80s Can-Con – Boys Brigade “The Passion of Love”

Here’s a video favourite from Canada-only one hit wonders (well, two if you count “Melody”) Boy’s Brigade with their tune “The Passion of Love”.

Boys BrigadeI always loved this track which came out in 1983, very much of its time I suppose, taking from the band’s self-titled album, produced by none other than Rush’s Geddy Lee. Lead singer Malcolm Burn’s Lou Reed-esque delivery against the buoyant synths and guitar lines drive this one along for me – I love the contrast. Say what you will about the 80s, but I think interesting juxtapositions of voices, melody, and lyrics too, is what groups did better then than they do now.

And the video! I remember being mostly bemused by it, but the song redeemed it for me – a great pop/rock tune, influenced by power pop and British post-punk. It’s too bad that the band folded soon after their debut, although their brand of New wave-influenced pop would have a limited shelf-life by even the next year.

Malcolm Burn would go on to be an influential producer for other artists including Iggy Pop, Emmylou Harris, Midnight Oil, Blue Rodeo, and Lisa Germano, among many others.