13 Engines

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John Critchley (guitar, vocals)
Grant Ethier (drums, vocals)
Jim Hughes (bass, vocals)
Mike Robbins (guitar)

Formed in the mid-80's as The Ikons, the members were York University students trying to get by on rock and roll and beer. The released a self-titled cassette in 1986 before making waves on Detroit radio where they would straddle the border town clubs between the Motor City and Windsor with a new name in honour of the motor trade - 13 Engines.

While there they recorded two independent albums for Nocturnal Records -- 'Before Our Time' (1987) and 'Byram Lake Blues' (1989). The latter spawning a college radio hit single in "Beached"

Their major label debut, 'Blur To Me Now', was produced by the late David Briggs (Neil Young, Alice Cooper). The album jettisoned two medium rotation singles with "Big Surprise" and "King Of Saturday Night" allowing them the freedom to tour across the country.

However, they would soon lose their US distribution deal with SBK and a disappointing promotional push in light of such labelmates as Vanilla Ice making 13 Engines a low priority.

EMI Canada kept the band on the high profile list and made a legitimate bubbling under hit of their next album 'Perpetual Motion Machine' in 1993 - which landed them a coveted spot on the first annual Tragically Hip 'Another Roadside Attraction' tour. The CD launched two heavily played singles/videos in "More" and "Smoke & Ashes".

As the alternative scene became more mainstream it seemed that 13 Engines' time had come. The release of 1995's 'Conquistador' bore this out and the public quietly awaits their return
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Albums

13 Engines - Before Our Time album art 13 Engines Before Our Time (Album) Nocturnal Records (4) US 1987 Sell This Version
13 Engines - Byram Lake Blues album art 13 Engines Byram Lake Blues (Album) Nocturnal Records (4) Canada 1988 Sell This Version
13 Engines - A Blur To Me Now album art 13 Engines A Blur To Me Now (Album) Capitol Records, EMI Music Canada US 1991 Sell This Version
13 Engines - Perpetual Motion Machine album art 13 Engines Perpetual Motion Machine (Album) Atlantic US 1993 Sell This Version
13 Engines - Conquistador album art 13 Engines Conquistador (Album) EMI Music Canada Canada 1995 Sell This Version
13 Engines - Brave New Waves Session album art 13 Engines Brave New Waves Session (Album) Artoffact Records Canada 2017 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

CDPRO 711 13 Engines - Ignition album art 13 Engines Ignition(CD, Single, Promo) EMI Canada, Capitol Records CDPRO 711 Canada 1993 Sell This Version
CDPRO 809 13 Engines - Bred In The Bone album art 13 Engines Bred In The Bone(CD, Single, Promo) EMI Music Canada CDPRO 809 Canada 1993 Sell This Version
CDPRO 710 13 Engines - More album art 13 Engines More(CD, Single, Promo) EMI Canada, Capitol Records CDPRO 710 Canada 1993 Sell This Version
PRCD 5432-2 13 Engines - Smoke & Ashes album art 13 Engines Smoke & Ashes(CD, Single, Promo) Atlantic PRCD 5432-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
13 Engines - Personal Golem / Waterfall album art 13 Engines Personal Golem / Waterfall EMI Canada 1995 Sell This Version
none 13 Engines - Beneath My Hand album art 13 Engines Beneath My Hand(Flexi, 7", Promo, Red) EMI Music Canada none US 1995 Sell This Version

Compilations

NOT 10 13 Engines - Perfect Largeness: The Nocturnal Years album art 13 Engines Perfect Largeness: The Nocturnal Years(CD, Comp) Nocturnal Records (4) NOT 10 US 1996 Sell This Version