Sitting in a Toronto Café, Canadian rocker tom Cochrane exudes a sincerity and a what-you-see-is-what-you-get demeanour rare in an industry dominated by self indulgence.
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TORONTO-Despite being a major artist in Canada for 18 years and having significant stateside success previously, Tom Cochrane still lacks a commitment to release his new album, “XRay Sierra,” in the U.S.
TORONTO-With “XRay Sierra,” his first album of new songs in four years, Tom Cochrane makes the transition from heartland rocker to mature singer/songwriter. But the artist may face an uphill battle at radio, where it’s been six years since his last hit singles.
Four years ago, Tom Cochrane was cruising along life’s highway. He had left the Canadian band Red Rider and his solo debut, “Mad Mad World,” sold 2 million copies worldwide, while the single from the collection, “Life Is a Highway” was a Top 10 hit. But with that kind of success comes stress and demands, or in Cochrane’s words, some “Ragged Ass Road.”
Life Is A Highway for Canada’s Tom Cochrane. Tom Cochrane is Canada’s foremost traditional rock musician, and a humanitarian as well – with a love for the traditional Harley! Tom is one of the good guys! and he is a purist.
Can someone be somber and optimistic at the same time? If so, that’s the fragile balance Tom Cochrane’s trying to achieve on his latest release, Ragged Ass Road. In fact, dark, murky, ambivalent sludge coats almost every song on the new release.
‘Ragged Ass Road,’ was an intensely personal work. The album, which will be released in the US by EMI Music on Nov. 7, 1995, features the song ‘I Wish You Well’ which debuted at no. one on the Records’ contemporary album radio chart.
Ragged Ass Road – Taking that one giant leap from domestic success to international stardom can be a daunting task for any artist, no matter what your country of origin may be. For a Canadian, however, any designs on worldwide…
We interviewed recording artist Tom Cochrane while he was on Long Island recently. His solo debut album “Mad Mad World” features the current hit single “Life Is a Highway.” He is a very dedicated artist who does all his own writing and composing. He was born and raised in Manitoba, Canada. We enjoyed meeting him.
Tom Cochrane knew what he was writing about when he put those words on paper.
After cruising along for more than a decade as the front man for Red Rider — the Canadian band best know for the 1981 hit “Lunatic Fringe”
TORONTO – After the chart-topping Canadian success of Tom Cochrane’s album “Mad Mad World,” largely on the strength of its leadoff single, Life Is A Highway,” one could almost expect this would be the year of a long awaited U.S. breakthrough for the ex-Red Rider front man.
Former Red Rider vocalist Tom Cochrane said a fan encouraged him to play more Red Rider “covers” after a recent show. That comment is pretty indicative of what an enigma Cochrane is to American audiences. While mining multiplatinum awards and No. 1 records in his native Canada, he’s still looking for his breakthrough in the United States.
If “Life Is A Highway,” as Tom Cochrane’s break-through single suggests, then he’s finally riding it to the highest peaks of the Canadian music industry. Cochrane’s Mad Mad World has sold more than 600,000 units in Canada.
TORONTO–Internationally lauded Bryan Adams led the pack of Juno Award nominees at Canada’s 21st annual Juno Awards, held March 29 at the O’Keefe Centre here. But he was soundly beaten by local favorite singer/songwriter Tom Cochrane.
TORONTO–Ending recent rumors that Bryan Adams would not be appearing on the televised Juno Awards show, the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences has announced he will perform at the upcoming 21st annual ceremony March 29 here.
Tom Cochrane Cruises to Fame.The song is a bout life on the road and the sometimes rocky road of life. In many ways, it is also a metaphor of Tom Cochrane’s own roundabout journey to the brink of big-time success.
Tom Cochrane has a saying that he applies not only to music, but to his life as well. It goes like this: You have to do the opposite of what you think you have to do, in order to get the things you want”.
Canadian rocker Tom Cochrane is feeling slighted. People make a big fuss over new teen-dream bands, like Honeymoon Suite. When the Honeymooners landed a song on Miami Vice…
Poor Tom Cochrane’s got it all wrong. Doesn’t he know you just can’t try and be intellectual in rock ‘n’ roll, especially the Canadian variety? So where does this singer-songwriter for the group Red Rider…
For a couple of years, Tom Cochrane’s Red Rider has been Canada’s most underrated successful Rock Band. In the era of the corporate accountant-musician, Cochran looks to Rimbaud or Neruda for inspiration.
It all occurred quite subtly. No one was really aware of the secret society known as Friends Of The Beaver, a society dedicated to the promotion of Canadian rock ‘n’ roll.
Tom Cochrane’s songs tell of struggle and justice – not at all your usual rock lyrics. A note to Wreck Beach nudists: No, that wasn’t the Chariots of Fire sequel being filmed on your favourite beach.
The alarming image of an urban mob’s perverse fascination with death in Power (Strength in Numbers) opens Neruda, Red Rider’s most lyrically powerful release to date.
The second LP by Red Rider, As Far As Siam, (Capitol) is a considerable improvement over Don’t Fight It, which suffered from unexciting production and the group’s indecisiveness.