The Club's first and biggest hit, the stirring 'Rise Up' (1983, from the LP The Parachute Club, Current WAVE-2), was typical of its music: socio-political lyrics riding exuberant, Third-World rhythms. The singles 'At the Feet of the Moon' (1984, from an LP of the same title, RCA KKL1-0553) and 'Love is Fire' (1986, from the LP Small Victories, RCA KKL1-0573) were also popular. Canadian sales of At the Feet of the Moon exceeded 100,000.
The group performed throughout Canada, appeared in the USA in1985 and toured West Germany in 1987. It won Juno Awards in 1984 for single of the year ('Rise up') and as most promising group, in 1985 as group of the year, and in 1986 for best video ('Love is Fire,' directed by Ron Berti).
Segato (b Hamilton, Ont, 17 Jun 1956) undertook a solo career in 1989, forming the band Big Jump (with Dave Gray and others) and recording the album Phoenix (WEA CD-71202). Bryans (b Toronto 15 Sep 1949), who had previously produced recordings by Lillian Allen, Downchild and Dutch Mason, returned to production (eg The Phantoms, Eyuphuro) and has also accompanied Allen, Buffy Sainte-Marie and others.
Niester, Alan. 'Parachute Club spreads its wings,' Toronto The Globe and Mail, 5 Dec 1984
Littlejohn, Maureen. 'Parachuting to victory,' Rock Express, no 107, Nov-Dec 1986
Druckman, Howard. 'Queen Street Philly sound,' CanMus, vol 8, Dec 1986
Links to Other Sites
The Parachute Club's Billy Bryans Dies at 63
A CTV News obituary for Billy Bryans, the Juno Award-winning drummer who co-founded the iconic Canadian band Parachute Club.
A music video featuring the Parachute Club performing their popular hit song "Rise Up." From YouTube.
An obituary for Billy Bryans, world music promoter and drummer who was a co-founder of The Parachute Club. From worldmusiccentral.org.
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