Guitarist Craig Bradshaw, drummer Myron Wasyliw, and bassist Bob Siamro were the talented threesome that laid down the groundwork in 1981 for the Canadian rock group known as Direktive 17. Lead singer Andy Maize stepped into place about a year on down the road, making it a complete act that could stand on its own. Later he was replaced by Dave Wall. The group only recorded one offering, a self-titled EP.
This '80s folk-rock band supposedly got their name from a piece of World War II history. "Direktive 17" was the order given by Winston Churchill to bomb Germany. As a band, Direktive 17 didn't make much history, but the guys did perform together enough to build an equitable fan base before they completed an EP in 1984. The independent release earned the group a chance to reach new fans. A year later, a big talent-search contest win saw Direktive 17 walk away with a hefty cash prize and a chance to do some work under the Quality Records label.
The band was standing at a crossroads in 1985, and who knows which path might have taken it to the big time, but that wasn't to be. Things were falling apart. By 1986, lead singer Maize walked. Dave Wall was brought in to replace him, but there was never a real spark that let the new formation move forward.
By 1987, Maize had joined up with singer and guitarist Peter Cash, bassist Ronny Von Johnny, drummer Ron Macey, and guitarist Josh Finlayson to form the Skydiggers. The group signed with Capitol and released a debut self-titled album in 1991. Other full-length offerings followed such as Restless, Road Radio, Just Over the Mountain, and others.