Following the demise of Max Webster, Terry Watkinson chose to get out of the mainstream for awhile, then toured with BB Gabor and Klaatu, while McCracken toured with Wrabit and also spent some time in Klaatu for a couple of years. They hooked up again in late 1982 with Gerald O’Brien and formed Expresso, an all-electronics theesome.
O’Brien had also previously worked with Klaatu and BB Gabor, and had fronted his own group, Nightwinds. He also had gained a reputation as one of Canada’s top writers, having penned songs for the likes of Loverboy, Glass Tiger, Amanda Marshall, Manhattan Transfer, and Hall & Oates, among others. He’d also written for a number of TV shows, including “Entertainment Tonight” and “Baywatch Nights.”
With O’Brien and Watkinson handling keyboards and McCracken taking up the electronic drums, they wrote and recorded some all-instrumental material and performed a few shows around Ontario, including a couple of stints at the El Mocambo. A deal with Capitol Records was struck, but fell through in the end, meaning some tapes they’d done up were never released.
After a year or so, all three members eventually went back to doing their own individual projects. McCracken and Watkinson even rejoined the Max Webster cast in the late ’90s for a series of shows.