Breeding Ground

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Discography of Breeding Ground:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Reunion 2 Audio 1983 Fringe Product
2 Tales Of Adventure 9 Audio 1986 Fringe Product
3 Wintergarden 4 Audio 1982 Mannequin Records
4 Happy Now I Know 2 Audio 1986 Fringe Product

Breeding Ground was formed in Toronto in 1981 and subscribed to the cold wave mould of acts like New Order's school of rhythm. Their first release was an untitled 4 song 12" EP in 1982 on Mannequin Records and featured original drummer Ken Jones.

They would receive notoriety with the independent 12" single "Reunion"/"Slaughter" in 1983 on Fringe. It was quite successful at college radio stations and ended up selling out three pressings.

The follow-up LP, 1986's 'Tales Of Adventure', was produced by ex-Blue Peter guitarist Chris Wardman (who later joined the band for a short period) enlisting the help of Alta Moda singer Molly Johnson and Jason Sniderman on keyboards. The record made it to No.1 on the campus charts and No.60 on CFNY's "Best 86 of '86" based on the success of the single and video for "Happy Now I Know".

Sometime after the release of the LP, bassist Jonathan Strayer left and they effectively disbanded. However, Wardman and Shirreff continued writing material in Wardman's basement along with bassist Gary Quinn and before long, the remainder of Breeding Ground was recruited back for the 1987 line-up of Shirreff, Gladish, Quinn, Hunter and Wardman.

Bites began coming to the band from major labels but, alas, lawyer hassles prevented a deal from ever being struck even though another album had been recorded. Two years passed before Breeding Ground's next release, OBSCURITY AND FLAIR which once again featured Molly Johnson and Chalk Circle's Tad Winklarz adding saxophone.

Chris Wardman and John Shirreff's version of David Essex's "Rock On" has never been released due to the flooding of the market with cover versions by Michael Damien, Bambi and The Dave Howard Singers. Wardman claims that their version of the song, played by disc jockeys on a lark at the Silver Crown Tavern, was lifted by the members of Bambi who also frequented the club.

John and Hugh (the only two original members) made a decision to end the project for good in the early months of 1990.

A compilation CD entitled "REVISITED" was put together posthumously by John, Hugh and Kevin Hunter and released in 1994, again on FRINGE PRODUCT.

The three original members are talking about a possible "Reunion" in 2011.

R.I.P. Gary Quinn 2009

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