Hey there campers, this month’s VT will be short but sweet. This time, we stay in Canada to talk about one of Canada’s greatest bands that you probably never heard of…Winnipeg’s Personality Crisis.
The band was originally put together in 1979 as Le Kille by bass player Mitch Funk. He would remain the only original member as the band progressed, changed members and in 1981, change its name to Personality Crisis. With the departure of Walter Kot (guitar) in 1982, the band’s “classic” line up was born, with Mitch Funk (vocals), Richard Duguay (guitar), Jimmy Green (guitar), Duane Eddie (bass) and Jon Card (drums).
The band’s recorded output is small and rare. 2 demo tapes are released in 1981. The first one featured the songs Burning Rain, Sundays and On The Sidewalk Bleeding. The 2nd featured the songs Shotgun, Wonder What They’re Thinking, Waiting (these 3 songs are featured on the Charred Remains compilation tape, released in 1981 on Noise/Version Sound), Empty Sky and Losing Time.
The band was playing shows in the west of Canada as well as the US, when while in San Francisco, they made a deal with Risky Records and in 1983, the album Creatures For Awhile was released and it had it all…Funk’s baritone vocals, the twin guitars of Duguay/Green, the tighter than tight rhythm section of Eddie and Card are all in fine form and every song kills.
Standout tracks like Vampire’s Dream, Mrs. Palmer, Twilight’s Last Gleaming, The Look, People In Glass and the title track are all uber great, but the whole album is a masterwork and to my ears, still one of the best albums by a Canadian band…..ever!
In 1984, the band started to fall apart. The last few shows were as a four piece (Duguay had left).
In 1989, Overground Records re-issued the Creatures album, but replaced 5 songs from the original track list with 5 tracks taken from the earlier demos. In 1990, Overground also released a 7” single with Twilights Last Gleaming b/w The Jam. In 2009, War On Music Records re-issued the album in its original form.
For the complete story on this amazing band, get Chris Walter’s book, Personality Crisis: Warm Beer and Wild Times, published in 2008 on his own GFY Press.
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