Canadian band - good 'straight rock'n'roll/rockabilly'. Plays well. This was Ray Condo's first album, and arguably his best. The instrumental, 'Pepstepper's stomp', is pretty strange, and must be a VERY old tune, conjouring up images of eastern Europe somehow. Overall, though, the title's a bit of a misnomer. This CD rocks! Sure, it's all covers, but The Hardrock Goners are not just playin' em to sound authentic - they ATTACK the songs (and that TRULY makes it authentic!).
The Original lineup of the Hardrock Goners featured Clive Jackson on bass, Edgar Bridwell on violin, Peter Sandmark on drums, Chris Dean on banjo, Eric Sandmark on lead guitar and Ray Condo on acoustic guitar and lead vocals. Ray Condo moved on to Vancouver in 1992, where he started up Ray Condo and The Ricochets.
Born Ray Tremblay in Hull, Condo released his first record when he was 16, as part of the Peasants, a British Invasion-style group. After performing in a Vancouver punk band, the Secret Vs, he relocated to Montreal in 1984, where he formed the Hardrock Goners. The rockabilly-revivalist combo incorporated blues, country and western swing in its sound, specializing in forgotten classics with a backbeat.
After tiring of the Montreal club circuit, Condo returned to Vancouver in 1991. Even so, the Montreal-based Goners toured with him for another three years before the band stopped performing. Condo then formed the Ricochets, with whom he recorded Swing, Brother, Swing, and Door to Door Maniac. High and Wild, their last album, was released in 2000. He was to have performed last night in Vancouver.
Ray Condo, a fixture on Montreal's live-music scene in the late 1980s, has died in April 2004 at age 54. He was part of a scene that brought together some of Montreal's most spirited musicians.