Captain Crunch and Let’s Do Lunch (later shortened to Captain Crunch) formed in ’87 as a three- piece featuring George Agetees on drums, Celine Fleurquin on bass and vocals and Patricia Hineson on guitar and vocals. Michael Burns joined shortly thereafter on guitar and vocals.
The band’s sound was primarily noisy, melodic, garage pop with occasional forays into other musical zones. The attitude was one of self-deprecating humor with all members contributing to the songwriting.
During their relatively short lifespan, Captain Crunch managed to play pretty much all the Montreal live music venues of the day: Foufounes Electriques, Station 10, Poodles, Jailhouse Rock, Le Terrace, Le Tycoon, Club Decibel and even the Rising Sun. They actually got out of town a few times as well to play shows in Kingston and Toronto.
They released their only album, More Baroque Post-Industrial Hillbilly Lounge Music (OG Records) in March of ’89 to some very favorable reviews in the underground media. Long-time friend of the band Lawrence Joseph produced the album and contributed guitar on some tracks. More Baroque got fairly generous airplay on CKUT radio McGill and charted on various college radio stations across Canada as well as on 12 O’clock Rock, a 6-hour weekly program on KPFK FM in Los Angeles focusing on alternative rock. The show was hosted by, among others, Andrea Enthal who some of you folks might remember as the creator and original author of SPIN magazine’s Underground column. The Captain Crunch disc even charted on some Swedish college radio stations, the first OG band ever to do so. Go figure.
Michael Burns left the band around the time of the album’s release and various friends, including Lawrence Joseph and Michael’s brother Chris Burns, helped out on guitar chores when there were live shows to play. Eventually, the band would continue on as a 3-piece once again.
In June of ’89 Captain Crunch released a video for the tune Goes Without Saying (produced by James DiSalvio) which received airplay on both Musique Plus and MuchMusic.
The song That Tune appears on the compilation album It Came From Canada V also on OG records and released in the fall of ’89.
George Agetees left in late ’89 and Jackie Gallant joined on drums, turning Captain Crunch into an all female trio. The band called in quits sometime in 1990.
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