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Pumps, The - 1980 Gotta Move

ARTIST: Pumps, The
ALBUM: Gotta Move
LABEL: Polydor
SERIAL: 2424 205
YEAR: 1980


LINEUP: Terry Norman-Taylor - vocals, bass * Chris Burke-Gaffney - guitars, vocals * Brent Diamond - keyboards, vocals * Lou Petrovitch - drums, percussion, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Out Of Control * 02 Slow Down * 03 Coffee With The Queen * 04 Crime Don't Pay * 05 Think It Over * 06 Bust The TV * 07 Success * 08 You're The One * 09 Irish Song * 10 Sail Away

Fans of 70's Canadian rock should be well aware of these guys. Pumps were the forerunner to mid 80's outfit Orphan, and were probably the second biggest outfit to come out of Winnipeg following after local legends Bachman Turner Overdrive. Is it a coincidence that Pumps sound like fellow Prairie legends Streetheart? Seems that way to me, the tight bass playing of Terry Norman-Taylor and keyboard work of Brent Diamond could replicate the style of both Spider Sinneave and Daryl Gutheil with ease I reckon. There was some misguided opinion that Pumps were a new wave/power pop band. Not strictly true, though I do think that American band The Cars might've been a bit of an influence soundwise. Mostly though, it's edgy FM radio friendly rock with a commercial hook, and with a hint of the unexpected. The band members were all in their late teens/early 20's when this was released, though the songs themselves were recorded in 1979, the album 'Gotta Move' finally hit the market in March 1980.

The Songs
The Pumps fire off shots from the get-go, 'Out Of Control' might sound like a song about someone losing their sense of reality, but the band certainly aren't. Brent Diamond delivers some shrill keyboards for the very Streetheart influenced 'Slowdown', the song is a (excuse the pun) pumping hard rocker all round and enjoyable too. 'Coffee With The Queen' is a lilting ballad initially, and though a strange songtitle, the lyrics provide a better explanation as to what this song is about, which has a dreamlike/fantasy aspect to it. The music eventually works its way into a pomp based affair. More Streetheart flavours abound on the funky 'Crime Don't Pay', a tale of what appears to be a career criminal! Side one closes with the sharp power pop of 'Think It Over', considering this was 1980, a song like this is not unexpected by a band like The Pumps. 'Bust The T.V' has a hint of Russia about it, with the tinkering piano lines, unusual vocal lines which definitely shout out 'quirky' to one and all. Big parping synths introduce 'Success' and appear frequently throughout the song, but it's the extended guitar solo from Burke-Gaffney that is the real killer! Not too sure what to make of 'You're The One', which could pass for a quirky form of early 70's Britpop. Much better is the power punch of 'Irish Song', driven by a hard-edged guitar riff and some insistent keyboard lines, though the lyrics are extremely dodgy and hateful at best. The solo too is one from keyboardist Brent Diamond. The album finishes up with the pompy sounding 'Sail Away', one that will please all the hard-core AOR and pomp fans.

In Summary
Just the one album from The Pumps, but the band would soon morph into Orphan, with a couple of line-up changes. That band would release two albums (both reviewed here), and then in the 90's would reform as The Deadbeat Honeymooners. Good to see that The Pumps/Orphan still get together on occasion, and that a compilation CD of their material was released on CD during 2006, which you can pick up easily enough via CD Baby. The tracks have been remastered by Chris Burke-Gaffney, who now runs an artists development/production facility in downtown Winnipeg. One for the history books.

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#1 | reyno-roxx on November 14 2010 15:14:41
Need to get the Best Of CD as this was one of my favourite albums back in the day, although I personally didn't go for the politics involved in one particular song. Anyone have this album as a download?
#2 | gdazegod on November 14 2010 21:53:55
I have looked for ages trying to find this as a download. I still have this as an LP. Like Jakata, it's on the 'to do list' for vinyl transfer.
#3 | Nick C on November 15 2010 01:41:24
Agree with Reyno on one of the songs, a pretty stupid, ignorant and niave inclusion on the album in my books and stupidily ruined the whole album for me, which is my problem I guess. Still have it and only a few months ago pulled it out thinking it can't have been as offensive to me as I imagined but I was wrong. The rest of the album is pretty decent but not a patch on the Orphan albums IMHO.
#4 | gdazegod on November 15 2010 02:03:41
I can guess which one: 'Irish Song', with its references to the IRA, and those lyrics: 'makes the English look so tame' and 'bring him home from Belfast with a bullet in his brain'.

Not particularly wise to include that song I reckon..  no
#5 | reyno-roxx on November 15 2010 18:02:38
That's the one. And Nick sums my opinion of it exactly.
#6 | Eric on November 15 2010 20:32:34
Another example of why politics makes for bad music. neutral
#7 | gdazegod on November 15 2010 21:35:23
Found a download of this, finally. Refer the Members only 'Download Request List'.
#8 | sabace on November 18 2010 14:10:01
is it politics in general or doe's it depend on which side of the fence you are on .
#9 | Eric on November 18 2010 14:51:54
Both. Here in the States the latest Skynrd album is full of right wing stuff and so is a lot of so-called 'New Country'. Neil Young and Springsteen on the left are constantly giving us political opinions. Watch an Awards show and someone while recieving an award just has to bitch about something, some lefty cause or someone on the right- it never fails..
#10 | TheMurf on November 25 2010 07:25:31
Okay the Pumps/Orphan were certainly darlings of the Winnipeg scene, however the Pumps being #2 after BTO would be a great dis-service to the Guess Who and Harlequin and BTO was based out of Vancouver with their Winnipeg roots showing clearly. Certainly I'd love to see this album on CD.
#11 | Eric on November 25 2010 13:03:50
And, I think Streetheart transplanted to Winnipeg too? I have a good friend from Manitoba who played in a band with a couple of those guys including Sinnaeve in the late 80's.

The Guess Who recorded their early stuff here in Minneapolis due to lack of a decent studio up north. The connection between both cities musically has always been strong...
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