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Quickflight - Breakaway 1980


01. Breakaway

02. Pink Shirts

03. Atheist

04. Feelin' Sad

05. O.K.

06. Shuttle

07. Modern Romans

08. Rendezvous

09. Between the Lines

10. Fine Line

11. I Saw You

12. Outro


Quickflight was a Heavy Electronic Band From (Canada). Their first album, Breakaway, presented them as the up-and-coming next big thing on the order of synthesizer-driven arena rockers like (Styx),(A Flock Of Seagulls), albeit with slightly more of a new-wave edge. Their concerts were major productions for the time lots of Star Wars-era sound and light effects. An affectionate profile in CCM announced that each one of the band members was a solo artist in his own right.


THe groups was also said to have played together for four years and to have a sound that was “incredibly tight”. Breakaway includes one regional (Canadian) radio hit, “Pink Shirts,” in addition to the energetic title track, the MOR “Simple Way,” and the reggae-inflected “To the Way.” A track called “Modern Romans” (sung by King) addresses the contemporary Iranian “hostage crisis” with reference to the failed rescue mission ordered by President Carter. More explicitly Christian fare can be found in the confrontational “Atheist” and the theological “The Cross Is Crazy (To the People of the World).” By the second album, the group was down to a trio, but True Tunes declared Decent Beat to be “miles ahead of it’s time in both writing and production.” A style shift reveals the influence of British synthesizer bands like Human League, Soft Cell and especially (After the Fire)


Christian music’s hallowed response to quirky synth-driven rock of artists like Gary Numan and The Cars. These Canadians were one of the first on the new wave scene with Ric de Groot behind the keys, Pete Cordalis on lead guitar, Doug Giesbrecht on bass, Gary Hendricks on drums and Mike King on rhythm guitar. All five share in the songwriting which includes such classic titles as ‘Pink Shirts’, ‘Atheist’, ‘Modern Romans’ and ‘Shuttle’ (“I’m boarding my shuttle going to leave this base, light speed forward ‘til I see your face”). From the heyday of the gutsy Tunesmith label.


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