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In the late '60's there was a group of musicians living in paradise and blending musical style that was so unique they didn't have a name for it.
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People flocked to the Paradise Motel in Haliburton that summer to enjoy Bacon Fat. It's hard to keep a six or seven piece band working once winter sets in. So, they drifted into other bands, other lands. But they never forgot the summer of love.
Fast forward ten years and you have the same group of guys, more or less, begging the Horseshoe Tavern for a cheap Christmas to New Year's gig (not counting the big night) for really very little money. The deal was set mostly on the say of a pal of the bands that they were great. Then they asked for the name.
"Max Mouse and the Gorillas" came the proud reply.
"Forget it, you guys are outta here. What do you think I'm running? Some kind of circus?"
Well, in fact, yes. But we didn't get a chance to argue. So Max went home just a wee bit upset and penned Can A Gorilla Sing The Blues? Pressed into a 45 and pressed on in the attempt to conquer the rock world.
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Buzz Thompson, J.P. Hovercraft, George Bertok, Jim Leslie, Bobby Watson.
I think it was England's Melody Maker magazine with just a mention really. But it was the trade rag. It was great. Then Andy Warhol's Interview Magazine came out with a great piece on how this record was clearly the real thing, "a voice equal to the power of the writing."
From the 1970's to the mid 1980's the band was busy, but just this side of mainstream status, filling bars and dance floors from coast to coast. Perhaps remembered more fortheir outrageous publicity stunts, they developed a fiercly loyal following based on countless sweaty nights of intense original country tinged blues and boogie, reggae or rock, or whatever that sound was.
RECORDINGS: DEBUT ALBUM STILLA GORILLA ALIVE!