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They signed to Solid Gold Records shortly after with their self-titled debut in 1984 and featured the radio hit "Listen To The Radio" which was written by Tom Robinson and Peter Gabriel under its original title "Atmospherics". Two other well received singles followed. Their live shows featured the core line-up of Chapman, Duggan-Smith and Williamson with a rotating base of Queen Street musicians sometimes numbering 10 or 11 on stage at a time. What appeared to be a promising future was cut short when Williamson developed kidney problems and moved to Scotland to be with his.
Pukka Orchestra formed in 1979 as part of Toronto's burgeoning Queen West new wave scene and centered around lead singer Graeme Williamson and guitarists Neil Chapman and Tony Duggan-Smith. Auxiliary players varied from gig to gig and were drafted on an as-needed basis from other Queen West bands. The band's name, incidentally, was inspired by a relative of Duggan-Smith's who felt that Tony was wasting his time in a rock band and that he should try to find paying work with a "pukka orchestra," pukka being a Hindu word meaning "genuine. The album's first single was the Tom Robinson/Peter Gabriel composition "Listen to the Radio" (which Robinson had recorded under its original title, "Atmospherics"); the song quickly leaped into the Canadian Top 20 and it looked like Pukka Orchestra's career was well on its way. Then disaster struck, not once but twice.
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The Pukka Orchestra's first album shows them to be a band with plenty of new wave pop smarts in the style of, say, Graham Parker or Tom Robinson; in fact, the hit off Pukka Orchestra was a cover of Robinson's "Listen to the Radio," here given a somewhat cheerier reading than the more doom-laden original version (when it was known. The Pukka Orchestra stay true to the spirit of Robinson's song, however, and as a result come up with a uniquely winning pop record about the drudgery of life in a communist country
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