The Spoons Stir Old Emotions
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The Spoons Stir Old Emotions

Last night, one of Torontoist’s adolescent fantasies came true … no, not that one…we finally saw synth pop group The Spoons in concert!
After a few technical glitches onstage at the Parkdale Arts and Crafts Festival, they launched into their 1984 hit, “Tell No Lies,” a song that is almost painful to mention without blurting, “Dit dit ditditdit DIT!” The thirtysomething crowd’s inner tweens sang along, and some sang out loud to their young children, none whom seemed to be older than six.
With the current fashion copping the New Romantic style of the 80s, it will be interesting to watch how the real thing fares in the 00s. We’re even more curious about the dredging up of Old Emotions “from your living library / of things that you remember.” We have zero desire to relive those times, but the band sounded really good.
Last year, Torontoist posted The Spoons’ “Romantic Traffic” video, which was shot on Toronto’s subway system back in 1984. To my young eyes twenty-three years ago, the video glamourized public transit and, along with a few ROM ad-campaigns, is likely responsible for my relocation to this city. Last month, the The Spoons were interviewed by Harrison Jordan, who revisited the video’s TTC sites with members of the band. The interview, spliced with images from the original video, is forthcoming.
The Spoons have a new/old CD, Unexpected Guest At A Cancelled Party, of previously unreleased material from 1982 to 1985. Their website says that the lost album “should have come out between TalkBack and Bridges Over Borders. Oh well, better late than never.”
Photographs of The Spoons by Sharon Harris.