Putting to rest any doubt of the impact “Beachcombers” has had on Canadian culture, Bruno Gerussi’s Medallion was formed in Vancouver in the mid 1990s by frontman Tom Harrison, his brother Don and Ron Hyslop on guitars, Jim Elliott on bass, and drummer Mike Schmidt.
Tom Harrison was also hosting a North Vancouver community cable TV show at the time called “Soundproof,” which was in the vein of “Wayne’s World”, except it featured punk music. The band played
They recruited Trooper‘s Ra McGuire as producer and booked time at Blue Wave, Bullfrog, and Ocean Studios in Vancouver over the next several months to cut some tapes. Don Harrison left to form Sons of Freedom, and was replaced by Jimmy Walker (ex of ????), and Schmidt was replaced on drums by Bruce Faulkner.
In 2001, “Faith In The Season,” a song that was initially recorded for a BMG holiday album a decade earlier, appeared on Bullseye Records’ compilation, TAKIN’ CARE OF CHRISTMAS.
Recording information: Blue Wave; Bullfrog; Ocean; Profile. Photographer: James OMara. Personnel: Tom Harrison (vocals, percussion, background vocals); Jimmy Walker (guitar, E-bow, keyboards, background vocals); Don Harrison (guitar, background vocals); Ron Scott (guitar); Mike Schmidt (drums). Audio Remixer: Joel Van Dyke. Tom, Ron & Mike were already in a band called Little Games previously known as Bruno Gerussi’s Medallion). Keyboardist Tracy Marks is recruited at a party (he was the caterer) and a CD is recorded shortly thereafter. Coffee, Jazz and Poetry is taped completely live in front of a drunken studio audience Im known as a writer, but writing your own bio is tough..It might be the toughest assignment I ever had. But Ive done it before. The key is to keep it brief and always ask yourself, how much does anyone need to know? This being a webpage, Ill expand a little but not much. A faulty memory might be a blessing in this case. I was born in St. Boniface, a French-Canadian speaking city within Winnipeg. I was the eldest of five kids Betty, Bill, Gary and Don following me. My parents constantly were broke, which might account for my fathers many different jobs and my mother bucking 50s social convention and going to work. We knew hardships, then, but nothing disastrous. We lived in Winnipeg, Edmonton, Winnipeg again and finally North Vancouver. The idea to move to North Vancouver was to start over and be near the other Harrisons, whod moved from Winnipeg years before. At first we were outcasts within the large family five uncles and an aunt because of our poverty and my parents evident liberal attitude toward bringing us up. Over the years, my brothers and sister have triumphed in their own way. Gradually we rebuilt and by the early 70s I was enthralled by music, collecting records and listening to the radio constantly. North Vancouver also seemed really hip, although there was nothing to do. At high school, I discovered that I had a talent for writing and enjoyed it. Later on, I became the music director at the University of British Columbias campus radio station, which then was known as CYVR. The station was feeble but it put me in contact with record label representatives. Simultaneously, I still was consuming music voraciously and reading about it. One Toronto-based music monthly, Beetle, had a reviewer that aggravated me so much I wrote a letter of complaint. Immediately, I was remorseful and sent the editor a few of my own reviews to show that I was prepared to put up or shut up. He wrote back, saying, these are good. He wanted more and asked if I was in a position to do interviews. As CYVRs music director I was. I think my first published review was of a Magma album. My friends threw a party and I was called an international jet-setting rock critic. Not quite. Beetle folded in 1975 and I was hired by the Georgia Straight to fill a hole created by Bob Geldof. In 18 months in Vancouver, Geldof had increased the Strraights music coverage significantly but he was going back to Ireland, muttering something about forming a rock band, which eventually became The Boomtown Rats . In four years at the Straight, I increased the music coverage even more, freelanced on the side, and took up drums. As a novice drummer, I pounded for The Explosions, the Straights house band. We issued a single and opened for Talking Heads at the Commodore the day Keith Moon of The Who died, September 7, 1978. At the height of punk rock hysteria in Vancouver in mid-79s, I was taken on by The Province newspaper. My punk rock sympathies resulted in a few unpopular reviews but Ive persevered to the point where I am now an elder statesman, which I find both inevitable and ironic. I continued to drum with a band of North Van friends, the Potatoes, with whom I learned I