Wednesday, January 7, 2015

"Your Daddy Don't Know" by Toronto

Song#:  1129
Date:  08/07/1982
Debut:  90
Peak:  77
Weeks:  8
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  This Canadian band from (obviously) Toronto issued a couple of albums that netted them a Juno nomination for Most Promising Group. They had a couple line-up changes before issuing their third LP "Get It on Credit." This first single broke them through to the Canadian Top 10 (#5) and pushed them onto the US chart for a couple of months. It would be their only US chart entry. The song would also get the writers a Juno nod for Composer of the Year. The band would go on to issue a couple more album and grab a few more Canadian Top 40 entries, but in 1985 their label filed for bankruptcy and that brought an end to their run.

ReduxReview:  Thanks to the guitar lick that sounds like it was lifted from "Jessie's Girl," it kind of sounds like a Rick Springfield tune sung by Heart's Ann Wilson. The song is good and I like singer Holly Woods' voice. They seem like a quality band. It's too bad they didn't break through in the US. They also remind me of the US band Spider. Oddly, Toronto had a minor hit in Canada (#26, 1984) with Spider's 1980 #39 pop single "New Romance (It's a Mystery)."

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Two members of the group, Brian Allen and Sheron Alton, wrote or co-wrote several of the songs for the LP. The band recorded one particular song but in the end it was decided the song would not be released. Allen and Alton co-wrote the song "What About Love" with Jim Vallance (of Bryan Adams fame). Although Toronto chose not to release the song, it was picked up by American rock band Heart who was looking for a hit song. It was a smart choice and became Heart's comeback single reaching #10 in 1985.


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