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The Five Man Electrical Band was a rock group from Canada's capital city of Ottawa, best known for their 1971 hit "Signs".

The group consisted of Les Emmerson, Brian Rading, Ted Gerow, Mike Belanger and Rick Belanger. Originally recording and touring as The Staccatos, they chose the title of their second album (1969) as the new name for the band.

In 1969, the band recorded "Moonshine (Friend of Mine)" for an unsuccessful movie The Moonshine War starring Alan Alda… read more

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  • Avatar for oldiesfanjohn
    AGURbut? *Argued" *Agreed* ... Working for K-TEL > An acid trip in itself? You Americans always tipped over your watered-down beer, eh? Even your canoes were tipped to the water. (Chear beer comment.) Favourite College Fraternities - 1) Tappa Kega Beera - 2) Phi Phelta Thigh... Lived in watered down canoes with SCTV Alums. Bad canoe joke. Fake Fridge worked?!?!?!!!!!!!
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    Whew! Was makin' sure that last one went thru !!! Hallelulah,Brah. The song "Absolutely Right" by the 5MEB got me to thinking how promoted it was/wasn't. K-TEL had a " Greatest Hits" out by late Summer 1971 by 5 Man Electrical Band. The song,"Absolutely Right" was always on it, but "Signs" the bigger hit never was. (Billboard No #3 vs # 26) This went on forever... Til this day, I could never figure out what idiot(s) was behind that. Subsequent visits to the old dusty record bins of the day were all met with "Absolute.."-yay/ "Signs"-nay. Not that big a deal, at the time I AGURbut I always wondered what other songs K-TEL butchered? Anyone?
  • Avatar for oldiesfanjohn
    For real..this story(s) is/are. Spellcheck anyone? This was any trip back then. <3<3<3(Mood for a day) to ye local record store circa 1970 - 1974 (Most were Mom & Pops) A few were bigger (*Yawn*) like Grant's, Loblaw's, GC Murphy's, Gold Circle, Steven Richard's maybe? Missing any? Hmm, how 'bout S&H maybe? (Shh !!! Getting to my point......) The main tie-in w/ all these stores back then circa 1970-74 wass the "dreaded" K-TEL Album - Ugh !!! (Cue "Twilight Zone" theme music, now!) K-TEL ,you ask? Usually a horrible album by a horrible star. Or a really bad album w/ 1-2 "hits. Horrrible brand, cut of album, promoted by,warped easily... etc. Bad for business. Nuff said. Mainly albums w/cheaper 8-Tracks, Cassettes, Reel-to-reels. Stories for another day... (Continued)
  • Avatar for oldiesfanjohn
    Yes, back in the daze. <3<3<3 Played The Paleolithic Era. Before Stoneman Barney Dylan plugged in. Am a R&R dinosaur. Retired chiseler of rock n' granite for Ol Mr Slate's Bands. The Quarrymen(Yep,I am almost 58 yrs old. I counted my tree rings, haha ( : More to follow, got me to thinking......
  • Avatar for eltigre47
    I knew them when they were the Staccato's. Only band with two drummers.... sooooo cool...
  • Avatar for JCCiace
    I'm a stranger here <3
  • Avatar for spacious_clam
    first band i saw live, and they blew my mind
  • Avatar for fevereb
    Another criminally underrated amazing band...
  • Avatar for awhellno123 for those who enjoy "Julianna"
  • Avatar for jimbo1023
    It's a pity so few people listen to this band.

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