Much has been written about our Ildikos show. First of all the club was named after Ildiko (hence Ildiko's). It was a punk club located upstairs on the south side of Bloor Street in the first block east of Bathurst. We were supposed to play along with the band IROK who bailed at the last minute. As panic set in at not having any other bands on the bill and needing to fill up an entire night of music, we savagely practiced and pieced together every song we knew and some we didn't. As it turned out "John Yeates and Banned" ended up opening for us and took 2/3 of the door money for their trouble. They brought a total of 0 people so it only seemed fair. Plus I think they would have kicked our asses if we had said anything which was difficult as we were on stage when the took the money and split.
Upon arriving at the club we realized 3 things. First it was about -20C inside the club as they hadn't paid their gas bill and had their gas shut off. Secondly all of the urinals and sinks in the bathrooms had been ripped off the wall the previous night which I have to imagine was an entertaining evening. Thirdly there was a drunk guy who insisted on beating up our friends and in doing so convinced us that he would be our bouncer for the night, keeping all our Jewish high school friends in line. He got the other 1/3 of our money.
During the day 2 things happened. First Ildiko set up a big butane flame thrower in the middle of the club to try to warm it up and secondly I drank vast amounts of warm milk with corn syrup at the insistance of Mrs. Veidlinger as a remedy for my laryngitis that I had acquired due to a throat infection. As a result, the club was freezing cold by the time anyone showed up (which is why everyone is wearing coats in the photos) and I had a difficult time both singing and in containment as warm milk with corn syrup has a liberating effect on one's...um...functions, which leads back to the bathroom problem.
The show went off without a hitch free moment. We played 3 sets of music over about 2 1/2 hours. The middle set focused on Side 3 of The Wall by Pink Floyd as it's centerpiece which shows how desperate we were (especially when you hear how we sounded). During Hey You I was under a red sheet for dramatic effect, which I later learned my sister thought was due to the fact that I couldn't remember the lyrics and was looking at them under the sheet. That is actually a better reason so I should probably go with that one. Other highlights include me wiping off the greasepaint mask I was wearing, one verse too early during the song "Crime Of The Century" which totally screwed up Meredith. You can see her surprise as she turns to look at me with a "What the hell are you singing" look in the video. "Games Without Frontiers" and "Tom Sawyer" were also among the casualties of the evening.
I think we paid all of our dues on this night alone. The next night was supposed to be a big Punk show for New Years Eve with Bunchofuckingoofs. The club never recovered from our set and our little high school prog band played the last ever show at one of Toronto's biggest bastions of Punk music.
The band lineup was:
Darrin Cappe - Vocals
Mike Graham - Keyboards
Meredith Halpern - Vocals
Phil Shoore - Drums
Daniel Veidlinger - Bass
Jeff Veidlinger - Guitars
1. The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (Genesis)
2. Pseudo Silk Kimono (Marillion)
3. Kayleigh (Marillion)
4. Lavender (Marillion)
5. Tom Sawyer (Rush)
6. Microcosm (Tempus Fugit)
7. Music Of The Spheres (Tempus Fugit)
8. Solsbury Hill (Peter Gabriel)
9. Peter Gunn (Mancini)
1. Touch And Go (Emerson Lake and Powell)
2. Hey You (Pink Floyd)
3. Is There Anybody Out There? (Pink Floyd)
4. Nobody Home (Pink Floyd)
5. Vera (Pink Floyd)
6. Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd)
7. Goodbye Cruel World (Pink Floyd)
8. Crossroads (Cream)
9. Games Without Frontiers (Peter Gabriel)
10. Crime Of The Century (Supertramp)
1. Overture (Rush)
2. Owner Of A Lonely Heart (Yes)
3. Illusions (Tempus Fugit)
4. 42 (Tempus Fugit)
5. The Logical Song (Supertramp)
6. Sweet Madame Blue (Styx)
7. Biko (Peter Gabriel)
Total Number Of Songs = 26
Video to come
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