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The Gandharvas
Also known as The Droogs
The London Droogs
Origin London, Ontario, Canada
Genres Rock, alternative rock
Years active 1989–2000
Labels Watch Music, MCA, Avex DD
Associated acts Smoother, Raised by Swans
Former members
Paul Jago
Jud Ruhl
Brian Ward
Tim McDonald
Rob Blanchette
Eric Howden
Beau Cook

The Gandharvas were a Canadian rock band from London, Ontario, who were active in the 1990s.

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History

The band formed in 1989 as The Droogs (later The London Droogs),[1] and released a self-titled EP in 1991. They changed their name to The Gandharvas in 1993, after Gandharvas, who are musical spirits in Hinduism.[2]

In November 1993 they signed with the label Watch Music, and in 1994 released their debut album as The Gandharvas, titled A Soap Bubble and Inertia. The album included the single "The First Day of Spring", which was named Song of the Year (CASBY Award) by The Edge 102.1 in Toronto, and was nominated for MuchMusic's Video of the Year.[2] In 1995, they released their sophomore album Kicking in the Water, an shortly after were signed by major label MCA Records. Their 1997 release, Sold for a Smile, included the singles "Downtime" and "Watching the Girl." All three albums were also released in Japan on the label Avex DD.

Though Sold for a Smile was a minor commercial success (with the "Downtime" video receiving substantial play at MuchMusic), the album would be the band's last, as the grunge/alternative movement of the 1990s faded in popularity. They would announce their breakup in 2000.

Following the break-up of the band, Beau Cook returned to his former band, Smoother. Eric Howden is now the singer-songwriter for the Canadian band Raised by Swans. Vocalist Paul Jago became a geologist and moved to Arizona, later forming the band SAID DOG.

Members

  • Rob Blanchette – bass (1989–1993)
  • Eric Howden – bass (1993–1996)
  • Beau Cook – bass, keyboards (1996–2000)
  • Paul Jago – vocals
  • Jud Ruhl – guitar
  • Brian Ward – guitar
  • Tim McDonald – drums
  • Geoff Warder - keyboards (pre-1996)

Discography

The Droogs

  • The Droogs – 1991

Gandharvas

References

  1. ^ Fischer, Blair. "Into the Mainstream", Rolling Stone, June 11, 1998.
  2. ^ a b Wood, Scott. "Say It Right: The Gandharvas", The PeakSimon Fraser University's student newspaper, October 13, 1997.

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The Gandharvas
Also known as The Droogs
The London Droogs
Origin London, Ontario, Canada
Genres Rock, alternative rock
Years active 1989–2000
Labels Watch Music, MCA, Avex DD
Associated acts Smoother, Raised by Swans
Former members
Paul Jago
Jud Ruhl
Brian Ward
Tim McDonald
Rob Blanchette
Eric Howden
Beau Cook

The Gandharvas were a Canadian rock band from London, Ontario, who were active in the 1990s.

Contents

History

The band formed in 1989 as The Droogs (later The London Droogs),[1] and released a self-titled EP in 1991. They changed their name to The Gandharvas in 1993, after Gandharvas, who are musical spirits in Hinduism.[2]

In November 1993 they signed with the label Watch Music and in 1994 released their debut album as The Gandharvas, titled A Soap Bubble and Inertia. The album included the single "The First Day of Spring", which was named Song of the Year (CASBY Award) by The Edge 102.1 in Toronto, and was nominated for MuchMusic's Video of the Year.[2] In 1995, they released their second album Kicking in the Water, and shortly after were signed by major label MCA Records. Their 1997 release, Sold for a Smile, included the singles "Downtime" and "Watching the Girl". All three albums were also released in Japan on the label Avex DD.

Though Sold for a Smile was a minor commercial success (with the "Downtime" video receiving substantial play at MuchMusic), the album would be the band's last, as the grunge/alternative movement of the 1990s faded in popularity. They would announce their breakup in 2000.

Following the break-up of the band, Beau Cook returned to his former band, Smoother. Eric Howden is now the singer-songwriter for the Canadian band Raised by Swans. Vocalist Paul Jago became a geologist and moved to Arizona, later forming the band SAID DOG. [3]

Members

  • Rob Blanchette – bass (1989–1993)
  • Eric Howden – bass (1993–1996)
  • Beau Cook – bass, keyboards (1996–2000)
  • Paul Jago – vocals
  • Jud Ruhl – guitar
  • Brian Ward – guitar
  • Tim McDonald – drums

Discography

The Droogs

  • The Droogs – 1991

Gandharvas

References

  1. ^ Fischer, Blair. "Into the Mainstream", Rolling Stone, June 11, 1998.
  2. ^ a b Wood, Scott. "Say It Right: The Gandharvas", The PeakSimon Fraser University's student newspaper, October 13, 1997.
  3. ^ http://www.myspace.com/saiddog

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