Helix sticks up for Rob Ford in animated rock video | canada.com

Helix sticks up for Rob Ford in animated rock video

'Champagne Communist' skewers women HYPOCRITES (sic.) who oppose Toronto's rollback viceroy

Helix tribute to Rob Ford: \'Champagne Communist\'
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Marc Weisblott


Published: July 29, 2013, 6:30 pm

Helix, the heavy metal band from Kitchener, Ont. best known for its string of hits during the 1980s including “Rock You,” included a relatively new tune called “Champagne Communist” on its Best of 1983-2012 package after it first appeared on the mini-album Skin in the Game.



But now, the computer animated video produced for the whimsical song — courtesy of former Helix guitarist Brent Doerner – has emerged as the most elaborate of the musical efforts produced in the aftermath of the springtime trials and tribulations of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.

Lampooned in the clip are three women who have opposed Ford Nation in various ways: City Councillor Karen Stintz, former mayoral candidate Sarah Thomson and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.

Brian Vollmer, the lead singer of Helix since the formation of the band in 1974, explained the origins of the song to Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles:

“I got the chorus from Sue-Ann Levy’s column in the Toronto Sun. Sue-Ann has been a crusader for fiscal responsibility in Toronto for many years, having first written about Toronto’s dysfunctional city hall and now as a reporter at Queen’s Park detailing all the scandals of the present Liberal government.”

A disclaimer at the end of the video indicates that the views expressed are Vollmer’s own and not necessarily those of his Helix bandmates.

Earlier this month, Ford Nation was supplied with a retro hard rock anthem by Toronto singer Jenny James, whose video for “Mayor Ford (The World Will Remember)” preceded her appearance at the first-ever Ford Fest in Scarborough.






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