[From Wikipedia] Joseph Kim Mitchell (born July 10, 1952 in Sarnia, Ontario) is a Canadian musician. He was the lead singer and guitarist for the band Max Webster before going on to lead a solo career. He is currently a radio show host for CILQ-FM (Q107) in Toronto. Mitchell attended St. Clair Secondary School in Sarnia.
During the 1970s, Mitchell began playing with local bands in Sarnia. After going through a few name changes with essentially the same band, Mitchell and “Zooom” headed for Toronto, Ontario. Zooom eventually dissolved, with Mitchell traveling to the Greek islands. On his return to Canada, he formed the band Max Webster with fellow Sarnia native Pye Dubois. Max Webster toured extensively and built a string of hits. Mitchell’s solo career began after his departure from Max Webster, with session work and a succession of solo albums.
A new sound was road-tested on the club circuit and recorded on his 1982 self-titled mini-album. Songs such as Chain of Events featured Mitchell’s lead vocal and guitar and Dubois’ suburban story-telling, anchored by the visceral drum/bass combination of Paul DeLong and Robert Sinclair Wilson. Peter Fredette added vocal and guitar counterpoint.
In early 1985, the song “Go For Soda” from the Akimbo Alogo album became an international hit and remains his best known song outside of his native Canada. The song was also featured in the opening scene of the 1985 Miami Vice episode Buddies. It was popularized in a series of television commercials for the soft drink Mr. Pibb. More recently, that ad campaign was lampooned by American Dad, in the episode A.T. the Abusive Terrestrial. The song was later used by Trailer Park Boys in the episode “We Can’t Call People Without Wings Angels So We Call Them Friends”. His most successful Canadian album was the follow-up, 1986’s Shakin’ Like a Human Being, featuring the hits “Alana Loves Me”, “Easy to Tame”, and the biggest hit of his career, “Patio Lanterns”.
In 1992, Mitchell played guitar on the track “Brave and Crazy” from Tom Cochrane’s album Mad Mad World. In that same year he also made a cameo appearance (as himself) on the third season finale of the popular Canadian sketch program The Kids in the Hall. In 2004, Mitchell entered the radio broadcasting industry, becoming an afternoon drivetime host on Toronto classic rock radio station Q107 (CILQ-FM). He also opened for Def Leppard at the Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto on July 16, 2007. His eighth studio album, entitled “Ain’t Life Amazing” was released on July 17, 2007.
In 2006, Mitchell provided a guitar solo on the song “Wind It Up” from the Barenaked Ladies’ album Barenaked Ladies Are Me.
The Kim Mitchell Band features his longtime musical partner of 26 years Peter Fredette on bass and vocals (originally 2nd guitar and keyboards) with Chris Sutherland on drums and vocals, and Ray Coburn on keyboards.
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