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Northern Wish » Blog Archive » Static Journey Volume 1: The Beginning

Static Journey Volume 1: The Beginning

There are nine weeks until the first anniversary of the last Rheostatics show which took place on March 30 2007 at Massey Hall in Toronto. The curtain came down on the best band ever to come out of Canada.

After the last show I started to put together an idea for a Rheostatics Box Set. Really a journey through the history of the band. A Static Journey if you will. I listened to live songs, albums, demos, tapes, stage banter and interviews and came up with my own idea for “The Static Box”. Over the course of 156 individual files I managed to tell the story of the band. What made them great, humble, funny, quirky, and untouchable. Some of the material is very poor quality as it is from old tapes which have seen better years. The essence of it, though is the Journey Through The Past.

Each week I will post a part of this for people to listen to. Most of the material is from live shows, demos, Greensprouts Tapes and Interviews which can be found on my rheostaticslive.com site. Also included are some album tracks scattered throughout. It is not meant to be a definitive look at the band. I think it is an interesting one, though. I hope you all enjoy it. Some people may complain about my song choices but at 9 1/2 hours in length it is still 4 1/2 times longer than Double Live so chances are I got most of what you might want to hear.

Static Journey Volume 1: The Beginning
Instead of going through the details of every song I think it better just to listen to it and you can work out your own narrative.

1. Intro – I’m A Rheostatic by Dave Bookman and Steve Stanley from Massey Hall March 30 2007
2. Saskatchewan – Massey Hall March 30 2007
3. Green Sprouts Theme – Greensprouts Cassette
4. Brave New Waves Interview – Greensprouts Collection#3 Summer 1993
5. On TV – Early Rheostatics Demo – First Statics 1979-1980
6. Suburb Shuffle - Early Rheostatics Demo – First Statics 1979-1980
7. Radio 80 Fantasy - Early Rheostatics Demo – First Statics 1979-1980
8. Letter To The President - Early Rheostatics Demo – First Statics 1979-1980
9. Interview
10. Satellite Dancing – 1st Rheostatics Single 1982 – A side
11. My Generation – 1st Rheostatics Single 1982 – B side
12. National Pride – Trans Canada Soul Patrol – Greensprouts Collection#3 Summer 1993
13. People Get Ready - Trans Canada Soul Patrol – Greensprouts Collection#3 Summer 1993
14. Brave New Waves Interview - Trans Canada Soul Patrol – Greensprouts Collection#3 Summer 1993
15. The Ballad Of Wendel Clark Part 1 & 2 – Greatest Hits
16. Brave New Waves Interview - Trans Canada Soul Patrol – Greensprouts Collection#3 Summer 1993
17. Crescent Moon – Greatest Hits
18. Public Square – Greatest Hits
19. Brave New Waves Interview – Greensprouts Collection#3 Summer 1993
20. Good On The Uptake – CBC Brave New Waves – February 1987
21. Interview – CBC Brave New Waves – February 1987
22. Crystal Soup – CBC Brave New Waves – February 1987
23. PROD – CBC Brave New Waves – February 1987

Download Volume 1

Here is an interview and some footage of The Trans Canada Soul Patrol

Here is the video for The Ballad Of Wendel Clark Part 1 and 2

Here is Saskatchewan from Massey Hall March 30 2007

Next Week Static Journey Volume 2: Melville

21 Comments

  1. Northern Wish said,

    February 7, 2008 at 8:47 am

    Thanks!

  2. Martin said,

    February 7, 2008 at 9:10 am

    Oh this is wonderful. Thanks so much. I have lived and breathed the Rheos for 20 years and they’re still my favourite band ever. It’s just great to find other people like you that care as much. Please do continue the set!

  3. admin said,

    February 7, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    I have reuploaded the first part as I replaced the version of Satellite Dancing and My Generation with my Vinyl RIP of them. If you just want the two songs to replace then you can download them at http://www.thecanadianmusicforum.com/Blogsongs/Rheos45.zip

  4. doesn't matter said,

    February 8, 2008 at 12:25 am

    Oh this is absolutely delightful
    Thank you
    and, it’s nice to see that I’m not the only one that has clung to the “Statics”. Early on I was informed that I chose the wrong syllable to cling to, but nonetheless, it’s the statics that have clung true.
    -lg

  5. Mike Evans said,

    February 10, 2008 at 8:21 am

    Darrin Cappe is a stud.

