Login
Username

Password



Not a member yet?
Click here to register.

Forgotten your password?
Request a new one here.
Latest Comments
Guys she's on Facebook, I...
Maybe Franne was friends ...
Rudy was co-written by Fe...
Great album and excellent...
H.E.A.T - 2017 Redefined ...
H.E.A.T - 2017 Eye Of The...
Keldian - 2017 Blood Red ...
No, I'm changing my mind ...
Code Red - 2017 Heat Of T...
Yeah, I quite liked this,...
Midnite City - 2017 Summe...
Target - 1979 Taxman [yo...
Cher - 1982 Rudy [youtub...
Cher - 1982 Games [youtu...
Revolution Saints - 2017 ...
Revolution Saints - 2017 ...
Black Sabbath - 1989 Devi...
Black Sabbath - 1989 Head...
Neal Schon - 1989 Softly ...
Getting back into this al...
Articles Hierarchy
Articles Home » 1981 Articles » Chilliwack - 1981 Wanna Be A Star
 
Chilliwack - 1981 Wanna Be A Star



ARTIST: Chilliwack
ALBUM: Wanna Be A Star
LABEL: Millenium
SERIAL: BXL 1-7759
YEAR: 1981
CD REISSUE: 1999, Solid Gold (Canada), 79787-2 * 2008, Airmail Recordings (Japan), AIRAC-1471

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Bill Henderson - vocals, guitars, keyboards * Brian MacLeod - guitars, keyboards, drums, vocals * Ab Bryant - bass

TRACK LISTING: 01 So You Wanna Be A Star * 02 Tell It To The Telephone * 03 Too Many Enemies * 04 Living In Stereo * 05 Mr Rock * 06 My Girl * 07 (Don't Wanna) Live For A Living * 08 Walk On * 09 I Believe

WEBLINKS: www.gonegonegone.com


Background
By the 80's decade, Canadian mainstay's Chilliwack commenced a new phase of their career. Having left behind their folk rock style a few years previous, the band had moved on, revolving around band founder Bill Henderson. Joining the band in 1978 was guitarist/drummer Brian MacLeod, who had previously been in the band Stinagree alongside Bernie LaBarge. Also joining was ex Prism bassist Ab Bryant. 'Breakdown In Paradise' was the first Chilliwack album to feature this lineup, but Mushroom Records (Canada) soon went under, the band then moved to Solid Gold Records. This trio would release two of Chilliwack's best albums during this time: this one 'Wanna Be A Star' and 1982's 'Opus X'. The album's theme is a veiled attempt to scorn the entertainment industry, the 'use them' and 'abuse them' theory, which has consumed and then spat out many a musical artist over time.


The Songs
Without doubt the two best tunes on the album are those that made it onto the charts. 'My Girl (Gone, Gone, Gone)' is the band's signature tune of their discography, a track which made it into the lower reaches of the Billboards Charts. The distinctive ballad 'I Believe', which also did well in the charts, is a gorgeous (mainly acoustic) ballad which though simplistic in structure, still makes a great listen years later. Humorous or not, the opening 'Sign Here' is the recital of a contract being read as a Gregorian chant - in keeping with the aforementioned theme. The title track is next, an energetic slice of rock with perfunctory crowd noise to authenticate the 'live' feel. 'Mr Rock' is a smooth radio rock affair with great vocal choruses. 'Too Many Enemies' is another to appeal, the slightly rough-house intro belies what is a mostly an AOR tune with an emphasis on that Rhodes keyboard sound.


In Summary
'Wanna Be A Star' would be the band's most successful album outside of Canada. The two singles earned significant radio airplay during 1981, and still garner requests on Classic Rock radio even now, 'My Girl' making it into the Billboard charts and onto video, a first for the band. Due to the Mushroom Records collapse and pending litigation and legal fallout, founder Bill Henderson was unable to take Chilliwack out on the road in support of the album. The band heavied up for the excellent 'Opus X' the following year, however this was to be the last album featuring the above lineup, as MacLeod and Bryant went off to form/join The Headpins, simply because they needed to play to make a living. A shame really, but hey, that's what the music industry does to ya - hence the reason behind the theme behind this album..


All written content on this website is copyrighted.
Copying of material without permission is not permitted.


 
This article has been tagged
Tags: Chilliwack 
 
Comments
#1 | vinyldinosaurus on January 31 2008 16:01:15
This album is killer! No weak tracks.
#2 | gdazegod on March 22 2011 21:13:11
YouTube Video:
#3 | gdazegod on March 22 2011 21:16:25
YouTube Video:
#4 | super80boy on March 01 2014 21:34:38
Great album that brings back memories of listening to the ultra catchy 'My Girl' on the Top 5 at ten on Q107, Washingon DC. 'Tell It To The Telephone' is another cool tune here...
 
Post Comment
Please Login to Post a Comment.
 
Ratings
Rating is available to Members only.

Please login or register to vote.

100% 100% 0% [No Votes]
95% 95% 0% [No Votes]
90% 90% 0% [No Votes]
85% 85% 100% [1 Vote]
80% 80% 0% [No Votes]
75% 75% 0% [No Votes]
70% 70% 0% [No Votes]
65% 65% 0% [No Votes]
60% 60% 0% [No Votes]
55% 55% 0% [No Votes]
50% 50% 0% [No Votes]
45% 45% 0% [No Votes]
40% 40% 0% [No Votes]
35% 35% 0% [No Votes]
30% 30% 0% [No Votes]
25% 25% 0% [No Votes]
20% 20% 0% [No Votes]
15% 15% 0% [No Votes]
10% 10% 0% [No Votes]
 
Articles Cloud
Durocs - 1979 Durocs, Eddie & The Tide - 2003 Stand Tall/Dig Down Deeper, Sweet, The - 1999 Live At The Rainbow: 1973 (The Complete Concert), Iris, Donnie - 1992 Out Of The Blue (Compilation), Cannata - 1988 Images Of Forever, Marmalade - 1982 Heartbreaker, Blue Steel - 1981 Nothing But Time, Dragon - 1978 O Zambezi, 7 Miles To Pittsburgh - 2017 7 Miles To Pittsburgh, Best Of 2011 - 2012 (EnglandAshes), Hatcher, George - 1978 Rich Girl, Work Of Art - 2011 In Progress, Malmsteen, Yngwie (Rising Force) - 2008 Perpetual Flame, Crowcuss - 2008 Crowcuss [2 on 1], Rayburn - 2016 The Living End
Tags©
Steel Breeze Art Garfunkel Rock Candy Records Streetheart Robert Fleischman Chris Irvine Mr Mister Headpins Darby Mills Grand Prix Ambush (Sweden) Rock Candy Records Helix 10:01 Kansas Best Of 2011 Wrathchild Phillips MacLeod Wounded Bird Loudness Rock Candy Records Candy Iron Maiden Highland Glory Starship Final Frontier Jack Wagner Skid Row (USA) KGB Dokken Rock Candy Records Jimmy Davis And Junction Ten Scaramouche Best Of 2013 New Found Glory
All Tags
Search DDG