Laurice and Tommy Grimes
with Suicide Helpline
From the Promoter
Proto Punk Disco Glam Queer Pioneer "Laurice". Enter the amazing world of LAURICE, known primarily in North America for his dance and smooth jazz hits. Formerly Canada's Number One male dance vocalist for two years running, what is not generally known is that before he left the UK for greener pastures in North America in the mid-70's, LAURICE recorded a lot of incredible rock material that he wrote for various record companies as a session singer, songwriter and producer in London.
His most notable success, of course, was the underground 1973 pre-punk hit When Christine Comes Around/I'm Gonna Smash Your Face In that he recorded under the band name Grudge for the Black label, and has become an underground punk rock classic to this day. LAURICE has always said that he was doing punk before punk was really thought of, and current record sales of this classic bear this out.ventured into rock/blues territory with That's Nice, scream rock with Ain't Got Enough To Give and romantic rock with Shy Baby, all having a heavy updated retro 60's rock sound that only enhanced their popularity.
LAURICE was influenced by the works of rock leather icon Lou Reed with his Walk On The Wild Side and Vicious hits. So a move to Toronto, New York and Los Angeles in the mid 70's had this versatile artist challenging himself further with macho rock gems such as Rock Hard, highlighting very controversial material for the time in the form of He's My Guy, Born to Serve (S&M) and Wild Sugar, with highly sexualized lyrics and singing style. Lou Reed would have been proud. -