Profile:
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 - Cruising (Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) album art Various Shakedown Various - Cruising (Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Album) Lorimar Records Australia 1980 Sell This Version
CDN-130 Rough Trade - The Spirit Of Rock & Roll Album II album art Various Deca-Dance Various - The Spirit Of Rock & Roll Album II(LP, Smplr) CBS CDN-130 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
DB1 Rough Trade - Live From Dollar Bill'S album art Various High School Confidential and 4 more… Various - Live From Dollar Bill'S(4xCD, Album, Dlx, Ltd, Num, S/Edition) Not On Label DB1 Canada 2014 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

CDN-72 Rough Trade - CBS CKMF La Magie Dance Music EP album art Various I Want To Live Various - CBS CKMF La Magie Dance Music EP(12", Promo) CBS CDN-72 Canada 1982 Sell This Version

Compilations

Rough Trade - New Rock album art Various It's A Jungle Various - New Rock (Comp) CBS, CBS Greece 1981 Sell This Version
CRIA-1 Rough Trade - Superstars Salute New Massey Hall album art Various It's A Jungle Various - Superstars Salute New Massey Hall(LP, Comp) CRIA CRIA-1 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
ELPS 4214 Rough Trade - Metallergy album art Various Shakedown Various - Metallergy(LP, Comp) Epic ELPS 4214 New Zealand 1981 Sell This Version
CSPS 1794 Rough Trade - Pink Flash - Volume One album art Various Fashion Victim Various - Pink Flash - Volume One(LP, Comp) CBS Special Products CSPS 1794 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
CDM1-035 Rough Trade - Rockin' On The Airwaves album art Various High School Confidential Various - Rockin' On The Airwaves(LP, Comp) CBS Direct CDM1-035 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
Rough Trade - 1982 Up In Lights album art Various All Touch Various - 1982 Up In Lights (Comp) EMI, EMI, Festival Records, Festival Records Australia 1982 Sell This Version
CSPS 1954 Rough Trade - Délire De La Rue album art Various All Touch Various - Délire De La Rue(LP, Comp) CBS Special Products CSPS 1954 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
2CDN 78, 79-A, 79-B, 80-A, 80-B Rough Trade - Give the gift of music: There is no better way to wrap up your feelings! album art Various Crimes Of Passion Various - Give the gift of music: There is no better way to wrap up your feelings!(LP, Album, Comp, Promo) CBS 2CDN 78, 79-A, 79-B, 80-A, 80-B Canada 1982 Sell This Version
CDN 76 Rough Trade - The Spirit Of Rock & Roll Album album art Various Crimes Of Passion Various - The Spirit Of Rock & Roll Album(LP, Comp) Chez106 FM CDN 76 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
CSPS 1953 Rough Trade - Street Hits album art Various All Touch Various - Street Hits(LP, Comp) CBS Special Products CSPS 1953 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
Rough Trade - Electric North album art Various Crimes Of Passion Various - Electric North (Comp) K-tel, K-tel Canada 1983 Sell This Version
XPR 1240 Various All Touch Various - Sales Force Sampler(LP, Comp, Smplr) CBS XPR 1240 UK 1983 Sell This Version
CSPS 2161B Rough Trade - Vachon Rock Record Giveaway album art Various Crimes Of Passion Various - Vachon Rock Record Giveaway(LP, Comp, Promo) Vachon CSPS 2161B Canada 1983 Sell This Version
RCI 571 Rough Trade - The 1983 Juno Awards Collection album art Various Crimes Of Passion Various - The 1983 Juno Awards Collection(LP, Comp) Radio Canada International RCI 571 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
none Rough Trade - The Alternative Program - Radio Free America - Volume 1 Program 9 album art Various All Touch Various - The Alternative Program - Radio Free America - Volume 1 Program 9(LP, Comp, P/Unofficial) Radio Free America Records & Tapes none US 1983 Sell This Version
CSPS 2234 Rough Trade - McDonald's 1983 Managers' Convention - Toronto & You album art Various All Touch Various - McDonald's 1983 Managers' Convention - Toronto & You(LP, Comp) Not On Label CSPS 2234 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
JWT--PEPSI--01 Rough Trade - Pepsi Now! Pepsi Oui! album art Various No Title Given Various - Pepsi Now! Pepsi Oui!(LP, Comp, Promo) Pepsi JWT--PEPSI--01 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
CSPS 2346 Rough Trade - «Rêves Rock» De Pepsi album art Various Deca Dance Various - «Rêves Rock» De Pepsi(LP, Comp) CBS CSPS 2346 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
TN-13X Rough Trade - Bernie Finkelstein's Greatest Hits album art Various High School Confidential Various - Bernie Finkelstein's Greatest Hits(LP, Comp) True North, Columbia TN-13X Canada 1984 Sell This Version
CDN-180 Rough Trade - The Spirit Of Rock And Roll Album III album art Various Symbolic Various - The Spirit Of Rock And Roll Album III(LP, Album, Comp, Promo) Chez106 FM CDN-180 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
Rough Trade - The Best Of Canadian Rock album art Various High school Confidential Various - The Best Of Canadian Rock (Comp) PolyTel Canada 1991 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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