Jade

The first working unit of Jade was formed in Winnipeg, Canada, in 1982. The original line-up consisted of Roxy Lyons (vocals), Pat Belrose (guitar), Terry Rudd (bass) and Dave Samson (drums). The band…
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The first working unit of Jade was formed in Winnipeg, Canada, in 1982. The original line-up consisted of Roxy Lyons (vocals), Pat Belrose (guitar), Terry Rudd (bass) and Dave Samson (drums). The band initially played on the local club circuit in the absence of a genuine rock scene. They decided to relocate to Ottawa where they quickly struck a one-off album contract with the small independent label Zaphia Records. Their debut, Teasing Eyes, released in 1984, was a mediocre collection of tired pop rock. Realizing their mistake in choice of locale, they relocated once again, this time to Toronto, where the rock community was much more active. Following disagreements on personal and professional matters, Lyons left the band to be replaced by ex-Aggressor vocalist Sweet Marie Black. The band worked hard on their songwriting, taking a more rock-based approach, and subsequent demos led to them being signed by the Roadrunner label, which released If You’re Man Enough in 1985. With more rock and less pop, the album nevertheless failed to attract any interest and the band sank back into obscurity in 1986. (NB: Not to be confused with the 70s UK folk trio of the same name.)