Wednesday, December 06, 2006


Country :

New Wave, Indie Rock

Members :
Andy McLean (guitar) Gary Brown (vocals, guitar) Fraser MacDougall (keyboards) Derek Gassyt (drums) Lewis Mele (bass) Michael Beer (bass; replaced Mele 1983)


Tracklist :

01 Look the Other Way
02 Schoolgirl
03 I Love Romance
04 Sheriff
05 Winner
06 How Do You Sleep at Night
07 You Don't Know What I've Been Through
08 Connect the Dots
09 What's in It for Me
10 Forget About Everything
11 Girls Like You*

Link to download :

My favourit songs are the Police -like "Schoolgirl"and "Sheriff".The rest songs are also excellent and still very fresh.


Tracklist :

01 Getting Closer
02 Something Else
03 The Critic
04 Don't Meet Your Heroes
05 We All Live Here
06 Death of Innocence
07 Let 'Em Go
08 Reach Out
09 Never Forget a Face
10 Losing Youth

Link to download :

Biography :
Tenants formed in Scarborough in 1981 after the chance meeting of Gary Brown and Manchester, England native Andy McLean at a party during Mclean's holiday in Canada. With MacDougall, Gassyt and Mele they began playing the Toronto Queen Street circuit packing clubs like the Cabana Room. In no time, CBS Records was beating a path to their door and signed the band after having only played 20 gigs as a band. Unfortunately, CBS misread the exuberance of the band's dance crowd their dynamic shows and insisted the band record the first album live-off-the-floor for a very small budget. Without the confidence of a seasoned live act, the material suffered and the label was forced to pick the 'best' of the sessions to salvage the album under budget. Before the record could be released Mele left and Beer was added to the line-up. However, the 1982 release of 'The Tenants' led to the Top-40 hit "Sheriff" and with a reduced retail cost for the album it went on to sell 250,000 copies. Critics ignored the popularity of the track and instead made an issue of their style which was suspiciously like The Police. Despite such criticisms, the band toured Canada throughout 1983, including opening for Rush at the Montreal Forum and playing a three day festival in Caracas, Venezuela. In 1984, CBS Records doubled the band's budget for the second album, 'Visions Of Our Future', which was produced by Paul Gross and featured Linn drum programming by Lou Pomanti. The record once again sold 250,000 copies and the band came in well under budget. However, the band's management company had walked away with the money they'd saved back to Australia where the more pressing matter of their other stable act, Men At Work, took precedence. Broke and accountable for the missing funds, the band found themselves pressed by CBS to sell more albums to cover the shortfall. In November 1984, Tenants officially disbanded with Gassyt, Beer and MacDougall leaving to form Moving Pictures. Gassyt then went on to Anyhowtown. McLean and Brown were offered a publishing development deal with Gerry Young of Current Records & Management. Brown however, decided to retire from the performing side of music and opened his own recording studio, Certain Circles. He would also manage 1986 Homegrown finalists Thief. At the end of the '80's, Brown attempted to resurrect the Tenants but the other members only agreed under the condition that a record deal could be secured. Brown and Brian Gagnon (The Hunt) recorded an album's worth of material as Tenants and got nibbles from CBS Records once more. However, no concrete deal was tabled and the idea abandoned. Those tapes remain unreleased. Currently he's working on a country album with Peter Fredette, Randy Cook, and Frank Watt. McLean would take Young up on his publishing contract offer and form Double Dare with Wendy Lands. After one album he too retired from performing and went on to work at the now defunct Intrepid Records. He is currently working for a music consulting firm, that among other things, acts as Canadian liaison to various international music seminars. (


Anonymous Beebs said... are so sweet...thanks alot for this. I was away for two weeks, and today I check your blog, my request is there...thanksxxxxxx

I think i request another Canadian Band : The Romantics, I wait here patiently though. You rock, Saltyka!

4:11 PM  
Anonymous Brayden Brown said...

Hey my Name is Brayden and im the son of gary brown in the tenants and id just like to say that iv made a myspace for the band and i was wondering if you have any of there videos if you do could you post them thanks

11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

no longer work...

3:20 PM  

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