The deceptively named Five Canadians weren't actually from Canada. Originally called the Hangmen, the San Antonio, Texas-based quintet was given a moniker makeover in 1966 by its raconteur manager, who not only thought the new name more exotic, but figured it would also bring the group the same Top 40 success then being enjoyed by fellow Texans the Five Americans. He was wrong. But no matter: Thanks to its initial reappearance on one of the seminal Pebbles compilations, the Five Canadians' ripper "Writing on the Wall" today ranks as one of the all-time garage punk essentials, a track covered by legions of subsequent garage bands. Just go's to show: there's more than one way to measure success.
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