Pukka Orchestra

Real Name:
Pukka Orchestra, The
Neil Chapman (guitar)
Tony Duggan-Smith (guitar)
Graeme Williamson (vocals) (Died in Scotland, June 2020)
The Pukka Orchestra (a Hindu term meaning "first rate", "permanent", "genuine") was formed in Toronto during 1979 and released a humorous independent single "Rubber Girl" in 1981.
They signed to Solid Gold Records shortly after with their self-titled debut in 1984 and featured the radio hit "Listen To The Radio" which was written by Tom Robinson and Peter Gabriel under its original title "Atmospherics". Two other well received singles followed.
Their live shows featured the core line-up of Chapman, Duggan-Smith and Williamson with a rotating base of Queen Street musicians sometimes numbering 10 or 11 on stage at a time.
What appeared to be a promising future was cut short when Williamson developed kidney problems and moved to Scotland to be with his family. Lightening dealt a second blow when their record label, Solid Gold, went bankrupt.
In 1984 members of the Toronto community like Robert Priest, Colin Linden and Gwen Swick rallied to Williamson's aid for emergency living expenses by holding a benefit concert at The BamBoo club which raised $5000.
Williamson eventually received a kidney transplant and was well enough for The Pukka Orchestra to carry on to release a 4 song EP on A Major Label in 1987. Williamson health, still fragile, was unable to continue with the band and the Pukkas disbanded, officially in 1988.
In 1992, with a FACTOR grant in hand, The Pukka Orchestra was able to record again for A Major Record label and release a new 10 song album in 1992 which they self-produced.
Graeme Williamson is alive and well and living in Glasgow where he has been writing his first novel; Williamson, Duggan-Smith and Chapman continued to work together as Neotone and in 1996 released a new CD called 'Oh My' featuring Glenn Olive on bass.
In November 2000, the band's 1984 debut finally made it to CD, on Solid Gold via Koch Records.
The band reconvened in 2008 to record a concept album under the name Autocondo


SGR 1022 Pukka Orchestra - Pukka Orchestra album art Pukka Orchestra Pukka Orchestra (Album) Solid Gold Records (2) SGR 1022 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
PUKCD-100 Pukka Orchestra - "Dear Harry" album art Pukka Orchestra "Dear Harry"(CD, Album) A Major Label Records PUKCD-100 Canada 1992 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

0001 Pukka Orchestra - Rubber Girl album art Pukka Orchestra Rubber Girl(7", Single) Rubber Records (15) 0001 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
SGS-751 Pukka Orchestra - Listen To The Radio album art Pukka Orchestra Listen To The Radio (Single) Solid Gold Records (2) SGS-751 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
CDN 159 Pukka Orchestra - Might As Well Be On Mars album art Pukka Orchestra Might As Well Be On Mars (Single) Solid Gold Records (2) CDN 159 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
SGS 756 Pukka Orchestra - Cherry Beach Express album art Pukka Orchestra Cherry Beach Express(7") Solid Gold Records (2) SGS 756 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
PUKT-010 Pukka Orchestra - The Palace Of Memory album art Pukka Orchestra The Palace Of Memory (EP) A Major Label Records PUKT-010 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
45-TUK-010 Pukka Orchestra - Weekend (Come Alive) album art Pukka Orchestra Weekend (Come Alive)(7", Single) Major Label 45-TUK-010 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
7-PUK-11 Pukka Orchestra - Goldmine In The Sky album art Pukka Orchestra Goldmine In The Sky(7", Single) A Major Label Records 7-PUK-11 Canada 1986 Sell This Version


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May 27, 2018
Very underrated band. Tragic they couldn't continue. . .

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