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* TheRockStar: Desmond and formerly, Danny. The book also includes scenes with the Howl Brothers interacting with Elvis, The Beatles, and Jerry Lee Lewis.

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* TheRockStar: Desmond and formerly, Danny. The book also includes scenes with the Howl Brothers interacting with Elvis, The Beatles, Music/ElvisPresley, Music/TheBeatles, and Jerry Lee Lewis.Music/JerryLeeLewis.


* MistakenForPedophile: [[spoiler: Wizard recording engineer Fred Head is locked away in a psychiatric hospital after doing ''something'' to a 10-year-old girl while out of his mind on hallucinogens.]]


** Babboo Nass Fazoo is a parody of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maharishi_Mahesh_Yogi Maharishi Mahesh Yogi]], an Indian Hindu guru who mentored numerous celebrities including Mike Love of The Beach Boys and all four of Music/TheBeatles. He may also contain elements of Meher Baba, whose most noted follower is Pete Townshend of Music/TheWho.

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** Babboo Nass Fazoo is a parody of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maharishi_Mahesh_Yogi Maharishi Mahesh Yogi]], an Indian Hindu guru who mentored numerous celebrities including Mike Love of The Beach Boys and all four of Music/TheBeatles. He may also contain elements of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meher_Baba Meher Baba, Baba]], whose most noted follower is Pete Townshend of Music/TheWho.


'''''Whale Music''''' is a 1989 novel by Canadian author & musician Paul Quarrington. It tells the story of Desmond Howl, an eccentric aging rock star who has been a recluse since the death of his brother Danny and spends his time composing and recording his "whale music"; that is, music he hopes whales will listen to. One day he comes upon a mysterious young woman named Claire sleeping in his house. Over the course of their relationship, he begins to come out of his shell and engage with the outside world again.

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'''''Whale Music''''' is a 1989 novel by Canadian author & musician Paul Quarrington. It tells the story of Desmond Howl, an eccentric aging rock star who has been a recluse since the death of his brother and bandmate Danny and spends his time composing and recording his "whale music"; that is, music he hopes the whales swimming around his waterfront mansion will listen to. One day he comes upon a mysterious young woman named Claire sleeping in his house. Over the course of their relationship, he begins to come out of his shell and engage with the outside world again.



* BlandNameProduct: An unusual example involving a real brand name but a fictional product; the centrepiece of Desmond's home studio is a Yamaha 666, a powerful synthesizer and sequencer that only he and Music/StevieWonder own and which Desmond nicknames "The Beast". It seems to be a stand-in for the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairlight_CMI Fairlight CMI]] or [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synclavier Synclavier]].

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* BlandNameProduct: An unusual example involving a real brand name but a fictional product; the centrepiece of Desmond's home studio is a Yamaha 666, "Yamaha 666", a powerful synthesizer and sequencer that only he and Music/StevieWonder own and which Desmond nicknames "The Beast". It seems to be a stand-in for the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairlight_CMI Fairlight CMI]] or [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synclavier Synclavier]].


* BlandNameProduct: An unusual example involving a real brand name but a fictional product; the centrepiece of Desmond's home studio is a Yamaha 666, a powerful synthesizer and sequencer that only he and Music/StevieWonder own and which Desmond nicknames "The Beast". It seems to be a stand-in for the real-life [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairlight_CMI Fairlight CMI]] or [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synclavier Synclavier]].

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* BlandNameProduct: An unusual example involving a real brand name but a fictional product; the centrepiece of Desmond's home studio is a Yamaha 666, a powerful synthesizer and sequencer that only he and Music/StevieWonder own and which Desmond nicknames "The Beast". It seems to be a stand-in for the real-life [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairlight_CMI Fairlight CMI]] or [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synclavier Synclavier]].

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* BlandNameProduct: An unusual example involving a real brand name but a fictional product; the centrepiece of Desmond's home studio is a Yamaha 666, a powerful synthesizer and sequencer that only he and Music/StevieWonder own and which Desmond nicknames "The Beast". It seems to be a stand-in for the real-life [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairlight_CMI Fairlight CMI]] or [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synclavier Synclavier]].
** In real life, the Yamaha 666 was a model of ''French horn''.

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* RichesToRags: [[spoiler: Babboo Nass Fazoo was a wealthy guru with several famous devotees back in the 60s, but is now a drunken bum]].


