History Part 1
- Greg Godovitz, after years of success with the Canadian band ’Fludd’, left the band and formed his own dream version. He recruited guitarist Gino Scarpelli (Brutus) and drummer Marty Morin (Truck).
- Marty, having become a father, quit the rock’n’roll lifestyle for something more stable. Enter Doug Inglis (Powerhouse).
- With management and a record deal in place, the debut album “Goddo” was released on Polydor Records. The first single, “Under My Hat” was a radio hit.
- The second album, “Who Cares”, featured the second single, “Sweet Thing” and other Goddo classics.
- “An Act Of Goddo” – the third album, which led to the ground-breaking CITY-TV simulcast, filmed in St. Paul’s Church in Toronto.
- The band signed with Attic Records and recorded a live album, entitled “Goddo Lighve – Best Seat In The House”
- The fourth studio album, “Pretty Bad Boys”. The lead-off track, “Pretty Bad Boy”, became a certified Top-40 hit and garnered the band a 1982 Juno Award nomination for ’Band Of The Year’.
- After years of touring, the band collapsed under the weight of its own excesses and debt. A five piece reconfiguration called GODO later emerged with Godovitz leading the brigade through the mid-80s.
History Part 2
- The trio got back together and BEI/Justin Entertainment released a ’best of’ package in 1990 called “12 Gauge Goddo” to stir the pot of interest.
With the critical re-evaluation of Goddo’s historical place in the Canadian Rock pantheon, the band decided to fully reunite for 1992’s “King Of Broken Hearts” which was co-produced and mixed by legendary producer Terry Brown.
The album spawned what would be the band’s only official music video - “Was It Something I Said?” - giving Goddo recognition across Canada on Much Music and, soon, overseas through a distribution deal with Germany’s Mausoleum Records.
With the year 2000
marking Goddo’s 25th anniversary, Godovitz plotted a massive tour backed by new label Bullseye Records who re-issued the band’s first three Polydor releases and later that year a follow-up live album called “2nd Best Seat In The House”.
Godovitz would spend the following year mining the success of his autobiography, “Travels With My Amp”. The new studio album in 2004 was called “Kings Of The Stoned Age” and spawned several radio singles, including “Rock Star”.
- Bullseye Records released a collection of live rarities called “Under My Hat: Anthology Volume 1”.
- John Power of All Access Productions approached the band with the concept of making a documentary on the story of Goddo. This led to another reunion of the trio for a sold out concert at Toronto’s Sound Academy. It was a celebration of the band’s 35th anniversary and was filmed for the documentary.