While The Diodes created one of the sturdiest power-pop songs in the history of the Great White North, "Tired of Waking Up Tired", nothing else in their catalog quite approaches that height.
It's not that there's not other fine tracks in the band's oeuvre. Their cover of Paul Simon's "Red Rubber Ball" rips, "Teenage Nation" is a fine pop rallying cry and "Jenny's in a Sleep World" makes for a nice, moody ballad. Anyone's who's listened to their albums could name other good tracks but for a lot of us who weren't there at their Toronto club, The Crash n' Burn, back in '77 there's something audibly missing from their studio albums. Of course that something is probably the result of the lack of a sympathetic producer, record label or media outlet in the Canada of their times. If this band had moved to London, England earlier on, their legacy might be even greater then it is now. Of course, speculation now is of limited value, so let's just enjoy what we can with this OUT-OF-PRINT 1982 LP that compiles outtakes from the band's five year career.
|A2||When I Was Young|
|A4||Heat Or The Beat|
|A5||Lost In The Dark|
|B1||Burn Down Your Daddy's House|
|B3||Roses And Thorns|
|B5||Play With Fire|
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