The Parachute Club

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The Parachute Club was a Canadian band formed in Toronto in 1982 out of several members of the band Mama Quilla II.

The band consisted of Lorraine Segato on vocals and guitar, Lauri Conger on keyboards and vocals, Billy Bryans on drums, Margo Davidson on saxophone and vocals, Julie Masi on percussion and vocals, Steve Webster on bass and Dave Gray on guitar. Their first album was produced by Daniel Lanois. The song "Rise Up" from that album won a Canadian Juno Award for Single of the Year.

Steve Webster left to perform with Billy Idol and Keir Brownstone replaced Webster on their second album At the Feet of the Moon in 1985, produced by Michael Beinhorn. They received a Juno Award for Group of the Year the same year.

In 1986, they released their third album, Small Victories. The album included the song "Love is Fire" featuring Segato singing a duet with John Oates of Hall & Oates. Oates produced the single, as well as several other Small Victories tracks; The Parachute Club and Mike Jones were credited as producers on the remainder of the album.

In 1987, they composed and performed four songs for the Canadian and U.S. versions of the anime series, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. After a final non-album single in 1987 ("Big Big World"), the band members went their separate ways in 1989.

In 2005, critic Greg Quill wrote in the Toronto Star that "No musical collective bespoke this city during a specific period as powerfully as Parachute Club did in the 1980s. Their infectious, inclusive, soca-soaked dance music carried important messages about the social changes Toronto was experiencing at the time, about sexual and personal politics, about the need for hope and courage in an age of confusing, impersonal rhetoric from local policymakers and world leaders."

On May 14, 2005, the band performed a reunion show in Toronto, co-headlining with Martha and the Muffins. On September 3, 2005, a reconstituted Parachute Club, including Segato, Bryans, Gray and Brownstone, with new members Mystic Walsh and Miranda Walsh (daughters of Eric Walsh, lead singer of Toronto reggae band Messenjah) on vocals and Ashley Wey on keyboards, headlined the City Roots music festival. The band has made a number of appearances since then, usually at political or cultural events in Toronto. The summer of 2008 will see them playing at Toronto's Luminato arts festival, concerts at gay pride events in Toronto and Hamilton, and a possible tour of Eastern Canada.

In 2006, The Parachute Club was inducted into the Canadian Indies Hall of Fame.
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Albums

The Parachute Club - The Parachute Club album art The Parachute Club The Parachute Club (Album) Current Canada 1983 Sell This Version
The Parachute Club - At The Feet Of The Moon album art The Parachute Club At The Feet Of The Moon (Album) Current, RCA Victor US 1984 Sell This Version
The Parachute Club - Small Victories album art The Parachute Club Small Victories (Album) Current, RCA Germany 1986 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

The Parachute Club - Rise Up album art The Parachute Club Rise Up (Maxi, Single) RCA Italy 1983 Sell This Version
The Parachute Club - Alienation album art The Parachute Club Alienation Current Canada 1983 Sell This Version
WAKE-6 The Parachute Club - Boy's Club album art The Parachute Club Boy's Club(7", Single) Current WAKE-6 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
The Parachute Club - At The Feet Of The Moon album art The Parachute Club At The Feet Of The Moon (Single) Current, RCA Canada 1984 Sell This Version
The Parachute Club - Sexual Intelligence album art The Parachute Club Sexual Intelligence (Single) RCA Canada 1984 Sell This Version
The Parachute Club - Moving Thru' The Moonlight album art The Parachute Club Moving Thru' The Moonlight (EP) RCA Victor, Current Canada 1985 Sell This Version
JB-50839 The Parachute Club Innuendo(7", Single) RCA JB-50839 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
The Parachute Club - Love Is Fire album art The Parachute Club Love Is Fire (Single) RCA, Current Germany 1986 Sell This Version
The Parachute Club - Walk To The Rhythm (Of Your Heartbeat) album art The Parachute Club Walk To The Rhythm (Of Your Heartbeat) (Single) Current, RCA Canada 1986 Sell This Version
PB-50912 The Parachute Club - Love And Compassion album art The Parachute Club Love And Compassion(7", Single) Current, RCA PB-50912 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
88 526 The Parachute Club - Dance! album art The Parachute Club Dance!(12", EP) pläne 88 526 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
The Parachute Club Big Big World (Single) RCA Canada 1987 Sell This Version
88 572 The Parachute Club - Walk To The Rhythm  album art The Parachute Club Walk To The Rhythm (7", Single) pläne 88 572 Germany 1987 Sell This Version
88602 The Parachute Club - Tearing The Veil / At The Feet Of The Moon / Walk To The Rhythm Of Your Heartbeat album art The Parachute Club Tearing The Veil / At The Feet Of The Moon / Walk To The Rhythm Of Your Heartbeat(CD, Maxi) pläne 88602 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
JD-51074 The Parachute Club - Rise Up '92 / Move Your Love album art The Parachute Club / D.J. H Featuring Stefy* The Parachute Club / D.J. H Featuring Stefy* - Rise Up '92 / Move Your Love(12", Pro) BMG Music Canada JD-51074 Canada 1992 Sell This Version
SPEC-1346 The Parachute Club - Rise Up / Remember / Give Me A Break album art The Parachute Club / Vivien Vee The Parachute Club / Vivien Vee - Rise Up / Remember / Give Me A Break(12") Unidisc SPEC-1346 Canada Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

KJK1-7103 The Parachute Club - Hits 'N' More album art The Parachute Club Hits 'N' More(Cass, Comp) Current KJK1-7103 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
The Parachute Club - Wildzone The Essential Parachute Club album art The Parachute Club Wildzone The Essential Parachute Club (Comp) RCA Canada 1992 Sell This Version
KJKI-7092, KJK1-7092 The Parachute Club - Small Victories & Other Noteworthy Achievements album art The Parachute Club Small Victories & Other Noteworthy Achievements(Cass, Comp, Promo, Dol) RCA, Current, RCA, Current KJKI-7092, KJK1-7092 Canada Unknown Sell This Version