  6. Craig Bartlett said,

    February 20, 2008 at 12:59 am

    Thank you for this - it’s fabulous!

    I’m a late-blooming Greensprout. I was familiar with the band while I was in Canada, I’d heard of ‘Whale Music’, and I heard ‘Claire’, but it wasn’t until last year that I really got to appreciate them, only in time to find out that they’d bade farewell (damn!!). I never even realised that Dave Bidini had been in China (where I now live an work) last year. It is no matter, though - I am working on a cunning plan to introduce the work of the Rheostatics to people in this country. The only way I’d see to improve this is to make it into a real box set - I’d pay good money for that!

  7. Art said,

    February 27, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    Hi Darrin,

    This is fantastic!

    Any chance there will be a FLAC version of this in the future. This material needs to be archived in the highest quality format available. Just listen to the FLAC version of the last show and compare it to the Mp3 version, there is so much more depth and clarity to the FLAC version. I hope that in the future you can make a FLAC one for us.

    Thanks for doing this, it is an extreme amount of work to do what you have done, and I appreciate it.

    Cheers!

  8. admin said,

    February 27, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    Hmmm. Some of it is from tapes I transferred but most of the material was in MP3 format when i received it for the site. If this project ever moves past this point then I would definitely try to see if anyone had the original source material but for now it is easier to manage this way. I have tried to keep the files at 320kps. With FLAC/WAV files this thing would be huge.

  9. michael said,

    March 1, 2008 at 10:21 am

    thank you thank you thank you .
    thanks for sharing this compilation - looking forward to more !

  10. mister jep said,

    March 9, 2008 at 11:48 am

    Wow. Great idea, and an admirable undertaking. Right on and Thanks. For the record, I’d buy it. I’d also pay 100 bucks for a good vinyl gatefold version of the Double Live record. (Hell, I’d also pay 100 bucks for a half-finished Martin Tielli subscription series…)

  11. rob said,

    March 19, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    I am loving this series. However, I am having a hard time finding vol 2-5. Any help
    Thanks
    Rob

  12. admin said,

    March 19, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    if you click on the “Rheostatics” Category on the left side of the blog it should load all Rheos material including all the volumes of the set. I’m also going to add the whole thing on the http://www.rheostaticslive.com site when I’m done.

  13. Chris said,

    April 5, 2008 at 9:07 am

    Love the site. As everyone else says, the Rheos have been one of my favorite bands ever, and I’m pushing hard to get them to do a reunion tour.
    Keep up the good work!

  14. Shane said,

    April 7, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    SHIT!! I can’t believe this band broke up…FUCK YOU and get back together!!
    You PRICKS!!!
    Sz

  15. rap and country said,

    April 23, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    thank you for doing this

  16. Jim MacDonald said,

    March 10, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    I am overjoyed with the cidea of this collection. I am a huge fan of the Rheosatics and have been fortunate enough to record with Don Kerr myself. The Rheostatics were and will remain one of Canada’s Great Music contributers for years and years. Play them for your children. A lot!

  17. Jim MacDonald said,

    March 10, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Revised. Attention to detail is a must:)

    I am overjoyed with the idea of this collection. I am a huge fan of the Rheostatics and have been fortunate enough to record with Don Kerr myself. The Rheostatics were and will remain one of Canada’s great music contributers for years and years to come. Play them for your children. A lot!

  18. Jenn Suitor said,

    June 7, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Was introducted to the Rheostatics in 1992 by my now husband. Can’t thank him enough for inviting me to their show. We actually traveled from Buffalo, NY to Toronto and back for 6 days straight during Greensprout Music week. They even named us King and Queen sprout at one of the shows. I still listen to them all the time and our kids listen too.

    Amazingly talented band!!! Please do a REUNION SHOW

  19. jason woolley said,

    August 5, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Any way I can get this all burned to cds? I have less than zero tech savvy!

  20. Sally said,

    September 14, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Thank you for this - my favourite band ever. I may be their only UK fan. So miserable that I never got to see them play live.

  21. William Gard said,

    May 2, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Saw Dave Bidini last night (1 May 2012) at Halifax Library where he talked about his new book (#10) about writing to Gordon Lightfoot about the Toronto Mariposa Music Festival of 1972.
    An excellent evening!

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