could sing. I got married, to Kerry, in London, England in 1983. Kerry, who also worked at The Province, and I took a leave of absence for six months. When we got back to Vancouver, I became the singer for a band called Bruno Gerussis Medallion. We signed to Warner Bros. Canada in 1989, released an album, In Search Of The Fourth Chord, toured a bit, and enjoyed a little notoriety. During this time, I hosted or co-hosted a cablevision TV show, Soundproof, which played videos and featured a slew of local bands. I also helmed Demolisten, which for two hours each week played demo tapes and eventually Cds of local bands on CFOX. This developed into the annual Seeds competition, but I was long gone. Bruno Gerussis Medallion changed its name to Little Games and released an album, Guitar Damage. It was poorly promoted (by us) and didnt sell. Too bad, its a good record, Later, I made a solo album, Five Guardian Generals, that is unreleased. Too bad, its a good album. Bruno Gerussis Medallion reunited for one night in October 1998 and recorded a live album. Not many were pressed. Too bad, its a good album. I had a stroke in 2000. Thats a long story in its own right. I went back to work a year later and eventually joined another band, Lumpy. We made an album, my first of the era of downloading, MySpace, CD Baby and You Tube. Its a good album. My father died in 1994 of cancer. My mother died in 2005 of a heart attack. My sister died of cancer in 2009. It sometimes is strange to realize youre the oldest living Harrison. Any questions? Around the same time, Jimmy Walker joined (Tom Harrisons) Bruno Gerussis Medallion, first as bass guitarist, then as lead guitarist when Toms brother Don left to form Sons of Freedom. BGM put out two records, the first with WEA Canada (on CD and Vinyl LP & 45) and the second under the new name Little Games (which was originally released in Germany on Bellaphone Records finally a Beatles connection! Check out Beatles Live at the Star Club its on Bellaphone!). The Little Games Guitar Damage CD featured the song Faith In The Season which was one of CBCs David Wisdoms favourite Christmas songs and is still being played on the radio every holiday season to this day. BGM also opened up for some legendary acts DOA, Art Bergman, Prism, Trooper, Odds, Katrina & The Waves, NRBQ, Savoy Brown, Los Lobos and Nazareth to name a few, and recorded a video for MuchMusic, and a Molson Canadian Rocks segment for CFOX radio. One of the bands high points was being invited to play at The Beachcombers TV wrap party in Gibsons BC. Bruno himself became a full fledged member and sang with BGM that night and stole the show, and it was all captured on video by CBC a night to remember! He even told Jay Leno on the Tonight Show, when asked how popular he was in Canada, that he was so popular back home that he had a band named after him! A few nights opening for the Tragically Hip in Edmonton and Calgary and a successful tour back east in Ontario and Quebec introduced BGM to many new fans. A few years back they recorded a live album at Vancouvers (sorely missed) Press Club. The band has never officially broken up, so who knows what the future holds for Bruno Gerussis Medallion. In the early90s Jimmy joined the Rockolas on lead guitar, with (future BobCat) Bob White on bass/vocals and the lovely Mary Orban on vocals/percussion. They played around Vancouver in various pubs, Royal Canadian Legions, and Army/Navy and Eagles clubs (if you see Mary, ask her about Whole Lotta Boots Breakdown. Led Zep meets Nancy Sinatra in a Legion!). One Friday evening years later Bob was doing a single at a local West End pub, the Dover Arms, and Jimmy and Danny dropped by to sit in (and Jimmy to show off his brand new Hofner Cavern Beatle Bass guitar). The rest is, well you know . . . Bruno Gerussis Medallion (featuring Georgia Straight journalist Tom Harrison) In Search Of The Fourth Chord album for sale by Bruno Gerussi’s Medallion was released Jan 04, 2005 on the Bullseye label. Recording information: Blue Wave; Bullfrog; Ocean; Profile. In Search Of The Fourth Chord buy CD music Photographer: James OMara. In Search Of The Fourth Chord songs Personnel: Tom Harrison (vocals, percussion, background vocals); Jimmy Walker (guitar, E-bow, keyboards, background vocals); Don Harrison (guitar, background vocals); Ron Scott (guitar); Mike Schmidt (drums). Audio Remixer: Joel Van Dyke. Têtu Les 15 Ans = All the Things She Said [Extension 119 Club Edit] Bruno Gerussi’s Medallion / t.A.T.u.
IN SEARCH OF THE LOST CHORD (1989)
Who’s Behind the Wheel
I Wish I Was Your Mother
One That Got Away
One Heart Beating
Get Up and Get Out
Tell Me What You Found
You Told Lies
I Just Can’t Find It Today
Who Called It Love
End Of The Rainbow