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Ska / Punk Rock / Reggae Burnaby, BC, CA  CA



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  • The Kathryn Wheel (Artist)
    The Kathryn Wheel
    'wendy's melody' is total cool, love that song! x
  • NTNA (Artist)
    Just dropping by to do a bit of shameless self promotion. And to say "hi", of course... "All right, then, I'll go to hell." Mark Twain
  • NTNA (Artist)
    Just dropping by to do a bit of shameless self promotion. And to say "hi", of course... "All right, then, I'll go to hell." Mark Twain
  • VILLAINS (Artist)
    Whilst supping ale in my local, the ‘Dover Arms’, in the West End of Vancouver, which was just round the corner from where I was living at the time, with the aptly named Landlord, Hunky Bill. I was introduced by a friend to Tom Perry, who was a Sax player who had been playing in various local bands. I mentioned my villainous intentions and said I would be forming a Ska band, he’d not heard of Ska so I gave him a tape containing Burn Me, One Step Beyond and Night Boat to Cairo. He said this was the music he had been waiting all his life for and he wanted a piece of the action when formed. Shortly after this, I left for London via New York with a mission to recruit the best drummer, bass player and guitarist I could find. Tom Perry stayed in Vancouver and was to come to London to rehearse as soon as the other band members were recruited. As soon as I touched down, I placed an advertisement into the NME (New Musical Express) a national music newspaper in England advertising for the aforementioned for a tour and recording prospects in Canada. It must have sounded pretty good because I was swamped with phone calls. I had lots of sweet talking to do as the phone calls were coming in to my mother’s hairdressing business. I wheedled out the heavy rockers/folk musicians who said they could turn their hand to anything and would give it a go, thanks but no thanks, and rented a small rehearsal space in a studio in Brentwood, Essex with a view to auditioning a guitarist and bass player. It was like a scene out of the film Commitments. You name it, they turned up, lured by a promise of a cushy life in Canada. Out of the session came Dave Neal who had been playing in a pop band and Tom Robinson who had a distinctive funk flavour to his playing. Now what was going to prove the hardest part was to recruit a drummer. The following week, the village hall in Doddinghurst was hired and several drummers turned up and quickly left with their tails between their legs! One fellow who turned up driving his mother’s borrowed green Morris Minor Estate was one Steve Bye from Aldershot. He auditioned and then declared Keith Moon was his hero, but could it be channelled into Ska - at this time it was a no go. (strangely enough Steve was to be the replacement for John Jacobs ). Despair was starting to set in and then through the door walked three young skinheads and an older bloke, two of the skinheads quickly set up the drum kit and John Jacobs auditioned. Within a couple of minutes I knew he was the man for the job. The older bloke turned out to be John’s dad and wanted to know a bit more information about this ‘Canadian Tour’ etc. With no tour, work permits, accommodation, recording contracts or even a busking booking on Granville Street, I managed to persuade John’s dad that this was going to be a great opportunity for John. Job done. Time now to get on with some work. I phoned an old friend, Pete Ware, who had a recording and rehearsal facility in East India Dock Road, London, called ‘Bumper Sounds’. Could we book for a few weeks. Yes we could. By this time, Tom Perry was on his way in from Vancouver, so we got to work. The rehearsals and work schedule were like a military operation, long hours, even including Tom and I jogging and weight lifting before going to rehearsals in the morning, and probably the most enjoyable and fruitful period of the Villains. Ideas were coming from everywhere. John and I went through some Ska favourites and covers that the band could perform and I wrote Life of Crime. Dave Neal also had many good songwriting ideas and the band sounded great and got tight very quickly. We were on our way. I knew this outfit would take Vancouver and Canada by storm.


  • Great live photo of the VILLAINS
  • Earliest VILLAINS band photo, London UK
  • Little did they know that within a month they'd land in prison


Sounds Like: The Specials, Bad Manners, Madness, The (English) Beat, Prince Buster

Label: Skaspot Records (Formerly Skinhead Records), Skaspot Records

Manager: Dan Cowan

Bio: The Villains - a true story! Very few bands in the history of popular music have experienced exploding on to the national music scene like Canada’s VILLAINS. Shortly after arriving in Vancouver, the band found itself in the middle of an event that made front page headlines and received hourly ...See Full Bio

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“The Villains are skinheads.....of the angelic sort. In Toronto, they're doing a benefit concert at the Hospital of Sick Children.”

— Alina Gildiner, the Globe and Mail

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