CND Song 20 Deja Voodoo

Deja Voodoo - Cheese and Crackers, 1988 (Montreal, Quebec)

If you're looking for alternative Canadian 80s, the Amirault sisters of Yarmouth are the ones to ask. Here Marni shares her story of seeing Montreal's loveably odd Deja Voodoo in Halifax, while Kristin has promised to stop by on Saturday with a very different tale. Take it away, Marni!

'Cheese and crackers, anyone? I said "No," cause I don't like 'em. That's why I said "No!"'  

"For two nights in the late 1980s, Deja Voodoo played the only place to see alternative music in Halifax: the Pub Flamingo. I remember watching this extremely tall, very thin man with glasses, dressed in a suit, mingling with the Haligonians. (Yes, in those days, the Halifax scene really was that small that you'd notice someone 'new'.) I remember the giant rubber spider Gerard was carrying around. The next night, it was a huge rubber bat (the kind with wings). When they took the stage, they belted out a fun mix of garage-rock, alt country (before it existed) and the form of rockabilly they aptly termed 'sludgabilly'. Gerard slapped out songs on his 4-string guitar, while Tony sat at his drum kit, positioned at the back of the stage and yelled something every once in awhile - to the audience, to Gerard, I can't be sure. One thing I do remember though, is thinking there must have been something special happening in Montreal. It was all very cool. My sister bought a copy of Swamp of Love; I'm pretty sure we wore out the grooves of that record."

Great, weird song! Here it is. Click here for the soulful scratch of vinyl.




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