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Imps, The (Frank Soda) - 1979 In The Tube

ARTIST: Imps, The (Frank Soda)
ALBUM: In The Tube
LABEL: Quality
YEAR: 1979


LINEUP: Frank Soda - lead vocals, guitar * Charles Towers - bass, vocals * John Lechesseur - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Break The Ice * 02 Keep The Customer Satisifed * 03 Going Down To The Tube Blues * 04 Turn The Kids Loose * 05 Saturday Night Getaway * 06 TV People * 07 Moon Man


Probably one of the wackiest outfits from the late 70's. Why is it that Canadian bands always come to mind when we think of crazy and strange? Anyway, the highly charged and totally outrageous Frank Soda was the man behind The Imps. But you can also add another bloke to the band's short term stint in the headlights: the one man army called Thor. The two joined forces, moving across from Vancouver to Toronto, and with the addition of Lechesseur and Towers, the trio thus became Thor's backing band. While the frontman was endowed with a muscular presence, the backing band become known as The Imps, their physicality paling into insignificance. In time, Soda was able to develop his own stage theatrics, and the Imps shows in their own right were oddball. The band secured a good following and eventually Quality Records came calling in 1980. The label was also the home to other Canadian bands such as Madcats and Lynx. The label would assist with a trio of albums between 1979 and 1981, In The Tube' being the first, though a retrospective release.

The Songs
There are seven tracks here, all very left of center, and recorded live. This is real 70's hard rock with a bit of everything. The guitar work from Frank is very caustic, but hits the spot. He's a very good soloist too I might add. Listening to this, I'm thinking how cool it would've been to see this trio in a live setting. The Imps kick off with the powerful 'Break The Ice', while 'Going Down To The Tube Blues' is just a fantastic drawn out blues rocker, with Soda's guitar work off the scale. It has touches of Johnny Winter and Frank Marino. You gotta hear this guy! 'Turn The Kids Loose' is atypical Canadian 70's hard rock in the vein of Goddo, a bit of an anthem I reckon. 'Saturday Night Getaway' is a well known Imps tune, which Frank would take onto his 1981 solo LP. 'T.V People' is a crunching affair, with a few snippets of TV shows caught up in the lyrics. Apparently, Soda used to have TV sets smashed on stage during their live sets. 'Moon Man' was an equally outrageous number, with the song centered around some exploding head gear. Believe it or not!

In Summary
Soda recorded this LP plus 1980's 'Soda Pop' under The Imps banner (the trio appeared on this LP, but a different lineup was used for 'Soda Pop'), plus there was a 1981 solo album 'Saturday Night Getaway'; all recorded for Quality Records. In 1982, Soda teamed up to work on the debut Lee Aaron Project LP, plus doing more solo work in 1983. Frank returned to Vancouver in the late 80's and remains there still. In 1995, Pacemaker Records released a compilation CD 'Frank Soda and the Imps Greatest Hits' which you can probably pickup from the Pacemaker website, or from Ebay. Soda is still out there doing his thing, and for anyone into OTT guitar soloing, this guy is the buzz!

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#1 | gdazegod on September 30 2015 11:36:09
Frank Soda And The Imps - 1979 Going Down To The Tube Blues
#2 | Nick C on September 30 2015 23:09:18
Good old Frank, the greatest hits CD mentioned above got me through a 'dark night of the soul' (maybe a tad over dramatic there!) when I ended up staying overnight in hospital when little 'un had a respitory infection and was on oxygen - I was keeping a close eye on his breathing/oxygen levels while he slept. I must have played it at least 6 - 7 times, with headphones on...otherwise the rest of the ward would have been up in arms. I can still see myself sat there in darkness with a low watt light like it was yesterday. Grin Soft spot for that CD.

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