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It goes like this: millions of records, a couple dozen hits, sold-out shows across Canada, a Juno Award (Canada's Grammy) for Band of the Year. 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 2009, Peter Assaff of The Northern Light hailed Trooper's Ra McGuire and Brian Smith as "the Canadian version of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards" and Joel Rubinoff of The Record wrote, " ... this frolicking, rollicking showcase for McGuire's soaring pop melodies and whimsical wordplay is arguably one of the biggest Canadian bands of all time."

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."

"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." In 2009 Bob Mersereau, author of The Top 100 Canadian Albums wrote, "Since it came out in 1979, 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 timeless.

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.

Band Members

Current members

  • Ra McGuire - vocals, harmonica
  • Brian Smith - guitar
  • Gogo - keyboards
  • Scott Brown - bass
  • Clayton Hill - drums

 

Former members

  • Tommy Stewart - drums
  • Harry Kalensky - bass
  • Frank Ludwig - keyboards
  • Doni Underhill - bass
  • Rob Deans - keyboards
  • Marc LaFrance - drums
  • Ronnie Baran - drums
  • John Dryden - bass
  • Richard Sera - keyboards
  • Aaron Anderson - drums
  • Blaine Smith - keyboards
  • Larry Church - bass
  • Mike Schmidt - drums
  • John Stoltz - drums
  • Tony Ferraro - drums
  • Timothy B. Hewitt - bass
  • Lance Chalmers - drums
  • Frankie Baker - drums

Studio albums

Title   Track Listings

Trooper

  • Release date: July 1, 1975
  • Genre Rock, hard rock
  • Length 33:54
  • Label MCA (LEGEND)
  • Producer Randy Bachman

 

  1. "I'm in Trouble Again"
  2. "General Hand Grenade"
  3. "All of the Time"
  4. "Eddy Takes it Easy"
  5. "Roller Rink"
  6. "Baby Woncha Please Come Home"
  7. "Love of My Life"
  8. "Don't Stop Now"

Two for the Show

  • Release date: June 26, 1976
  • Genre Rock, hard rock
  • Label MCA
  • Producer Randy Bachman

 

  1. "Two for the Show" (McGuire) – 4.28
  2. "Gypsy Wheeler" – 3.28
  3. "Santa Maria" – 2.56
  4. "Loretta" – 3.26
  5. "The Boys in the Bright White Sports Car" – 2.59
  6. "Ready" – 3.26
  7. "Whatcha Gonna Do About Me" – 3.28
  8. "Miss You Already" – 4.44
  9. "What's Gonna Happen Now" – 5.27

Knock 'Em Dead Kid

  • Release date: June 8, 1977
  • Genre Rock, hard rock
  • Label MCA
  • Producer Randy Bachman

 

  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"
  6. "Oh, Pretty Lady"
  7. "Cold Cold Toronto"
  8. "(It's Been a) Long Time"

Thick as Thieves

  • Release date: June 19, 1978
  • Genre Rock, hard rock
  • Label MCA
  • Producer Randy Bachman

 

  1. "Live From the Moon"
  2. "No Fun Being Alone"
  3. "Round Round We Go" (written and sung by Frank Ludwig)
  4. "Drivin Crazy"
  5. "Roll With It"
  6. "Say Goodnight"
  7. "The Moment That It Takes" (written by Stewart and Underhill and sung by Frank Ludwig)
  8. "One Good Reason"
  9. "Gambler"
  10. "Raise a Little Hell"

Flying Colors

  • Release date: September 4, 1979
  • Genre Rock, hard rock
  • Length 41:38
  • Label MCA
  • Producer Howard Steele

 

  1. "3 Dressed Up as a 9"
  2. "All Day and All of the Night"
  3. "Go Ahead and Sue Me"
  4. "Quiet Desperation"
  5. "She's So Sweet"
  6. "Mr Big"
  7. "Janine"
  8. "Back to You"
  9. "Good Clean Fun"
  10. "Drive Away"

Untitled

  • Release date: October 4, 1980
  • Genre Rock, hard rock
  • Label MCA
  • Producer Howard Steele

 

  1. "Don't Feel Like Dancing"
  2. "Are You Still My Baby"
  3. "I Don't Wanna Be Here"
  4. "Volunteer Victims"
  5. "Dump That Creep"
  6. "Laura"
  7. "If I Never See Your Face Again"
  8. "Real Canadians"
  9. "Legend"

Money Talks

  • Release date: April 1, 1982
  • Genre Rock, hard rock
  • Label RCA
  • Producer Mike Flicker

 

  1. "Money Talks"
  2. "Only a Fool"
  3. "This Must be the Place"
  4. "Lookin for Trouble"
  5. "Ready for the Nite"
  6. "Everything You Want"
  7. "Could've Been Me"
  8. "Any Minute Now"
  9. "It Comes And It Goes"
  10. "Dig a Little Deeper"

The Last of the Gypsies

  • Release date: May 29, 1989
  • Genre Rock, hard rock
  • Label Great Pacific Records
  • Producer McGuire, Smith

 

  1. "Workin Like a Dog"
  2. "Thin White Line" (McGuire)
  3. "The Girl Don't Know"
  4. "The Real World"
  5. "Don't Like Being Told What to Do"
  6. "Boy With a Beat"
  7. "The Best Way to Hold a Man"
  8. "$100,000.00"
  9. "Ain't Gonna Swallow My Pride"
  10. "The Last of the Gypsies"

Ten

  • Release date: June 5, 1991
  • Genre Rock, hard rock
  • Label Great Pacific Records
  • Producer McGuire-Smith

 

  1. "American Dream"
  2. "Too Much Too Easy"
  3. "Simple Thing"
  4. "Kids in Love"
  5. "What Day is This?"
  6. "Don't Let Nothin' Bring You Down"
  7. "True Love"
  8. "Fight for Freedom"
  9. "Stop Thinkin'"
  10. "What the Hell's Going On?"

Singles

Year Single Album
1975 "Baby Woncha Please Come Home" Trooper
1976 "General Hand Grenade"
"Two For the Show" Two For the Show
"Santa Maria"
1977 "We're Here For A Good Time (Not a Long Time)" Knock 'Em Dead Kid
1978 "Oh, Pretty Lady"
"Raise a Little Hell" Thick As Thieves
"Round Round We Go"
1979 "The Moment That it Takes"
"The Boys in the Bright White Sports Car" Hot Shots
"3 Dressed Up As 9" Flying Colors
1980 "Janine"
"Good Clean Fun"
"Real Canadians" Untitled
1980 "Are You Still My Baby"
"Laura"
1982 "Only a Fool" Money Talks
"Money Talks"
"Ready for the Nite"
"Could've Been Me"
1989 "Boy With A Beat" The Last of the Gypsies
"The Best Way (to Hold A Man)"
1991 "American Dream" Ten