The Demics Get Another Go

While a lot of young Canadian music fans are probably scratching their heads saying, "The Who-mics?" old-time scenesters know London, ON's The Demics as one of the most exciting bands from Southern Ontario's '80s new wave scene. This fall fans will get another crack at The Demics when Linus Entertainment re-releases their 1980 self-titled album.

- Jun 30, 2004

While a lot of young Canadian music fans are probably scratching their heads saying, "The Who-mics?" old-time scenesters know London, ON's The Demics as one of the most exciting bands from Southern Ontario's '80s new wave scene. This fall fans will get another crack at The Demics when Linus Entertainment re-releases their 1980 self-titled album. For a reminder of exactly what The Demics were all about, look no further than Chart Magazine's March 1996 issue, where we conducted our inaugural Top 50 Canadian Singles Of All Time poll. The Demics' "New York City" was deemed the #1 song on the list. Groovy Religion's William New (another name you youngsters probably won't remember) had the following to say: "Singer Keith Whittaker never really wanted to go to N.Y.C. Instead, this song is a gentle rib of fellow '70s New London Punks The Regulators and their Lou Reed fixation. The grass is not always greener." The song also hit the list in 2000 (yep, we do 'em every four years — like the Olympics), although it dropped to #9. "'New York City' was one of those songs that managed to capture a moment in Canadian musical history," Edge 102's Alan Cross wrote at the time. "It had that special kind of punk grit — equal parts anger, boredom and fuzz — that made thousands of young Canadian punks say, 'That's me! They're singing about me!' Although The Demics crashed and burned far too early, it was quite a moment when Keith Whittaker took to the stage to sing 'New York City' at one of the early Canada Day concerts at Molson Park in Barrie. And when he died on July 16, 1996 Canada lost one of her great punk pioneers." The same year that Whittaker died of cancer (and we named "New York City" the #1 song), the Other People's label issued a Demics compilation called New York City, which featured album tracks as well as live material. The Linus re-release of the self-titled Demics album is due in stores on September 28.

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