The Dundrells were regulars at that cramped mid-eighties shrine the Cabana Room (in Toronto's Spadina Hotel), plying their garage-punk tunes with equal parts verve, wit and humour. After forming as the Living End in 1983, the band solidified as the four-piece Dundrells a year later with singer Garry Welsh fronting Ashley Thomas (guitar), Richard Higham (bass) and Terry Kelly (drums). The 11-song The Dundrells cassette garnered the gang some attention around town in 1985, and the following year, with Peter Hudson added on guitar, they issued their first single, the gloriously amateurish 'Nothing on TV'. This song should have been an instant classic. Sloppy guitars, crashing drums and a whiny chorus of "There's nothing on TV / Would you rather be with me?" - Television Personalities would have been proud!
1986 was actually a busy year for the band, placing a song ('Mr. Nasty') on the swell Og compilation It Came from Canada Vol. 2, gigging often with the popular Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet, and opening for the likes of the Chesterfield Kings, the Fleshtones and the Replacements. A second seven-inch ('Sock It to Me' b /w 'Black and Blue') followed in 1987, as well as a choice slot on CityTV's Toronto Rocks program the following spring, but by then it was all academic as the Dundrells played their final show five days later on June 11, 1988 at the Rivoli.
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