They watched again in the 1960’s when the British Invasion was in full swing, waiting for their messiah; the musical landscape at that time was pretty barren. That was unbelievable, it took place over three days, and it was better than Woodstock but unfortunately nobody filmed it. Oh, I don’t know, they were pretty huge already when Bopper came out. Was The Guess Who ever screwed by their record company? That would have been from Artificial Paradise to Road Food. We used to have to come home to Winnipeg by flying from wherever we ended the tour, to Chicago, then Minneapolis, then to Fargo, then Grand Forks, and then Winnipeg, it was the only way to come home. Very ugly. The song was included on the band’s 1969 album Wheatfield Soul in December 1968; … Some songs and performances have that in-the-pocket "magic," and "These Eyes" by the Guess Who is such a recording. I hear all kinds of stories from my fans who have experienced personal loss or tragedy and tell me “your song brought me through it”. It was followed up by the hit " Laughing ", which recorded a million radio plays, again written by Cummings and Bachman. However, further American success eluded the Guess Who until the 1969 Top Ten hit "These Eyes"; the recording session for the accompanying album, Wheatfield Soul , was paid for by producer Jack Richardson , who mortgaged … Randy had told me that the lyrics were out of a really long Bob Dylan song. I never cared much for that song; it was mostly Kurt’s song. The song was much slower when he brought it to us, and I always loved the riff. It just happened as a jam. Randy Bachman is one of the rare artists who has been a key member of two, important rock bands: Bachman-Turner Overdrive and the Guess Who. I mean, what the hell was I singing? If you could do Eric Burdon, or Paul McCartney doing “Long Tall Sally” or Mike Smith from The Dave Clark Five, you were a bit of a screamer. I was just so fed up of the road and staying in Holiday Inn’s, I just wanted to go home and get drunk or get high. I want to capture this before I’m gone. Never miss out on gossip, celebrity photos, videos, divorces, scandals and more. We used to call McDougall “The Cherokee.”. They would get a weekend pass and would come up and bring their record with them; James Brown, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, tremendous R&B artists that I don’t think they were hearing in the rest of Canada. "These Eyes" was their breakthrough single and a radio favorite across the world. And what’s cool about this is when I left The Guess Who, I didn’t know where I was gonna go. There used to be a book of quotes by Mao Tse Tung that people would carry around in the revolution days, and in it there was a quote that said “Power comes out of the barrel of a gun”, and I never forgot that. Burton Cummings and the Guess Who gave Canadians what it had longed for, for decades; a seat at the big table. I was outside bartering with some fuck over some Gene Vincent records that he had that I really wanted to own. The Guess Who, Canadian rock group that was the most successful band in Canada in the late 1960s and early 1970s. We were all over Europe, Leskiw was checking all the brothels out, we were having a blast. I sung it for him in front of him and his wife many times, at some huge corporate events. “Albert Flasher,” more eclectic lyrics. We came back to Canada and the girls looked fresher, and I’m looking around and I’m thinking, “Canadian woman, I prefer you”, but what comes out of my mouth is “American woman, stay away from me”. First of all they had just witnessed AC/DC blowing the lid off of half a million people, and then out comes Mick and he invites Justin Timberlake on the stage, and they’re going “whoo-ooh-hoo-ooh-hoo-ooh-hoo”. "These Eyes" is a song by the Canadian rock band The Guess Who. Look at someone like Robert Plant. Randy already had two kids with a third one on the way, and he’s singing about love affairs? I don’t think back then that they ever really took us seriously as a band. Yeah, they recruited me because Chad Allan was going back into college and they got me because I could scream like Eric Burdon. Absolutely! There are already plans for a follow up album to Jukebox with Jukebox II sometime in the future, as well as a Television special. The ... "These Eyes" is a song by the Canadian rock band The Guess Who. The hunters were allowed to bring their rifles onto the commercial planes back then. He also toured with the re-united The Guess Who from 2000 through the summer of 2003. I’ve read that a lot of people think this song is about a drug overdose. “Do