Marc LaFrance – Be Kind – Released: 2020 – Producers Marc LaFrance and Roger Frankham
And some exciting news! Marc has released his first new single in 15 years, entitled ‘Be Kind,’ on his birthday – December 16, 2020! All the links are at his new website – MarcLaFrance.com
Marc’s friend, songwriter Roger Frankham, wrote ‘Be Kind’ and recorded it with Marc remotely in an effort to bring more kindness into the world today. Roger was inspired by the words of writer and philosopher Aldous Huxley: “Try to be a little kinder.” After a lifetime spent studying the human condition, Huxley said he realized ultimately those words were the most important advice he could give anyone.
The song features a wonderful string arrangement by noted film composer Peter Allen, who has known Marc since the early days in Winnipeg, Manitoba (Canada) where they both started their music careers. Marc would normally have been touring all year as his steady support of Randy Bachman for more than a decade typically provides plenty of work. But due to COVID restrictions globally, instead Marc has been recording and re-releasing his past work. The full Delinquent Records catalogue is out now digitally, including bands Thunderbird, First Shot, and songs from children’s show Babblebrook which aired on West Coast CBC television in the late 1990s.
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Marc LaFrance – Out of Nowhere – Producer Paul Dean – Released: 1994
After much discussion, Paul Dean from the band Loverboy and I finally agreed that we would work together on my solo album which became “Out of Nowhere.” Paul did a great job of compiling songs he had been putting together for either Loverboy or his solo projects. Paul – to quote the title of one of his albums – was a “Machine”!
We did this album at his Machine Works Studio at his home in West Vancouver. We probably worked on the album over the course of a year, whenever either one of us was available. I would often ride my mountain bike from my home on Tobruck Street in North Vancouver to his place to do my vocals. The lead-off track “Out of Nowhere” was written by Cheap Trick members Rick Nielsen and Robin Zander along with Paul Dean and John Dexter.
“Act Out Your Fantasy” made it into the Top 50 in the national Canadian chart The Record. Three videos were produced: “Act Out Your Fantasy“, “Runaway”, and the French version of Runaway “Fugitive“. The track “Kiss the Fire” was placed on top rotation on CFOX the major rock station in Vancouver, thanks to Bob Mills and Rob Robson. This album kicked off Delinquent Records.
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Babblebrook – Delrec – Released: 1997 Producer: Bob Buckley
One day I was driving with one of my daughters, Jeunesse, to Dundarave Beach in West Vancouver. This was a fun family spot for us in the hot summers. It was just Jeunesse and I that day, and she was in the back seat of our Gold Super Beetle Volkswagen. She asked me a simple enough question: “Dad, have you ever been to Babblebrook?” “Where is that?” I said. It was a land she had created, I supposed.
The name kept going through my mind. I got together with Bob Buckley to write some songs for a contact I had at CBC Sesame Street. Bob and I wrote a little song called “Babblebrook”, which an animator named Rob Kirbyson put to Claymation. Another song we wrote, “What Do You Do?”, was used in another animated piece. Both songs ran on CBC Sesame Street for several years. And CBC Sesame Street, along with Rob Kirbyson, did another Claymation segment for a song called “Brush Your Teeth”.
Blackstone – Released: 1997 – Producer: Paul Dean
The tracks that did not make it onto my first solo record (1994’s ‘Out of Nowhere’ with Paul Dean from Loverboy) were released on CD under the artist name Blackstone. Those additional recordings have never been available digitally but are now released for the first time ever as the Marc LaFrance/Paul Dean – Blackstone EP ‘Friends’.
This includes songs from my solo album, with the substitution of 4 different songs: ‘Chill”, “Trouble in Paradise”,” Been There, Done That” and “World Comes Tumbling Down.” These replace “Running in Circles”, “Into the Night” and “Closer to Heaven”. This would be the first of several albums I released with Khalil Turk of Escape Music out of the UK.
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First Shot – From The Hip – Released: 2001
The “First Shot” album was a collection of songs I had recorded over the many years with Doug Edwards (guitars, keyboards), Dave Pickell (keyboards) and Peter Clarke (bass, vocals). There’s also an ‘a cappella’ song “Being with The Ones You Love” written by Michael Sicoly, Mick Dalla-Vicenza and myself.
Khalil Turk from Escape Music felt it was best if we gave the project a band name, pretty much as we had done in the case of Blackstone. I must admit I was more than happy to get these songs out. If you listen to them, you can hear time passing. It was a pleasure to write and record with everyone involved.
First Shot – Midnight Madness – Released: 2003
The second “First Shot’ album was the collection of the rest of the many demos I had recorded over the years with Doug Edwards (guitars, keyboards), Dave Pickell (keyboards) and Peter Clarke (bass, vocals), and also included songs written and recorded with Bob Buckley and David Sinclair. Paul Dean helped to assemble and remix both of these albums. For that I will always be thankful to him. Although these records did not become commercial successes, certainly they were made simply for the love of making music.
Thunderbird: ‘Heavyweight’– Delinquent Records – Released: 2016
I have recorded several albums with Thunderbird. Roger Frankham’s song writing, and production skills just get stronger and stronger with each record. He is such a pleasure to work with.
Thunderbird play original melodic hard rock songs inspired by the classic hard rock sounds of the 1970s-1980s. The members on this record are Marc LaFrance (vocals), Rod Coogan (guitars), Rob Becker & Tim Rath (bass) and Kelly Stodola (drums).
Thunderbird – Thunderbird – Delinquent Records – Released: 2018
This hard rock album is like a collection of musical short stories. I am singing the songs as different characters or telling their tales. A gallery of rogues from the dark side!
The band are Marc LaFrance (vocals), Brice Tabish (guitars), Rob Becker (bass) and Kelly Stodola (drums). Thunderbird received positive reviews in music blogs and magazines around the world, and even featured on a couple of ‘Top 10 Albums of the Year’ lists. Powerplay Magazine (UK): “Could be one of those albums that deserves to be revered as a future classic right now.”
Faith and Desire’s album Heavy Mellow – Delinquent Records
(Acoustic/Alt/Rock) Faith and Desire’s album Heavy Mellow incorporates acoustic and electric guitars and violins with rock solid drum and bass grooves and passionate vocal performaces. Their lyrics explore the irony and common flaws of the shared human experience.
F. A. D. – Delinquent Records
(Funk/Rock) F.A.D. Click to play an mp3 sample. Formed and disbanded after only one album, and a few Hollywood shows, funk rock outfit F.A.D. imploded leaving a brilliant first album packed with groove rock in the early 90’s Extreme/Peppers style. Soaring vocals, shredding guitar and a rhythm section so solid that it creates a gravitational field of its own.