The Peelies
“Dusty Boy”

by Jim Di Gioia

June 15, 2017

The Peelies

Daniel Pelissier

When Saskatoon’s the Garrys set about picking a Canadian song to cover for our upcoming DOMINIONATED IV compilation, the choice was obvious: “Dusty Boy” by defunct Montreal band the Peelies.

“The song rips, and the band is so good. We love their songs,” they enthused when accepting the invitation to take part in our annual Canadian cover song compilation. “I wish we could have played a show with them or seen them play live when they were still around.”

“When the Garrys were first starting up a couple years ago, ‘Dusty Boy’ was one of the first songs that we learned,” they explained, after discovering the Peelies through a split tape they did with fellow Montrealers, Jesuslesfilles. “We tried in the beginning to decipher what the original lyrics were, and then just decided to make up our own. We sent our version to a couple of members of the band to ask for their blessing, and they we’re stoked on it! Then, the day after we recorded it, Julie (The Garrys’ bassist and vocalist) found the lyrics on their Bandcamp page.”

Though the original version of “Dusty Boy” and their interpretation have different lyrics, The Garrys say that both share the common theme of being able to spot a dusty boy a mile away, “whether they’re in Saskatoon, Montreal, or wherever.” Not sure what a dusty boy is? You’re not alone. I had to ask, too: “A scrub is a guy who thinks he’s fly, he’s also known as a dusty boy.”

The Garrys’ version of the Peelies’ “Dusty Boy”, recorded and mixed by Mike Lefebvre at the Sweat Shoppe in Saskatoon, will be available as a free download on June 30, 2017, as part of DOMINIONATED IV, our fourth compendium of Canadian songs covered by Canadian artists.

Jim Di Gioia

Jim founded the music blog Quick Before It Melts in 2006 and was its principal writer until 2016, when its decade-long run ended 10 years to the day it started. DOMINIONATED is its spiritual successor. Jim currently serves as a Polaris Music Prize jurist and Prism Prize jurist.
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