Kim Mitchell “Go For Soda” - Joe’s Garage June 10th

We’re gonna spend this week in the garage listening to a few lost classics from bands and artists based in the Great White North. While both Rush and Triumph will be represented this week, I thought I’d start with an artist and album from my personal collection that is a bit off the beaten path.

Kim Mitchell founded the band Max Webster in Toronto in 1972. While the achieved a good deal of success in Canada, they never were really able to break through in the US. It wasn’t until after the band broke up in 1981 and Mitchell released his first solo effort “Akimbo Alogo” that he was able to finally crack the US Billboard charts with the song “Go For Soda” which still only made it to #86. The song was helped by being featured in both a season two Episode of “Miami Vice” as well as a marketing campaign for “Mothers Against Drunk Driving.” Though the song’s lyrics had absolutely nothing to do with drinking and driving, Mitchell was happy to have it associated with the campaign.

The video is really bad...but in a totally awesome 80s kinda way. The concept...the quality...all of it. So terrible that you have to absolutely love it! So enjoy the video stylings of Kim Mitchell’s “Go For Soda.”

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