The Canadian group Steve Blimkie and the Reason began performing in 1979 around Toronto. Members were frontman and lead vocalist Steve Blimkie, guitarist Angus MacKay, bassist Doug Ruston, and drummer Dave Betts. MacKay left after a couple of years, and guitarist Derry Grehan stepped into the vacant spot. By 1982, the band had fallen apart, one member at a time.
Working under the Ready Records label, Steve Blimkie and his band recorded a debut two-sided single in 1979, "All I Want Is You Alone" and "I Got This Feeling." "You Can't Hold Me Anymore" and "Freaks on the Tube" followed a year later, along with a debut album simply titled Blimkie. None of the tunes drew much interest from either critics or fans, even though the band landed opening spots for big groups like the Ramones. After another unsuccessful single or two, the group switched to recording under Steve Blimkie, dropping the Reason. For 1981, there were two other singles released, and one album, Chasing Paper Tigers. Most of the original members were long gone even before work got underway on that last album.