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The Diodes


The very first Canadian punk band signed to a significant label, the Diodes are best-remembered for his or her moody, head-banging hit “Sick and tired of GETTING UP Tired” and their hard-hitting interpretation from the Paul Simon-penned tune “Red Rubber Ball.” With vocalist Paul Robinson supported by guitarist John Catto, bassist Ian MacKay, and drummers John Hamilton and, later on, Mike Lengyell, the Toronto-based music group roared with unabashed strength. Authorized by Columbia, the Diodes released their debut self-titled recording in 1977. Columbia released their second recording, Released, on its Epic subsidiary 2 yrs later on, but poor product sales of both albums led the label to drop the band’s agreement. Although they relocated to Britain after liberating their third recording, Action/Reaction, around the impartial Orient label, the move arrived late to save lots of the music group. They disbanded soon after, releasing an recording of outtakes and demos, Survivors, in 1982.

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Full Name The Diodes
Music Songs Tired of Waking Up Tired, Red Rubber Ball, Child Star, Cat Walker, Shapes Of Things To Come, Time Damage, Terminal Rock, Mercenary Flight, We're Ripped, Midnight Movie Star, Death in the Suburbs, Blonde Fever, Teenage Nation, No Right to Make Me Bleed, Burn Down Your Daddy's House, Photographs From Mars, City of the Dead, Jenny's in a Sleep World, Plastic Girls, Behind Those Eyes, That Was the Way It Was, Play With Fire, Edge of Darkness, Rocket Over & Under, Action Re-Action, Everything I Am, Strange Time, Spanish Main, Dead on Arrival, Weekend, Heat of the Beat, Polaroid
Albums Action / Reaction, Time/Damage - Live 1978, Released, Action/Reaction (2012 Deluxe Edition), Tired of Waking Up Tired: The Best of the Diodes

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1 Had a song about Anissa Jones called "Child Star".
2 Canadian band in the 1970s.



This Beat Goes On: Canadian Pop Music in the 1970s 2009 TV Movie documentary performer: "Tired of Waking Up Tired"
QSW: The Rebel Zone 2001 TV Movie documentary performer: "Time Damage"

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The Last Pogo Jumps Again 2013 Documentary Themselves
This Beat Goes On: Canadian Pop Music in the 1970s 2009 TV Movie documentary Themselves

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