Since today is Father's Day, I thought I'd post the debut single of my late Dad's favorite band, Doug And The Slugs. I can't listen to these guys and not think about him. Unfortunately, most of the band's discography was never released on CD, with the exception of a 'Best Of' compilation, Slugology 101. So once I bought my first USB turntable, I had plans of buying of their all of their back catalog on vinyl and ripping them to CD for him to replace his old worn out cassettes. I never got around to finding them all before he passed away from cancer in January 2009, but I know he appreciated the effort. He was stoked when I burnt him a CD-R of Shel Silverstien's "Freakin' At The Freakers Ball", something he only had on a dubbed tape until I found a beat up copy of the record for his birthday one year.
I bought this single for a buck, mainly for the B-Side. I never listened to the A-Side because I assumed this version of "Too Bad" was same version that we all know and love. It wasn't until I read on their website that these two songs were from their first recording session in September 1979.
"This original single recording (with "The Move" on the back) was produced as a 45rpm and, unfortunately, the original master tape was recycled following the pressing. The version of "Too Bad" that most of us hear today was a new recording done in May 1980 when RCA distributed the Slugs' first album."
So that means this single won't be getting reissued anytime soon, then again neither is the rest of their discography it seems. While I guess you can say the newer version of 'Too Bad' is bit better than this one, it's cool to hear some now rare stuff from this band. That is, if you're a fan like I am. The song on the flipside, "The Move" is pretty good tune as well, and gets props for mentioning the Lions Gate Bridge. I'm sure if you go into any record store in the Vancouver area, you'll find this 7". Happy Father's Day!
1. Too Bad
2. The Move