I grew up listening to hard rock and metal music. Often when people discuss or reminisce about those genres, they talk about the big American bands. Motley Crue, Guns N’ Roses, Poison, Metallica, etc. Rarely do I hear people talk about some of the great Canadian hard rock and metal bands that were rocking just as hard. So this year, I decided to post about one of these Canadian bands on a weekly basis. One new post about an old band a week, till I run out of bands to post about.
If you’re just starting to follow this now, I just created an archive section featuring the previous posts, where you’ll find artists like SLIK TOXIC, SVEN GALI, KILLER DWARFS and more! This week’s feature is…
Going back a little further in time than most the bands I’ve featured so far, I decided to do this week’s post on CROWBAR for a couple reasons. The first reason is because for years I mixed the Canadian Crowbar with the American Sludge Metal band, Crowbar. I assumed they were the same band, they just got heavier over the years…There was no way two bands could have the same name, right? Well that’s what I believed at least. The other reason why I decided to feature the Canadian Crowbar is because original member, keyboardist/lead-singer and CANCON pioneer, Kelly Jay Fordman recently passed away at the age of 77 on June 21, 2019.
Crowbar started out as the backup band for Ronnie Hawkins under the name “And Many Others”. In early 1970 Hawkins fired the band, who then went on to record and album under the name King Biscuit Boy and Crowbar. King Biscuit Boy left the band later that year, but would appear time and again as a guest performer. Their second album “Bad Manors” came out near the end of 1970 and featured their hit single “Oh What A Feeling”. The success of this album, along with a high-profile tour opening for Pierre Trudeau during his 1972 re-election campaign, lead to a deal with A&M Records and Clive Davis. In 1975 the band disbanded, reuniting in 1977 and throughout the 80s. Crowbar was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall Of Fame in 2011.