Singing Fools - The Bum Rap b/w Fire My Love (picture sleeve)

Format: 45
Label: SFM D-7040
Year: 1982
Origin: Ottawa, Ontario
Genre: rap
Keyword:  Louis Riel, Pierre Elliott Trudeau
Value of Original Title: $40.00
Make Inquiry/purchase: email ryder@robertwilliston.com
Release Type: Singles
Websites:  No
Playlist: Canadian Pioneers, 1980's, Ontario, Hip-Hop Rap Room, Louis Riel


Side 1

Track Name
The Bum Rap

Side 2

Track Name
Fire My Love



Singing Fools - The Bum Rap b/w Fire My Love (picture sleeve)


The Bum Rap b/w Fire My Love (picture sleeve)



Ottawa's Singing Fools emerged onto the cold and stagnant North American music scene in the abysmal autumn of 1982. Born during the famous Honest Ed's rug riot in Toronto in 1960, Murphy was the youngest son of a Moravian muleskinner-turned beer advertiser and a winsome but lethal Uzbeki swordswallower and events planner.

When the tonically challenged Irish kelpcake eventually teamed up a quarter-century later with retired oyster whisperer and tenured ventriloquism instructor, Tim "Hasbro" Dunlop, musical history was made.

Their first release, a 7-inch vinyl single called The Bum Rap, produced and recorded in Dunlop's rat-infested basement in Ottawa's toney Glebe, took unsuspecting campus radio listeners in the drug-crazed, Soviet-style socialistic Canadian welfare state completely unaware.

The first Canadian rap single ever released, it featured 'sampling' of political personalities (a surly Pierre Trudeau telling reporters to "just watch me" after his cabinet imposed the War Measures Act in October 1970) that became a Fools trademark. The song even enjoyed fleeting status as an underground hit at the New York's Danceteria.


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