Art Bergmann Re-releases Classic Album

One year after releasing his Polaris Prize long-listed The Apostate (his first full-length original album in two decades), Canadian music legend Art Bergmann returns May 12 with Remember Her Name, a newly remastered edition of his classic 1991 self-titled album.

Originally released by Polygram on CD/cassette and long out-of-print, (weewerk) Recordings’Remember Her Name revisits one of Bergmann’s career peaks, featuring the radio hits “If She Could Sing,” “Faithlessly Yours” and “Message From Paul.” A fresh remaster was done by Noah Mintz at Lacquer Channel Mastering, with the addition of the previously unreleased track “Wide On/Hard Body.” (Remember Her Name will be available on vinyl through Paper Bag Records’ Vintage reissue series.)

In re-titling the album after the lead-off track, Bergmann highlights the song’s lyrical tribute to Marianne Faithfull. “Remember Her Name” (the song) was originally supposed to be called “Marianne Faithfull,” but Bergmann’s label at the time forced the change due to legal concerns. This new edition also features updated artwork, with images captured by photographers Sharon Steele and Lisa MacIntosh.

“This re-release holds a great depth of meaning for me as it comes 25 years after I met and married Sherri at the same time as writing and recording the thing. She is definitely a muse to some of these tracks, ‘Ruin My Life,’ ‘Faithlessly Yours’ and to the whole endeavour, really. She is my conscience to this day.”

Beginning in the mid-1970s, Art Bergmann has been a revered voice on the Canadian music scene. He made his first impression during the initial wave of punk rock in Vancouver, fronting the K-Tels (later known as the Young Canadians). During the early 1980s, Bergmann formed the band Poisoned and recorded with then-fledgling producer Bob Rock. This led to a solo contract with Toronto-based Duke Street Records, which released the acclaimed albums Crawl With Me (produced by John Cale of the Velvet Underground), and Sexual Roulette.

Following Duke Street’s demise, Bergmann signed with Polygram for 1991’s Art Bergmann, followed by a deal with Sony for the JUNO-winning What Fresh Hell Is This in 1995. Health issues curtailed further serious work for several years until 2014 when (weewerk) Recordings issued the EP, Songs For The Underclass. Creatively rejuvenated, Bergmann made the Americana-tinged The Apostate with producer Lorrie Matheson in Calgary, which was long-listed for the 2016 Polaris Music Prize.

May 12 :: Calgary AB :: The Ironwood
May 19 :: Vancouver BC :: Rickshaw Theatre
More to be announced!

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