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Toronto - 1980 Lookin' For Trouble

ARTIST: Toronto
ALBUM: Lookin For Trouble
LABEL: A&M (USA), Solid Gold (Canada)
SERIAL: SP 4821, SGR-1000
YEAR: 1980
CD REISSUE: 2000, Solid Gold, 79785-2


LINEUP: Holly Woods - vocals * Brian Allen - guitars * Sheron Alton - guitars * Scott Kreyer - keyboards * Nick Costello - bass * Jimmy Fox - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Even The Score * 02 You Better Run * 03 5035 * 04 Get Your Hands Off Me * 05 Do Watcha Be Watcha * 06 Tie Me Down * 07 Don't Stop Me * 08 Lookin For Trouble * 09 Delirious * 10 Shot Down * 11 Lets Spend The Night Together

Canadian based band (obviously!) playing a radio-friendly brand of edgy hard rock. They placed themselves at the start of the 'soon to take-off' new wave scene throughout North America, and though Toronto were slightly heavier, their sound has that new wave occasional flavour, in much the same way as the debut Honeymoon Suite album did. For a majority of the band members, their roots actually trace back to their U.S neighbours across the border. Woods originally from North Carolina, Kreyer from New York, while the rhythm section of Fox and Costello were from Rochester NY, though had spent many years playing in different bands - Costello himself coming off a minor stint with Led Zep clones Centaurus featuring the talents of singer Louis Merlino (Beggars And Thieves) and Nick Paine. Toronto's beginnings center around guitarist Brian Allen, better known for his time in the band Rose. When that band spilt, he set about putting a new combo together, bringing in members from the local area, including Holly Woods, who had sung with many local bands, plus appearing on Rose's last album 'Judgement Day' - hence the connection to Allen. Another connection to Allen was second guitarist Sheron Alton, later to become Mrs Brian Allen. The band were then observed by Solid Gold Management (ie: Chilliwack, Headpins) and they duly signed them up in 1979, for which this debut album 'Lookin' For Trouble' was the net result, distributed around the world via A&M Records. Good crisp hard rock ideal for FM radio was the order of the day with this platter.

The Songs
Standout tracks include the opener 'Even The Score' and the title track 'Lookin' For Trouble'. '5035' is a bit of a pop classic for the band, while the cover of The Rascals 'You Better Run' is great, though the Pat Benatar version released around the same time is better. 'Delirious' is a powerful fun-filled romp as is the contagious 'Tie Me Down'. Elsewhere 'Don't Stop Me' and 'Shot Down' are worth a listen.

In Summary
This LP version is slightly different to the rebadged Solid Gold release, which also contains a different cover, track listing, and two extra tracks. The band went on to release a brace of albums such as: 'Head On', 'Get It On Credit', 'Girls Night Out' and 'Assault And Flattery'. Nearly all of them went platinum in Canada, though they had little success elsewhere outside of their homeland. Some of their albums were re-released on the defunct Long Island Records label, so you should spot them occasionally on the Internet somewhere. A good band worthy of having their back catalogue revisited.

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#1 | jeffrey343 on January 01 1970 01:00:00
I assume that the banned cover is that one that has a young girl dressed very provocatively as a 'lady of the night'. That is the cover shown for this album on Rhapsody.
#2 | Jez on January 27 2007 12:32:50
Great debut produced by Brian Macleod (Headpins, Chilliwack, Chrissy Steele). Good songs, Even The Score, Tie Me Down and a cover of the Stones Let's spend the night together. Sounds great remastered aswell.
#3 | reyno-roxx on July 20 2008 22:41:44
The original Canadian album cover was deemed in rather bad taste for the UK release.

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#4 | Nick C on August 24 2008 20:19:48
Yeah the orig sleeve caused a bit of controversy...but I've seen loads worse, I picked it up on the Solid Gold label while I was over in Toronto (strangely enough) back in 1980...They were all over the radio at the time. Another great Canadian band. Having never bought the A & M version I was under the impression it was remixed too?
#5 | Eric on September 10 2008 14:14:53
Never understood what the big deal was with the original cover either, but couldn't they have done better than this?
#6 | reyno-roxx on September 10 2008 18:33:22
They CERTAINLY wouldn't be able to get away with the original album cover now, especially in the UK where it was banned at the time of release anyway.
#7 | gdazegod on March 13 2012 01:29:04
Giving this a listen again.. not bad actually.. after all these years.
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