The Toronto, Canada, group Crash Kills Five formed around 1980, actually selecting their unusual and sad name from a headline in a local newspaper. Members of the group included lead singer Don Pyle, guitarists Mohammed "Eddy" Nagdee and Brian Connelly, drummer Alex Koch, and bassist Reid Diamond.
The band played rock music that was a premium mixture of both pop and punk, showcasing their style with songs like "Special School" and "It's Always There." During their short life, Crash Kills Five only recorded one EP, What Do You Do at Night. Members went their separate ways after a couple of years of struggling that failed to see the group find their niche. Each of them stayed in the music world, working with other bands such as the Young Lions, Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet, the Sticklebacks, and the One-Eyed Jacks.