Peter and the Wolves

Peter and the Wolves

 Ottawa, Ontario, CAN
BandJazzClassic Rock

Peter and the Wolves play original classic rock, fusing elements of pop, jazz, Afro/Cuban and rhythm & blues with rich vocal harmonies, Latin percussion and horns.

Biography

The late ‘60’s and early ‘70’s were a time of experimentation in rock music, and incorporating elements of jazz was the focus of many of the top artists of that era. Van Morrison hired virtuoso jazz bassist Richard Davis and drummer Connie Kay [of The Modern Jazz Quartet] to record his landmark album Astral Weeks, followed by Moondance, one of the jazz-iest pop singles ever. Blood, Sweat & Tears released their first two albums featuring, rich, melodic horn lines and bop solos. Carlos Santana cited John Coltrane and Miles Davis as influences, and 1972’s Caravanserai, considered one of his best albums, confirms it. Frank Zappa [Hot Rats and Waka Jawaka albums], Chicago Transit Authority, Brian Auger and the Trinity, Chase and, later, Steely Dan – all were striving to fuse jazz with rock music.
Ottawa, Ontario's Peter and the Wolves approach their ‘70’s–style original music in a similar way – pop/rock with an adult sensibility, anchored by a rock rhythm section with Latin percussion and 4 horns. Guitarist/vocalist [and bandleader] Peter Forêt is the main song writer, and his work suggests a wide range of influences, from Van Morrison to Todd Rundgren, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, Jackson Browne and Randy Newman. Stylistically there are elements of Afro-Cuban, southern rock, blues/rock, rhythm & blues and, of course, jazz.
“The Wolves” rank among the region’s busiest, and best, freelance musicians. They’ve performed with Alanis Morrissette, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, Colin James, Natalie Cole, The National Arts Centre Orchestra, Gladys Knight, Lou Rawls, David “Fathead” Newman, Josh Groban, Frankie Valli and Martha Reeves. The band’s roster includes world-class jazz players Mark Ferguson [Holly Cole, Manteca] and saxophonist Mike Tremblay, veteran rockers Forêt and Eddy Bimm [Cooper Bros., Les Emmerson], drummer Tom Denison, Ron Ferguson, Brian Asselin [The Funk Bros., J.W. Jones], René Fortier [Robert Paquette] Dave Arthur and Martin Newman [The Flaps].
It’s been the band’s mission to experiment with style and substance, and to bring together great players with diverse experience, to create music uniquely their own. From it’s inception as a 3-piece bar band in 1985, Peter and the Wolves sought to recapture the spirit of the golden age of rock music. They’ve done just that.

Lyrics

Love/Hate Thing

Written By: Peter Foret

Love/Hate Thing

First we suffer through the pleasure
Then we revel in the pain
Seeking shelter from the gentle sun
And basking in the rain

It's a classic confrontation So step into the ring
Of a love/hate thing love/hate thing ove/hate thing

In a war of wits or a test of will
The rules do not apply
As the mercury rises you can't disguise
The passion in your eyes
Extend your other finger and I’ll replace your ring
With a love/hate thing

Between love and hate is a razor's edge
And there are no shades of gray
Yet if I find that you crossed the line
It won't scare me away

Some come on over baby Let's see what you can bring
To this love/hate thing

Kiss Me You Fool

Written By: Peter Foret

Kiss Me You Fool

I'm often accused of naiveté
In matters of seduction
Call me clumsy call me shy
But at the end of the day
What matters is production
She's got me working overtime

I can't stop thinking of her
I can't stop thinking of her

No more calm no more cool
Kiss me you fool
Break some hearts break some rules
Kiss me you fool

Am I guilty of apathy
In matters of emotion
I don't know and I don't care
Maybe some sympathy
Would set her wheels in motion
And she could take me anywhere

Don't make me wait forever
Don't want to wait forever

No more calm no more cool
Kiss me you fool
Break some hearts break some rules
Kiss me you fool

I Do

Written By: Peter Foret

I Do

How you gonna choose whose ring to wear?
What’cha lookin’ for?
Those two clowns are layin’ in wait just
Outside your door

One’s gonna take his best shot
Tryin' to impress you with what he's got
It really don't mean a lot
Just empty words, empty words

How you gonna know whose promises
Will be realized
Those two morons will disappear
Right before your eyes

Two promises the world and more
Like he's done a hundred times before
But it isn't worth waiting for
Just empty words

Do they think the world of you
And swear to always love you
I do I do I do

When you gonna end this stupid game
Such a waste of time
Those two slobs are here and interfering
With my grand design

