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Knock ‘Em Dead, Kid is the third album by Canadian rock band Trooper, released in 1977. The album was produced by Randy Bachman of Bachman-Turner Overdrive and The Guess Who fame. Bassist Harry Kalensky was replaced by Doni Underhill prior to the recording this album, which was the group first Canadian platinum certified album. The album contained the hits “”We’re Here for a Good Time (not a long time)”” and “”Oh, Pretty Lady””.
Strong harmonies and a frolicking musical outcrop make Knock ‘Em Dead Kid one of Trooper best works, giving way to three solid singles and helping them become an important musical icon in their homeland of Canada.
A blend of both amusing and subtle music. “”We’re Here for a Good Time”” is a peppy, party-all-night kind of tune, while “”Oh, Pretty Lady”” is a truly tasteful ode. “”It Been a Long Time”” is a mild but honest rock song that drifts along wonderfully.
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1 “”Knock ‘Em Dead Kid””
2 “”Waiting on Your Love!””
3 “”Most of the Country””
4 “”You Look So Good””
5 “We’re Here for a Good Time””
Lead Singer/Songwriter for Trooper Ra McGuire, talks about how the band’s driver came up with the name of the song, how they recorded the song and lastly how Michael Bublé almost recorded a cover of the song!
6″”Oh, Pretty Lady””
7″”Cold Cold Toronto””
8″”(It Been a) Long Time””
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Rock
One of the 3 greatest albums Trooper ever recorded (along with “”Two for the show””, and “”Thick as thieves””). Great AOR (“”We’re here for a good time””) balanced with touching ballads (“”Pretty lady””), a soundtrack to my youth! A classic album from a legendary band!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine third effort from classic Canuck pop rockers
Trooper was one of Canada best 1970s pop rockers. From 1975 to ’80, the Vancouver quintet produced five albums and a dozen top 20 hits. And they’re still around, with founders Ra McGuire (vocals, harmonica) and Brian Smith (guitar/vocals) still touring around the country.
Knock ‘Em Dead Kid, the third of four albums produced by Guess Who/BTO founder Randy Bachman — a big influence on the band sound — has the usual mix of rockers (the title track), unforgettable pop classics (We’re Here For A Good Time) and ballads (Oh Pretty Lady). Hook laden, well arranged, they show a band at the top of its form even as it debuted a new bass player (Doni Underhill).
5.0 out of 5 stars Most consistent effort since the debut
this one (I think the first one without founding bassist Harry Kalensky) provides some very solid, very tasteful and genuine non-hit material: the lead (and title) track, as well as “”Cold, Cold Toronto”” provide the strongest examples.
The early Trooper releases not only bore Randy Bachman production signature, they also featured him in more than a few solo/leads on guitar. See if you can spot the Bachman!
This record represents the peak of the synergy between Trooper and their producer, and stands well on its own as an example of good, solid late 70 CanCon.
5.0 out of 5 stars Go Trooper! We’re all Vol!!
I am a big trooper fan. He puts on a show that quite frankly leaves you without an emotion. You want to clap, but you can’t get your hands to work. The only emotion that really fits a trooper show is singing the greatest song ever recorded, “”Rocky Top””. How much do I love Tennessee football you ask? I have painted every square inch of my home orange including my legs. The color orange rules because I can go hunting in the morning, work my road crew job in the afternoons and go to a Vol game at night! Whoo hoo, good ‘ol rocky top, rocky top Tennuhseeee! That right there felt better than sex. You what else is better? A chest bump from Trooper. He a crazy kook that acts like a cheerleader, but he actually a coach. When trooper puts on a show, Every blue chip player in America becomes a silent commit to the vols. They’re ALL VOL!!!! Whooooooo!!! How do I know this? I just do, trust my sources. One night we were all out in the boro and Trooper comes walking into hooters and Jamie and Chris run up to chest bump Trooper. They kept chesting bumping each other singing rocky top for 2 hours while J Abs and I took home a couple waitresses. You need this album, it Rocky tops!!”
It goes like this: millions of records, a couple dozen hits, a Juno Award (Canada’s Grammy) for Band of the Year and ongoing sold-out shows across Canada. Universal Music acknowledges them as “one of Canada’s top five selling bands of all time” and the Vancouver Sun has called them “Canadian rock heroes of the first order … the best performing band in Canada”. In 2023 they were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
Then, as now, what makes Trooper what they are is great performances and great pop songwriting.
Trooper’s ten studio albums have earned multiple gold and platinum awards and their 6 X Platinum greatest hits, Hot Shots, continues to be one of Universal Music Canada’s best selling catalog CDs and one of the country’s most enduring party soundtracks. In celebration of the band’s 35th anniversary, a totally updated and re-mastered collection – “Hits From 10 Albums” – was released, featuring songs spanning the entirety of their recording career. John Kereiff, writing in Gonzo Magazine, dubbed the collection “THE summer album of 2010.”
In 2012 Trooper songwriters Ra McGuire and Brian Smith were awarded SOCAN’s prestigious ‘National Achievement Award’ to acknowledge their significant and lasting contribution to Canada’s songwriting legacy.
“We’re Here for a Good Time (Not a Long Time)”, “Raise a Little Hell”, “The Boys in the Bright White Sportscar”, “Two For the Show”, “Pretty Lady” “Good Ol’ General Hand Grenade”, “Round, Round We Go”, “Santa Maria”, “Janine” – just a few of the Trooper hits that, according to writer Ryan Sparks, “have woven their way into the fabric of this country like no other bands have been able to do. Tune into any radio station from Vancouver to St John’s and you’re bound to encounter one of their dozen hit radio anthems that are still featured in heavy rotation to this day.”
Dan Brisbois of canadianbands.com writes, “They’ve won practically every Canadian music award possible and they’ve been dubbed ‘Canada’s Greatest Party Band’ … and rightfully so.” Bob Mersereau, author of The Top 100 Canadian Albums wrote, “Trooper’s Hot Shots has been one of the biggest-selling albums in Canadian music history. It has gone six times platinum, and sells consistently, as do tickets to Trooper gigs. There are clubs and festivals across the country where the annual Trooper show is practically an official holiday.” Indeed, Trooper continues to consistently sell out shows across the country – often performing for three generations of fans – demonstrating that the band and its music remain borderless, timeless, and ageless.
It’s no exaggeration to say that Trooper has become a Canadian legend. They continue to perform their huge collection of hits with the vitality and sense of humor that has served them well on their steady march through the hills and valleys of Canadian Rock and Roll.