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Rubber (band)

Not to be confused with Harum Scarum.
This article is about the Canadian rock band. For the Scottish folk band, see Harem Scarem (folk band). For other uses, see Harem Scarem (disambiguation).
Harem Scarem
File:HaremScaremSoBlind.jpg
Background information
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Hard rock
Years active 1987–2008, 2013
Labels Warner Bros., Frontiers, Vespa Music Group, WEA International
Associated acts Rubber, Blu Bones, Helix, First Signal, Blind Vengeance
Website haremscarem.net
Past members

Harry Hess
Pete Lesperance
Barry Donaghy
Creighton Doane

Darren Smith
Mike Gionet

Harem Scarem are a Canadian hard rock band from Toronto, ON. Harem Scarem achieved popularity in Japan and their native Canada in the early 1990s. Harem Scarem were originally active from 1987 to 2008 and reformed in 2013. Throughout their career, they released 12 studio albums, plus numerous live and compilation albums.

History

Early years

Harem Scarem was formed in 1987 by guitarist Pete Lesperance and singer Harry Hess, formerly of Blind Vengeance who had recorded one heavy metal album in the late 80's. The lineup was rounded out by Darren Smith (drums) and Mike Gionet (bass). They recorded a demo CD in 1990, which garnered them attention since most demos at the time were released on cassette tape only. On the strength of this demo, they were signed to Warner Music and recorded their first album. This demo CD, which was sold to fans, is long out of print.

Commercial Success

In 1991, Harem Scarem released their self titled debut album, which charted at No. 68 on the Canadian album chart. The band scored a hit single from the album; "Slowly Slipping Away", which charted at No. 25 on the Canadian single chart. They also managed to chart two minor hits; "Honestly" and "Love Reaction" The following year, Harem Scarem was able to gain some notoriety when 8 songs from their debut album Harem Scarem were predominantly featured in the Canadian teen series Degrassi Junior High, and Degrassi High's farewell TV movie, School's Out.

Harem Scarem released their second album in 1993, Mood Swings, which had a harder sound to it than their previous album. It also featured the recorded vocal debut of drummer Smith on the song "Sentimental Blvd." A fan favorite, Mood Swings charted at No. 83 on the Canadian charts. The album's lead off single was "No Justice", which managed to chart at No. 59 in Canada, while the other two singles failed to chart. Mood Swings caused the band to gain popularity in Japan, and the band's previous album was quickly issued in that country the following year. This was followed by a live and acoustic EP, appropriately titled Live & Acoustic.

Short Lived Success

In 1995, the band released their third album Voice of Reason. The album introduced a change in the band's musical style, and was darker in sound than the first two albums. The song "Blue" was released as a promotional single and had a music video for it, however it failed to chart. Bassist Mike Gionet departed after Voice of Reason for personal reasons and was replaced by former Blu Bones member Barry Donaghy.

The next two albums, Karma Cleansing (which was released as Believe in Japan) and Big Bang Theory, saw Harem Scarem modernizing their sound. Barry Donaghy also made his lead vocal debut with Harem Scarem on "Sometimes I Wish" from Big Bang Theory. Both the albums and the singles from them again failed to chart. In 1998, the band released their last commercial single "So Blind".

Rubber

In 1999, Harem Scarem changed their name to Rubber, and released two albums under that name in Canada. However, they still used the name Harem Scarem in Japan and the rest of the world. Pete Lesperance made his recorded lead vocal debut on the song "Trip" from the self-titled Rubber CD. They made a music video for "Sunshine", which had actors that looked like Jay and Silent Bob, and parodied movies which were released around that time, such as American Pie. The second album under the Rubber name, Ultra Feel, featured their new drummer Creighton Doane (brother of Melanie Doane) replacing Darren Smith. Smith briefly switched to guitar and joined Helix as a touring member. The band soon dropped the Rubber name and switched back to their original name, Harem Scarem.

Later Years and Breakup

2002's Weight of the World (released as a Rubber album in some markets) harkened back to the earlier sound of Mood Swings. It was followed in 2003 by Higher. The album's sound was more of a combination of classic melodic rock with a modern production. The album also featured the power ballad "Higher". The year 2003 also saw the release of Harry Hess' debut solo album Just Another Day which was well received by fans. In 2004 Pete Lesperance released his debut solo album Down In It (re-recorded with Mike Turner and released under the band name Fair Ground in 2006).

Continuing their prolific output of studio albums, 2005's Overload was followed by Human Nature in 2007. The Japanese version of Overload features a cover of the AC/DC classic, "You Shook Me All Night Long".

On July 19, 2007, lead singer Harry Hess announced that Harem Scarem "will make one more studio record, and then after 20 years we have decided to move on to other things".[1][2] The final album, called Hope, was released July 2008.

Regarding the breakup and a possible reunion, Creighton Doane said: Template:Cquote Template:Cquote

Post-Breakup

On June 21, 2010 Frontiers Records announced a new studio project called First Signal featuring ex-Harem Scarem members Harry Hess and Darren Smith. The album was released on August 27, 2010 [3]

Much of the Harem Scarem back catalogue was reissued in September 2010, featuring bonus tracks. Included in the reissue program are albums formerly only available in Japan, such as B-Side Collection, Rocks, and Ballads.

On December 2012 it was announced that a reunited Harem Scarem would headline the 10th Firefest festival in Nottingham UK in October 2013.

Band members

  • Harry Hess - Lead Vocals, Keyboards, Guitar
  • Pete Lesperance – Lead Guitar, Vocals
  • Mike Gionet – Bass, Vocals
  • Darren Smith – Drums, Vocals
  • Barry Donaghy – Bass, Vocals
  • Creighton Doane – Drums, Vocals

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Discography

Studio albums

EPs

  • Acoustic Sessions EP (1991)
  • Live and Acoustic EP (1994)
  • MelodicRock EP (2008)

Live Albums

  • Live in Japan (1996)
  • Live Ones (1997)
  • Live at The Siren (1998)
  • Last Live (2000)
  • Live at the Gods 2002 (2002)
  • Live at Firefest (2005)
  • Raw and Rare (2008)

Compilation Albums

  • The Best Of... (1998)
  • B-Sides Collection (1998)
  • Ballads (1999)
  • Rocks (2001)
  • The Very Best Of (2002)
  • The Early Years (2003)
  • The Essentials (2005)
  • This Ain't Over – Best of the Avalon Years (2009)

DVDs

  • Video Hits & More (2002)
  • Live At The Gods (2002)
  • Raw And Rare (2007)

References

External links

  • Official Harem Scarem Website
  • Harem Scarem @ MySpace.com
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