Wrabit

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The rock band Wrabit formed in Canada in the late 1970's. Members included lead singer Lou Nadeau, keyboardist Les Paulhus, guitarists David Alpin and John Albani, drummers Scott Jefferson Steck and Gary Craigh, and bassist Chris Brockway.

Originally from Ottawa, they played the local circuit in the mid 70's and quickly gained a reputation for their slick combination for a harder-edged melodic style. They eventually settled on the 'big rock band sound' and carved a niche for themselves over the next year or so and their 'quasi-heavy Styx' sound doing alot of Kansas and Journey covers along with some original works.


They were noticed by Michael Rosen while playing in 1980. He and Elliot Steinberg were starting up a record label, signing them to Attitude Records, and would go on to be the only group to do so. They began recording with Paul Gross at Toronto's Phase One Studios on Dec 8 and their self-titled debut was released in Canada only the spring of '81 amid much hype in the general Toronto area, due in part to Bugs Bunny artist Chuck Jones designing the band logo. It was a keyboard-guitar oriented sound and "Any Way Any Time" became the first single.

The album was re-released a year later, this time entitled WROUGH AND WREADY and available worldwide. "Any Way Any Time" was again released as a single, which did better the second time around due to the big label's backing. Largely written by Albani & Nadeau, other noteables from the record included "Don't Say Goodnite To Rock and Roll", "Pushin On" and the second single "Back Home". The band began touring across upon release, which was getting respectable FM airplay in the Ontario/Northern US area, but the general direction of where their music was going saw Aplin, Paulhus and Steck all leave following the tour which included back-up dates with Black Sabbath. Aplin appeared on Lee Aaron's debut later that year.

Wrabit's next album was TRACKS, still in 1982. Much heavier than it's predecessor, Gross again produced it, featuring new members Gerald O'Brien on keys and drummer Gary McCracken, who'd left Max Webster the year before and had also toured with Klaatu. The first single "Don't Lose That Feeling" cracked the Top 40 while the band was on another North American tour, which featured sharing the bill with Rush on the Canadian leg of the tour. They got news that the album was selling better in Japan than at home, prompting the release of "Don't Stop Me Now" as the next single.

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