The name was an inside joke on the uber politics of the times. Red Tide is a shellfish disease that pollutes, and renders toxic shell fish around Vancouver Island...while others felt it referenced the proletariat struggles of punks/commies. The sound was hard, fast, clear and angry. Personal politics and political issues melted into a blender filled with adrenaline and beer. Gigs were great, Victoria seemed to respond well to Red Tide's sound.
The floor was always packed with slammers! The band went through a few changes, most notably, Chris Prohom left for other challenges and ended up playing for DOA (as Wayne Gretzky, lol) in 1990. Tim Crow was in and out of the band often, as Jon couldn't decide whether Tim's rampantly obnoxious behavior was good or bad for the band...and Tim ofter moved to different cities/provinces out of the blue! Lots of gigs, loads of fun times... a few bass players later... Red Tide played their last show at the Roxy Cinagogue.
It was packed… and the crowd went wild! The final moment of came to an abrupt halt during the second encore. As they played the beautifully gross cover “Boys in the Bright White Sports Car” (with Paul Wilkinson’s hilarious trademark falsetto piercing the hall), Nev from the Day Glos drunkenly fired off a fire extinguisher onto the stage and the show was over. A white cloud of near-toxic flour-type stuff spread quickly throughout the theatre. Coughing, hacking and choking people poured out of the theatre in panic, covered from head to toe in white extinguisher powder.
Howie Siegel was pissed about his $85,000 movie screen that had become caked with the combination of beer from thrown bottles and extinguisher powder. Perfect ending....a cloud of toxic white smoke chokes off all light and air....so punk rock!! Members: Jon Craggs-guitar/vocals Chris Prohom-bass/guitar/vocals Ken Jensen-drums Tim Crow-vocals Years: 1981 to 1990 Location: Victoria, British Columbia Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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