Monday, January 17, 2005

Boys Brigade - "Melody"

Toronto Canada's Boys Brigade formed in 1981 playing speakeasies and underground clubs before performing on Queen Street. Their debut 1983 album was produced by Rush's Geddy Lee after their manager, who was Rush's lighting designer, introduced them. The album contained two minor hit singles, "Melody" and "The Passion Of Love". The band that featured three percussionists and even more conflicting personalities broke up shortly after. They toured as opening act for Gang Of Four, The Romantics and The Stray Cats. Boys Brigade is a British version of the Boy Scouts. Lead vocalist Malcom Burn went on to a solo career as well as becoming a successful engineer/producer along with his brother in-law Daniel Lanois.

Go to the download page to get Boys Brigade - "Melody"


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw this band in the basement of the Drake Hotel in 1981, it was an amazing show

4:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw Boys Brigade at Ontario Place when they openned for Red Rider back in the mid eighties. They were fantastic, and the one and only albumn, which I owned was exceptional... Its a shame they did'nt stay together, I believe the world was deprived of the opportunity to experience some wounderful creative music over the that was never can only speculate on what might have been...Paul.

2:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was searching for this song for years! I found it yesterday on google...and later this site.

Funny Story: I used to live in Hamilton, Ont. I was like 8yo at the time. I think CHUM FM had a weekly top 10 video show (my parents didn't let us get cable/mtv). I saw the Melody video once and couldn't remember the name of the band the next day. A couple kids at school (Pauline Johnson Elem.) heard the song too and liked it, but no one knew the words.

Later, my first girlfriend's name was Melody. I think I partly liked her because of the song! She was this freckly faced tom boy with short hair. (I'm sure she's gorgeous now). This was 4th grade so of course it wasn't very serious. lol I think one summer she moved away.

My family moved to Washington D.C. in '84. I often thought of that girl as well as the song. I was really sad to leave Canada. I would think of her and the song all the time. I never really liked D.C. and was a pretty depressed/outcast teenager...and fat! LOL. For years I thought of Melody as the only girl that ever liked me.

I had "Melody stole my heart and danced away..." stuck in my head till today 2006. Every couple years or so I'd google the few lines of the song that I knew (including the part about "Sam"). I never found anything until YESTERDAY!!! 22 years later!

I finally found a blog, that listed the song, band and it's lyrics. I was able to download it (Yes legally!). So, now maybe I'll find the girl. Who knows. If you know anyone that went to Pauline Johnson between 80-84 let me know:

10:27 AM  
Blogger john said...

I love this album. I used to have the LP but have moved around alot lately (am now in Germany) and I think my folks threw it out (tragedy).
Does anyine know if it is possible to get a CD of this album? Or where I can download the other tracks on the album?
You could e-mail me at

Thanks in advance!


10:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you didn't know Geddy Lee of Rush produced the album. It was a huge hit in Ontario.They had a better song on the album called "Passion of Love "

4:03 PM  
Blogger Tammy said...

This song has been playing in my head for years but I couldn't place it. I remember when it came out, I mean the day it became popular in Ontario. Lately I could only remember a few words and then today a bunch of it jumped into my head and I've finally figured out what song it is and now I can't find it. If anyone knows where I can find this song please let me know. This takes me back to a place in my life where I had to make some serious decisions, and every night when I was going to sleep I heard this song. Please help me find it. You can contact me through email Thanks so much, this page helped me remember what song this was and I knew it was Canadian but no one else I know could remember who sang it or even the song.

9:13 PM  
Anonymous Jo Fergus said...

My favourite song off this obscure album seems nowhere to be found...

"Into the Flow"

* sigh *

12:13 PM  

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