|Platinum Blonde are
a Canadian new wave rock band that had several hit singles and albums in
Canada from 1983-1988, their most popular single being the platinum
hit "Crying Over You".
Founded by Manchester (England) native Mark Holmes
in 1982, the trio had emerged from the Toronto club scene in 1983 with
hit EP "Six Track Attack", a recording produced by the world famous
David Tickle that was later expanded into the Double Platinum "Standing
In The Dark" LP. By late 1984 the band had invaded the airwaves in
Canada with four hit singles, their Juno nominated "Standing
In The Dark" and "Doesn't Really Matter" music videos obtaining
high rotation on the newly created Much Music, Canada's national
music video network. They had graduated from clubs to the country's largest
arenas within a few months of the release of "Standing In the Dark",
creating near riots at several venues including their free concert in Nathan
Philips Square in Downtown Toronto in 1984.
In 1985, the band released the Quintuple Platinum
album "Alien Shores", within a year of the release of "Standing
In The Dark". This album featured the addition of a forth member (ex-Deserter
Maclean) and the introduction of a harder sound but their fans remained
and the album yielded hit after hit, four including "Crying Over You"
and the Billboard charting "Somebody Somewhere", their first and
only American hit. The success of this album allowed the band to headline
their own "Alien Invassion Tour" of Canada, one of the most successful
tours of Canada by a Canadian artist in the eighties. But having been introduced
to American listeners with
"Somebody Somewhere", the band was now
eyeing the American market, changing once more their look and sound for
their third album, "Contact", in which drummer Chris Steffler
replaced by Sasha Tukatch.
Though unsuccessful in the states, "Contact" was
still a hit in Canada in 1988/89, but not as much as their previous releases.
It had sold 100,000 copies without a tour or promotion other than music
videos for "Fire", "Connect Me" and "If You Go ThisTime"
but the band had decided to leave their label after the cancelation of
a major world tour in 1989, renaming themselves The Blondes for one last
release, 1990's "Yeah Yeah Yeah" on their own label,
By 1990 the band had decided to venture into solo projects
and Platinum Blonde was no more until mid 1999, when former members Mark
Holmes and Sasha Tukatsch toured with fellow Vertigo/No.9
member Dave Barrett to promote the release of "Seven Year Itch
(1982-1989)", the band's greatest hits compilation, and their No.9
The following year Sasha Tukatch was replaced by
"Juice" (formerly of LimbLifter) and in 2001 & 2002 the band toured
Canada once more, to promote "Are You Sitting Comfortably?", an 11 track album
comprised of new and re-recorded No.9 material due for release in Fall
2002. This material was unfortunately not released until 2007 but five former
members of the band have performed a charity concert in Toronto on the 28th of December
"Are You Sitting Comfortably?" was eventually released as a solo album by Mark Holmes
in 2007 and in 2010 the original members of the band re-united in celebration of the induction into the
Canadian Music and Broadcast Hall Of Fame, minus bassist Kenny Maclean, who had unfortunately passed away in Toronto
in late November, 2008 at age 51 hours after of his "Completely" CD Release Party.
A new album was
released in 2012, entitled "Now & Never", and a new band (comprised of Mark Holmes, Sergio Galli, bass player Rob Laidlaw and drummer Dan Todd) is currently
on tour in Canada.
Short Bio by Rob McIntyre
Other Related Projects
Comprised of Mark Holmes, Dave Barrett and Sasha Tukatch,
Vertigo was featured on the "Orange Alert" soundtrack, an 1997 album that
contained several songs produced by Mark, but Vertigo renamed themselves
No.9 shortly after, in 1999, to release a self titled independent release and
then proceeded onto Platinum Blonde 99 to tour in the summer of 1999.
Originally from The Deserters, Kenny
Maclean has gained further notarity both with Platinum Blonde and his
solo projects. Both his post-Blonde album "Don't Look Back" and independent
project "Clear" have had moderate sales in Canada, the later featuring
Sasha Tukatch (on percussion) and several other prominent Canadian
artists including Lawrence Gowan (piano), Tony Sprinter (Wild
T) (guitars) and Mark Holmes (who wrote the lyrics for "Deep
Kenny Maclean passed away in Toronto in late November, 2008 at age 51 shortly after the release of
his last album, "Completely"..
The Mod Club
Founded by Mark Holmes and Bobbi Guy in the late 90s, this groups of DJs specialising in
Mod music performed in several clubs in the Toronto area until it recently found its
own headquarters on College Street in Toronto. The Mod Club, whose official site is accessible by clicking
here, was featured on
The New Music in early January 2004, in a special
on Mod Culture (Episode #13-942, Original Airdate - January 12, 2004). The Mod Club has since expanded into
Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Victoria.