Genre: Euro-Ska / The music was a localized version of European ska. Based on suck artists as The English Beat, UB40 etc.

ORIGINAL LINE-UP - Mike Langford (vocals), Alex Stangl (guitar), Mike Ali (bass), Kira Payne (saxophone), Gord Quakenbush (drums)

LINE-UP II - Mike Langford (vocals), Alex Stangl (guitar), JC Smith (keyboards, bass), Greg Heard (drums)

LINE-UP III - Mike Langford (vocals), Alex Stangl (guitar), Matthew Gerrard (bass), Phil Poppa (saxophone), Max E. Drachenberg [aka Max Styles] (drums)

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Year Founded: Bamboo was formed in late 1982. Songwriter Alex Stangl teamed up with singer Mike Langford (Heat Exchange, Wireless), another Peterborough native. The goal was to create a band, with a focus on "dancable pop & rock", so that they would have an easy time getting gigs around the Peterborough area in the local taverns. They did play a lot of cover songs initially, but soon their repertoire included several original songs.

Record Label: Independent / Capitol/EMI of Canada

Description: In mid-1983, Bamboo recorded a three song demo at Quest Studio in Oshawa, Ontario. After much consideration, Mike and Alex disbanded the original lineup of the band, though oddly enough, they released an independent 45 rpm single, "Come Day O' Night Eh!" b/w "In Your Plans". The b-side from the single charted in the Top 10 on CKPT Radio thanks, in great part, to the efforts of music director Dan Gall. This created a lot of buzz and interest from the major record labels in Toronto. Mike and Alex decided to resurrect the band with a new lineup, which included JC Smith (keyboards, bass) and Greg Heard (drums). After playing a series of showcase dates and recording a 4 song demo with producer Brian Ainsworth, they signed a production/publishing deal with ATV Music and eventually landed a recording contract with Capitol/EMI of Canada in 1984.

The album 'Stop All Distractions' was recorded between the Fall of 1984 and early 1985 and was released in June 1985 on Capitol/EMI Canada. The album's line-up consisted of Mike Langford, Alex Stangle, Phil Poppa (saxophone), Robert Steele (keyboards), Max E. Drachenberg aka Max Styles of The Kings (drums), and bassist Ken "Spider" Sinnaeve (Streetheart, Tom Cochrane). The single from the album, "Come Day O' Night Eh!" -- featuring the non-album B-side "Laughing When We're Young" -- had a short shelf life on the Top 100 Chart in Canada, peaking at #91. The video for the single received a bit of airplay on Canada's music video channel Much Music, but the album stiffed after generally receiving poor reviews. A second single, "Miles In My Hand" -- featuring the non-album B-side "Nothing Left To Say" -- was released in the summer of 1985, but there was very little excitement or enthusiasm for the band. One of the major problems was the turnover rate of their membership making it extremely difficult to maintain any kind of momentum.

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Current Status: not active.


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Come Day O Night Eh (Single)