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Uranus

Uranus

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With a name that caused some radio deejays a bit of concern, Uranus formed in their hometown of London, Ontario in 1977. They bucked the current trends of arena rock and disco, preferring instead to play rock’n’roll and rockabilly, packing their favourite venues. After a slow start with their debut record in 1978, they signed with Trilogy Records in Toronto a year later, before releasing You’re So Square in 1980. On the strength of this single, the band hit the road for a highly successful Western Canada tour during which they ended up performing on CBC Television. Twice! They convinced the owners of the Blue Boot Hotel (through beer sales alone) to open their doors to the up-and-coming punk scene that was forming. They paved the way for bands like the Demics, the Regulators, and the Zellots who now have a new-wave / punk appropriate home in the Cedar Lounge. A second single, ‘The Ballad of Gilligan’s Isle’ was released, and an Eastern Canada/European tour was in the works. The band though, decided to pack it in at the height of their fame. All the members of Uranus are still active in the local music scene to this day.

Mario Circelli

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