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The Nylons happily stretch boy-band image ; Entertaining a cappella singing still finds favour
[Ontario Edition]
Toronto Star - Toronto, Ont.
Author: Faulkner, Robert
Date: Dec 28, 2000
Start Page: 05
Section: ENTERTAINMENT
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From the beginning, it must have been tough to package The Nylons. They were formed in 1979 in the soft-core crucible of dinner theatre and small Toronto clubs, like the now-defunct Cabaret. The Nylons began selling "blue-eyed soul" when pierced punk rockers raged against harmony and decadence and, well, the dinner-theatre crowd.

The current Nylons- tenor [Claude Morrison], bass Arnold Robinson, tenor Garth Mosbaugh and baritone [Mark Cassius]- follow a long and colourful tradition of vocal music. The singers mix a cappella- technically, music with only the human voice- and sparse instrumentation to reinvent the kind of music that once ruled American pop charts.

That may be why the latest Nylons album, Fabric Of Life, re- released this year, covers a gamut of styles. The Nylons interpret George Michael and the Beatles and Hall and Oates. True a cappella diehards- or Beatles fans- might wince when they hear a Nylonicized "Let It Be" alongside a reworking of the Hall and Oates song "I Can't Go For That."

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