The Red Squares – Ottawa Today 7″


You got to respect a band that opened up for such phenomenal acts like Ultravox, XTC and Fingerprintz(I must post something from this excellent band). And that they gigged with the Bureaucrats is nothing to be ashamed of either. But no matter what bands Canadas Red Squares played with, their one and only single stand as one of the greatest moment in Canadian punk history. Everything I know about them is from the great booklet that follows Smash The State Volume 3. The single came from the pressing plants with reversed labels as a result some band member attacked “…some copies with exacto knives, slicing the song titles out and gluing them on the proper side.” The pressing of the sleeve fucked up too so less then 250 copies came with the sleeve you can see here.

“I can’t stand the vacant stares. The vacant people with their vacant cares. The government girls and the government guys. In the government suits telling government lies. Automatic pleasure and automated pain. Automatic, instamatic, kodacolour brain.” -Ottawa Today. Pure poetry. Two classics for you to enjoy.

Country: Canada
Year: 1978
Label: Double Helix
Format: 7″
Ottawa Today.mp3

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19,170 Responses to The Red Squares – Ottawa Today 7″

  1. Erich says:

    Ever since I heard this on tape, it’s been on my wantlist, but somehow never found a decent copy. Both songs are incredible, kinda weird mix of styles. Phenomenal! Top of the top!

  2. fernando says:

    “Transmitter” is punky psychedelia. Besides the telegraph beeps you have the surf licks, the acid guitar and those funny noises a la 13th Floor Elevators! Great single, tak

  3. Hairy Palm says:

    This band sounds like the modern pop Stereolab

  4. Hairy Palm says:

    ops, not this one, I meant the Brighton Red Squares

  5. Jay Thurston says:

    Hey, it’s the Red Squares!

  6. Low life for life says:

    Oh Yeah This Is Cool, Dad

  7. Another one to add to the wantlist…

  8. Speed says:

    Those are terrific! Why weren’t these guys huge?

  9. SICKNICK! says:

    T-T-T-T-Tranzmitter EPIC.

  10. Roberto says:

    My own copy has a different sleeve: a man and a globe. Anyone could give me information about the two diffenet sleeves?

    Thanx to all!

    • The Flakes // Drummer says:

      I recall something about a different sleeve. Is the print black on white background? Are you able to upload pictures of it somewhere or send via email? Would love to see it.

  11. Roberto says:

    please send me your email and I’ll send you the front+back sleeve.

  12. Dirk says:

    Extra copies of this record were shipped to Europe and if I remember correctly the black and white sleeves were printed in the Netherlands. I had a copy which I gave to my friend Frank when he was putting the Smash the State discography together. After we did the Smash the State comps most of his stuff went to the Canadian Archives. The European cover might be more difficult to find.

  13. anarkistattak says:

    can you post the alternate sleeve please
    never seen it

  14. Anonymous says:

    wow, I have been looking for this red squares 7″ since mine went missing in 1995
    I had one of the originals with the labels scraped off and repasted to the proper side, light yellow and red colour sleeve. I Had seen them at the brigadier’s pub in Ottawa sometime in 78-9 , I remember having a vastly good time.
    thanks for keeping art like this around

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