This week the Vault is taking a break from excerpting historic live recordings of Peterborough’s performance and art scene. Instead we present a 1993 music video made by a band for which we wish we had a live recording - The Born Again Pagans. The 6-piece Pagans had a great show, fronted by poet/singer/sax player Louis Fagan. Louis was a hugely talented writer who, among other outlets, created multi-disciplinary performances for his poetry, including one that was part of Peterborough's very first Emergency performance festival (now in its 19th year) held by Artspace in February, 1993. This February marks the 15th anniversary of Fagan’s untimely death of an accidental drug overdose in Vancouver.
Louis wrote the lyrics and guitarist Kerry Bullis the music for much of the Pagans’ original material, including Get It Right. The rest of the Pagans were Andrew Fogarasi (bass), Tim O’Dacre (guitar), John MacEwen (drums) and Tom Reader, the trombone player who was included in the video even though trombone was not part of the song.
Get It Right was filmed - yes, filmed on Super 8 colour and b&w - by Stephen Rose at Kerry Bullis’s property on Blezzard Line just north of Rice Lake near Peterborough, Ontario. (That’s his dog Podger in the film) The rehearsal space on the property (actually the drive shed) seen here was heated with a wood stove, but that didn’t stop the camera from freezing up occasionally on this bitterly cold day. Soon after it was shot the video was shown on MuchMusic’s Indie Street show in December, 1993.
There is a nice remembrance of Louis on Peter Rukavina’s web site. Go to ruk.ca/content/louis-tape