June 16, 2013

DOUG AND THE SLUGS - Too Bad single (1980)

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


  1. Hello,
    sorry couldn't an email addy so i'm leaving thios here.
    i'd be highly interested in getting lossless rip of some of the demo/live you posted here so would you be interested in setting a trade???
    email me back here
    ov20010 at gmail.com
    so i can send you my list

  2. I own almost every Doug and the Slugs album on vinyl and even own the solo album done by Doug Bennett, though I need to copy these to wav/flac. I shall keep in touch.

    1. I have most of them, but I don't have Animato. I saw it sealed at Neptoon a while back. Is it any good?

    2. I really like Animato. I consider it a Doug and the Slugs album, I think everyone played on it.

  3. Using my cassettes I ripped my Doug and the Slugs tapes to MP3. For songs that later apperard on Slugcology I replaced the tape versions. What I am missing is the song The Move from the above Too Bad single, and the song It's Alright Medley from Ten Big Ones. I got Get Up and Go from Ten Big Ones off of YouTube just last week.

    1. I have the 'Get Up And Go' single, I've been meaning to put it up here but I keep forgetting about it. I have the Ten Big Ones but haven't ripped it yet. I'll post 'Get Up And Go' soon though. Cheers!

    2. I haven't heard It's Alright Medley since the mid 80s, and I've never heard The Move. I'll keep an eye on here!!!