Lowest Of The Low inducted into indie rock hall of fame

Most of the headlines about the early ’90s alt-rock explosion splashed names such as Nirvana and Pearl Jam across magazine covers and newspaper pages.

But the groundswell of support for The Lowest Of The Low and the Toronto group’s rise into Canadian indie rock prominence deserves to be part of that story as well.

“It’s such a strange story really because I think for the people that bothered to get to know us, we really resonated with them somehow,” co-founding guitarist and songwriter Stephen Stanley told Metro recently.


With the release of the band’s first album Shakespeare My Butt... in 1991, the band presented a unique blend of punk energy and folk ethos that seemed to bring together fans from both those camps and connected with many others as well. That connection has endured long enough to see The Lowest Of The Low inducted into the Indies Hall of Fame as part of the eighth annual Independent Music Awards, which helps wrap up Canadian Music Week Saturday at the Fairmont Royal York.

Even with the band’s breakup and six-year hiatus following the 1994 release of Hallucigenia, a constant interest in the Low led to a pair of reunion tours, 2002’s live album Nothing Short Of A Bullet, 2004’s comeback album Sordid Fiction and, more recently, a gold record certification for sales of more than 50,000 for Shakespeare My Butt…

Stanley said the band is quick to credit local radio station CFNY, and in particular on-air host Dave Bookman, whom he noted “over the years has undoubtedly been our biggest supporter.”

Despite receiving numerous industry awards, Stanley said the band members are sticking with their decision to retire The Lowest Of The Low forever, noting “our best accomplishment was to put the band back together and burying all the ridiculous things that got in the way the first time around and realizing we are all friends.”

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