Label: Ritdong - AMC-1003,A&M Records - AMC 1003 • Format: Cassette Album Red Sleeve • Country: Canada • Genre: Rock • Style: Pop Rock
Doug and the Slugs was founded in Vancouver in by Toronto-born Doug Bennett who had been a graphic designer in his home town before moving to British Columbia in the mids. Bennett served as the band's chief songwriter, frontman, and lead singer. Keyboardist Simon Doug And The Slugs - Popaganda described Bennett's writing style: "He had some unique and very interesting lyrics.
An anachronistic style, if you like. As a writer, I think he deserves more credit than he gets for being intelligent.
He wrote some beautiful and quite provocative songs. After some turnover amongst Slugs in the early months, the lineup stabilized byand for the entirety of their recording career —Doug and the Slugs consisted of lead vocalist Doug Bennett, guitarists Richard Baker and John Burton, keyboardist Simon Kendall, bassist Steve Bosley, and drummer John "Wally" Watson.
In their early years, Doug and the Slugs had trouble getting club owners to book them due to their name. They entered a battle of the bands in Vancouver at the Body Shop, but lost. The band built a solid following in the Vancouver area through constant live performances. Determined to exert control over their own music and Doug And The Slugs - Popagandathe band founded their own record label, Ritdong Records, and worked out a distribution deal with RCA Records for their recordings Bennett chose the name "Ritdong" because he described it as the sound produced by an out of tune guitar.
Shortly thereafter, the track entered the Canadian hit parade, becoming a Doug And The Slugs - Popaganda ten hit. Throughout the s, a string of singles and albums followed. However, the band didn't break through internationally, and RCA ended their distribution deal with Ritdong inafter the release of the best-of compilation Ten Big Ones.
Two Doug and The Slugs albums were issued via this deal, 's Popaganda and 's Tomcat Prowlas well as a Doug Bennett solo album, 's Animatoon which all the Slugs played. The Frankie & Johnny - Various - A Prairie Home Companion (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) " Tomcat Prowl " became the band's final top 40 entry, peaking at It is the only Doug and The Slugs album not to have hit the Canadian charts.
Most of the Slugs left the band afteralthough Kendall stayed until After this time, Bennett toured with an ever-rotating cast of new musicians, still billing their act as Doug and the Slugs. Doug And The Slugs - Popaganda original Slugs reunited to back Doug for two "25th anniversary" shows in Vancouver in Bennett acknowledged the fact that he was a heavy drinker, and eventually all of the years of playing bars and heavy drinking onstage compromised his health.
He succumbed to liver cirrhosis  after falling into a Boom Chicka Boom - Sandy Nelson - Plays Teen Beat in Octoberpassing through Calgary from Saskatchewan. His health [had] not been good for the last couple of years, so it wasn't a total surprise. But nobody realized how sick he was. He also taight guitar at Hillcrest and Killarney Community Centres for 10 years. After a gap of several years, the original Slugs Baker, Bosley, Burton, Kendall, and Watson reunited in and invited singer Ted Okos to be their new frontman.
The group still performs live dates as Doug Shake It - Jelly Roll Morton - The Originator Of Jazz-Stomp-Swing the Slugs, although now none of them is named Doug. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.
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