|The Diodes: Action Reaction|
Bongo Beat Records
2049 Melrose Ave.
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The Diodes were the ground zero of the 1977 Toronto punk explosion, running Canada’s first punk club, The Crash’n’Burn and the first Canadian punk band signed to a major label, CBS, with their debut album released worldwide in the fall of 1977, ahead of the Sex Pistols and many of their UK and US peers. After two albums on CBS and two hits (Red Rubber Ball and Tired Of Waking Up Tired), The Diodes re-grouped with a new drummer in 1979 and re-emerged in 1980 with a harder, gigantic guitar-driven rock groove that took their pop sensibilities from AM to AOR radio with the instantly infectious hit, Catwalker.
As a hard touring road band, The Diodes racked up the miles across Canada (opening tours for U2, Split Enz, Ultravox, Gary Numan, and others) and into the US (their West Coast adventures included headlining The Whiskey A Go Go, Kim Fowley, Rodney Bingenheimer, and, oh yeah, a bit of a riot at the Hong Kong Cafe in LA).
Action Reaction debuted in October, 1980, the first release on the Orient Records label, run by indie producers Willi Morrison and Ian Guenther; who had worked with Casablanca Records in addition to dance (THP Orchestra), rock (Emigre), and the cult classic debut by Thor. It was recorded at Amber Studios on Queen St, Toronto, a facility owned by renowned engineer George Semkiw (Lou Reed, BTO, Funkadelic, etc). The rights are now owned by Bongo Beat.
The lead single, Strange Time, became the group’s first hit and made the legendary CHUM-AM playlist. But it was the second single, Catwalker, that broke all the barriers, as it roared onto AOR radio nationwide; becoming an instant classic alongside Tired of Waking Up Tired. As we re-assess Action Reaction - it’s important to realize how relevant it feels today, and how ground-breaking and pioneering this album really was.
This is the first time Action/Reaction is available on CD. It has been remastered from scratch in Nov 2011 by John Wilson (Meat Beat Manifesto). Booklet by Ralph Alfonso includes interviews with all band members, complete recording info for all tracks & front/back reproduction of the original lp.
Includes the previously unreleased demo version of Catwalker.
The Diodes just toured in Nov 2011 and their next tour will be July/Aug 2012.