In 1980, a new rock band formed in Toronto, Canada, calling itself Breeding Ground. The original lineup consisted of lead singer John Shirreff, guitarists Chris Wardman and Hugh Gladish, bassist Jonathan Strayer, and drummer Ken Jones. Strayer and Jones were later replaced by bassist Gary Quinn and drummer Kevin Hunter. After a couple of years of playing gigs at clubs, the group landed a deal with the Mannequin Records label and released a self-titled EP. Over the next few years the band recorded a number of singles, a second EP, a couple of music videos, and even a full-length album. By the time the '80s had lived out its last hooray, so had Breeding Ground.
After releasing that debut EP in 1982, Breeding Ground went independent the next year, and several singles followed, like "Slaughter," "Reunion," "Happy Now I Know," and "Ceremony of Love." Abundant airplay on college campuses earned the group great word of mouth reviews and plenty of exposure to young adults. Still, for all its growing popularity, the bandmembers were on shaky ground. There was a split up, but some of the guys managed to pull the tattered pieces back together for another try around 1986. Breeding Ground quickly released a sophomore EP, Tales of Adventure, and finally in 1989 completed an album titled Obscurity and Flair, both released under the Fringe Product label. When things fell apart again, there was no resurgence.