Dan LaRocque

Dan LaRocque

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A brilliant songwriter and enchanting performer, Dan LaRocque has built a 20 year career writing smart and entertaining songs and stories, thoughtful lyrics, catchy melodies and an engaging live performance style. His new band Parksville Rancher features some of Vancouver's most illustrious players.

Biography

Parksville Rancher is the newest project from Vancouver Island songwriter Dan LaRocque. His first professional recording since 1998's Larry - Skips Like Us, these first five songs run the gamut between driving rock anti-racism song Big Bigger Bigot to a Pogues inspired pub waltz tribute The Ballad of Les Battersby.

The Ballad of Les Battersby has been featured often on Canadian radio and has received much attention in the UK with impromptu singing of the song at Manchester soccer matches.

His much downloaded song Wrestle With Me Xena was played for Lucy Lawless on BBC 4s cult tv chat show V Graham Norton. Lucy Lawless, the actress who played Xena for whom the song was written was making an appearance on the show and the song was played for her along with a challenge to actually wrestle. Ms. Lawless reportedly loves the song but declined the wrestling match.

The newest recording by Dan LaRocque, his Ballad of Les Battersby written as a tribute to one of the greatest anti-heroes in soap opera history, Coronation Street's Les Battersby. Handsomest man in all Weatherfield. Give us more Les.

Besides on his wildly popular bank-b-gone.com website, LaRocque the author has been published in such missives as Exclaim Magazine, Euphony Online, (Gum Rubber Chronicles) Vice Magazine and Penthouse Letters. His music and documentary broadcasts have been heard on CBC Radio's Basic Black, Richardson's Roundup, OutFront, On the Island, NXNW and todradio.com. His inventions include Totalog 2000, Gout-B-Gone, The Blame Merchants (and sister enterprise, The Bellyachers), and TarVac, a disposable lung flossing machine for smokers. Patents are pending.

he spent 7 years in the early 90s playing rhythm guitar with mythical Vancouver rock outfit, Sick Sick Yeah. The band is known to be more popular when they don't exist.

Though he recently turned 37 years old, he can't seem to shake the fist-waving pissy attitude of his youth, instead he's embraced it as is illustrated by new song Point Grey Gordon (Sink or Swim) and the anti-Gordon Campbell compilation CD he's spearheaded.

larry once earned his living shovelling shit for the ruling class. Literally.

How Canadian is he? Well, he lost his virginity 2 feet from the Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill. How Canadian is that?!!

he was traded in 2000 from the Okanagan Spring Brewers, a division four championship hockey team out of Delta B.C.. to the Parksville Leafs. A hard checking left-winger, LaRocque helped the team win both the regular season title and the playoff championship in just his second year in the league. See the trimphant team photo

Larry was hired and subsequently fired by CBC radio's Basic Black. His position as historical balladeer began and ended with the nine minute saga, The Mad Trapper From Rat River. The song was said to be far too long and not all that funny.

his debut solo record, "Skips Like Us", features guest performances by Shirra Wall, Brad Lambert, Dave Dawson, and James Junger. Songs include Dog For Hire, Cascadia, Cascadia, The Biggest Five Foot Six Man on the Team, Covering Up, Wrestle With Me Xena, Ditches In Which, and I Declare (In Three And A Half Minutes Or Less). The title was intended as a tip of the hat to the noble Student Loan defaulter

Lyrics

The Ballad of Les Battersby

Written By: Dan LaRocque

Oh Deirdre, Oh Shelley, Oh Norris and Gail
Oh Audrey and Ashley and Vera
Our Peter, Our Rita Our Toyah and Roy
Only room for one Les around here

And that's Les Battersby not much for flattery
Sometimes a scoundrel's just misunderstood
But not Les Battersby, mad as a Hatter
Les is a scoundrel for good

Well his mate's name was Dennis And his wife's name was Janice
Till Dennis his pennis in Janice he placed
And so Les tried to end it but he ended his friend instead
Dennis he drove himself out of the race

