451. Once and For All – The Imitators

ONCE AND FOR ALL (1985)

The Imitators

Back in the days of working for KYMS I used to run the board for a pre-recorded “rock” show called The Ground Floor. The show changed names to “The Edge” and was hosted by Gord Driver who was an engineer and music producer. At some point Driver decide to start a record company. The label was short lived but did preoduce a few really good releases.

There was a great jazz band called Razz, a powerful alternative/punk band called Modern Mission and the most successful, a new wave keyboard driven band called The Imitators. There only full length album, Once and For All, showed a great deal of promise but was never followed up as the band moved to New Jersey, fell into financial hardship and disbanded.

Driven by a keyboard centered similar to the Psychedelic Furs, Flock of Seagulls and a touch of Duran Duran type vocals.  Fans of the Christian Band 4-4-1 would find something to like here as well. Nothing too heavy, though some controversy was stirred up over the lyrics to one song that discussed Christian Youth caught in sexual sin.

Realizing early on that they were “preaching to the choir” they placed the lyrical focus on encouraging a Godly lifestyle amongst the Christian Youth they were performing for on a regular basis. So lyrical content swirled around issues youth group kids could relate to.

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  1. Brian
    October 15, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    Still this was a keeper and the song “The Kingdom of GOD Is Within You” was very listenable and still brings back wonderful musical memories. Wish this would have come out on CD.

  2. mediamugshot
    October 19, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Cool! I had this cassette. Hadn’t thought of it in years!

  3. Greenchili
    May 13, 2011 at 7:57 am

    Nice album… shame the band fell into financial hardship.

  4. adam
    June 13, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    I think the track was “The Kingdom of *Heaven* is Within You.” Anyway, I remember picking up the EP, then the Modern Mission LP, then this. Then…. poof! Nothing more from the label, as far as I know. It was a shame… they had a nice sound.

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