National Velvet – Courage [1990]

726715Country Canada          Style Hard Rock/AOR

Rating 83/100

Band Members
Maria Del Mar – Lead vocals, Mark Crossley – Guitar, Garry Flint – Drums, Mark Storm – Bass, Tim Welch – Guitar

Tracks
01. Sex Gorilla (3:38), 02. Chalice (4:39), 03. (A Place Called) Hysteria (3:38), 04. Fountain of Youth (3:39), 05. Headlight (5:12), 06. Border Patrol (3:52), 07. Shine On (3:55), 08. Rattlesnake (3:06), 09. 6000 Miles (3:59), 10. Weebles (4:20), 11. First One (3:20), 12. Casa Del Diablo (4:32)

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Profile National Velvet was initially a four piece goth-rock band from Toronto fronted by charismatic singer Maria Del Mar, who was the statuesque cigarette girl at a trendy Toronto nightclub, The Copa. The music was primarily the work of bassist Mark Storm and lyricist Del Mar, and featured guitarist Mark Crossley and drummer Garry Flint. The band was signed to independent Canadian label Intrepid Records in 1987, and then to EMI Capitol in 1988 for the USA.

The first breakout radio single was Flesh Under Skin on their self titled debut. Their sophomore album, “Courage” was released in 1990 featuring additional guitarist Tim Welch, but it failed to garner airplay attention. Produced by German musician and producer Zeus B. Held (who did records for a lot of artists in the 80’s and 90’s, his most popular were Men Without Hats “Pop Goes the World” and Transvision Vamp “Pop-Art”). National Velvet went to London to record this. 

The lead single, “Sex Gorilla”, became an ‘IN’ joke because it was originally called “Sasperilla” (named after the soft drink from the 1930’s) but audiences kept misinterpreting the lyrics so the band changed the title of the song. It became their biggest single.The band was known for its high energy shows and the moving theatrics of Del Mar.

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