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SLIK TOXIK

This picture of Slik Toxik was taken sometime between 1994 and 1995.

Band members at the time included:

Slik Toxik got caught up in the glut of Toronto hard rock bands that gained varying amounts of fame throughout Canada through then-influential Toronto metal mag M.E.A.T. and to a lesser extent U.S. mag Metal Edge during the very late '80s and very early '90s. These mags were street/fan based, and especially in M.E.A.T.'s case, livened up a Toronto metal club scene. Slik Toxik won a record contract with Capitol Records as a result and became a big band nationally with their first full-length release, Doin' The Nasty.

How it all began: Nick Walsh and former bass player Dave Mercel played in a band called Virgin Angel in 1986. They left that band and moved to a band called Portrait. That band had personnel changes and added Rob Bruce and Kevin Gale. Pat Howarth then replaced Mercel, who remained as a lyricist only. With Alex Munro on drums, the band renamed themselves Slix Toxik.

After being spotted opening for Succsexx at a Toronto club, they were signed to a management deal. A demo was produced by Bob Potter (Scorpions) and shopped to the major labels. Capitol bit in 1991 and an EP, Smooth And Deadly, was released.

This was followed by Doin' The Nasty which exploded with four successful singles including Muchmusic fave "White Lies/Black Truth." The album reached gold status in Canada. Neal Busby replaced Munro in time for the album's recording.

The video for "Helluvatime" won the People's Choice Award for Best Video Of The Year and Best Metal Video Award at the 1992 Muchmusic Video Awards. They were the last act ever to play Toronto's famed Rock & Roll Heaven club before it closed.

However, grunge began to set in around this time. By 1994, an intoxicated Howarth had smashed a limousine at the 1994 post-Juno Awards party. These occurances caused EMI (Capitol parent) label execs to get a bit of a case of cold feet and subsequently request the band be moved to one of their subsidary labels. Slik Toxik balked and chose to leave the label instead.

Going alone, and with new bassist Adam Headland to replace the now-kicked out Howarth, Slik Toxik failed to make much of an impression with their independently-released second album Irrelevant on Strawberry Records. (The tour to support that album was when the above pic was taken.) The album wasn't memorable and the world had gone grunge and alternative. The band folded.

Since then, Walsh and Bruce have been playing in Raised On Mars. Busby became a drum teacher.

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