you miss me darling” was Kurt’s hook, but I had the “what good is it, if I can’t even sing it to you” part kicking around for a while. I’ve seen the performance; Keith at one point becomes very upset with the audience for throwing things and starts to chastise the audience, then high-fives Timberlake. Eventually I got control of all the songs from The Guess Who days, they’re all in Shillelagh Music now. That was Greg Leskiw, we called him “The Roast Beef” for some strange reason I can’t remember. You don’t realize the “trickle-down” effect you have when you write a song and it becomes a hit. Without the CRTC [Canadian Ratio-Television Telecommunications Commission] there wouldn’t have been all that money that helped lure all those producers and engineers up, and then before you knew it, Elton John and Rod Stewart were flying to Montreal to record, and then Van Halen and Steven Tyler and people like that were going up to Vancouver to record, and by that time Vancouver had Bryan Adams and Loverboy. When Greg got on a plane and went home, we went back to Winnipeg and got Donnie McDougall. It came out way before the Internet and cellphones, it came out in ’76 in a different world. I was talking about the records and American Woman, and the personnel changes, and in the middle of the conversation, the DJ pressed this button on his console that was labeled “Alert Flasher”. Cummings was born and raised in the Canadian city of Winnipeg, Manitoba, as were all of the other original members of The Guess Who. Growing up in Winnipeg, we had three AM stations in the 50’s and 60’s all competing for the audience. It was followed up by another monster hit "Laughing", again written by Cummings/Bachman. You should hear what our drummer says about me! And I remember him saying once that in his thirty years of doing this, he’s never experienced the level of vitriol that surrounds The Guess Who. The thing that made The Guess Who so special is that unlike most others, the band stayed put in their country of birth, they put out a staggering stream of hit singles, and they did it all from within Canada. In the 1950’s, Canada’s youth watched with rapt attention while Elvis burned up the charts and drove teens wild. I wasn’t even thirty years old yet, and it was enough already with The Guess Who. Genres: Rock, Pop Rock, Hard Rock. "These Eyes" is a song by the Canadian rock band The Guess Who. The song was co-written by the group's lead guitarist Randy Bachman and lead singer Burton Cummings and originally included on the band's 1969 album Wheatfield Soul. We were all in our 20’s you know? We didn’t have as good a manager as we should have, so our percentage was just pathetic, and when he re-negotiated he didn’t bump it up at all. https://www.songwriteruniverse.com/randy-bachman-interview-2018.htm But Randy never left us, we left him, put it that way. We did 15 or 16 albums for RCA and the royalty percentage was just pathetic from day one, and it’s never really gotten any better. The drums sound awful, Kale played walking bass and it should have been A-C-D-C eights. Solo hits in Canada included "Stand Tall" (also his only American hit, peaking at #10), "I'm Scared," "Break it to Them Gently," and "Fine State of Affairs." That song just conjures up bad memories of a bad point in Guess Who history. And “Godspeed mother nature”? That was back in 1969 with Led Zeppelin, The Doors, The Byrds, The Burrito Brothers, Frank Zappa and The Mothers, Alice Cooper, Bo Didley, Chuck Berry, Ike and Tina, The Chicago Transit Authority. Maybe it’s because of the Internet, I don’t know. What were you trying to say in it? I’ve always detected a Native Canadian element in your music, imagery, and poems. Reading the lyrics seems to bear this out. The riff is from a group called “Brother” that Kurt was in before he joined us. They had set up a mobile recording unit and all kinds of stuff, and I stayed up all night doing blow. I go up on the stage, scoop the winnings, and get the fuck out of there as fast as I could. I spoke out against the hand that fed me. It’s obvious. Cameron Crowe had interviewed us a bunch of times, he was the only one that Jan Wenner would send out to speak with us. “Takin’ Care of Business”, and “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet”, on that he’s OK. I was exhausted. Hit songs included ‘American Woman,’ ‘No … It was probably the beginning of the end, although we did go on for three years plus after that, but he did try to take us all to the temple and convert us, it was insane. I was 18 and I had just left the Deverons to join up with the biggest band in