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Thundermug

Thundermug

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Thundermug released two top 40 Canadian singles and five albums over the course of their career which spanned from 1970 – 1976 and 1991 – 2001 when they officially disbanded. The band was initially composed of Joe de Angelis (guitar and vocals), Bill Durst (keyboards and guitar), James Corbett (bass) and Ed Pranskus (drums). Their first album, Thundermug Strikes, recorded at Toronto Sound studios in the spring of 1972, was produced by Greg Hambleton, owner of Axe Records, and engineered Terry Brown. The album resulted in a Canadian Top 30 hit, “Africa”, based on radio interest in what was originally a non-single album song. In 1973, the band recorded its second album, Orbit and the title track was a Top 40 Canadian single. Selections from the first two albums were released in 1973 in the United States by Epic Records, using the title from the first album, Thundermug Strikes. In 1974, the band returned to Toronto to record their third album entitled Ta-Daa, which contained a cover of The Beatles’ “Drive My Car” as the first single. The album was released in the United States on Mercury Records. The band formally disbanded in 2001.

Mario Circelli

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