Romeo (1988)

In the 1980s, Canadian content (CanCon) in radio was bumped up to 30% and radio stations across Canada were searching for the next big Canadian artist. In 1988, I won a Yamaha QX-3 midi sequencer in a songwriting contest and programmed a couple of demos. There were three contests in Vancouver that year; Vancouver Seeds 4 (CFOX), Vancouver Kicks (CKXY) & Home Grown 3 (CFMI) I entered each contest incognito, without any picture, under the name Romeo. In 1988 Romeo placed in all three and was featured on each station’s cassette album.

Although ‘Romeo’ placed in all three contests, the big news that year was CFMI’s Home Grown first-place winners. A Doo-Wop vocal quartet (most unusual in the 1980’s) called the Hightops won that contest.

  1. 01 MORE BRUCE COUGHLAN
  2. 02 NO ONE BRUCE COUGHLAN
The Hightops (1988 – 1994)

It didn’t take long before I threw myself into a new musical endeavor, and in 1988 I formed The Hightops, a soulful, vocal-based project modeled after the Doo-wop Music trend of the 1950’s.

In the original line-up I cast myself as lead singer, joined by Lou “Valentino” Ianonne (guitar, vocals), Michael Kazepides (upright bass, vocals) and Ted Harrison (drums, vocals)

After winning a number of local talent competitions, The Hightops were granted a slew of opportunities, not the least of which was the production of a full-scale music video.

Romeo (1988)

In the 1980s, Canadian content (CanCon) in radio was bumped up to 30% and radio stations across Canada were searching for the next big Canadian artist. In 1988, I won a Yamaha QX-3 midi sequencer in a songwriting contest and programmed a couple of demos. There were three contests in Vancouver that year; Vancouver Seeds 4 (CFOX), Vancouver Kicks (CKXY) & Home Grown 3 (CFMI) I entered each contest incognito, without any picture, under the name Romeo. In 1988 Romeo placed in all three and was featured on each station’s cassette album.

Although ‘Romeo’ placed in all three contests, the big news that year was CFMI’s Home Grown first-place winners. A Doo-Wop vocal quartet (most unusual in the 1980’s) called the Hightops won that contest.

  1. 01 MORE BRUCE COUGHLAN
  2. 02 NO ONE BRUCE COUGHLAN
The Hightops (1988 – 1994)

It didn’t take long before I threw myself into a new musical endeavor, and in 1988 I formed The Hightops, a soulful, vocal-based project modeled after the Doo-wop Music trend of the 1950’s.

In the original line-up I cast myself as lead singer, joined by Lou “Valentino” Ianonne (guitar, vocals), Michael Kazepides (upright bass, vocals) and Ted Harrison (drums, vocals)

After winning a number of local talent competitions, The Hightops were granted a slew of opportunities, not the least of which was the production of a full-scale music video.

When the Time Comes (video single) 1989

You have to remember that in those days, making a video was a big deal. It cost tens of thousands of dollars and was recorded on film. Film had to be processed, which was very expensive.

When the Time Comes was followed the next year by No More You, which was recorded on hi-def video (at a fraction of the price).

No More You (video single) 1990

The Hightops sound would evolve to include Blues, Motown, Calypso and Reggae influences.

In a later line-up, I performed on congas and pennywhistle, Ted was replaced on drums by Lisa Lambert and Mike Braverman joined on woodwinds.

Tangled Up in Love (cassette album) 1992

Recorded at Creation Studios in Burnaby and produced by Paul Hyde, Tangled Up in Love has a lively, Rootsy flavor.

Throughout our six-year run, The Hightops were a popular feature at festivals, clubs and events throughout Western Canada and were regular guests on television and radio shows.

  1. 01 TANGLED UP IN LOVE THE HIGHTOPS
  2. 02 HOLIDAY THE HIGHTOPS
  3. 03 DON’T SAY YOU LOVE ME THE HIGHTOPS
Any Day Soon (1996)

Stepping out briefly as a solo artist in 1996, I recorded Any Day Soon (cassette/CD album). Pop/Roots style. Folk Rock, Rhythm & Blues and World Music influences dominate this eleven-track collection.

  1. 01 SUNDAY BRUCE COUGHLAN
  2. 02 UNTROUBLED MIND BRUCE COUGHLAN
  3. 03 THE FAITH SONG BRUCE COUGHLAN
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