Canada. That’s just a song of fear by me. Is there going to be another Guess Who reunion? Well, I wasn’t there, so tell me what really happened. What really makes the accomplishments of The Guess Who amazing, and a lot of people outside of Canada don’t know this, is that the band achieved all their early successes without the presence of the Canadian content laws. I had at least 100 trips. I’m astounded by it. Reflecting on the album Burton says “I still try my best to recreate the records just the way they sounded. Burton helped the sales of this album through extensive autograph signing. I went all by myself to this place, it was a local bar that was having a karaoke night. Well, The Guess Who without Bachman/Cummings is like The Stones without Mick and Keith, isn’t it? I guarantee that in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver they were just not hearing these things, Winnipeg was really special. How about drums? The album is slated to have 18 tracks - all original songs written by Cummings. He was in a band called Wild Rice and that was one of the things that they did before we snagged him up after Randy was bounced. Let’s sail back”, not even thinking that the North Atlantic in December was probably the worst place in the world to be. Massey Hall features some of Burton’s largest hits from his The Guess Who and solo career which span five decades These Eyes, American Woman, No Sugar Tonight, Undun, Timeless Love, Stand Tall and Above The Ground. Is this deliberate? I don’t think she ever got that whole globe-hopping thing and how amazing that really was. Randy and I had already left, Randy had BTO and I was working on my third solo album when Kale phoned us one day in Los Angeles and asked if we minded if he used the name. So they talked to me to get my side of it and then they talked to Peterson, and Peterson just seized the opportunity to shit on me in print for that booklet. By this time it was close to Christmas, and I thought to myself, “let’s have an adventure. And of course it was in the days before terrorism, and I actually saw this one time, I’m not making this up. Good song, bad record. I can at least get these out one more time for the cameras. Jimi Hendrix opened for The Monkees on their 1967 tour, and it did not go well. Probably more than most artists. We just put all those pieces together, had a cold beer, put it on a reel-to-reel, then went to Chicago and made a record of it. He co-wrote and produced the upcoming new release from the band, along with Will Evankovich. It was banned in Texas and a couple of southern states for having “leftist leanings.” Bernie Sanders is saying far worse things today, all I was saying was we should share the land. Yes, we were around at a very pivotal time for the Canadian recording industry, and we made a lot of noise, enough for that law to be infused. We were hearing stuff that the rest of the country was just not hearing. Crazy stuff…. Yeah, it’s quite an honor, it’s just about me. With the last few albums I’ve done, I own the masters as well. In 1969, The Guess Who scored a huge international hit with "These Eyes", co-written by Cummings (with Randy Bachman). Peterson flew sick one time and almost blew out his eardrums and rather than get sued, we went and did the gig. Kurt had a habit of coming to me with these great guitar riffs, and all I had to do was sing over them and there we’d have a hit song. I showed up late for the practice and the guys had already worked out the riff, and I just started singing over it. Cameron was so young then, he was just a kid. I thought that once Randy was gone and Kurt came in it was more like a band. The Guess Who didn’t need the help, but it helped all the others who came in our wake so to speak. Cummings, now a part-time resident of Los Angeles recently sat down with me to spill the beans and set the record straight on some of the stories behind the music. That was quite a long time ago in Tarzana, around 1979 or 1980; I was younger and a bit more adventurous than I am now. Was the payoff more lucrative? There’s that native reference again… It’s just another live jam that would happen when we were on the road, and we were on the road all the time. I guess it was American Woman. For a while, Bruce Decker from the Deverons was with us, but Randy decided he just wasn’t good enough, so Randy forced me to become a rhythm guitar player as well. She came home one day from working at Eaton’s and I said, “by the way, I quit school today,” expecting the roof to cave in, but she was cool about it all. I mean shame on me, I let Domenic Troiano talk me into