unknown song comments

Date Added: 11/25/2002
Added By: Zack
Identified: Yes!   

From Zack, 11/25/2002 11:30:55 PM:

I vaguely remember a song/music video rarely seen/heard in ages, but I can't remember the song name or artist, and I'm totally sure someone here will know it!

Probably from around early to mid 80's? Had some radio play, more than the video play (yes, a video exists seen on MM!) and heard only/exclusively on 102.1? (At least that I know of, since there were no other radio stations that I would tune in!)

It seemed to be a favourite of the afternoon DJ at that time, James Scott, who if I recall had a penchant for plaid shirts? (Maybe he somehow related to the song or artist by playing it often?, ...which had nothing to do with plaid shirts!?!)

Possibly a Canadian artist? Name may have James in it?

The song had lyrics about why "Little boys cry" Not heavy rock more like easy listening, laid back music, alternative at the time?. The video had a little boy and his father, the father leaves, dies? but leaves behind a harmonica? on an empty swing, the boy in an upstairs window sees

From Zack, 11/25/2002 11:38:26 PM:

The song had lyrics about why "Little boys cry" Not heavy rock more like easy listening, laid back music, alternative at the time?. The video had a little boy and his father, the father leaves, dies? but leaves behind a harmonica? on an empty swing, the boy in an upstairs window sees father disappear/leave, comes outside to the swing to find the harmonica. Kind of a sad type of song, but still emotional.

Ring a bell? Anybody know it, remember it?


From Dave Myrvold, 11/26/2002 5:30:15 AM:

Artist - Lamarche (Canadian) Title - Innocent Little Boys Cry

From Zack, 11/26/2002 8:00:22 PM:

Thanks Dave!

From Zack, 11/26/2002 8:10:22 PM:

Dave you must have a great memory! With your info I looked around the net and found very little on Jim Lamarche, no web page, no music notes, not even a mention on Canoe's Canadian Music Encyclopedia! What gives? At least I'll now be able to request the song and video to get some airplay more often.
Thanks again, this web site's great!

From Gina, 11/27/2002 10:26:43 AM:

I have had that song on tape (from the radio) for years. "Ripples on the water, over and under..." Never knew who the artist was until now. Now I can fill in the blank.

From Dave Myrvold, 11/27/2002 5:40:13 PM:

Some added info. on Jim Lamarche. The album was called "Searching For The Sunrise" on A&M Records 1985. Innocent Little Boys Cry was also on a promo 12" single. The versions are the same on both. Jim had a studio called Lamouche Music Productions 58 Phoebe St., Toronto. The video was shot at the Lamarche family farmhouse outside Woodstock, Ontario. That info I have from an A&M bio. You should be able to find this song.

From Zack, 11/28/2002 1:21:40 AM:

Thanks again Dave:

Searching the web, I found that Jim Lamarche is currently working for the CBC in Toronto and also produces/engineers in the music industry. I was also able to find an email address for him. Other than that, not much else is available online, so thanks again for that extra info. Now, if I could only find that song online.....

From Gina, 11/29/2002 8:13:48 AM:

If only someone knew how to rip an MP3 from a tape, and clean it up, I could send a copy of the tape to someone.

From Sebastian, 11/29/2002 3:22:39 PM:

Hey, Zack.

I just searched KaZaA, #mp3albums on DALnet, a vinyl shop in PA (the-record-collector.com), and even looked for "jim lamarche" on usenet (I got a single post in alt.music.canada asking if anyone remembered him with no replies). No hits on Half.com or eBay either.

Unless Gina can manage to do a tape rip for you I'd suggest posting to a few busy 80s forums for anyone that might have it. The person who runs PureObscure.com really lives up to the site's name: he has tons of rare vinyl. Perhaps you could try asking on the board over there.

Oh! And, of course, don't forget to try the usenet groups as well. Crosspost a request to alt.binaries.sounds.mp3.requests and a.b.s.m.1980s to see if anyone might not have it. Put this in your header:

REQ: Jim Lamarche's "Innocent Little Boys Cry" (song)

Then put it whatever comments you want in the body.

I hope you find it!

- Sebastian

PS. Gina, get back to me in the thread I started, please? :)

From James, 1/23/2003 10:48:22 AM:

What a great site that I've just recently discovered! Has anyone had any luck finding Lamarche's "Innocent Little Boys Cry"? I taped a copy of the song from a friend of mine who was at Trebas Institute of Technology in Toronto in 1985 and had Jim Lamarche as a teacher (he gave out copies to his students), but have lost the tape over the years. Loved the MuchMusic video, but have been unsuccessful trying to get them to play it again. I absolutely loved the song - I still know most of the lyrics, though it's been at least 12 years since I've heard it - and would appreciate any help getting a hold of a copy. Thanks!!

From Cathy, 2/18/2003 12:20:44 PM:

I remember Jim LaMarche well. I studied at Trebas from '87 to '89. Before that he co-produced some friends indie release in Halifax, The Trees. I have a copy of his album that the above songs are mentioned on, unfortunately I left it behind in storage in B.C. when we were posted out. (military)I have a copy of the "Little Boys..." video. It's very old video tape, but still good. I'm going to be in contact soon with the former "Trees". I don't know if they stayed in touch with Jim or not to get a hold of any of his material.

From Mark, 2/21/2003 8:41:32 PM:

I was a student of Jim's at Trebas from 85-87 and became good friends and co-composer of his. I've lost track of him and was doing a search for him when I found this discussion. Could Zack post Jim's email address or send it to me at earthlingsound@hotmail.com Thx

From Zack, 3/3/2003 4:11:14 AM:

Mark, try this:



From Steve, 3/5/2003 11:36:39 PM:

Hey everyone im please to tell you all that Jim Lamarche is a teacher of mine at the present time and i will be workin on a site for him that should be up in the vary near future if you have any information or question you would like me to ask him i would be more than happy to feel free to email me your remarks and questions at s_dorego@hotmail.com and visit www.hollywoodedgeproductions.com

From Jim Lamarche, 3/22/2005 5:05:04 PM:

hi. i am here and working at the international academy of design in their sound technology program. my website is www.templemusic.ca and my email is templemusic@sympatico.ca.
thanks for the inquiry.

From Nick M., 9/21/2005 3:51:54 AM:

Jim's the best teacher I've had in a long time. He's also a hell of a guy. Check out his website above!

From Psyklist, 1/19/2011 8:41:19 PM:

The song can be heard right here on the Spirit of Radio site.

Go into the "Sounds" section, then the "Air Checks" sub-section. Do a search for "Mothers Day 1985." The song is in the "Mothers Day 1985 Part 2 of 2" aircheck MP3 and starts at the 28m40s point.

From Bobby Cleveland, 12/8/2020 3:31:48 PM:

My Brother Ben Cleveland-Hayes played drums on Jim's Searching for the sunrise LP back in Toronto!

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