Q. This band had a hit in 1986 with “Love is Fire”. It featured vocals by John Oates of Hall & Oates. What was the name of the band?
A. The Parachute Club was a Canadian band formed in Toronto in 1982. They released three top 40 hits in Canada between 1983 and 1987, including “Rise Up”,””At the Feet of the Moon” and “Love Is Fire” (which featured guest duet vocals from John Oates). The band was well known for being one of the first mainstream pop acts in Canada to integrate world music influences, particularly Caribbean styles such as reggae and soca, into their sound.
In 1998, the Parachute Club song “Rise Up” was licensed by EMI Music Canada to McCain Foods Limited for a television commercial for self-rising pizza dough. Members of Parachute Club publicly opposed this commercial use of the song. In a news release issued at the commencement of litigation, band members stated that “(a)s a result of its use on the ad…the song, the people who believe in it and the reputation of its creators have suffered damage within the sphere of public credibility and our personal reputations.” The action was settled before trial, with the result that band members were able to recover from EMI Music Canada all of the band members’ music publishing rights.
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