They're not gonna release the album because they have decided that the
cover is sexist.
NIGEL: Well so what? What's wrong with
being sexy? I mean there's no...
DAVID: -ist. More than sexy.
bit from the cinematic masterpiece This is Spinal Tap reminds me why I
love working with The Salads - they're fun, funny, and
appreciate David St. Hubbins' definition of sexist.
met the band after a gig at The Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto in 1995. Dave
Z's sister Tara suggested I check them out and told the band that I had
designed some album covers and might be right for the band. The Horseshoe
gig showed me that they had lots of talent, energy, desire and a tremendous
(and slightly depraved) sense of humour. With a song like Pee
Pee Through My Wee Wee how could you not laugh! We met up and
I felt completely at ease with them; I guess the feeling was mutual because
they left me at my own devices to come up with a CD design. When it came
time to present the "Meanwhile..." CD package to the
band I knew that I had given them what they'd been looking for; being
partially paid with bags of carrots and onions from the Ziemba farm was
an unexpected bonus!
fall of '98 saw David Summerfeldt depart and the dangerous Mista
D arrive to the delight of ladies everywhere. D brought positive
energy, tattoos, and lyrical prowess to an already potent band. A new
sound ensued and everybody was feeling it when the band emerged from the
studio in 2000 with the Who's That? EP and music
video (directed by Chinamen). Who's That Kat?
got The Salads air and video play and with continuous touring their fan
base quickly grew.
fall of '02 saw them in the studio with Dan Brodbeck
to record their second full length CD "Fold A
to B". Around this time Chuck would send me mp3's to have a listen
to what they've been up to. Hearing the rough cut of Get Loose
literally knocked me on my ass - an undeniable hit and I wasn't alone
in my opinion: Get Loose was the highest charting
indie single (#9) on Toronto's 102.1 The Edge - ever.
No small feat. The video got steady play on MuchMusic and MTV and Fold
A to B would produce two more singles: The Roth Kung
Fu (props to Diamond Dave) and Unhappy.
brings us to the present and the "BAND GONE WILD" DVD.
This show from The Opera House really captures The Salads at their best
- tight, powerful, fun. Live and Loud is the best way to appreciate this
band and they delivered it in spades this night. In addition to the great
gig fans get to see these upstanding citizens in their many stages of
creative development through photos and rare video footage from the vaults.
You get to see some spectacularly dreadful fashion and hair choices made
over the years and the great thing about that is you can point and laugh
hysterically at them without fear of hurting their feelings! The DVD is
the culmination of years of sweating it out in clubs and bars in every
part of this glorious country (Canada) and an excellent record of what
the band has achieved to this point. It also includes the new single Today
is Your Lucky Day.
Stay tuned though - they're just getting warmed up...
Vidaic - October 2004
on, have a second helping of The Salads. They rock and they're good for