singing the hits as a medley, so he could have his arrogant fucking jazz solos go on a little longer. See more ideas about the guess who, burton cummings, guess. I’ve always wondered about the song “Heartbroken Bopper,” it sounds a lot like “Last Child” by Aerosmith. This goes back to one of my earlier questions where I said I detect this kind of Native Canadian element. So the three of us went bang bang bang, yada yada yada, and that was it. He currently winters in California and returns to Winnipeg in the summer, living in Canada throughout autumn. Everybody still thinks I’m native. I don’t even really like the term “fan” because it seems a bit condescending. They say that when The Beatles were in Hamburg they would play for something like eight hours a night, and I believe it. I’m certainly willing to call myself a fan of other artists, but I don’t like to call them fans because I would rather talk with somebody than at somebody. The next year, they had two US chart-toppers: " American Woman " and " No Sugar Tonight ." Did they rip off The Guess Who? I was about 19 or 20 at the time, they’re not about real things, I hadn’t had enough time for real heartbreak yet. I don’t even really want to dwell on it. Yeah, I’ve seen it go from tape to computer, and I was there when they first brought in “phantom faders” where you could make a mix, and not have to go through the motions the second time. We close our shows with that song now. Chad Allan was never that. Are you kidding? So that’s what started the idea of writing the song, and then I got more ethereal; “you be the red king, I’ll be the yellow pawn”. Oh, God no! I was in the middle of all of this right off the bat. When we do it, we’re going to shoot it with seven cameras. By the time the album “Number 10” came around in 1973 I was fucking exhausted. I remember us doing a promotional tour for that in 1970 in the U.K. Kurt and I decided to sail back after 3 weeks of whirlpool shit. He first helped form the Guess Who in the mid-1960s, and wrote most of their hits with lead singer, Burton Cummings. Was that the biggest award for you because it’s you as a solo artist? Mostly African Americans enlisted there. The Guess Who embarked on an unsuccessful tour of England and returned home to record commercials and appear on the television program Let's Go, hosted by Chad Allan. They had a big chorus line of horn players, and backup singers, and then Justin Timberlake came out to sing “Miss You” with them. People are getting called up and they’re singing songs that they had no business trying to sing, and then at one point, my name gets drawn and the MC calls “Captain America, you’re up”. There it was. With acid you go in a big circle, you’re born and then you die. He played with a band called the Deverons before joining The Guess Who as lea… read more View full artist profile Albums include American Woman, Nuggets II: Original Artyfacts From the British Empire and Beyond, 1964-1969, and Canned Wheat. None of it made sense to me at the end and I really should have left two years earlier. That’s one of Randy’s songs. They have a few more contestants come up and then the whole thing ends. In short, they put the country on the musical map and opened the door for all the other artists who stayed and followed at the same time. Originally it was just a riff I came up with to warm up my hands, that was how it started. You’ve mentioned that your mother was very supportive of you throughout your career; what were her thoughts on you being one of the most prolific songwriters to come out of Canada? We sat together one night for one of those Juno awards. What’s really funny is my fans call the venues to complain about the karaoke band, saying “they’re not the Guess Who.” My fans are kind of like Donald Trump fans. I’ve always been curious about the lyrics to that song. I dialed that up, and the one just previous to it had this whole stanza about “the dust of death”, and I thought, this is meant to be. And then I hopped around a lot with Ringo, from France to Belgium to…? Yeah, I worked in the mail department there doing a job that you could train a pigeon to do. I thought it was pretty cool and I had this bit that went [changing just a few things]. By that time we had more tracks to play with. This guy was crazy; snakes had bitten him something like a hundred times. I wrote that song out of pure heartbreak. “Do You Miss Me Darling,” who did all the harmonies? So I had this shirt on that said “Captain America” and when I filled out the slip, I used that as my name. It turned out to be a pretty good album, and when it came out