Deja Voodoo: Too Cool To Live Too Smart To Die

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Deja Voodo Tool Cool To Live Too Smart To Die

As some of you might know, I’m in the process of selling off all my LP’s. Every now and again I come across a record that is nothing like Journey, Abba or the Rolling Stones – Before Arcade Fire, The Stars, The Dears, Wolf Parade, Malajube, Sam Roberts or any of the other bands that have recently emerged to put Montreal on the map there were a slew of bands in the 1980’s that depending on how old you are were as good or better than anything you can see and hear now.

Deja Voodoo: Too Cool To Live Too Smart To Die, The second release by what arguably could be called the godfathers of Montreal Independent Music. Gerard van Herk and Tony Dewald were a duo that played drums and guitar. Except that Mr. van Herk used only four strings, and Mr. Dewalt wasn’t too fond of cymbals.

What I remember most was their Edsel and their BBQ’s, and how they crossed Canada multiple times playing what they called Sludgeabilly. The only time someone ripped off my coat from coat check was at a BBQ (but despite it being a wonderful coat, the show was even better).

If you would like more information than I can supply, you might want to try their MySpace page, their Wikipedia entry, or any of these three articles by Michael Barclay, Alan Wigney, or Chris Barry.

Then if you want to comb through your record collections, there is this discography of Montreal Independent music from 1979 to 1987. And if you want to swing by and see and hear some cool and obscure music you’d be most welcome anytime.

2 Comments so far

  1. TMcG (unregistered) on January 8th, 2007 @ 8:13 pm

    Man, you need to hold a MTL 80’s listening party! Count me in.

    You reminded me of how much I adored the Asexuals way back when… Thanks for inspiring the memories


  2. Matthew (unregistered) on January 9th, 2007 @ 11:13 am

    I have at least 4 of their albums on vinyl, and I love the “Cheese and Crackers” song. Unfortunately I didn’t live in Montreal at the time and only ever made to a BBQ Lives show (without Deja Voodoo). Ogg Records had a score of fun Montreal bands on it.



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