Weather Permitting was formed in Montreal in 1985 by the brothers Steinmetz and Steiner who had been the bass player in Montreal's hyper-ska band The Ethnic Drivers. They recorded demos and included one song, "I Needed You", on the VOT Records compilation 'Listen' in 1985. "Almost Happy" followed on 'Listen 2' the next year. By the summer of 1987 VOT Records released their debut album 'Into The Ground'. After touring the record North Bay native and former figure skater McGirr joined the band in 1988. Their follow-up album was 'Code Of Life' in 1989.