“Burning Swedish Meatballs” (by Reggie Regan)
I first discovered the music of Reggie Regan in 1990 while sifting through a box of 45s at my local Winnipeg University radio station - CDs were just becoming more common, and the station manager wanted to make room, so he said I could take whatever 45s I wanted. Wrong thing to say to me.
While digging through the milkcrates of neglected vinyl, I found this indie release on entitled Reggie Regan's Greatest Hits Volume 1 (yes, he did it before the Rheostatics). I was intrigued, especially when one of the songs was "Burning Swedish Meatballs".
I listened to it at home and I was taken by it's quirky charm, a blend of new wave and slighty off-kilter pop. Who was this guy? No info available on the label. I looked him up in 1997 when I got online but there was nothing.
Fast-forward to early 2011, and going through some of my vinyl that I was transferring to CD I wanted to upgrade my copy and thought to look his name up online again.
This time, I discover a lot more about Reggie, mostly through his friends blog: Reggie lived in Winnipeg for a time doing the odd gig and released this one and only record (now a hit in cult circles).
He moved to Texas, learned how to fix transmissions, fixes up spare old houses, he's an emergency flight-crew nurse, and is a medical legal consultant. But he spends a lot of his time building bat houses.
Reggie is definitely one of the unknown heroes of Canada.
And now with Reggie's kind permission, he is going to take over the interweb by re-releasing his only-ever record available for free download on Happy Puppy. He also generously donated a scan of the original vinyl sleeve art (mine didn't have one) so you can get the full Reggie experience.
Produced by Reggie Regan
Musicians: Reggie Regan - vocals, toy piano, percussion, acoustic & electric guitars, various noises
Terry (T-Bone) Bullerwell - sax, finger snaps and the harder guitar parts
Danny Stimpson - bass, backing vox and carrots