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  • Stig Stilletto
    July 23, 2013 - 13:26

    "[Middle Cove Beach] was even immortalized in song, featuring well-known bluesman Roger Howse." So it was in the great tune "Middle Cove Beach Party" by The A-Tones. The song was on the band's only album titled "The Quick and the Dead" which was released by Vikki Beat Tapes around 1980. The band featured Wallace Hammond (guitar), Craig Squires (bass), Terry Carter (drums, vocals), Tony Richards (vocals, harmonica) and Roger Howse (guitar, vocals ). Justin Hall may have played drums on a track or two, as well. At the time, the song received some minor air play on Oz-FM and, of course major air play on MUN Radio. Hammond, Squires, Carter, Richards and Hall were all members of Da Slyme. Roger was a good friend of all and made a great contribution to that classic, but little known song. It was a jangly beach/surf type riff with a chorus that went: "M-M-M-M-Middle Cove Beach Party, It's on tonight it'll be all right!" Gotta love the originality of the early years of punk in St. John's.