One Way Street

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A forgotten drop in Vancouver, BC's musical bucket, the One Way Street billed themselves as folk-rockers. However, their sole recording-the 45 "Listen To Me" b/w "Tears" (Vantown, 1966)--owes more to…
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A forgotten drop in Vancouver, BC's musical bucket, the One Way Street billed themselves as folk-rockers. However, their sole recording-the 45 "Listen To Me" b/w "Tears" (Vantown, 1966)--owes more to the Seeds than the Vejtables. The group included silky-voiced Rick Wanzel (vocals); Doug Fairbairn (guitar); Greg Johnston (bass); Bob Hirtle (keyboards) and Jim Warren (percussion). The band cut their single at Vancouver Sound Recording Studio in under an hour, and were gratified when it hit #16 locally. Curiously, the 45 also charted in Dallas, Texas, where it was released on the Paula label. This may explain why Eva Records saw fit to include both tracks on Louisiana Punk, Vol. 2! With its Twilight Zone guitar, "Tears" is eerily reminiscent of the Marketts' "Out Of Limits." "Listen To Me" is fair-to-middling psychedelia-but unoriginally so. After the One Way Street hit a dead-end in 1968, Wanzel removed to Toronto, became Rick Livingstone, and did an album entitled, Livingstone, I Presume. Lead ax-man Fairbairn graduated to the Ambleside Blues Band. Both sides of the One Way Street single were reissued on the Vancouver Record Collectors' Association's History Of Vancouver Rock, Volume 4 (VRCA 004, 1991).