Canadian-only Toronto recorded rock, SSW LP from Kosinec (his 3rd long player). One of the finest CDN LPs you will ever hear, lyrically, musically, and production-wise. Occasionally compared to Big Star, this is an end-to-end burner that destroys most of the period's big-ticket (and over-hyped) items.
Born in Leeds, England, Toronto singer/songwriter Tony Kosinec was one of the rare '60's artists to live out his musical career in the footlights of American stages. Though he performed quite often, his most prevalent work occurred in New York.
He spent the '60's and '70's doing opening slots for folk acts like Seals And Croft, Laura Nyro, Poco and moved into the R & B limelight with Procal Harum and Blood, Sweat & Tears.
His first two releases, 'Processes' and 'Bad Girl Songs' for Columbia, were produced by Peter Asher (Peter & Gordon) and produced his first semi-successful single "48 DeSoto" in 1971.
By 1972 he had moved back to Toronto and signed to Dave Coutts' indie label, Smile Records, to release his most acclaimed album 'Consider The Heart' and its bona fide hit "All Things Come From God".
By 1976 he had switched labels again, this time to GRT, and released several singles including "Love Hurts" and "So Long".
Kosinec also dabbled in acting and his career stalled out as his focus became geared toward radio commercials and jingles. He recorded the album 'Almost Pretty' for Mercury in 1980, but the label opted not to release it. In 2003 it finally made an appearance on CD in Japan. Kosinec decided to take control of the management of his output and released one more album which he licenced to True North called 'The Passerby' in 1985.
These days, Kosinec is best known for the Toronto Blue Jays theme song that is played at every game and his award-winning 'Radio Heartbeat' segments - a slice of life anecdotal sound bite of people talking about their lives - which was syndicated to 75 radio stations nationally.
He recently scored the historical epic CBS mini-series "Joan Of Arc" starring Peter O’Toole, Shirley MacLean, and Olympia Dukakis...120 minutes of symphonic music. Kosinec's 'Bad Girl Songs' has met with a new wave of enthusiasm as a CD re-issue through Sony Japan. Kosinec still does music production work in Toronto and has been recording material for a new solo CD with additional plans to release a 'best of' in the year 2000.
with notes from Larry Saidman, David Bash, Tony Kosinec, and James Collins.