Monday, January 20th 2014 - 11:25:01 AM
Love the effort you put in to digging out old artwork. Over at Allbum.It we try and spruce up older artwork to give it a more modern feel!
Thursday, January 2nd 2014 - 06:08:48 PM
I used to listen to you guys back in the early 80's - one of my more favored bands - but I was never able to dig up any albums locally. They played your music on a local community radio station (WMNF), where I first discovered Spoons.
Yesterday I was driving back from North Carolina to Central Florida and was doing a "blast from the past" music demo (off of Spotify) with all new wave bands that started with the letter "S". She had not heard of Spoons before, but was extremely enthralled with the music, which I let play for at least 1.5 hours.
I am back onboard after 30 years - you guys were ahead of your time. I am gonna buy me some Spoons CD's!
Doug from Tampa
Thursday, December 12th 2013 - 11:02:09 AM
Back in the mid 1980's, when I lived in Sudbury, ON, friends and I drove to Toronto for the weekend and end up visiting some night clubs. Not sure how we stumbled upon you, but you were playing a nightclub downtown and were awesome!!! You sure put a smile on our weekend. I've been a huge fan since.
Thursday, October 17th 2013 - 08:07:35 PM
Hey Guys, Big fan in the 80's. Will try to catch the Hamilton show at Copps. Derrick Ross is working with my son's band. Small world!!!
Wednesday, August 14th 2013 - 07:20:14 PM
hi! love your work. It's boss...
Tuesday, June 11th 2013 - 03:10:08 PM
Sorry I gave you a hard time entering The Riblicious in Ancaster. I enjoyed what I saw, too bad the stage wasn't better. Hopefully you will be back next year. Great tune to sing in order to get through the gate!!!
Sunday, June 9th 2013 - 02:38:13 PM
Saw you guys Friday night at SoM in Burlington. You were amazing as usual, definitely took the show. Nova Heart 2013=fantastic. Hope to get to see you play again soon.
Thursday, May 16th 2013 - 10:36:15 PM
I've been a long time fan of your music. I'm a bit of a screwball, but I used to try and play drums to your songs :) - I DJ and Produce electronic music..my website is under construction.
Friday, April 26th 2013 - 05:57:18 PM
You may not remember me, but I heard you were coming to Ottawa for a show @ the Earnst & Young Ctr on May 4. I was your chauffeur in TO back in the '80s when you played at the Maple Leaf Gardens on a New Year's Eve gig with Platinum Blonde and Corey Hart! Remember? After your set, one of your band member, I forgot his name, wanted me to drive him and his girlfriend back to Burlington and then I had to come back and pick up the rest of the band and take you home! Does anyone remember this? My name is Kevin and I now live in Ottawa and was hoping to meet you all when you come to Ottawa on May 4th! Is it possible, pls email me back if it is OK. Would LUV see everyone again!! Thanks, Kevin A.
Tuesday, April 16th 2013 - 07:44:52 PM
Hello Gordon and Sandy ,its your Uncle Somme,I hope we can get together soon for a couple of Drinks and tell some Great road Stories!!!!
Hope to see you both soon !!!
Your Transplanted Friend
Sunday, February 24th 2013 - 07:06:47 AM
Was surfing some old songs on YouTube and came across the Nova Heart video from the 80's. Was immediately reminded of seeing you perform at my high school dance in Brantford, Ont. circa '84. It's been twenty years since I've lived in Ontario. Have managed to stay here in Vancouver,BC. since the early 90's. None the less I still enjoy a good dose of the Spoons music whenever the inclining strikes. So good to hear/see that you're still doing gigs and have finally put some new stuff out there. Was wondering if you would consider coming this way in the near future. Would love to see you live again.All the best to you and yours, Elaine Schell
Saturday, February 23rd 2013 - 02:57:32 AM
Hi I am glad to see you touring again with the Arias anniversary! I have been a fan since "stick figure neighbourhood" first came out! I helped set up a show of yours in Cambridge, ON at my old high school. I have some old pictures I'd love to show you. Hoping to get to your show March 1, 2013 at the Edelweiss Tavern in Kitchener. Is it ok to come up and say a Hello? My name is Tom and I'm in a wheelchair, I shouldn't be to hard to spot.
Friday, January 11th 2013 - 06:57:14 PM
Wow, I feel like a teenager again! It's so nice to catch up with you guys on your website and read about your shows and new releases. You were a huge influence on me back in the days. I'm now a DJ and live performer in Berlin, and I have never forgotten about you all these years.
All the best! – Aschka
Wednesday, December 12th 2012 - 10:59:09 AM
Can't wait to see your concert in Ottawa May 4, 2013. Got my tickets.
Monday, December 3rd 2012 - 01:53:09 PM
I was a DJ at Sheridan College when you guys first started out, New Wave was a big thing and I just loved the sounds from Flock of Seagulls, Ultavox and other bands, but Canada was providing some great talent with great music in that arena as well.
As I'm listening to CFNY (who were operating out of a little office in Brampton back then), the foremost authority on Punk and New Wave at the time, Pete and Geets (and those fm that era know who these guys are)put on Nova Hearts. I can not explain how that song touched me, I loved it, I had to have it and I literally ran downtown to get the 4 song EP.
I took it and played on the college radio station to great responses from our listeners.
Then having the Spoons play one of our Pub Nights was probably one of my college highlights, squirming across a very crowed dance floor to get a look a Sandy as she played her Bass and Moog Taurus Pedals ... sigh. The entire band Gord,Sandy,Rob and Derrick put on great performance.
You folks have provide some great music over the years, I've really enjoyed it and they're still part of my playlist on my iPod.
thanks for the memories and congratulations on your successes over the years!
Sunday, December 2nd 2012 - 04:25:50 PM
Have enjoyed the music since the 80s and was glad to meet the whole band in Burlington last year. Keep the music coming.
From your friend, Ken Johnson, St. Catharines (Oh'nia:kara Singers)
Sunday, November 11th 2012 - 09:02:12 PM
Heard you play today at the ACC in Toronto. Love the opening Gary G. number, nice! The skaters did a great job of dancing to your tune. I think you enjoyed that.
