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The Government (punk, experimental)

The Government were a slightly quirky new wave outfit leaning on the art punk side became legendary on the Toronto Queen Street club circuit playing such venues as The Crash And Burn, The Edge, Larry's Hideaway and The Beverley Tavern and art venues such as the Music Gallery. The "Electric Eye" album was one such performance recorded at the Music Gallery as the soundtrack to a full-length video production. The album is a testament to the live incorporated performance of the video's audio track. Drummer Billy Bryans replaced Ed Boyd and recorded "How Many Fingers?" with The Government before going on perform in Mama Quilla II, The Parachute Club and other Toronto acts.

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Electric Eye - 1979


A1 Greetings From The Gutter (Reprise)                      A2 Letter To Craig

A3 It Must Be God/Downtown                                       A4 I Only Drive My Car

A5 Fumigators                                                               A6 On The Prowl

B1 I Don't Really Care                                                   B2 Following You

B3 On The Prowl (Reprise)                                           B4 I Feel Like A Beer

B5 I'm Somebody                                                          B6 Gunshot Wound

B7 Following You (Reprise)                                           B8 It Must Be God (Reprise)

B9 Loading Of Gun͵Shootout And Escape                    B10 Parking Ticket

B11 Greetings From The Gutter (Reprise)

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A1 Real Computer 3:09                                                A2 Basic Motel 2:13

A3 Acute Angle 1:38                                                     A4 Complications 3:08

A5 None Of The Above 3:08                                         A6 White 2:43

A7Nippon Gakki 2:29                                                   B1 Information 2:58

B2 Exit Line 2:16                                                          B3 Telephobia 1:53

B4 I Can't Swim 2:18                                                   B5 Fire Escape 3:44

B6 Jackboots 3:41                                                       B7 Thursday 1:44

Guest List - 1980

Government - How Many Fingers (EP) - 198

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A1 How Many Fingers? 7:17

B1 Plaza Del Pimps 3:07

B2 Portrait 2:34

B3 Paranoid Downtown Funk Pt.2 2:43

How Many Fingers? (EP) - 1981