Platinum Blonde From The 1980s All The Way Up To 2010s
Platinum Blonde Were Huge In Canada
Okay so I'm a huge fan of the Canadian rock band Platinum Blonde. But something like this didn't happen over night.
I think for me the thing that happened is that when I was 9 years old they were the biggest thing since sliced cheese and yes I know that people say "bigger than sliced bread" but you eat what you like and I'll eat what I like.
Anyways Platinum Blonde started out as a Police cover band meaning that they sang Police songs until Mark Holmes actively got into song writting. Sony Music Entertainment Canada saw that they were going to be a sure thing and they released Standing In The Dark in March of 1984.
Often times Platinum Blonde were labeled "The Canadian Duran Duran" which bugged them I'm sure. But every year and with every new lineup change the platinum blonde boys proved that they were more than just a quartet of pretty frat boys with instruments. They had something that they needed to prove to themselves and their critics.
No Regrets/Hey Hey You 1981
Message In A Bottle Police Cover
Platinum Blonde Back In The Day
Platinum Blonde back in the 1980s was what The Beatles were like in the 1960s and 1970s. Just a fun time Canadian band with a lot to offer the world. But all of Platinum Blonde's success wasn't a cake walk. Platinum Blonde worked hard and went through numerous line up changes to make the band as perfect as Mark could get it.
And with the addition of a fourth member Kenny MacLean, 1956-2008, made the band that much more perfect.
March 22, 1984 Mark and company signed to Sony and got to work on their first which was released that year.
Before the trio knew what was happening the band had become a gimick designed to enthrall the 11-16 year old set and make their mothers like them too. And when you've got all of the money in the world sometimes you can be an asshole.
Standing In The Dark Released March 1984
Not In Love Filmed at Nathan Philip Square
Platinum Blonde Live at Nathan Philip Square
May 1984. Platinum Blonde performs live at Nathan Philip Square in Toronto as a part of a 1050 Chum radio promotion.
Platinum Blonde's promoters and managers suggested that only 15,000 fans would show up but unbeknownst to everyone who was involved in this concert 25,000-30,000 fans showed up and resulted in 40 fans with injuries like bruised ribs and heat exhaustion.
Doesn't Really Matter
The Story Behind Doesn't Really Matter
The story of Doesn't Really Matter happened when Mark started on his way home from his homeland Mansfield, England, UK to the airport in Gatwick.
He was on his way back to the airport when there were kids playing with bombs in the street and all of a sudden a bomb went off in front of his car and the police wouldn't let him leave until the next day.
Standing In The Dark
A song about a neuclear post war apocolypse and everyone was afraid of it.
we switch to overload
we're ready to explode you think we're humble we take no prisoners you drop that bomb they'll be no prisioners.
Standing In The Dark
A New Member Added In 1985
Platinum Blonde needed to add a fourth member of the band and thus the addition of Kenny MacLean in 1985 was done after Chris Steffler did much persauding.
The band became a four piece band with Kenny on the bass and that left Mark free to do the leads.
Music Videos from Alien Shores
It's OUR ALIEN SHORES!!!
Alien Shores which was Platinum Blonde's 2nd full length album was released in January 1985 and was Kenny MacLean's debut as the band's new bass player.
Having Kenny on the bass left Mark Holmes free to do the lead vocals.
Alien Shores Released 01/01/1985
Crying Over You #1 RPM Singles Charts 09/07/1985
Chris Steffler Quits and Sascha Tukatsch Is In.
The Sascha Tukatsch Years 1986-1991
When Chris Steffler left the band in 1986 Mark asked the band's young drum tech, a man by the name of Sascha Tukatsch, if he wanted to play with them and the rest as they say is history.
Contact Tittle Track
If You Go This Time A Charity Single and Concert For A Teenaged Cancer Patient
Granting Mary Louise Her Wish
The Make A Wish Foundation granted 16 year old "Mary Louise", which wasn't her real name, a girl with cancer her wish to meet Platinum Blonde and to have If You Go This Time sang just to her.
The song was released as a charity single in 1988 but sadly in 1997 Mary Louise lost her battle with cancer.
The Blondes And The Break Up
Yeah Yeah Yeah The Video Horror Show
Where to begin with this one? Apparently a name change wasn't enough to save the band and I think this was the reason why the Blondes went poof. And proof that the way that the Blondes were going it seems that they were doomed by the start of the 1990s.
I think that when you over use your last chance at being famous is the reason why it's best that you quit while you're ahead and that's exactly what Platinum Blonde did and it would be more than 20 years later when PB would re-emerge with a new band and Mark having more control over the band's name and image.
