Toronto Punk Heroes the Diodes Reunite Original 1977 Line-Up for Ontario Tour
Published May 12, 2010"I'm tired of waking up tired/Waking up tired/Yeah, waking up tired."
Do you remember that line from Canadian punk rock flick Hard Core Logo? Context: singer Joe Dick is driving late at night and singing - nay, mumbling - this little ditty.
No, it wasn't an ad-lib or the work of some mousey screenwriter. It's an actual song by one of the country's formative punk rock/new wave outfits the Diodes. While that little reference didn't do anything for them at the time, it's bound to come up over the next month, however, as they get set to tour Italy and Ontario.
The Toronto, ON band are the latest recipients of some long-overdue posthumous attention thanks to a number of books, films and photo exhibits outlining the understated history of the Great White North's underground musical movement.
That revived attention has inspired the original 1977 line-up of Paul Robinson (vocals), John Catto (guitars), Ian Mackay (bass) and John Hamilton (drums) to get together for the first time in three decades and hit the open road, Hard Core Logo-style.
That said, the festivities are also in celebration of a new vinyl-only album, Time/Damage: Live 1978, a document of their historic show as the first-ever punk band to perform at Toronto's infamous El Mocambo club.
Joining the Diodes on the Ontario tour dates are fellow old-timers Johnny & the G-Rays, as well as Liz Worth, the author of the recently released Treat Me Like Dirt: An Oral History of Punk in Toronto 1977-1981.
As for Worth's involvement, the press release tells us: "In a very special opening segment to the Ontario shows, Liz Worth will be in conversation with Ralph Alfonso (the book's publisher and Diodes/Crash'n'Burn Club manager) and joined in a lively discussion with members of the Diodes, Johnny & the G-Rays and other special guests who feature in her book. Rare 1977 Toronto punk footage will also be shown and all participants will be available to sign books and memorabilia."
5/21 Venice, Italy - Pop Corn Club
5/22 Rome, Italy - Road to Ruins Festival
6/2 Waterloo, ON - Starlight Lounge
6/3 London, ON - Call the Office
6/4 Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
6/5 Hamilton, ON - This Ain't Hollywood
6/19 Burlington, ON - Sound of Music Festival