If you are one of those Americans who gives zero fucks about celebrating a politically incorrect holiday, then I wish you a Happy Columbus Day! If you happen to live north of here in the great
state country of Canada, then allow me to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving instead! Yes, we know how thankful you all are that the US took Justin Bieber off your hands… and in addition to that gross violation of international relations, let me also give you a reason to be thankful that it is Monday! That’s the day The Nest summons the Mounties to fetch another frozen solid classic out of that Northwest Territories wasteland we like to call the Dusty Vinyl Archive! DJ Scratchy’s got the perfect music to go with your turkey, moose, Kraft dinners or whatever y’all are eating today… while the Sponkies pretend to play hockey in 80 degree weather. Here’s one of the Great White North’s best, eh….
While the British and Australian contributions to American pop music history are often first to come to mind when we think of great music that got its start on foreign soil, let’s not forget how many awesome rock and roll acts our northern neighbors have spawned over the years. While The Guess Who, Loverboy, Rush, and even the Barenaked Ladies make up Canada’s A list of talent… it stands to reason there are also a fair number of once relevant Canadian artists who somehow slipped through the cracks of an ice fissure.
One such band that had a brief glimmer of the US spotlight in 1982 was an Ontario quintet called Saga. Their lone taste of American Top 40 glory came from an album they released a year earlier titled Worlds Apart… and that would be the #26 hit “On The Loose.”
This video worked its way into MTV’s rotation in ’82, and is likely the only reason “On The Loose” became a hit at all in the States. That completely undersells just how fucking amazing this song actually is! The nifty keyboard riff that drives it, the foot tapping drum beat that backs it, and the guitar that gives the song its life all come together for what I truly believe is one of the most epic intermezzos of any song ever! If you thought that instrumental break after the second chorus in your favorite song was a good time to go grab a smoke or hit the can, then you’d be missing out on the absolute best part of Saga’s magnum opus!
Come back next Monday for another forgotten classic that’ll bring home the Canadian bacon…