Pukka Orchestra Listen to the RadioHere’s a clip from days of old – Pukka Orchestra with their Canadian radio hit Listen To The Radio“.

I was scouring the blogosphere for interesting music sites and was reminded of this band. As soon as I remember which site did the reminding, link-love will follow. My memory isn’t what it used to be – well, my short term memory, anyway.

Pukka orchestra came out of the same Toronto Queen Street West scene of the late 70s and early 80s as the more widely known Martha & the Muffins. A number of bands on the scene centered around funk-flavored new wave, with a distinctly British feel to it. This particular song, put out in 1984 on the self-titled the Pukka Orchestra album, was a cover of a Tom Robinson tune.

They would follow-up this one with another song, “Cherry Beach Express” from the same album. But this first song, and the Pukka Orchestra in general, would be relegated to the 80s Can-Con (that’s Canadian Content to you non-Canucks…) file once the group broke up before the end of the decade. Actually, since composer Robinson is a Brit, I wonder if the Can-Con label even qualifies.

Oh, well.


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