Dan - good to hear you again
Sunday, October 28th 2012 - 10:12:40 AM
Wished you would play in Montreal ! You have a great following here.
Friday, September 28th 2012 - 09:44:34 PM
Your site is a refreshing look back to when I first saw you Guy's live in Halifax at the Misty Moon, I just wish I could find some of the classic albums. Good luck with your new album and shows.
Kevin, An old fan...:-)
Sunday, September 23rd 2012 - 04:13:04 AM
Great artists keep ahead.Love your music since 1982. Would love to see you on tour. Ultravox has a new work out i´ll see them too. THE SPOONS!...i´ve got my nova heart nova again!
Saturday, September 8th 2012 - 08:35:26 PM
Just the best Canadian band ever; always beautiful.
Thursday, September 6th 2012 - 11:44:14 PM
HEY! to the Band...
The autographed paper is in my vinyl copy of Talk Back, from a Meet-and-Greet at Sherman's on the Sparks St. Mall (Ottawa)
Still listening... and now introducing the Spoons to Neices and God-children!
Take care, y'all ~
Sunday, August 19th 2012 - 10:04:35 PM
you guys put on a great show in dundas. thanks sandy
Saturday, August 11th 2012 - 03:29:36 PM
Hi Gord & sandy. Listening to side one of arias & symphonies and it inspired me to drop you a line. Looking forward to getting the new cd and seeing you guys live as soon as possible. all the best!
Wednesday, July 25th 2012 - 02:09:34 PM
You know, for a kid growing up in the suburbs, it was MAJOR that you guys played smaller gigs (Gloucester Fair, Gloucester High School even, in Ottawa) back in the day.
Not being old enough to drive, my friend and I were able to walk over and see you guys play.
It just made the connection to those LPs so much stronger!
Those songs mean a lot to me.
Tuesday, June 19th 2012 - 10:36:01 PM
Hope to see you at the Burlington 2012 Ribfest at good old Spencer Smith Park....I'd love to see you perform live
Sunday, June 3rd 2012 - 10:33:11 AM
I'm "rediscovering" The Spoons by having remembered my 1985 trip to Banff and seeing the "Romantic Traffic" video, which I thought was very whimsical and fun.
I'm not sure why, but back home in Reno, NV The Spoons were not that well known, so I lost track. Thanks to the magic of the internet and Youtube I'm now discovering and enjoying other Spoons songs that I like.
I did similarly with The Go-Betweens over the last few years after enjoying this off-shoot band call Jack Frost, headed by Grant McLennan and Steve Kilbey, lead singer of The Church.
Keep me on your emailing list if you will. I don't know whether you venture to the US but it would be fun to see you in concert.
Saturday, June 2nd 2012 - 05:29:42 PM
Thanks, for all your music!
I was 12 in 1982 and my first listen was Nova Hearts and right there you caught me .
My first am/fm cassette player by Candle would play yours songs.Over and over.
I haven't had a chance to see you play but I hope to bring my two girls 4 and 7 to your Woodbine concert.
In Peterborough, we have an outdoor concert series that would be great to see you play here. http://www.festivaloflights.ca/
Let me know if I help this happen.
Monday, April 30th 2012 - 07:15:43 PM
Saw you on Saturday in Hamilton. Great performance. Hope for many more to come
Sunday, April 29th 2012 - 08:49:04 PM
Great show in Hamilton on Saturday night! Loved that you played a lot of the old favourites and I really liked the new stuff too. Had to buy the new CD and the Nova Heart 30th Anniversary CD. It was obvious that the fans in attendance really enjoyed the show too. I think this should become an annual celebration for all us who are such devoted Spoons fans. Gord and Sandy, you are truly amazing and talented artists. Congrats!
Thursday, April 19th 2012 - 06:00:34 PM
Great music! Would love to do a story on you guys sometime.
Sunday, April 15th 2012 - 01:31:18 PM
Saw you with the girlfriend (now wife of 28 years) in London ON back in the early 80's and now rediscovered you. Great new album and nice combo of new and older sound which is hard to do so well done!
Wednesday, March 28th 2012 - 12:35:54 PM
I've been a fan of your music for years.
The songs are so well written with great
hooks that they still hold up today!
Tuesday, March 27th 2012 - 04:28:22 PM
Great to see you guys touring again will definetly make it a point to see you live!
Friday, February 24th 2012 - 09:04:16 PM
My daughter and I love listening to the Spoons. We find ourselves at least twice a week getting out of the house and just going for a drive around Burlington and Oakville. We drive along Lakeshore Rd. and of course listen to one or two of the five Spoons CD's we have. Thank you Spoons for giving us this quality time together that I know my daughter and I will remember for the rest of our lives. P.S. you've probably seen us at a number of your shows. Thanks A & A
Sunday, February 5th 2012 - 09:30:35 AM
Hi Guys !!!
So glad to see that you're still active in 2012 LOL You were one of my favorites groups in the 80's, BEST decade for pop music !
Also, very cool to have Gordon as director of programming on Galaxy.
I wish you guys the very beat !!
Friday, December 9th 2011 - 08:52:24 PM
you guys look and sound as good now as u did when i first saw u at a concert in early 80's. hope to see more in the future.
Friday, November 4th 2011 - 11:13:15 PM
talked to a guy last night and he says he remembers sandy horne growing up in owen sound,too cool,love your music then and now
Tuesday, November 1st 2011 - 09:27:08 PM
Was and continue to be a huge fan. Great to seer you on 22 Minutes this evening...sure brings back old memories. Glad to see you're still sharing your great and unique sound. Love the site. Testament of a great band...I first saw you in Kitchner-Waterloo in 1983 and here we are in 2011 and I still hear you guys on the radio...well done.
Sunday, October 2nd 2011 - 12:06:03 AM
The Spoons are # 1 with me and the whole world should know by my email address
Monday, September 12th 2011 - 05:33:05 PM
I really enjoy the spoons. I love there new cd. I think there awson group
Saturday, September 10th 2011 - 11:09:28 PM
Love the spoons!!! seen you many times in concert in London ON! RU coming back to London?
