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Volume 91, Issue 45
Wednesday, November 19, 1997
|ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
All Through the Night
If you were a fan of independently-produced pop music at the axis of the late '70s and early '80s, then you've likely heard Blue Peter, a lamented Toronto quartet.
All Through the Night is a good summation of the group's lifetime output, collecting all the singles from the slick synthpop of their biggest hit, 1982's "Don't Walk Past," to material from their debut album, 1980's Radio Silence and their first EP, 1979's Test Patterns for Living.
Blue Peter, with the nucleus of vocalist Paul Humphreys and guitarist Chris Wardman, was never a huge success but anyone who grew up in the Golden Horseshoe at the time, always had one Blue Peter song on a mixed tape. In most cases, it was usually the 1981 single "Chinese Graffiti." Also, the group was always counted upon to play at the Ontario Place forum every summer.
It is also fascinating, on hearing this music again, to trace the band's progression from the raw punks in songs like "Same Old Place" and "Factory Living" to the catchy, smart songwriters behind "Radio Silence" and "Video Verite" to the hip funk of "Up to You."
The only regret which becomes apparent when listening to All Through the Night is that few of today's Canadian indie pop punk bands come too close to measuring up to some of this material.
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