He subsequently moved to Canada at age 23, launching his musical career in Toronto's Queen Street West scene. He released his self-titled debut album in on Anthem Records, with the singles "Soviet Jewellery", "Metropolitan Life" and "Consumer". He toured across Canada, appeared at the Heatwave festival in August, was nominated for a Juno Award, and won the U-Know for best male vocalist. His show at the El Mocambo was especially energetic. You can hear the grey, imprecise areas of which the two influences meet, the sound of one era ending as a new one begins.
The lyrics are especially telling; Gabor demonstrates the absurdity of irrational fear in a satirical comment on xenophobia. The lyrics intimate the sentiments of alienation and loneliness by cleverly reconstructing the Shakespearean story as a pop song about a modern couple breaking down under the pressures of daily life.
Drawing emotional parallels with persecuted criminals may seem like a disturbing stretch of the imagination. But, in fact, these lyrics illustrate the darkly humorous deed of artists dying, perhaps literally, for their art. And in these lines, Gabor is both victim and victimizer.
He also had bouts of depression again in hindsight when he was a teenager. When he refused to come out of his room so I was told , the doctor told him to get off his rear-end and pull himself together. These were the s when much less was known about depression than today and mental illness was not talked about, let alone understood. To all concerned, Gabor was just a truculent teenager!
But I got the impression he was troubled. I thought he was a brilliant, underrated artist The singer was also at a crossroads with his music, working out his differences with his record company, who demanded saleable material from him. By now, Gabor had drifted considerably from his friends and family.
In the same interview, Gabor recalled that the family first stayed "in a derelict home for sailors in Wapping , probably the dirtiest, darkest area of London". He subsequently moved to Canada at age 23, launching his musical career in Toronto 's Queen Street West scene.
He toured across Canada, appeared at the Heatwave festival in August, was nominated for a Juno Award , and won the U-Know for best male vocalist. He released a follow-up album, Girls of the Future , in , although it was not as successful. After a few years without a new album, Anthem dropped Gabor from its roster.
So BB Gabor was completely unique in that environment - our table was riveted! Others in the bar, not so much - it's as though they couldn't handle hearing anything new at all or couldn't understand what they were hearing.
BB stopped at one point, and started talking to the audience, asking if we wanted to hear some Led Zeppelin, or some Rolling Stones, etc. I thought it was a hilarious way of pointing out that - uh, here is some original music, people, listen up, we're not a cover band! But it also stuck with me over the years because there was something awfully sad and maddening about an original artist playing to a completely wrong room and his talent falling on basically deaf ears.
I sure hope he found his audience, if not that week at the Black Knight, then in a later booking. Visitor Posts. Just found this album at Backstreet Records Saint John location. To bad and sad he is no longer with us! Anybody have cool stories about him personally, creatively, Live? See more. Bruce Marshman.
Eric Thom. What I wouldn't give to have seen BB in his prime. I was relatively Remember seeing his distinctive moniker on club shows but didn't clue in.
B and us at The Edge in Toronto was apparently Album) by a label rep and the brakes Album) quickly put on the recordings with Gabor's backing band. I thought he was a brilliant, underrated artist Turning It Out A2. Email or phone Password Forgotten account? However, it seems his live performances were uneven. His death was ruled a suicide. Joni Mitchell. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Thanks for this.
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