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* ScamReligion: Desmond is convinced that Babboo Nass Fazoo's teachings are this; the fact that only his richest followers could afford private tutelage seems to prove his point.


* BrokenBird: Claire. [[spoiler: She was molested by her stepfather, is a kleptomaniac, was arrested for armed robbery, and recently escaped from a psychiatric hospital.]]

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* BrokenBird: Claire. [[spoiler: She was molested by her stepfather, is a kleptomaniac, was arrested for armed robbery, and recently escaped from a psychiatric hospital.stepfather.]]



* ContrivedCoincidence: [[spoiler: Not only is the now-destitute Babboo Nass Fazoo living in the same town as Desmond, he also happened to be in the same bar Des walked into after emerging from his house for the first time in years, and knew where Claire was stripping.]]

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* ContrivedCoincidence: [[spoiler: Not only is the now-destitute Babboo Nass Fazoo living in the same town as within walking distance of Desmond, he also happened to be in the same bar Des walked into after emerging from his house for the first time in years, and knew where Claire was stripping.]]



** Saxophonist Mooky Saunders speaks in a thick African-American Vernacular Accent:

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** Saxophonist Mooky Saunders speaks in a thick African-American Vernacular Accent:accent:



---> "This is Pewl [=McCartley spikking=]. We must evarcuate immidzatly this rheum!"

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---> "This is Pewl [=McCartley spikking=].[=McCartley=] spikking. We must evarcuate immidzatly this rheum!"



* MistakenForAliens: For some reason, Des thinks that "Toronto" is a distant planet in the Alpha Centauri system and that Claire, being from there, is an alien. It's quite awhile before another character corrects him.

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* MistakenForAliens: For some reason, Des thinks that "Toronto" is a distant planet in the Alpha Centauri system and that Claire, being from there, is an alien. It's quite awhile before another character Sal corrects him. him.
* MistakenForPedophile: [[spoiler: Wizard recording engineer Fred Head is locked away in a psychiatric hospital after doing ''something'' to a 10-year-old girl while out of his mind on hallucinogens.]]



** The Howl Brothers are a parody of Music/TheBeachBoys, one of the most successful pop groups of the 1960s, who became famous with catchy songs about cars, surfing, and girls.

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** The Howl Brothers are a parody of Music/TheBeachBoys, one of the most successful pop groups of the 1960s, who became famous with catchy songs about cars, surfing, and girls. Most of the main members were also related to each other.



* SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll: Both of the Howl Brothers, though Desmond prefers the latter two.

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* SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll: Both of the Howl Brothers, Brothers consume quite a lot, though Desmond prefers the latter two.

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* BuryYourGays: [[spoiler: Sal is gay and terminally ill in a book taking place in the late 1980s; he most likely has AIDS.]]
* CampGay: [[spoiler: Sal "Sally" Goneau, former Howl Brothers drummer and Desmond's friend who has catty speech patterns and gives male characters feminine nicknames. His sexuality is never directly addressed nor commented upon, except when Music/JohnLennon says to the Howl Brothers, "Yer drummer's a poof."]]

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* ContrivedCoincidence: [[spoiler: Not only is the now-destitute Babboo Nass Fazoo living in the same town as Desmond, he also happened to be in the same bar Des walked into after emerging from his house for the first time in years, and knew where Claire was stripping.]]


'''''Whale Music''''' is a 1989 novel by Canadian author & musician Paul Quarrington. It tells the story of Desmond Howl, an eccentric aging rock star who has been a recluse since the death of his brother Danny. One day he comes upon a mysterious young woman sleeping in his house. Over the course of their relationship, he comes out of his shell.

A FilmOfTheBook was [[Film/WhaleMusic made in 1994]], featuring the music of Canadian art-rock band {{Music/Rheostatics}}. You can view the film [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGBJYlsagxM here]].

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'''''Whale Music''''' is a 1989 novel by Canadian author & musician Paul Quarrington. It tells the story of Desmond Howl, an eccentric aging rock star who has been a recluse since the death of his brother Danny. Danny and spends his time composing and recording his "whale music"; that is, music he hopes whales will listen to. One day he comes upon a mysterious young woman named Claire sleeping in his house. Over the course of their relationship, he comes begins to come out of his shell.shell and engage with the outside world again.