Tuesday, August 16th 2011 - 08:43:54 PM
I love the new cd , I hope I get to see you perform, can you come to Brampton Gord?
you know who I am
Thursday, July 28th 2011 - 06:57:30 PM
Hi Guys. Love your music. Been listening for years and hope to get to see you perform soon. Linda
Tuesday, July 26th 2011 - 07:30:11 PM
Looking forward to seeing you at Centennial in October.
Tuesday, July 26th 2011 - 06:57:49 PM
So many awesome memories to keep the Nova Heart Alive. Thanks guys for leaving a great impression on me and the gang. Hope to see you real soon on a stage ready to rock.
Wednesday, July 6th 2011 - 10:59:53 AM
please bring your tour to Windsor, You have many fans there along with U.S. fans(which we are)
mark & kathy
Tuesday, July 5th 2011 - 09:31:14 PM
just found this site from your promo on Youtube, wish i had known about it long ago, you guys (and, of course Sandy) are great. keep up the good work, and rock on.
Saturday, July 2nd 2011 - 04:14:40 PM
I saw your show at The Waterfront In Burlington, it was amazing. I can't wait to see where you will perform next. You guys are still fantastic :) Thanks for bringing back the 80's. Your new stuff is great too. Cheers
Wednesday, June 22nd 2011 - 08:23:11 AM
Wow. I received your new disc for fathers day. My son Sean is a good friend and works with Ester, You wrote" To Carl long live the 80's " Thank you very much. I look forward in seeing the band again... Cheers Carl Davis
Saturday, June 18th 2011 - 01:29:48 AM
I grew up in Burlington and graduated from Central high in
1978. I just want to say that your music is still timeless and it still sounds just as good now as it did back then. If you ever come out here to Kelowna BC I'll be sure to get tickets for the show. Is there any chance that can be a show with Rob and derrick again? Sandy you still look hot as you did when you went to Central.
Keep up the good work
Frank De Maio
Monday, June 6th 2011 - 05:44:52 AM
Such a moving sound The Spoons Create, there is no other, Always energizes me no matter where I am or what I'm doing. Makes me feel 20 again....nice time travel back 31 years!!!
At " REVIAL" My sister and I got to stand at the stage just to the right of Gord. It was so moving!! He and the band are a so much fun And the sound was Superior!! (shook my pant legs nicely!)
Unforgeable, Gord, Sandy, Casey and Chris.
Thank You so Much!!
Charles & Kathy Schumann
Friday, May 20th 2011 - 02:48:45 PM
Gord and Sandy
Got the new disc...all I can say is fantastic! Looking forward to seeing you on tour.
Sandy been a long time since I've seen you I was the guy who brought you roses when you toured Ontario back in the 80's.
Gord I won the contest for your hand written lyrics for my interpretation of "Nova Heart"
All the best,
Wednesday, May 4th 2011 - 02:53:14 AM
Hey Gord (and Sandi)
so great to hear u guys again...
looking forward to getting my copy of the album
Monday, May 2nd 2011 - 09:45:00 PM
Love your music. Grew up with it.
Glad you are still together and performing.
Thursday, April 7th 2011 - 08:53:00 PM
Can anyone on here get a hold of Sandy for me. She sang on a rock opera demo for me a few years back and I would like to give a copy of the recording to her. Can't find her on Facebook. If she wants to contact me on FB my link is easiest to find on my bands page at www.wickedtruth.ca. Thanks.
Saturday, April 2nd 2011 - 12:44:59 AM
Love the new CD. Will definitely be watching for tour dates and will make the road trip to see you live for the first time (I wasn't old enough to go to shows back in the early 80s, and now live in the states).
Tuesday, March 29th 2011 - 03:22:01 PM
Wow..great news a new record I have been waiting ages...Sandy it is the guy who used to give you roses back in the eighties...probably don't remember lol...Gord I won for the interpretatipon of "Nova Heart" and you sent me the hand written lyrics (which I treasure)I live now in Montreal and look forward to seeing you on the road.
All the best...
Monday, March 28th 2011 - 11:38:10 PM
hey Spoons, love the tunes..all of them..just wish i had all in hi res audio..guess i am picky..and not the biggest itunes fan..missing arias&symphonies from when i was spinning vinyl in the day. would love if it were easier to buy the whole catalog on cd..maybe paypal or the like on your site..i have not written an actual letter to order anything in 10+years..yet it looks like the only way i can get unexpected guest..upgraded..beyond that small matter..
Thank You for all the great music and memories.
Saturday, March 26th 2011 - 06:05:06 PM
I cannot insist enough, please oh please come to Regina or Saskatoon - Casino Regina would be perfect!!! ID easily pay premium $$ to see you guys again!
Saturday, March 12th 2011 - 07:57:56 PM
I had the pleasure of seeing you perform live at my high school (Victoria Park Secondary School) in 1984! So glad to hear your new material!!! Word came from David Marsden.
Friday, March 4th 2011 - 07:44:32 PM
Hi Guys!!!!! Great Website!
Been a fan from the very start!!!! Looking forward to seeing you play live as well as buying the new CD!!!!
Kirk Buckingham, Ajax, ON
Tuesday, March 1st 2011 - 11:18:47 AM
Hey - saw you perform at Philty McNasty's on Sunday for Brooklyn Mills fundraiser. The songs brought back a lot of memories and I had a blast.
Friday, February 18th 2011 - 03:30:51 PM
I'm from outside Toronto so followed you forever and saw you when I was 15! I'm 40 now and still love your stuff!
Tuesday, February 8th 2011 - 05:55:14 AM
I'm a fan from back in the 80's rediscovering all things Spoons! My friends and I used to go everywhere in the Toronto area to watch you even at telethons and celebrity softball games. We were about 12-13 years old and the band members were always so nice and friendly to us, never made us feel like a nuisance or an inconvenience to them.
I think your music has really stood the test of time and my 9 year old daughter is now walking around our flat singing 'Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo' and I'm thrilled to be sharing your music with her! I think my favourite song then and now is probably Old Emotions.
I have been watching some recent live performances from You Tube and you guys still have it! I can't wait to hear the new stuff.
Thanks for the wonderful music and the wonderful memories!
