The Lydia Taylor Band ‎– Bitch (EP) (1983)

Toronto native (Mississauga part of Toronto), Lydia was active on the local circuit during the period 1978-1983, and released a few albums to boot. Forging a reputation as a steely singer in the mould of a young Janis Joplin fused with Pat Benatar.

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Taylor was soon wowing audiences around Toronto, and was soon picked up by Falcon Records for the release of her 1979 debut. Taking her band out on the road, Taylor was nominated the following year for a Juno Award as best new female vocalist. Lydia won it, beating out a few top contenders along the way. Returning to the studio in late 1980, Lydia had by now signed with Passport Records, and released the first of two albums for the struggling label. Many of those musos who participated first time around returned to the studio to work on the second album.

The band returned to Phase One in the fall of ´82 to fulfill Taylor´s contractual obligation with the financially-troubled Passport, releasing “Bitch” early the next year.

The 5-song EP would turn out to be her swan-song.
The bluntness of the title-track´s theme fit right into Taylor´s image which was taking a heavier, brasher turn.
Penned by Zwicewicz, it was also recorded by Seattle-based Widow only a few months earlier. Though the band was fronted by Robin Taylor, the two are in fact no relation.

Larusso again sat behind the controls for the record, which featured a cover of Dalbello´s “Don´t Get Mad Get Even”, also done by Helix the year earlier. Taylor´s third cross country tour soon followd. Playing with Lee Aaron, Holly Woods & Toronto and The Headpins featuring Darby Mills on one of the more infamous Canadian tours, it was dubbed The Loxk Up Your Sons tour.

Taylor won the ´83 Juno Award for Most Promising Female Vocalist, beating out Lee Aaron in process.
But now officially without deal, Taylor continued on the road for the next few years, but the changing musical landscape, along with the inability to land a major distribution deal outside interests, led to her leaving rock and roll for good in the mid 80´s

 

Tracklist

1. “Bitch”   (Richard Zwicewicz)  – 5:05
2. “Don’t Get Mad, Get Even”   (Lisa Dal Bello, Tim Thorney)  – 3:55
3. “You Talk Tough”   (Andy Arntfield)  – 4:07
4  “Dead Of The Night”   (Richard Zwicewicz)  – 4:15
5. “Modern Lies”   (Richard Zwicewicz)  – 4:38

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Credits

Notes

Distributed by A&M Records Of Canada Ltd.
Mixed At – Phase One Recording Studios, Toronto
Released: 1983
Genre: Rock
Length: 22:16

Label – Passport Records

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