The book was well-reviewed, with ''Penthouse'' magazine notably naming it "The best novel written about rock 'n' roll." It won the 1989 Governor General's Award for English-language fiction, and was nominated for the 1990 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour (losing to W.O. Mitchell's ''According to Jake and the Kid'').


A An award-winning FilmOfTheBook was [[Film/WhaleMusic made in 1994]], featuring the music of Canadian art-rock band {{Music/Rheostatics}}. You can view the film [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGBJYlsagxM here]].






* AdaptedOut : Several minor characters, including the Howl parents.
* BlatantLies :
--> "You never wrote a song called Fay."
--> "I couldn't think of a rhyme."
* BrokenBird : Claire.
* CanadaEh : Mostly averted; while the author is Canadian and the character Claire is from Toronto, Desmond is clearly American and lives in the United States..
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}} : Desmond, who exists in a haze of drugs, depression and delusion. His lack of common sense and off-beat comments mask a very dark soul, however.
* CompositeCharacter: Fay, in the film, is a composite of Desmond's wife and mother from the book.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome : The film soundtrack by the Rheostatics, including "Claire," the band's only Top 40 hit.
* DeadpanSnarker : Desmond, although his delivery is gentle. For example, this exchange:

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* AdaptedOut : Several minor characters, including BlatantLies: The book contains a disclaimer insisting that none of the characters (apart from the real-life celebrities depicted as supporting characters) bear any similarities to real people, even though Desmond Howl parents.and The Howl Brothers are quite obviously based on Music/BrianWilson and his band Music/TheBeachBoys.
* BlatantLies :
--> "You never wrote
BrokenBird: Claire. [[spoiler: She was molested by her stepfather, is a song called Fay."
--> "I couldn't think of
kleptomaniac, was arrested for armed robbery, and recently escaped from a rhyme."
psychiatric hospital.]]
* BrokenBird : Claire.
* CanadaEh :
CanadaEh: Mostly averted; while the author is Canadian and the character Claire is from Toronto, Desmond is clearly American and lives in the United States..
States.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}} : {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Desmond, who exists in a haze of drugs, depression and delusion. His lack of common sense and off-beat comments mask a very dark soul, however.
* CompositeCharacter: Fay, in the film, is a composite of Desmond's wife and mother from the book.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome : The film soundtrack by the Rheostatics, including "Claire," the band's only Top 40 hit.
* DeadpanSnarker :
DeadpanSnarker:
**
Desmond, although though given his delivery demeanor and personality it's difficult to tell what is gentle.sarcasm and what is genuine. For example, this exchange:



* DinnerAndAShow : Against Desmond's better judgment, Claire throws a dinner party for his friends, many of whom he hasn't seen in a long time.
* DivorceAssetsConflict : Desmond owes Fay a lot of back alimony. She wants to fix up his rundown mansion and sell it.
* DrivenToSuicide : [[spoiler: Danny. "It wasn't an accident, Des."]]
* {{Fanservice}} : Cyndy Preston (as Claire) spends a lot of time in a bikini or underwear. Desmond even lampshades this.
--> "Are you a housekeeper? I ask because they tend to be stouter, Germanic, and more given to wearing clothing."
** This is partly justified due to her LimitedWardrobe: She only seems to have one or two outfits with her.
** [[FanDisservice Inverted]] with Desmond, who is unshaven, significantly overweight, and played by Maury Chaykin, who was 45 at the time. Desmond also lives in his boxers and occasionally a bathrobe.
* FeetFirstIntroduction : The first line of the book describes Claire's feet on the couch. In the film, we're introduced to Claire when we see her toes.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl : Claire, although she's a subversion. As with other Quarrington characters, Claire brings the reclusive Desmond back into living and interacting with people after he's been a hermit for a long time. However, the mental fragility of MPDG is examined, when we find out that [[spoiler: Claire ran away from a psychiatric treatment facility, after she was arrested for armed robbery]].
* MoodWhiplash : From funny to blackly hilarious to almost frighteningly dark and depressing to touching.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Played straight and averted; Desmond Howl and the Howl Brothers are clearly direct parodies of Music/BrianWilson, Music/TheBeachBoys, and [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maharishi_Mahesh_Yogi|Maharishi Mahesh Yogi] respectively, but they're depicted as having encountered numerous real rock stars, including Music/ElvisPresley, Music/TheBeatles, and Music/JerryLeeLewis.
* PosthumousCharacter : Desmond's father and brother are both deceased in the book's present.
* PragmaticAdaptation : Due to Desmond's hermit-like existence, drug and alcohol dependence, and obsession with the past, many scenes in the novel show Des reminiscing about the past and the Howl brothers' ascent to stardom.
* PresentAbsence : Desmond's inability to face people or leave the house is directly related to Danny's death and his guilt over the circumstances.
* TheRockStar : Desmond and formerly, Danny. The book also includes scenes with the Howl Brothers interacting with Elvis, The Beatles, and Jerry Lee Lewis.
* SceneryPorn : The movie was filmed in Howe's Cove B.C. and makes full use of the natural beauty of the area.
* SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll : Danny more so than Desmond. He also has a scuzzy, womanizing character he puts on, called Stud E. Baker, in the novel.
* StageNames : A very mild version. The brothers' actual last name is Howell, but their manager changed it to Howl.
* StickyFingers : Claire is a kleptomaniac.
* TearJerker : [[spoiler: "The music isn't for the whales, is it Des?" "I just wanted them to come so I could ask them 'How's my brother Danny?'" OH THE FEELS!]]
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech : Desmond gets a few of these. "I didn't have these problems before you came." "Yeah, right. This place is a shrine to mental health!"
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece : The book was released in 1989 and the film in 1994. the clothing and hairstyles are set firmly in the era.
* YourCheatingHeart : Fay, although it's complicated by a case of GoodAdulteryBadAdultery. [[spoiler: She cheated with Danny, and Desmond doesn't seem to bear her any ill will because he wasn't all that invested in their marriage.]]

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* DinnerAndAShow : Against Desmond's better judgment, Claire throws a dinner party for ** The two Claires--Des' mother and his friends, many of whom he hasn't seen visitor--engage in a long time.
* DivorceAssetsConflict : Desmond owes Fay a lot
bit of back alimony. She wants this as well:
--> '''Young Claire:''' Did you go
to fix up his rundown mansion and sell it.Bitch College, or is this a natural talent?
--> '''Old Claire:''' Oh, I went to Bitch College, my dear. I did post graduate work.

* DrivenToSuicide : DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Danny. "It wasn't an accident, Des."]]
* {{Fanservice}} : Cyndy Preston (as Claire) spends a lot of time in a bikini or underwear. Desmond even lampshades this.
--> "Are you a housekeeper? I ask because they tend to be stouter, Germanic, and more given to wearing clothing."
** This
Danny, as is partly justified due to her LimitedWardrobe: She only seems to have one or two outfits with her.
** [[FanDisservice Inverted]] with Desmond, who is unshaven, significantly overweight, and played by Maury Chaykin, who was 45 at the time. Desmond also lives in his boxers and occasionally a bathrobe.
heavily implied]].
* FeetFirstIntroduction : FeetFirstIntroduction: The first line of the book describes Claire's feet on the couch. In the film, we're introduced to Claire when we see her toes.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl : FunetikAksent: Several characters' accents are written phonetically.
** Saxophonist Mooky Saunders speaks in a thick African-American Vernacular Accent:
---> "Shee-yut, when you gonna fawk that woman, Desmond?"
** Babboo Nass Fazoo speaks in a near-incomprehensible Indian accent, with a bit of YouNoTakeCandle thrown in:
---> "I am gnawing where iss dis garl." (I know where this girl is).
---> "Life is a powl of zoob." (Life is a bowl of soup).
** The author does this with Music/PaulMcCartney's thick [[UsefulNotes/FootballPopMusicAndFlatCaps Scouse]] accent as well:
---> "This is Pewl [=McCartley spikking=]. We must evarcuate immidzatly this rheum!"
* GollumMadeMeDoIt: Danny was reckless and dangerous enough to begin with, but he would turn it UpToEleven with his "Stud E. Baker" persona.
* TheLoinsSleepTonight: It's rather difficult for Des to get it up these days; he likens his penis to a worm. [[spoiler: He starts to regain his prowess a bit after Claire movies in.]]
* ManicPixieDreamGirl:
Claire, although she's a subversion. As with other Quarrington characters, