As I mentioned in yesterday’s Sloan blurb, two of my favorite bands are among the most underrated and unknown in rock, at least here in the United States. In their native Canada, of course, they are national treasures and further proof that while America is all too eager to pilfer their artists, sometimes our neighbors to the north know best.
The Pursuit of Happiness had a huge college radio hit with “I’m An Adult Now“, but most people never heard from them again, and even some of their own fans were unaware of the last two albums until after the band broke up. And while I hoped that “Someone Who’s Cool” would finally break The Odds far and wide, it merely buzzed a few radios for a couple of months. Every time either band released an album I would be convinced that radio would finally catch on, and every time I was left sadly disappointed…for them. Selfishly, I’m the beneficiary of their catalogue; a group of great albums I enjoy over and over again.
After saving the 90s for me, both bands sadly folded but members have gone on to other projects; The Odds recently reformed and made another great record and hopefully will keep going. So get out your maple leaf and rock, here are Ten Oh Canada Tunes to brighten your day…if you don’t already know and love these bands you are in for a real treat.
(01) – The Odds: Someone Who’s Cool
(02) – TPOH: I’m An Adult Now
(03) – The Odds: It Falls Apart
(04) – TPOH: She’s So Young
(05) – The Odds: I Would Be Your Man
(06) – TPOH: Hard To Laugh
(07) – The Odds: Heterosexual Man
(08) – TPOH: Cigarette Dangles
(09) – The Odds: Fingerprints
(10) – TPOH: Young And In Love
Yes, I placed The Odds on the odd numbers on purpose.