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...okay, lets say its early 70s. i have a great idea for a band...wait'll you hear this!

four guys, all grossly overweight and bone ugly. all over the hill, AND the lead singer has a voice that is about as UN-rock as you can imagine, plus he's a mormon. worse yet, they're canadian!

okay, here's the kicker: these guys actually want to become one of the biggest heavy rock bands on the planet and sell millions of records.

are you kidding me?

ladies and gentlemen, i give you BTO (Bachman-Turner Overdrive).

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Well, it was the 70's. Most folks had 3 channels on TV (maybe 13 with cable)No MTV, MuchMusic or WWW. Their success, like all popular bands of the era, had to result from the actual sound of their music. Imagine that! I'm sure most fans had no idea how old, fat and ugly they were.
 

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Well, it was the 70's. Most folks had 3 channels on TV (maybe 13 with cable)No MTV, MuchMusic or WWW. Their success, like all popular bands of the era, had to result from the actual sound of their music. Imagine that! I'm sure most fans had no idea how old, fat and ugly they were.

...on a more serious note, i think their success owes more to their work ethic, which is why, although i kind of posted this for the incredible irony, bto's success is one of my major inspirations.

i'm a huge believer that there is no substitute (and that includes "talent") for hard work, dedication and focus. bto proved that these qualities can pretty much overcome any obstacles.

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I think back then too it was much more about the music, and the public was less inclined to be judgemental about how the band/singer looked and more on what they put out. Mama Cass, Mountain and many more wouldn't get looked at today.
 

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I remember an interview I saw with Randy Bachman. He said BTO music was "bar-b-que rock", written to be the stuff guys would want to play sitting on the tailgate of their truck by a campfire.
And I believe BTO was a drug free band, but not positive. Randy ran BTO like a business, and did one hell of a job.
 

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I remember an interview I saw with Randy Bachman. He said BTO music was "bar-b-que rock", written to be the stuff guys would want to play sitting on the tailgate of their truck by a campfire.
And I believe BTO was a drug free band, but not positive. Randy ran BTO like a business, and did one hell of a job.
I would assume a Mormon lead singer would be drug / alcohol free. Randy was and still is drug (and alcohol?) free. The main reason he quit the Guess Who was because of Burton's heavy drug use.
 

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Two good points made here for serious musicians.... A band is like a business, and there has to be some organization to it..... There is no replacement for hard work,dedication and focus... ain't that the truth..
 

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now you mention it

I just heard Give me your Money Please today and man that's STILL a great tune! I was probably 7 when that was out.
 
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