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Re: I Can't Lose

Nothing to do with the post itself, but with the title. It reminded me of a great show I watched as a teen that just seemed to vanish from the airwaves one day. Whatever happened to Parker Lewis Can't Lose??

      Mike H.

I was a big fan of that show too! Parker Lewis would wear all these button up shirts with crazy patterns on it and we used to call them Parker Lewis shirts. For a period of time, we'd actively seek out Parker Lewis Shirts because we thought they were the coolest.

The father on that show was the always funny Timothy Stack and to this day when I'm watching reruns of E.R. and Abraham Benrubi appears I call him Kubiac. As for Parker Lewis himself, I don't think I've seen him since. Good show...probably ahead of its time.

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Ink StainAnyone is welcome to submit a Guest Blog Entry to torontomike.com. I received the following submission earlier today.

I was on line, since we were talking about it, to see if my cousin was on IMdB and he is!! It does not give much info at all and it does not list any of the music videos he did but he is there! He also won an MMVA for the Barenaked Ladies video "Enid". For a little info on him you can check out this link http://www.bikinifilms.co.uk/comdirectorinfo/timhamilton.htm Just for curiosity!

      Kara

"Enid", another excellent slice of Cancon pie. Enid we never really knew each other anyway...

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Ink StainAnyone is welcome to submit a Guest Blog Entry to torontomike.com. I received the following submission earlier today.

Another link to the "Check the OR" video is that it was my cousin Tim's directors debut. We were just talking last month about the experience and what a goof Tom was but that he really could rap.

      Kara

Extra coolness! The mother of my favourite nephew has a cousin who directed the video for "Check the O.R.". Could this story get any better?

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Ink StainAnyone is welcome to submit a Guest Blog Entry to torontomike.com. I received the following submission earlier today.

Good day to all!

I thought this might make for a interesting concert review. On Thursday of last week I traveled from Calgary (major flooding) to Barrie (major flooding) to catch one of the only five Tom Green concerts in support of his new Rap CD! Yes I flew all the way just for this, and a visit to Paramount's kick ass Wonderland, I also work for the tenacious Air Canada so no biggie. Well the show was fantastic. Tom Green has great flow, spitting rhymes with impressive delivery and style. The content was funny but not stupid. He was backed up by Mike Simpson of the Dust Brothers, who supplied some sick beats that had some excellent hooks. Funky stuff with some hardcore kick. The beats were very solid. Antics included stuffed animals for everyone, tinfoil robot suits, scrambled eggs and other fun stuff. Tom was very personal with the crowd rapping directly to all of us in the front row at any given moment. Concert was at the Foundation in Barrie, a great venue for the show. Anyways it was better than I had hoped it would be, I'm looking forward to the CD, but am hoping for a concert bootleg to surface soon, I'm dying to re-listen to the tracks.... So keep your ear out for the new stuff in the fall.

P.S. Does anybody else know about the Rob Baker side project called the Stripper's Union? It comes out today and I am very eager to have a listen.

      Carter

I was reading about Tom Green's rap project this weekend. I well remember Organized Rhyme, his rap outfit back in the day. "Check the O.R." was a guilty pleasure of mine. The video was filmed in a Food City at Jane and Finch which I thought was pretty cool since I was working at another Toronto Food City at the time. Another cool fact was the fact they were signed by the excellent Dream Warriors, which explains the Jane and Finch connection.

As for Rob Baker's supergroup, I was just reading up on them yesterday here. Hitting shelves today, "Stripper's Union Local 518" features 13 tracks written by the super-duo of Baker and Craig Northey from Vancouver band Odds. Fleshing out the quartet are Pat Stewart (Odds, Matthew Good Band), Doug Elliott (Odds, Colin James), and Simon Kendall (Doug and the Slugs, Colin James). Sounds good.

Check the O.R., you like it so far?

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Ink StainAnyone is welcome to submit a Guest Blog Entry to torontomike.com. I received the following submission earlier today.

There is nothing more satisfying than spending time with your kids. As they get older, this time seems to diminish with external influences. However, both my kids love baseball & I have been a coach with them the last 4 years on a top level team, it is time well spent. GET INVOLVED Parents, be it ballet, jazz, etc for girls or hockey, soccer or my favourite, Baseball for boys. Be sure, they will appreciate it when they get older.

      Twins From Bolton

Sounds like a plan.

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Ink StainAnyone is welcome to submit a Guest Blog Entry to torontomike.com. I received the following submission earlier today.

It has been a wonderful year of not having to listen to all those leaf fans in the office talking about how WE are going to win this year.

      The Grinch

You're right, WE are going to win it all next year. Start planning that parade down Yonge Street.