Monday, January 17th 2011 - 10:36:08 AM
Did anyone video the new song we did at the Junos 40th Anniversary show at the Horseshoe? Arias, Nova and Traffic are up on YouTube. Would like to see our first performance of End Of Story
Saturday, December 18th 2010 - 12:05:12 AM
I miss the good'ol 80's
Wednesday, November 3rd 2010 - 04:42:47 AM
i love The Spoons...
please keep me listed on your email and fanclub list.
Saturday, October 23rd 2010 - 11:07:13 PM
A couple of months ago, my family saw The Spoons perform at an outdoor concert at a children's camp north of Burlington. What a treat it was! I've loved their music since my teenage years.
Unfortunately, my wife misplaced the car keys and after the concert, we were trying frantically to find them. It was dark and we had 5 kids waiting to go home. Gord and Sandy were still around after their performance and were kind enough to help us look for the keys - Gord lent us his flashlight and Sandy spent quite a bit of time looking around for the keys with us. Luckily, we ended up finding them in the kids' car seat.
Many thanks to Sandy and Gord for their kindness and of course, their awesome music!
With best regards,
Tuesday, October 19th 2010 - 05:30:07 PM
Hey! Just got done talking with Gordon on the phone! It's me, Ryan from iPhone Tech Support. While dinkin around at work I found stuff about your band and am gonna check you guys out when I get home! Pleasure talking to you Gordon!
Ryan from Apple
Monday, August 30th 2010 - 02:36:51 AM
you guys make me extra proud to be Canadian, you guys rock!
Thursday, August 5th 2010 - 06:44:42 PM
Thanks for the Great Show in Kincardine! Shared great pictures and memories of the Spoons with my friends and relatives. Thanks as well for the after show signing and CD's. Happy 30th anniversary hope you can play again in Kincardine. Colleen.
Wednesday, August 4th 2010 - 10:31:51 AM
Really enjoyed the show in Kincardine! I think my favourite song is still 'Waterline' - such a great video too. Will be playing that one at my wedding!
Monday, August 2nd 2010 - 09:57:10 PM
Thanks for the Great show in Kincardine on Sunday (Aug 1). I had a great time, hope I was'nt singing too loud....
Tuesday, July 13th 2010 - 10:28:54 PM
To the spoons,
I attended highschool in Milton at MDHS and Lester B.Pearson in the 1980's and had the privilege of seeing the spoons in Oakville I think in 1985. I can remember walking during lunch to tim horton's listening to my walkman and rewinding my "Talkback" tape to "Those Old Emotions". My friend Heather Wilhelm managed to get us back stage and we met our musical inspirations. Thanks Gord for talking to a couple of 15 year olds who really looked up to you and for being respectful and inspirational. I had the pleasure of returning to a show this October 2009 in Burlington with my cousins,and it was amazing. Just shy of my 40th birthday, I felt transported, such good times. your music is forever connected with some of the most hopeful times of my life. I miss my friends and family who all lived down in the Burlington, Milton area at that time.
Shannon O'Connor, Eganville, outside Ottawa, Ontario
Tuesday, July 13th 2010 - 12:52:02 PM
Just listening to 'Vertigo Tango' for the first time in a while. One of my favorite albums from the tail end of the 80s. Right up there with The Cure's 'Disintegration'.
Saw you guys at Barrymore's (Ottawa) in support of 'Tango' I think (age clouds the memory.) Had a blast - that part I remember (Hi Mayme W! I still remember.)
Would absolutely love to see 'Bridges Over Borders' in some electronic, downloadable format. Any possibility of seeing mp3s in the store. I have the cassette but no means to convert it.
Take it easy,
Sunday, July 4th 2010 - 06:56:31 PM
Saw your show at Ashbridges Bay, loved it!
I have your "collectable spoons" cd, would like to buy a cd with your new music.Could you please let me know where I can find it?
Thursday, July 1st 2010 - 07:40:26 PM
Just saw you play Ashbridges bay today, loved it!
I have your "collectible Spoons" cd, would like to buy your new music, we really liked the new songs.
Where can I buy the new cd?
Saturday, May 29th 2010 - 06:55:29 PM
I REALY LIKE YOUR MUSIC FROM DAVID FERRIER
Thursday, May 20th 2010 - 12:11:33 AM
A couple of shots from the show at Dundas Square on May 18th, 2010
Wednesday, May 5th 2010 - 07:11:58 PM
From my myspace blog.....
My first public appearance since recovering from the chicken pox saw me attend a very special 30th anniversary party. I’m not talking about your Aunt Mable & Uncle Skip’s boring wedding anniversary where a bunch a family you don’t care about gathers around the table at Grandma’s, eating egg salad and watching tedious slideshows from the 60’s. No, I’m talking about a real anniversary show featuring one of the most innovative bands to ever come out of Canada, the SPOONS. I’m not going to delve into the history or discography of the band. The majority of Canadians raised in the 80’s know exactly who they are and what they’re all about. The song “Nova Heart” is easily one of the top 50 most influential Canadian songs of all time. (I could rate higher, but then I‘d be biased). What I will do is discuss their history/meaning to me personally.
My first exposure to the SPOONS was at a school dance in 1983. Before that, I had only seen brief clips of them on CITY TV’s “New Music.” They were touring in conjunction with the release of their new “Talkback” album and our school was lucky enough to have them play there. I was in grade 7 at the time, which by the way is way too young to be allowed into a school dance which housed students up to grade 13.(Yes, Ontario had a grade 13 at the time). So there I was in my youth, happy to be allowed into a school dance. (The school normally didn’t allow the grade 7’s into the dances, but they made an exception for the SPOONS show.) There were no seats, so you just had to find a good spot in the rather large school gym, which gave you a prime view of the stage. I recall situating myself in an area which was relatively close to the stage. I had never been to a real concert before so my motive at that time was just to meet women. (Yes, even at that young age, I was girl crazy!) Once the show began I quickly abandoned thoughts of meeting women in favor of watching the show. The band consisted of 3 males (lead singer Gord, keyboardist Rob & drummer Derrick) & 1 female (the lovely & talented Sandy Horne) I remember them to be quite young, modest & energetic playing to the crowd and explaining the story behind some of their songs. I was immediately captivated by Sandy, who was not only very attractive, but she was a rock star too, and when you’re 12 years old it brings visions of cartoon hearts in your eyes daydreaming of marriage.
