016
  10. ^ "The Watchmen Top Albums/CDs positions". RPM. Retrieved 2011-03-18. 
  11. ^ "The Watchmen — Billboard Albums". allmusic. Retrieved 2011-03-18. 
  12. ^ a b Australian chart peaks:
  13. ^ "Gold/Platinum". Music Canada. Retrieved 2011-08-13. 
  14. ^ "The Watchmen Top Singles positions". RPM. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  15. ^ "The Watchmen Rock/Alternative positions". RPM. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  16. ^ "The Watchmen Canadian Content positions". RPM. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 

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