"My big goal with Strange Animal was to have a gold record", confesses
Larry Gowan. "That would have been the ultimate. I really wasn't all
that surprised that it was successful because I knew when I finished
it that people were probably going to like it. But I certainly hadn't
counted on the great success that it did have. I was pleasantly surprised,
to say the least". But then a lot of people were surprised by the success
of Strange Animal. Gowan's incredibly popular solo release from 1985
- radio programmers, record company personnel, media critics, Larry
Gowan's immediate friends and family, and about 300,000 record buyers,
turned the album into one of the most incredible success stories of
the decade in Gowan's native Canada. But, what was really so astonishing
about Strange Animal's success was not necessarily that it sold so well
- even the briefest exposure could have led to that prediction - but
that such a polished and professional piece of work could have emanated
from what to that point, had been a verturally unknown force in the
Canadian music scene.
This is really no overnight success story. It is one based in the unbeatable
combination of talent and hard work. Once Gowan pursued a solo career
with his debut album simply called Gowan in 1982, which quite frankly
failed to catch the world on fire, it's creation provided valuable learning
experiences, and if Gowan didn't make its creator a household name,
it's successor Strange Animal certainly did. The album nearly reached
triple platinum and earned Gowan a handful of Juno Award nominations.
It was, in short, the left field hit of the year.