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Art Bergmann

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Art Bergmann is a Canadian rock singer-songwriter, who was one of the key figures in Canadian punk rock in the late 1970s.

Bergmann was the lead singer and songwriter for Vancouver, British Columbia punk stalwarts Young Canadians. Although the Young Canadians only recorded two independent EPs and a single before breaking up, their song "Hawaii" is one of the classic Canadian punk anthems. (Although long out of print, the EPs, along with some unreleased material, were reissued in 1995 as the album No Escape.)

In the 1980s, Bergmann played with Vancouver independent bands Poisoned and Los Popularos before signing to Duke Street Records as a solo artist in 1988. He released his debut solo album, Crawl With Me, that year. 1990's Sexual Roulette became Bergmann's mainstream breakthrough, spawning the hit single "Bound for Vegas" and garnering him a deal with Polygram Records.

He followed up with a self-titled album on Polygram in 1991, again garnering significant radio airplay for the singles "Faithlessly Yours" and "Message From Paul". He moved to Sony Records for 1995's What Fresh Hell is This?, which won that year's Juno for Best Alternative Rock Album. However, his record sales, while solid, were not spectacular, and Sony dumped him.

1998's Design Flaw, released independently, was a compilation of tracks from his first three albums. Bergmann then released Vultura Freeway in 2000.

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