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I shall try to get those pics. I don't have a digital camera but maybe I can borrow one or a camera phone to take them. I have a question or make it four: Which Musician/Singer/Actor/Hockey player is most like you? (or who you most identify with or if you had a choice you would swap places with?).

      Roshan

Which Musician/Singer/Actor/Hockey player would I swap places with? I'll lump musicians in with singers and hit ya with the following trifecta: Ed Vedder/Johnny Depp/Sidney Crosby. Ed Vedder because he's a living legend with credibility and talent to spare, Johnny Depp because he's consistently good without selling out and Sidney Crosby because he's the next one on the cusp of greatness with his entire NHL career ahead of him.

Alternative answers, if I could inherit the talent without the age, are: Neil Young/Samuel L. Jackson/Wayne Gretzky.

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McDonald's Girl is a funny tune, but songs like "It's All Been Done", "What a Good Boy" etc that define the Ladies, are what will be still great to hear when I'm in my 50's (still 31 years to go till I hit the big 5 O). Rush, Neil Young - yes great musicians who I love & admire. But here in India, Bryan Adams is the most loved Canuck. There are 4 autorickshaws in my homecity of Kochi that bear his name on the back!! If you don't know what an autorickshaw looks like, click HERE. I think he could get elected Prime Minister of India if he stood for elections here. I have to admit, that guy does have quite a few memorable tunes.

      Roshan

So, Bryan Adams' name adorns the back of four autorickshaws in Kochi. It sounds like this is the Indian equivalent to having a star on the walk of fame.

For the record, my all-time favourite Barenaked Ladies song is "Brian Wilson". My all-time Bryan Adams song is probably "Summer of '69". Do the names of any other Canadians appear on the back of an autorickshaw in Kochi? Could you perhaps take a digital picture of this Bryan Adams autorickshaw and email it to me so I could share it with the rest of Canada?

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Ink StainAnyone is welcome to submit a Guest Blog Entry to torontomike.com. I received the following submission late last night.

Ah, yes! The dulcet tones of Geddy Lee and "Xanadu" bring those memories back to life.

"I recall that conversation," said the guy from Over the Pond. It's a sad fact that not enough Canadian acts used to make a noise about being Canadian - and there is so much to be proud of in being Canadian. Now, if they were all like Avril, with her "Napanee" upbringing there for all to see, maybe us poor Brits and expats wouldn't be so confused over such things. Or maybe we'd pay more attention when someone says "There is a town in north Ontario..."

Time for Canucks to get noisy about it!

      Bolanoid

It's funny, but I referred to my conversation with "a guy who was born and raised in England" and never thought for a moment that this person would visit my site and actually read my comments about our discussion. I think these Canadian acts were dropping hints of their Canadian status left, right and centre but you Brits and expats were missing them. You mentioned Neil's haunting opening line to the awesome "Helpless" and there's always Geddy Lee's "Take off, to the Great White North" on the Bob & Doug McKenzie classic. The clues are there if you're paying attention!

For readers who are trying to figure out the handle "Bolanoid", allow me to shed some light on the subject. The man is obsessed with the music of T.Rex and Marc Bolan. I've seen most of his T.Rex and Marc Bolan collection, and we're easily looking at over 25 discs. Who knew they had more than "Bang A Gong (Get It On)" and "20th Century Boy"?

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Speaking of Rush, they are one of the legends of rock. I have a bunch of their stuff, although I got introduced to the band by chance in 1992 when I bought their "Roll The Bones" LP purely on liking the design on the cover. Later that month I also purchased "Presto" and went on to collect about 11 of their albums. There aren't given their due in the music world, because they aren't American or British. Well I don't care, I would worship Rush the same if they were from Swaziland or Turkmenistan! My fav song of theirs (other than Tom Sawyer) is "Red Barchetta".

And speaking of the Barenaked Ladies the live version of "What A Good Boy" (found in their Greatest Hits, given as gift to me by a cousin sister in Leeds, UK, who deserves an award for sending it to me) is by far their best stuff.

      Roshan

Coincidentally, I had a discussion earlier in the week with a guy who was born and raised in England, and I asked him which Canadian acts were the most popular over there when he was growing up in the 70s. He told me that they didn't even know who was Canadian but assumed the Canadian acts were American. It wasn't until he moved to Canada that he learned some of the bands he enjoyed were in fact Canadian and not American. In his opinion, the two biggest Canadian acts in England were Neil Young and Rush. He was telling me how respected and appreciated Rush were on that side of the pond.

As for BNL, you've named yet another song from "Gordon", their first post-indie release. It was 1992 and it was the golden age of the Barenaked Ladies in their native Toronto. I was partial to their cover of Dean Friedman's "McDonald's Girl" which was getting heavy airplay on CFNY at the time. Here's the lyrics, still fantastic.

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