3 days later, they were appearing at a "Sam the Record Man" in a local mall for an autograph signing. I purchased their “Talkback” record album for the purpose of getting it signed and of course listening to it later on. 1983 was a great year for music, and was really the first year I began to listen to radio daily. I began regularly purchasing 45’ singles with money I must have received from my parents. I waited in line for over an hour with my friend anxiously waiting to meet the band, especially Sandy. Once I finally made it to the band, they each autographed underneath their picture on the album and in an uncharacteristic bold move of ballsy courage which was seemingly nonexistent for me in the 90’s, I asked Sandy for a kiss. Much to my surprise and pleasure, Sandy obliged with a quick peck on the lips. Yes, on the lips! I vowed never to wash that spot again, but quickly thought better of that. I was however in a daze for several days and couldn’t see “Through the Hazy”. The following year, the SPOONS played our school again. “Tell No Lies” & “Romantic Traffic” were big hits and the band scored a commercial deal with hip clothier Thrifty’s. It was an 80’s commercial all the way heavily filled with Miami Vice pastel colors everywhere. I remember the jingle featured Gord singing “Change into Thrifty’s” and Sandy finishing with “...”cause Thrifty’s is changing with you.” Needless to say I purchased all my jeans there for the next 4 years.
Fast forward to 1994 with the 80’s long since vanished, and the SPOONS profile somewhat reduced. A “best of” album was released, and the played prominently in my car. Fast forward again to 2008 and the band comes up on my radar again with some local gigs. After listening to the song “Old Emotions” it occurred to me that the song personifies exactly the story of my wife and I. (In brief, high school acquaintances who met up with each other 18 years later via Facebook….”you smell a familiar perfume from a girl you knew long ago, on a holiday weekend……”) The lyrics were so close to capturing our story exactly, that we decided to use it as the main theme in a wedding slide show I created. (Much more exciting than the slideshow seen at the aforementioned Aunt Mable & Uncle Skip’s anniversary) The song when played at our Stag & Doe and at the wedding reception, literally filled the dance floor with many of our former school mates, who were also in attendance at those two school concerts some 25 years earlier.
I kept missing their local gigs due to work or other commitments until finally in January of this year, I took my wife t see them at the classy “Living Arts Center” venue. To my delight, Talkback was finally available on CD and I was able to purchase it, a concert DVD & another CD titled “Vertigo Tango” from 1988. We were sitting right at the front of the stage and right in front of my kissing friend Sandy. (Somehow I doubt she remembers) The show was in a very intimate setting, but was filled with many hardcore, loyal & dedicated fans that were there to relive some good memories of the past in hopes that the band would return to put out even more music. At the end of the show, the band signed autographs and were very gracious and accommodating to the fans. Now a newlywed, I didn’t dare ask Sandy for a kiss. (though my wife is super cool, she wouldn’t have minded one bit).
3 months later, on April 30th, the band plays their 30th anniversary show at the Tattoo Rock Parlour in Toronto. This venue was more of a rock & roll style venue which was true to the bands roots of the early 80’s. The anniversary show saw the return of Rob to play keyboards for a full set. (Rob had left the band in 1985). My wife and I were standing at the front on the right side of the stage. The crowd was electric, dancing & singing along for the over 90 minutes they were on stage. After the show my wife even got to quickly tell Sandy our wedding story and that I had kissed Sandy in 1983. Sandy congratulated us both, laughed and this time and shook my hand.
I was always a fan of the band’s music, and have always had such fond memories of those school dances & of course that infamous kiss. Seeing the band live the past few months, especially the anniversary show made me a true fan of the band itself. It’s so refreshing to see a band reach out to its fans and take the time to meet and talk to those people who paid to see them. It’s unfortunate that the band’s music didn’t reach further than Canada, b/c they are by more talented than the vast majority of any new wave/pop bands of the era. I suppose that they always will be Canada’s little secret. Real talent & real music stands the test of time. The SPOONS have proven through their impressive catalogue of music that they really do stand the test of time and are truly music icons. I will continue to support the band by going to as many live shows as I can get to, as well as be the first to purchase their long overdue new album once it’s released.
So thank you SPOONS. Thank you for 30 years of great music. Thank you for letting me be a part of it, & thank you for bringing back “Those Old Emotions”.
Talk Back (2 Bonus Tracks)
Release date: 2010-03-30
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Monday, May 3rd 2010 - 11:40:23 PM
Happy 30th Anniversary!
Was so happy to see Rob reunite with the Spoons for your 30th Anniversary show. What an amazing night! Brings back a lot of memories of the good old days!
Saturday, May 1st 2010 - 09:53:05 PM
Tuesday, April 20th 2010 - 04:42:36 PM
spent the day with the band at Canada Wonderland in 1985 when UB40 played a live gig, loved the band ever since
Tuesday, March 23rd 2010 - 10:34:01 AM
Play all of Vertigo Tango and I'll drive to wherever. Still one of my favourite albums. Would love to hear it remastered and given a little more bottom end. I listen to my worn out cassette via "mp3's" at least once a year. "Sooner Or Later" and "Waterline" are always on rotation on my playlist. Great writing on this one.
Tuesday, February 16th 2010 - 08:39:13 PM
It's not easy staying together playing songs for so long. Goes to show The Spoons have endured, musicianship is so good. Music will always be inthe blood of those who really LOVE music.
Saturday, February 13th 2010 - 06:37:46 PM
Hello Gord, Sandy and CREW.
Saw your show last night in Brampton at the Rose Theatre .........and as expectd brought back alot of memories of growing up in the early 80's in Collingwood,Ontario.
Music is still great after all these years and the band looks just like they did way back when.
Had an awesome time............thanks for the trip down memory lane.
p.s.........Nova Heart still sounds fantastic !!!
Thursday, February 4th 2010 - 08:58:19 PM
Its nice to see one of my favorite 80's bands still together and have a website for their fans. You guy's are great!
