And in an interview with Ominocity, James confirmed that he did in fact lead The Wankers – a snippet of local rock history that tends to be overlooked.
“There was definitely an arc of how I learned to play music,” says James. “When I was 12 I was playing the mandolin mostly, not even guitar, and was learning fiddle songs. There was some folk and blues, but really a focus on bluegrass. And when I was 16 I was hanging out with a lot of older people – even in grade 10 I was with people a lot older than me. And at that point the punk and new wave thing was really coming on. We had a band and we would open up for the Extroverts, which was Regina’s premiere band at the time. We ended up opening up for a D.O.A. show, a Subhumans show, and Young Canadians.
“We were terrible. We really had no business being there. But it was just where I went for a while,” laughs James.
“And there was one terrible, terrible recording somewhere. There was a song called ‘Dead In The Bathroom’. I can barely remember it but someone has it somewhere.”
If you happen to know someone who has a copy of “Dead In The Bathroom”, Ominocity would very much like to chat with you.
Colin James will be making a headlining appearance at this year’s Saskatchewan Jazz Festival. You can catch James on Friday, June 21 at the Bessborough Gardens.
-Photo from Flickr user “Ianiv & Arieanna” – Creative Commons.