Rough Trade

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Canadian band with main members Carole Pope and Kevan Staples, who had first performed together in a group called "O" in 1968. By 1973 they had evolved into "Rough Trade" , and they became a popular live act in Toronto featuring raw sexuality and with Pope often performing in bondage attire. Their 1976 studio album "Rough Trade Live!" was the first album by a rock band recorded 'direct to disc', recorded from the studio directly onto the master disc. Peaking at #12 on the Canadian RPM singles chart, controversy helped propel the single "High School Confidential" with its raunchy lesbian theme. By 1983 their chart success had declined, and the band broke up in 1988.
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Albums

Rough Trade - Rough Trade Live! album art Rough Trade Rough Trade Live! (Album) Umbrella (2), Umbrella (2) Canada 1976 Sell This Version
Rough Trade - Avoid Freud album art Rough Trade Avoid Freud (Album) True North, Columbia, True North, Columbia Canada 1980 Sell This Version
Rough Trade - For Those Who Think Young album art Rough Trade For Those Who Think Young (Album, MiniAlbum) True North Canada 1981 Sell This Version
Rough Trade - Shaking The Foundations album art Rough Trade Shaking The Foundations (Album) True North, Columbia, True North Australia & New Zealand 1982 Sell This Version
Rough Trade - Weapons album art Rough Trade Weapons (Album) True North, True North Canada 1983 Sell This Version
Rough Trade - O Tempora! O Mores! album art Rough Trade O Tempora! O Mores! (Album) True North, Columbia Canada 1984 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Rough Trade - Shakedown / When I Close My Eyes I See Blood album art Rough Trade Shakedown / When I Close My Eyes I See Blood (Single) Lorimar Records, CBS Canada 1979 Sell This Version
Rough Trade - Highschool Confidential album art Rough Trade Highschool Confidential (Single) True North Canada 1980 Sell This Version
TN4 162 Rough Trade - It's A Jungle album art Rough Trade It's A Jungle(7", Single) True North TN4 162 Canada 1980 Sell This Version
TN4 157 Rough Trade - Fashion Victim album art Rough Trade Fashion Victim(7", Single) True North TN4 157 Canada 1980 Sell This Version
Rough Trade - For Those Who Think Young album art Rough Trade For Those Who Think Young (Single) True North Netherlands 1981 Sell This Version
Rough Trade - Bodies In Collision album art Rough Trade Bodies In Collision (Single) True North, True North Australia 1981 Sell This Version
B 263 Rough Trade - All Touch / High School Confidential album art Rough Trade All Touch / High School Confidential(7", Single) Bullet (8) B 263 Zimbabwe 1981 Sell This Version
Rough Trade - Shaking The Foundations album art Rough Trade Shaking The Foundations (Single) True North Canada 1982 Sell This Version
Rough Trade - All Touch album art Rough Trade All Touch (Single) CBS, CBS US 1981 Sell This Version
Rough Trade - Crimes Of Passion album art Rough Trade Crimes Of Passion (Single) CBS, CBS Canada 1982 Sell This Version
TN4-181 Rough Trade - America, Bad And Beautiful / Kiss Me Deadly album art Rough Trade America, Bad And Beautiful / Kiss Me Deadly(7", Single) True North TN4-181 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
12TN-51 Rough Trade - I Want To Live album art Rough Trade I Want To Live(12") True North 12TN-51 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
C4-1082 Rough Trade - Highschool Confidential / All Touch album art Rough Trade Highschool Confidential / All Touch(7", Single, RE) True North C4-1082 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
Rough Trade - Deca-Dance album art Rough Trade Deca-Dance (Single) True North Canada 1983 Sell This Version
Rough Trade - Weapons album art Rough Trade Weapons (Single) True North Canada 1983 Sell This Version
PB 6667 Rough Trade - All Touch / Bodies In Collision  album art Rough Trade All Touch / Bodies In Collision (7") RCA PB 6667 Italy 1983 Sell This Version
TN 4 187 Rough Trade - Territorial album art Rough Trade Territorial(7", Single) True North TN 4 187 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
Rough Trade - On The Line album art Rough Trade On The Line (Single) True North Canada 1984 Sell This Version
Rough Trade - Sexual Outlaw album art Rough Trade Sexual Outlaw (Single) True North Canada 1984 Sell This Version

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FunkyBeak

FunkyBeak

March 12, 2018
Anyone in search of the song "High School Confidential" on CD should check the running time of the song first on whatever disc they're thinking of buying: Make sure you're buying a copy that has the full original running time of around 3:22-3:25 and NOT one that runs about 10 seconds shorter than that.

Back in '85 this best-of comp came out and contained a bastardized version of the song which not only sounded like crap...but also had the last 10 seconds cut out! They instead replaced it with some really bad repeat-echo fade effect just as Carole says the last "Confidential" so it repeats and fades "ConfiDential..dential...tial...tial...tial........." instead of the real ending. Really dumb. I originally thought it might have been because the end of the master tape got damaged...but then later on (thankfully) the full intact original version surfaced on a few CD's. Unfortunately though so did the bad version.

The best copies to get are on these discs:

-The '95 remaster of the original album
-This UK best-of comp (which came out the same year as the Canadian 1985 best-of that had the bad version on it...so the English could get it done right but the Canadians couldn't with their own country's material?! Ok then...)
-this random German CD single from 1988 (Shares the same artwork as the bad 1985 Canadian best-of, but this release seems to contain the right version).

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