Because of Les Battersby drunk as a rat was he
That fateful night and so many more
Give us more Les Battersby mad as a hatter
Les is a bounder for good

Oh Duckworth Oh Baldwin Oh Peacock and Platt
Oh Allahan, Elliot and Barlow
Up Chippy, down Rovers, in Cafe or flat
He's the man for our time and tomorrow

Give us Les Battersby that's what this country needs
Handsomest man in all Weatherfield
Give us more Les Battersby, mad as a Hatter
Les is a scoundrel for good

Give us Les Battersby more of Les that's what we need
He's the handsomest man in all Weatherfield
Give us more Les Battersby, practically royalty
Les is a scoundrel for good

Best Big Brother In The Land

Written By: Dan LaRocque

Best Big Brother In The Land

My belly button is the best belly button
it’s the best belly button in the land
But your belly button isn’t bad it isn’t nothing
It’s as good as any button made of skin

And when we get along we have more fun we’re twice as strong
You know that you don’t have to lose for me to win

My big brother is the best big brother
He’s the best big brother in the land
But your little sister I’m glad she came or we’d a missed her
She’s as sweet a little sister as their’s been

And when we get along we have more fun we’re twice as strong
You know that you don’t have to lose for me to win

My dog Sally is the best dog Sally
She’s the best dog Sally in the land
But your bunny Penny is as good a pet as any
We should get ‘em both together for a spin

And when we get along we have more fun we’re twice as strong
You know that you don’t have to lose for me to win

My belly button is the best belly button it’s the best belly button in the land

Big Bigger Bigot - Anti-Racism Rock Song

Written By: Dan Larocque

Big Bigger Bigot

to all of you ragheads you niggers and spics
all you zippers and peppers and pakis and kykes
does the sound of the language of venom and spit make you nervous

but it's the hate that's in my belly
and it's the fear that's in my heart
and it's the company I'm keeping that's keeping us apart

you infidels nine-irons long-porks and papists
you hunkies and honkies and beaners and spooks
you hear on the bus and you see in the eyes of your neighbours

but it's the hate that's in my belly
and it's the fear that's in my heart
and it's the company I'm keeping that's keeping us apart

the taunts of the racist don't end with your race
you got fatty and faggot and hippy and blondes
but the words that you spew don't compare to your silent derision

it's the hate that's in my belly
and it's the fear that's in my heart
and it's the company I'm keeping that's keeping us apart

and it's the bricks and bats I'm throwing
will surely bury me at last
and it's the ignorance I'm showing
that keeps us ever down

Discography

Parksville Rancher - Save One For Ron - 5 song CDEP
Point Grey Gordon, film placement in the Tami Wilson short animated film Bully
Dan LaRocque - The Ballad of Les Battersby - cd single 2004
Dan LaRocque - Big Bigger Bigot commisioned by CBC national radio show Sounds Like Canada
Larry - Wrestle With Me Xena - cd single 2002
Larry - Wrestle With Me Xena - http://www.bank-b-gone.com/xena.html - 50,000 downloads
Annie Wilkinson / Thermos covers Dan LaRocque original Covering Up 2002
Counterrevolutionaires covers Dan LaRocque original Bring 2003
Larry - Skips Like Us - 7 song CD ep 1998
Sick Sick Yeah - They Had To Eat Food - 10 song CD - 1996
Sick Sick Yeah - Hank - 10 song cassette / CD - 1995
Sick Sick Yeah - Inglorious Monum - 6 song cassette / CD - 1993

Set List

I can do 2 all-original 45 minute sets or one long 75 - 90 minute set either solo, as a duo with Dave Dawson or with the full Parksville Rancher band. Songs include.

Dog For Hire
The Ballad of Les Battersby
Thorns and All
Gordon Gordon What Are You Snortin
Big Bigger Bigot
Wrestle With Me Xena
Point Grey Gordon
Covering Up
Ditches In Which