Don't fall for the games they play
Don't listen to the things they say
I’m tellin' you, anyway,
They're empty words

Do they think the world of you
And swear to always love you
I do I do I do
I promise you
I do I do I do

Color Me Gone

Written By: Peter Foret

Color Me Gone

Color me lonely color me blue
Color me tired of waitin’ on you
Your true colors are shinin’ through
Color me gone

I don’t need an explanation
Don’t want to hear a lame excuse
So bye bye baby I think that maybe
It’s time to cut you loose

Color me gone gone gone
Color me gone
Color us history I'm movin' on
You’re just stringin’ me along
Color me right color you wrong
Color me down color me out
Color me gone

Color my heart color it black
How could you stick that knife in my back
Got my ticket my bags are packed
Color me gone
You don’t seem to care that we once shared a sweet romance
Better face the facts can’t turn back
Already made my travel plans

Color me gone gone gone
Color me gone
Color us history I'm movin' on
You’re just stringin’ me along
Color me right color you wrong
Color me down color me out
Color me gone

You’re stringin’ me along
Color me right color you wrong
Color me down Color me out
Color me gone

Crazy Women

Written By: Peter Foret

Crazy Women

Amelia Earhart took off one day
Where she landed no one can say
She was rich and famous young and pretty could’ve lived a
Life of leisure and luxury
She must’ve been crazy I’ll tell you why
God never meant for little girls to fly
Boys beware, beware them crazy women

Mother Teresa took a vow
She didn’t have time for a boyfriend anyhow
She cared for the sick she loved the poor
She prayed and prayed then she prayed some more
She must’ve been crazy certified insane
All that work for no financial gain
So boys, beware, beware them crazy women

Cave-woman was well-behaved
She’d bear the cave-children then clean the cave
Cook the cave-dinner then by nature’s plan she’d make
Crazy cave-love to the brave cave-man

They smell so nice they talk so sweet
Then they’ll cut you in a heartbeat
Betray and play us for the fools we are
And oh what fools we are

Loreena Bobbitt took a slice or two
And Lizzie Borden made her Mommy Daddy Stew
There’s Mata Hari and Ma Barker
Tokyo Rose and Bonnie Parker
There’s Cleopatra crazy Queen of the Nile
And Margaret Thatcher crazy bitch got style
There’s billions more just like them they’re everywhere
They’ll scare you to death with they’re crazy stare
They’re out to get us each and every one
If you see ‘em comin’ turn your tail and run
So boys, beware, beware them crazy women
So boys, beware, beware them crazy women

Coffee and Conversation

Written By: Peter Foret

Coffee And Conversation

It’s late but this place looks open
And there’s a booth by the waitress station
Where I’ll assess my situation
And try to find my way
Guess I should order something
From that pretty girl there and I’m aware that
She caught me staring
And now she’s coming this way

I don’t want her number but if she could spare a little time
Some coffee and conversation would be just fine

And good evening to you, too, ma’am
And, no, I have not decided yet
It’s been a night to forget
Except for your pretty eyes
I’ve been sittin’ here thinkin’ about
Just what in the world I’m gonna do, it’s true but
Maybe you’ve got a thought or two
I could try on for size

Undying devotion is not what I have in mind
But coffee and conversation would be just fine

No good man should be cast away on an island in the middle of the sea
Sittin’ there silent with a heart of stone
No good man should be locked away in a prison high atop a hill
Destined to live out his years alone

Wait a minute, don’t go yet
I’ll have what he’s havin’ over there
Please pull up a chair
And share your tender smile
I’ve been sittin’ here worryin’ about
What the future may bring
And I was just wondering
Can we talk awhile?

No ulterior motives, no funny business, no lines
Just coffee and conversation, coffee and conversation,
Coffee and conversation would be just fine

[Could Be] Gravity

Written By: Peter Foret

[Could Be] Gravity

Do you find that you’ve resigned yourself to loneliness
Could it be we’ve been drawn together
It’s a mystery
They say opposites attract
It’s an undisputed fact
Could be dumb luck could be gravity

Can you tell how far I fell into the emptiness
Terrified and trapped inside
For eternity
Reach out to me
And pull me free
Wrest me from the grip of gravity

Sun keeps burnin’
’Til that day we go down
World keeps turnin’
Spinning us around

Could be a day when we can say we’ve found happiness
And joyfully be one forever
it could be
And if we fall
It’s just nature’s fault
Could be love
If we could ask Sir Isaac
I’m sure he would agree, he’d say
Could be love it could be gravity

Discography

Love/Hate Thing [LP]