Friday, January 22nd 2010 - 12:04:43 PM
YES!!! It's been a long time since i saw you guys play live about 25 years or so at Ontario Place in Toronto.Now i will be seeing you all at the Living Arts Center in Mississauga to-night. ALL THE BEST GUYS ....
long time fan,
Thursday, January 21st 2010 - 11:22:02 AM
one of my favourite bands growing up. I remember seeing them at our highschool(Orangeville) way back when. I remember jumping on stage to kiss Sandy on the cheek. I did.
Tuesday, January 12th 2010 - 11:52:06 PM
I have always loved the music of THE SPOONS. I was only at one of your concerts, and that was the fall of 1984 in Winnipeg.
Great Times they were, and still are.
Thanks for all the Music G,S & Gang
Tuesday, December 29th 2009 - 04:43:23 PM
As important to my teenage years as John Hughes.
I could've/should've been President of Spoons Official Fan Club.
Thanks for it all.
Friday, December 25th 2009 - 04:06:43 AM
You spelled "My Favourite Page" incorrectly, you American ;-).
Sunday, December 6th 2009 - 03:12:13 PM
I still have the autographs from your signing session in Ottawa 1986: "Only Burlington!"
God, I love you guys.
Thanks for helping me stay young!
Tuesday, November 3rd 2009 - 04:18:56 PM
I have listen today the old tape cassette that i have: Listen to the city by Gordin Deppe and wow i always like that (2009). I just want to say you that it's great album. If you come at Montréal, Québec one of these day i come to see you for sure :-).
Sunday, October 18th 2009 - 09:53:20 AM
I've been a fan since Arias & Symphonies. I just wanted to say that Sandy gets hotter with every passing year :)
Doug in Ottawa
Saturday, October 10th 2009 - 02:39:31 PM
It feels like a memory to me - but it happened. lol
I had a lot of fun being on tour with you guys, even the short a stint that it was.
See you in Burlington at Boston Manor, Oct 10/09
Friday, October 9th 2009 - 08:48:38 PM
Awesome memories of a young progressive canadian band playing Laurentian University from 1981 - 1984... Great after concert partying with them and always a hit!! Hoping to see you play in the near future in Ottawa I hope! I always crank er up!!! Cheers Spoons!!!
Sunday, September 6th 2009 - 01:50:23 AM
look forward to your show @ the boston manor.....Nick
Thursday, September 3rd 2009 - 05:36:34 PM
Monday, August 31st 2009 - 09:57:26 AM
I will be going to your show at Livings Art Centre! Although it's been more than 20 years since I last saw your show in Toronto (where I was also lucky enough to catch the drumstick!) ... you guys and your music have always been near and dear to my heart ... especially during my university days! And I have started getting my 3 kids hook on your music as well!
And Sandy ... you still look terrific!!! Ok Gord ... you're not so bad too!
Cheers and may your music continues to be as enjoyable as ever!
Wednesday, July 29th 2009 - 11:11:23 PM
I was googling you, to see what you were up to, and came across your wonderful website. You guys look terrific. Sorry I haven't been in touch over the years but if you get a chance, it would be great to hear from you.
John & Lylie (Punter)
Sunday, July 19th 2009 - 12:32:36 AM
I purchased Arias & Symphonies in the early '80's but lost it to a friend who told me he would put it on a cassette for me. I looked for Spoons through different search engines but they always came up wrong. Finally on The Kings website I see them advertise a show in September with their good friends The Spoons following them and I can't believe it but it is you. Thank you for being part of my love of new romantic music and now I can purchase Arias & Symphonies on iTunes.
Michael J. Villalovos
Thursday, July 9th 2009 - 07:58:22 AM
Friday, July 3rd 2009 - 04:53:57 PM
Grew up with the spoons in the 80's. Most underrated band in the 80's
Saturday, June 27th 2009 - 10:17:47 PM
.....Brad Maxim....ATTENTION- Steve Kendry, shoot me an email!
Tuesday, June 23rd 2009 - 08:41:22 PM
saw you guys at gage park in the 80s sounded great
Monday, May 25th 2009 - 02:40:50 PM
Sunday, March 15th 2009 - 08:59:38 AM
Hi guys. Sawthe show last night at boston Manor. WOW, you sounded great. Cant believe its been 25 years since I was delivering pizza from Sir Pizza, the castle during your rehursals. Keep up the great work.
Saturday, February 7th 2009 - 09:43:02 AM
Keep up the great work....awesome to see some familiar faces from the good old 80's!!!!
Saturday, January 31st 2009 - 02:57:07 PM
Hey guys you're awesome! Love your CD Five Star Fall. See you soon!
Friday, January 23rd 2009 - 07:02:24 PM
Awesome CD!! I love every song on it and play it daily. I'm looking forward to more!
Friday, January 9th 2009 - 10:38:51 PM
I've been a fan since 1981, I think their music was a head if it's time and that why they're still popular today - I think the're making history in Canada.
THANK YOU FOR THE WONDERFUL MEMORIES, Your the best...
Resident of Amos, province of Quebec
Friday, January 9th 2009 - 10:37:46 PM
I've been a fan since 1981, I think their music was a head if it's time and that why they're still popular today - I think the're making history in Canada.
THANK YOU FOR THE WONDERFUL MEMORIES, Your the best...
Resident of Amos, province of Quebec
Thursday, December 4th 2008 - 02:58:12 PM
Hi guys, hope you doing well.
Monday, November 24th 2008 - 10:58:37 PM
I was just wondering does anyone know where or what happened to Derrick Ross? He was the drummer when they first made the bad. If anyone knows anything plz e-mail me @ firstname.lastname@example.org thanks
Wednesday, November 5th 2008 - 09:36:01 PM
Good to hear from you Gordon.
Tuesday, October 28th 2008 - 03:41:03 AM
I just got my copy of Spoons Limited Edition today.
Who says that time travel is impossible.
I'm sitting here listening to the CD and I can picture just about every place I ever was in Toronto when I first heard each song.
CFNY sure did introduce me to a lot of different music as a kid.
I never did get a chance to see the Spoons play, my bad luck I guess.
But hopefully one day they might find their way out west to Vancouver.
Wednesday, July 23rd 2008 - 12:44:18 PM
Thank you for the never-ending inspiration!
Monday, July 7th 2008 - 07:54:30 PM
This site is wicked! Did you get my last email?
Saturday, July 5th 2008 - 04:28:30 PM
Hi guys, I see you are playing a show on July the 10th in T.O. Any plans to play in Vancouver or Victoria in the near future? I have been a fan since about 82-83. Arias & Symphonies and Talkback are probably 2 of the greatest Canadian albums of all time! Still have my Ready cassettes from back then!
I am a former Ontario and Nova Scotia resident and didn't get a chance to see you guys when I lived back east. You played a gig in St. Catherines in the late 80's and I didn't go and now regret it to this day.
Is there a chance of ordering any vinyl from the back catalogue still? I have a radio show on a college/university station here, primarily 70's-80's stuff. I try to play new wave stuff when I can and it's hard to find quality Canadian work that is not too mainstream. Any suggestions as opposed to searching in vinyl record shops?
Thanks for the site,
Later and cheers to all.
Scott, New Westminster BC
Saturday, June 28th 2008 - 10:40:33 PM
Awesome show in Fort Erie. You guys sounded great!!!!!
Saturday, June 28th 2008 - 10:37:42 AM
In the 80's I met you when you played Georgian College in Barrie. I loved you then and now 25 years later, I still listen to your songs from back then. You are definetly one of the most talented bands Canada has ever had. Going to see you at The Friendship Festival tonight in Fort Erie. Should bring back Those Old Emotions.
Tuesday, June 3rd 2008 - 09:31:25 AM
remember when you opened for SAGA at Brock University back in 1980 ? and their boardmen gave you poor sound/lights and a short set. You've come a long way since then . I was thinking about you when I heard that SAGA had reformed after announcing it quits.
I see that you are appearing at Thomson Park on July 1st..welcome to my neck of the woods. This is a Shot Gun Neighbourhood not a Stick Figure Neighbourhood ( just kidding....then again ) Hope to see you there or at the It's Your Festival ....( a Mohawk buddy )
Tuesday, June 3rd 2008 - 02:04:43 AM
Hey Spoons! :) How are yaz all doing? I just wanna say keep up the great work on still being together through these years! That's awesome. Of course I have many favourite Spoons tunes but the one I want to point out the most is "Quiet World" from the "Talk Back" album. That is such a hauntingly beautiful melody. I'm quite surprised that it never became one of the many big hits that the others have become.
But... ANYWAYS.... that's only my 2 cents worth. Take care folks and good luck in remaining together. Go Spoons!
Frank B. from Brampton, Ontario
Monday, June 2nd 2008 - 09:11:35 AM
Saw the Lost Boys on May 21, 2008 at a small venue in the north end of Toronto and they wree fantastic. What a combination of new stuff and great hits from the past. the most fun I have had in a long time....well done guys.
Friday, May 30th 2008 - 10:25:04 AM
Great performance at the Rogers Centre on Tuesday - I'd forgot what a fan I was of your sound.
If I wanted to pick up a few CDs - the vinyl days are long gone for me - where do you recommend I look?
Saturday, May 17th 2008 - 07:54:52 PM
im from calgary saw the spoons at the back alley mid nineties. sandy horne is hot!!! love to know if they are coming back thru calgary. also why the hell hasnt TALKBACK and all the rest of the albums been released on c.d.?my cassette is just about worn out!love to all murrman
Saturday, May 10th 2008 - 07:30:20 PM
Hey old Spoons fans! I was known back then as "Andi", the photographer.Gordon was my main contact with the band. I probably still have the guitar case tag from the romantic traffic video, from when I tagged along with Gordon during some of the making of the Romantic Traffic video in the Subway.I have tons of old photo's too but they are stuck in storage in Banff, and I'm unfortunately in Ontario with my family and kids, where we really don't belong! My heart is always in the Rockies. Had front row seats for a Great Big Sea concert in Banff few years back and was shocked to "sea" Murray Foster as their bassist, from way back in Jian Gomeshi's band Tall New Buildings,one of the many bands who struggled to make it through the 1980's when both of our Thornhill and Thornlea High Schools where overflowing with wishful budding musicians, long before Canadian Idol!
Glad to see you are all still with it!
Ran into John from Honeymoon Suite couple of years ago, apparently good ol' Ray was happily raising his child, while his wife went off to work! Peace to you Ray, Few men I know can actual handle that, makes you the better man!
And as many of us know those better men are getting hard to find.
Monday, April 28th 2008 - 05:01:54 PM
Keep up the good work!
Tuesday, April 15th 2008 - 07:27:07 PM
Wow, I was a fan from the pretty near the beginning. Saw shows pretty much all over. Saw guy mention show in Barrie with Blue Peter that I saw. Looking back at the set list section makes me remember all the great songs that weren't hits that you guys had. Hopefully will get out and see you at the Justice show as I also love Blue Peter. Thanks for the memories and having the greatest fans too.
P.S. also saw you open for Flock at that Pepsi disaster a few years back at the Opera House. Never have seen a band clear out a room like they did.
Sunday, April 13th 2008 - 11:07:35 PM
Hey Spoons, was just listening to "Be Alone Tonight" off a cassette tape (of all things) I made from the Canada Concert Scene via Much Music circa 1986-87. Those were the days, and that song just brings back so many heart felt memories. Much luck to you guys. I am glad to see that you're still out there playing, please don't let the music die for us, as we ARE still listening. I am still such a big fan of 80s music & would love to see your show. Actually, I was fortunate enough to meet and party with Lee Aaron & her group in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., in the late 90s and also met the drummer from The Headpins, remember those guys? Hey, stay healthy, and keep playing.......
Tuesday, April 8th 2008 - 07:56:19 PM
Monday, March 3rd 2008 - 10:07:44 AM
HAS ANYONE HEARD IF THE SPOONS ARE GOING TO PARTICPATE IN A TRIBUTE TO JEFF HEALEY?
