24 Hour Cardlock - Official Site

24 Hour Cardlock - The long Story

Fueled as much by fan demand and fiscal expediancies as diesel fuel and methamphetamines, the on-again, off-again, 24 year history of 24 Hour Cardlock reads like an episode of Movin' On based loosely on the New Testament.

Early Days

Formed in 1984 by Dougie "Kenneth" Worth and Orest "Steamy" Pileschuk, 24 Hour Cardlock was as much an excuse to slack off work as it was about playing music. The "band" was originally made up of Kenneth and Steamy, both 19 at the time, and their Finning co-workers Danny Wilkes and Ryan "Coke" Snatynchuk.

Kenneth and Steamy originally played as a duo for a couple of weeks, but soon realized their limiations: Kenneth could play rhythm guitar, and Steamy could keep a beat on drums "as long as I could start the song, and nothing changed too much". Neither could sing while playing their instrument.

Kenneth put up a sign in the lunchroom for other band members. At the next rehearsal they were joined by Danny Wilkes on upright bass and Ryan "Coke" Snatynchuk on guitar. Both men sang. And they sang only country songs, mostly about trucks.

By the Christmas party, Kenneth and Steamy had learned the songs. The party was a huge success--too large a success, as it turned out. Kenneth ended up in the broom closet with the woman from HR in between the first and second sets. He also ended up in the freight elevator with a woman from Finning's accounting department between the second and third sets, and went home with a woman from radiator core repair. Unfortunately, not everyone was as enthusiastic about Kenneth's newfound success. Kenneth's next paycheque was for a mere $69.69. When Kenneth confronted the accounting department with the error, he was sent to HR, where he was handed a pink slip and fired on the spot. On the way home, the engine of his car overheated and seized. His radiator had been filled with cow droppings.

Kenneth took his firing as a sign that he was meant to pursue a career in music, so he immediately applied for and got a job at the Husky Car/Truck Stop. It was from this job that the band's name was coined.

Somehow, he also managed to get the band a gig at a local hall party. The rest of the bill consisted of punk bands, but despite this, Cardlock was a hit.

Getting Big by Thinking Small
From that point on, the band went from strength to strength. At their third gig, they were approached by Greg Danyluk, a local management representative for Toronto's Ironic Name Management Group. INMG had originally opened in Edmonton to support their Western Canada marketing campaign for St. Hubert's Barbecue, and were locked into a further 11 1/2 months of their office lease after the campaign fizzled. They redirected their efforts to the music industry, first attempting to find "the next Goddo," then concentrating on managing instrument endorsement deals for The Spoons. It was at this point that Danyluk began developing his revolutionary "Micro-management" theory.

...to be continued...