TORONTO Rough Trade
, pioneers of Canadian alternative-rock, will be inducted into the Indies Hall of Fame on Wednesday, March 7, 2007 as part of the 7th Annual Independent Music Awards (“The Indies”), presented by InDiscover.net.
The groundbreaking rock duo, made up of Carole Pope and Kevan Staples, burst onto the Canadian music scene in the 1970’s with a group called O – inspired by the book “The Story of O”. The project lasted through 1969 – 1971 until the two moved on to create the Bullwhip Brothers, which in 1974 evolved into Rough Trade.
Considered to be one of the first openly gay, art-rock bands, Rough Trade not only launched a music style, but a lifestyle as well. Their name – derived from Carole Pope’s fascination with S&M - set the tone for their songs and inspired an image of high-end fashion combined with cutting-edge themes and concepts that would be regularly introduced at concerts.
In 1976, the band was signed to Umbrella Records where they launched their direct-to-disc first album, Rough Trade Live. 1980 would be the year that they finalized the group’s line-up with Terry Wilkins (bass) and Bucky Berger (drums), leading to a record deal with True North Records. That year, the LP Avoid Freud
was released, featuring singles such as “Fashion Victim” and “High School Confidential”. Despite experiencing censorship with the singles on air, the band continued to tour and record with Avoid Freud reaching platinum record sales. For Those Who Think Young
(1981) and Shaking The Foundations
(1982) were granted critical acclaim. The group would continue their success with four Juno Awards with albums consistently turning gold and platinum. Most recently, Rough Trade’s “All Touch/No Contact” can be found on the Trailer Park Boys’ soundtrack.
Inspired by art, music and fashion, Rough Trade
is considered responsible for breathing fresh air into Canadian music. After meeting for reunions throughout the 80’s and once in 2001 for a rare mini-eastern tour, the group parted ways for new endeavors. Carole Pope
began a solo career while indulging in journalism and theatre work. She has also contributed music to film and television soundtracks including the L Word
, Queer as Folk
and The Five Senses
. Kevan Staples
now composes music for television, film and commercials through his company Rhythm Division, formed in 1996.
To coincide with their Indies Hall of Fame Award, True North will be releasing Rough Trade's Weapons album on CD for the first time. Their 4th album will be re-mastered by Peter Moore at the E Room and will include the 12" mix of “Deca-Dance” as a bonus track. Like their previous three albums, Weapons went gold in Canada.
will re-unite for a special performance at The Indies, performing one of their landmark hits.
Presented by InDiscover.net, The Indies celebrate the best in independent music. The Awards are limited to independent artists – Canadian and International - and cover some 14 different genres of music and 30 award categories. The Indies Hall of Fame recognizes the long-term contributions of an individual or band to the development of Canadian artists and the growth of the Canadian music industry. Current members of the Indies Hall of Fame include The Parachute Club, The Pursuit of Happiness, Martha & The Muffins, and DOA.