Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Quid Rocks!

THE QUID IS A COOL ROCK BAND that gained some success during the Garage Band era in Winnipeg. My husband Bill is the very young lead guitar player seen standing in the middle of the photo holding his Gretseh electric guitar. A careful look shows an imitation shrunken head hanging over the drum to suggest edginess in their music. The band went through several stages as it evolved. My husband composed the instrumental Mersyside that can be heard here inspired by the British/American music invasion of the 60's.

Other members of The Quid (as seen sitting in the photo) are drummer Lennie Fidkalo on the left, bass player Morley Nichols on the right and guitarist Colin Palmer in the middle who remains my husband's lifelong friend.

Sadly, Ron Rene the lead singer standing next to my husband passed away suddenly a few years ago. Ron's voice can be heard singing Crazy Things here. Ironically, when Ron took a break from the music scene in his prime, the famed Guess Who, also from Winnipeg, wrote a song titled Friends of Mine that with hindsight might have foreshadowed Ron's too early passing with the line: " ... and fade away like Ron Rene."

Information about The Quid can be found at the Manitoba Music Museum and is also included on the website my husband began several years ago mixing facts with a little humor to catalogue the history.

Most recently, band members were surprised to discover their timeless Quid tunes were included in a compilation album of early garage rock.

When looking for a word beginning with "Q" for ABC Wednesday, The Quid came to mind as the quintessential rock group of a bygone era.

Copyright by Penelope Puddlisms

15 comments:

  1. That was way cool, Maria. Thanks for sharing that. Nice music, bookmarked it for more listening another time. Have a great day!

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  2. What a great post. I'll look forward to checking out the links. Love the shot. Carver, ABC Wed. Team

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  3. You married a rocker! Great Q post.

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  4. How neat to have your hubby as a band member!!!!I will definately check out the music.
    Ann

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  5. I just went over to hear the music, I love it. We were 17 and 20 in 1965 and my hubby also played the electric guitar and was in a local band. I'm sure he listened at the time.
    ann

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  6. Cool...your husband must have some fantastic memories from those days! Have a wonderful week,

    Leslie
    abcw team

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  7. good representative music of the era, and love the Guess Who crossover history. hope they got royalties from the compilation!
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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  8. Very neat band and you have an handsome hubby.

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  9. They say you learn something everyday..and I did!
    Jane x

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  10. Wow, Penelope! That band is GOOD! I just went to the youtube link and also checked out Bill's web site. I have attended only two rock concerts (Emerson, Lake and Palmer and Black Sabbath) in my life, both because my students (long ago) were keen to introduce me to "their" music. The Kinks opened one of those concerts. I had no idea Bill is also a musician. What a great post and I absolutely LOVED the photo!

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  11. Sad about Ron Rene, interesting about the song, though.
    Hi to Bill from me, and see you soon. I'm renting a car, got suchagooddeal so I won't be bumming rides.
    K

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  12. Wonderful post, - it must have been a great way for these fellows to accumulate memories and form friendships.

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  13. Very interesting post,I intend to explore all the links too. Thank you for sharing.

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  14. How very cool that your husband was in a band! My husband's history has nothing so spectacular in it. :))

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  15. Cool! Bill Pavlik, who must have been chased by girls, is your husband. Penelope, I really enjoyed this post and explored around the links you put. I love their sound. Bands of the 60’s, they attracted the hearts of the young and the young at heart by such revolutionary, exciting, stimulating new music style. Is it possible “The Quid is back after 40 years”? Reunion of the “Group Sounds” (a general term for Japanese rock groups in 60’s and 70’s) is popular in Japan: they periodically make performance at a special event and some of the members are very old. I wouldn't say The Quid is quaint but quintessential rock group of the good old days as you wrote.

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