we were starting to be taken really seriously as a band. After watching him produce my first two albums, I decided to take the plunge and produce myself. He had Kurt and Donny with him, so I said to go ahead because Donny is doing me and he sounds like me anyway. He was a duck hunter. Thankfully, no such law was needed for this band. Definitely that would have been the best “live” Guess Who lineup, we toured endlessly, about ten months of the year. So the other guys just wanted to keep The Guess Who going strictly for the money? The only thing I regret is not leaving the group two years earlier. I bet you’ve seen a lot of changes take place in the recording process over the years. He was a great help to the artistic community. I was stoned at the time; I had smoked a little before the interview and when I looked down, I thought, “what a great name for a song!”. Cummings' first new studio album in 17 years, since Plus Signs was released on June 12, 2007 as a Bachman & Cummings album. The road was so new and crazy when I joined the band, I was a young guy. Those guys who call themselves “The Guess Who” are just a karaoke band. Seven of us spent the whole summer in two hotel rooms, four in one room and three in the other. Burton play's CP33 when he is live on stage. Is that how you wrote “Clap For The Wolfman?” Was it related to that? He was apparently a bit of a rock star in his own way, wasn’t he? It was the second show of the night, we were playing at The Broom and Stone, a curling club in Toronto. the rest of the CD has some great tunes on it, especially if you are a child of the 70's. I did all the singing, and we drove to every gig, set up our own stuff, and tore down after the gig, and drove back to that same hotel. I was in first class, and I looked up at the cockpit door, and I counted eleven rifles leaned up against the door. Cummings would disband the group after the release of the Power in the Music album, and move to Los Angeles to start a solo career. Yes, it was, because I was trying to play rhythm guitar, we were still a four-piece. You’ve received just about every award there is in Canada, the Order of Canada, the Juno, and most recently, the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Ultimately, personal issues between Cummings and bandmate Randy Bachman -- partially ignited by Bachman's deepening Mormon religious beliefs -- caused a rift in the band. You see what that Canadian Content ruling did? Beer bottles started flying and the audience is booing. Did they grab control of the Guess Who name together? That’s exactly right. We had gone all over the world and played everywhere. It seems that my entire life is on YouTube. The Guess Who, or at least the former lead singer of the Canadian band comes to Las Vegas for a two-night show next month. We were just trying to get on the radio. D# was born in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, and is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer, engineer, vocalist, performer and barista. Once I knew it was going to be a Cummings/Winter song, I wrote all those lyrics about gas stations and all those little places we used to visit when I was so young in The Guess Who. Under Cummings’ leadership The Guess Who would continue, with various lineup changes, until 1975. Login . So the “red king” was supposed to be Mao, and the yellow pawns were his followers. The young, mostly female crowd shouted "Davy" when Hendrix sang the word "Lady" in "Foxy Lady" in honor of who they came to see: Monkees lead singer Davy Jones. Cummings is set to release a solo album in the first half of 2008 titled Above The Ground. Everyone gets it with the aforementioned artists, but to really appreciate the impact that The Guess Who made on popular (and Canadian) culture, one needs to understand what the Canadian musical landscape looked like back then. It was even better. Before then it was the Seattle Pop Festival with about sixty or seventy thousand. Bachman went on to form the band Brave Belt with former Guess Who mate Chad Allan, and later Bachman-Turner Overdrive which charted hits such as "Takin' Care of Business," "Let It Ride," and "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet.". One way or another, it doesn’t matter because I like “Heartbroken Bopper”’s vocal. These Eyes Lyrics: {Intro} / These eyes / Cry every night, for you / These arms / Long to hold you, again / The hurtin's on me, yeah / But I will never be free / No, my baby, no no / You gave a I don’t really like hunters that much, and I don’t like guns either. 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