Tuesday, February 12th 2008 - 11:28:43 PM
love the music. waiting for back catalogue to be released on cd - specifically talkback and bridges over borders
Sunday, January 20th 2008 - 10:38:30 PM
Hey I caught the Brampton show and I had the time of my life! I'm the guy who wanted to hear Sundown bad enough to wash your car! Glad to hear Sandy and Gord still have those fantastic voices! Can't wait to learn of more dates!
Sunday, January 20th 2008 - 06:42:00 PM
hello from london, ontario. this is scott chamberlain, a 44 yr old stuck in the 80s. i have been a fan since i bought talk back on vinyl. my wife and i love the music and we hope to some day see you in concert.
Tuesday, January 15th 2008 - 12:41:11 PM
Hi Sandy and Gord
I Miss you guys a lot, Great Website,Really brings back a lot of amazing memories,who plays Keyboards now and who was playing at Healeys I couldn't make out the Person.E-mail me to say hello and let me know when you are playing in the Kitchener Area.
Monday, December 31st 2007 - 12:43:51 PM
Saw your show at Jeff Healey's Dec.28/07. You were Awesome!
Monday, December 31st 2007 - 08:33:54 AM
The Spoons,the most underated band of the 80s.I was lucky enough to see them in concert,six times.By far ,the best of the 80s. Thanks for the web site,it makes time turn around.
Wednesday, December 26th 2007 - 12:39:13 AM
Hello to the Spoons from Stan, that annoying b4st4rd in St.Louis !!!!
I still play your music on my internet radio show.
Thursday nights, 11pm EST at http://radio.darkness.com
I have friends in Hamilton now, maybe I'll make it up there to see another show !
Friday, November 23rd 2007 - 08:24:39 PM
I love you guys.
I was born in the 80's and loved your tunes.
Long live The Spoons
Monday, November 12th 2007 - 12:05:48 PM
I can't believe it. I really can't. I have been looking and looking and looking and for the life of me, I couldn't find ONE fansite or ANY site (for that matter) with decent Spoons info, discography, lyrics etc.
Sunday, November 11th 2007 - 07:13:09 AM
Nice site! Nice music! Nice souvenirs! Bonjour from a fan from Quebec.
Tuesday, October 23rd 2007 - 05:36:18 PM
Hi Gord & Sandy,
Was talking to Paul Bailley and Leo Frantz on Sunday after about a gazillion years and they told me about the band playing on the 19th January and I'm trying to find a way to come and revisit with you guys. A lond way from O'Malley's or the Fox and Hound. Kind of miss the jam sessions, the Wednesday night "Beatnik Nights" with you and Wally ,Etc.
Anyways, hoping to make it from Ottawa to Brampton to possibly catch up on what everyone is doing these days.
Maybe you'll get a chance to play Barrymore's here in Ottawa.
Take care and hope to see ya'll in the new year.
Saturday, October 20th 2007 - 10:34:26 PM
a 30 yr old man who has grown up to nirvana, pearl jam, soundgarden. i play drums , music is everything to me. i decided to go back to the memories i had as a kid with the 80's, and listen in depth. i came across nova heart and i remember hearing it when only 4 yrs old. anyways its a time i wish i could of been older. music is not the same anymore. the feeling i get when listening to spoons is something i cannot put into words. i love the video to romantic traffic. i mean i subway those locations. anyways im a true fan for all the right reasons. id love to meet one of my favorite bands ever. i notice you guys play in brampton in the new year , to be honest i may have to go. ive been looking for info on the spoons for awhile, i cant understand why i never hit this site until now. anyways god bless all of you , you have made songs that i will listen to for my whole life........... tell no lies.
Wednesday, October 10th 2007 - 08:27:35 AM
Please come to Beijing.
Saturday, October 6th 2007 - 01:31:17 PM
I Saw them play last night with "Blue Peter" at the "Mod Club". What a great night it was. A real trip to hear them play together on the same bill again. I was 18 when I saw the two bands play together in Barrie in an old movie theatre. And I also remember when The Spoons played at my High School in Collingwood. The band let me sit down and talk with them after the show, very cool.
My only complaint about last night was that it was way too short! Well, I would have like to have heard them play "Dropped Dishes" as well.
Thanks for the fun night Gordon and Sandy,
Friday, September 28th 2007 - 10:56:55 AM
Wow!! I can't believe I'm only just coming across this site now. I've been a fan for a year or two (cough cough <g>) and have seen the band on numerous occassions - loving every show. My fav is still the time they co-headlined with Gowan in Thunder Bay years ago; they proved they were a live band and not just a studio band (They ROCKED and in my humble opinion, kicked said artists b*tt!).
I love all the CDs but my fav has to be Vertigo Tang. I think they were poised for super stardom after that, as them music was top notch and simply fantastic. I had a large number of CDs 'disappear' a few years ago and unfortunately all the Spoons ones were apart of that. Sigh... I can't wait to get may hands on them again.
Thanks to the band for some great music - I'll be seeing you soon...again... FYI, you'll know me as the one with the "Marillion" t-shirt. :)
Monday, September 3rd 2007 - 11:07:09 PM
Hello Spoons and Spoons fans,
Caught the band twice this summer and I have to say that this was one of the strongest line-ups ever. Steve put on a drumming clinic in Hamilton and at the Ex. The vocals were strong all-around and I really thought the sound at the Ex was excellent. I bought the new CD and there is some really good stuff on there (2,000 Years and Bending are my two faves so far). As a guitarist and beginning drummer, I have to say that The Spoons' music is more sophisticated and complex that it would appear to non-musicians. I don't know where Gord digs up these chords but they are interesting to figure out and use in other songs!
It is great to see the band again. They gave people like me something different to listen to in the 80's outside of the bland, cliche, pedestrian stuff that other bands were putting out. I actually got the idea to become a school teacher after buying A&S and listening to Nova Heart!!! You see, Gord, you never know what impact writing a song will have on somebody!!!
Finally, just wanted to say that Gord and Sandy graciously spoke to my son and me after the Ex show. It's nice that they take the time to do that. Too bad Steve and the new keyboard player didn't come out too. They were amazing at both shows as well.
I look forward to more Spoons events in the future. Please keep me posted.