Yeah Yeah Yeah Video Horror Show
1999 A New Band
Platinum Blonde returned for a brief period in 1999-2000 with Mark, Sascha Tukatasch on the drums, and David Barrett on the lead guitar.
The new band did a small club tour to no avail.
Vertigo aka Platinum Blonde 1999
In 1999 Platinum Blonde was back with a greatest hits package called "7 Year Itch 1982-1989." This tour included David Barrett on Guitar and Sascha Tukatsch on drums and was a club tour but most fans were disinterested in the band and they broke up again.
Mark Holmes aka DJ MRK
DJ MRK The Mod Club Theatre
Mark and his good friend Bobbi Guy spent several years and opened up the Mod Club Theatre on College Street in Toronto in 2002. In 2012 the Mod Club celebrated 10 years in its location.
Mark is known to the club kids as DJ MRK but I knew who he was the minute I saw him.
Mark can still be seen spinning discs at the Mod Club whenever he's not with the band but that's a rarity.
Mark Holmes aka DJ MRK
Welcome To Toronto Baby!
Kenny MacLean Solo Success 1990-2008
Kenny's Solo Success and Untimely Passing
After Platinum Blonde debunct Kenny released a string of successful solo albums. But after a time he had begun to bug Mark Holmes into getting the back together to "finish band business that had been left unfinished."
Finally in 2008 after many years of pesturing and being a really big pain in the neck about it Mark finally caved in and agreed to get the band back together and rolling. Mark's only condition was that the band release new music otherwise he refused to reunite with the band.
On Monday November 24, 2008 Kenny's sister went to his apartment and found him collapsed and unresponsive in his recording studio bathroom. Kenny had been in his apartment all weekend and was clutching a tooth brush in his hand and had his bathroom sink tap running.
Mark called the news of his friend and bandmate's passing devastating to the band because they had planned to come to rehearsals that day.
Don't Look Back 1990 Kenny MacLean Solo
Rescue Me 1990 Kenny MacLean Solo
In Pieces 1995 Kenny MacLean Solo
The Pain Of Losing Kenny MacLean
Thank You Unreleased Track
Thank You The Unreleased Track
5 years after his demise Kenny's family released Thank You from the unreleased album Straight From The Heart.
Sergio Galli Returns To Music With The Ending
The Ending And Sergio Galli's Return To Music
After Sergio left Platinum Blonde he tried to re-enroll in the University of Toronto School of Architecture but to no avail because he had been rejected by every school he applied to. Undeterred by this Sergio put his knowledge of building and design into it and started up his own buissness in Mississauga.
But after a while Sergio got the fever to get into music again and he started his own band called The Ending in 2008 and he started the search for a lead singer and ran into Jesse Stull and thus The Ending was born and at age 49 Sergio Galli was rocking out with the young guys.
However, The Ending broke up in 2012 after Sergio returned to Platinum Blonde and Jesse returned to his band Up Yer Kilt. I have no idea what the name of that band means?
Freakshow by The Ending 2009
Follow by The Ending 2009
Chris Steffler: You Name It; He's Done It
Where Is Chris Steffler Now?
Chris was involved in the band in 2008 when the band played a free concert at the Mod Club to raise money for a music scholarship in Kenny's name.
Chris did return to Platinum Blonde for a brief period in 2010 when the band was inducted in to the Candian Music and Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame in 2010 but then he received devastating news that he had been afflicted with really bad tinnittus which would prevent him from ever playing again with the band.
After receiving the news that Chris would never play for the band again the band recruited Dan Todd to take over the sticks for Steffler.
On The Drums Mr Chris "Motherfucking" Steffler
Platinum Blonde 2012
Platinum Blonde 2012
After Kenny MacLean's unfortunate demise a young bass player and producer named Robert "Rob" Laidlaw took over. Although Platinum Blonde would never be the same again Mark thought that he would give it a try.
But Kenny's demise brought about the surviving band member's desire to avoid recording. Especially with Mark with whom Kenny was the closest to.
Out of frustration Rob stated to Mark that he had booked some time in the studio and he didn't want anymore excuses for the band as a whole to avoid recording.
Beautiful 2012 Directed by Jesse Mann
Valentine 2012 video directed by Michael Penney
Valentine Video #2
Sink Or Swim From Sympathy Orchestra Release Date TBA
Last year I had the pleasure of going to see PB in Markham Ontario where they played a brand new song from their yet to be released disc "Sympathy Orchestra" which will be released sometime in 2017.
Sink Or Swim
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