Tuesday June 10, 1980
TV Faced Frank a
By Fiona McQuarrie, The Vancouver Sun
can you say about someone who wears an exploding television set on his
Only that the radio audience for Frank Soda and the Imps' Monday
night show at the Savoy must have wondered what all the fuss was
The cheering and whistling that punctuated the
show was not inspired by the music, but by the visual effects. Something
exciting was needed, because if the Imps just got up on stage and played tbeir
music the radio audience would have heard loud snoring.
The most original
song the band does about the Mississauga disaster, entitled Toxic Takeover.
There are admittedly very few songs about Mississauga. But apart from that, the
music was standard three chord bar band heavy metal.
What kept the show
going was the gimicks the band employed. Besides the above-mentioned TV set,
which produced ear-thumping roar in the confines of the Savoy, Soda, seen in
some of his incarnations left, wore a boiler suit bedecked with blinking lights.
For a little ditty entitled Oversexed and Underfed, he donned a visor with F___
Me written on it. Good thing he was on radio and not TV.
And even if the
music is dull, Soda and the Imps (bassist Peter Crolly and drummer John
Lechesseur) pump it out with great energy. Soda reportedly uses trampoline to
work on his jumps; he leapt madly across the stage and onto the dance floor, and
sometimes hopped on the tables.
By the end of the hour-long set, the
shaven heads of all three musicians were glistening with sweat. They finished,
with High Times, which is about it being time to get high.
Well, even if
they're not too profound, they're okay to