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Origin = Tsawwassen, British Columbia
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Genre = Alternative rock
Years_active = 1981–present
Label = Reprise Records
True North Records
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Current_members = Neil Osborne
Matt Johnson
Brad Merritt
Dave Genn
Past_members = Phil Comparelli
Darryl Neudorf
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54•40 is a Canadian alternative rock group from Tsawwassen, British Columbia, whose literate and melodic music is frequently compared to that of R.E.M. The band takes their name from the slogan "Fifty-Four Forty or Fight," coined to express the expansionist agenda of James K. Polk's presidency, intent upon controlling a contested U.S.-Canada border area.

The group formed in 1981 as a trio consisting of Brad Merritt (bass), Darryl Neudorf (drums), and Neil Osborne (Vocals). In 1984, Phil Comparelli was added on guitar and Vocals, and Neudorf was replaced by Matt Johnson. The band announced in March 2005 that Comparelli had officially passed on guitar duties to Dave Genn, formerly of Matthew Good Band. Musician Dave Osborne (keyboards, harmonica), toured and recorded with the band from 1987 to 1993.

The band's self-titled second album, released in 1986, began to attract attention from radio and record buyers across Canada, with the single "Baby Ran" gaining significant radio airplay. The band's third album, "Show Me", became their commercial breakthrough in Canada, with the hits "One Gun" and "One Day in Your Life".

Although the band were popular on college radio in the United States, they never had a commercial breakthrough -- 1992's "Dear Dear" was their first album not to have a U.S. release. It was, however, their best-selling album in Canada, leading to a new U.S. contract for the follow up, "Smilin' Buddha Cabaret", which had a significant hit in "Ocean Pearl".

The band's song "I Go Blind" was covered in the mid-1990s by American band Hootie & the Blowfish.

During their tour to promote 2005's"Yes to Everything" they were joined by Jets Overhead.


* 1981 - "Things Are Still Coming Ashore"
* 1982 - "Selection"
* 1984 - "Set the Fire"
* 1986 - "54-40"
* 1987 - "Show Me"
* 1989 - "Fight for Love"
* 1991 - ""
* 1992 - "Dear Dear"
* 1994 - "Smilin' Buddha Cabaret"
* 1996 - "Trusted by Millions"
* 1997 - ""
* 1998 - "Since When"
* 1999 - "Heavy Mellow"
* 2000 - "Casual Viewin'"
* 2001 - "Casual Viewin' USA"
* 2002 - ""
* 2003 - "Goodbye Flatland"
* 2005 - "Yes to Everything"
* 2008 - "Northern Soul"

External links

* [http://www.5440.com/ Official Site]
* [http://www.lostandlazy.com/ Lost And Lazy Dot Com Fan Site]
* [http://www.truenorthrecords.com/music/5440/ Northern Soul Video]

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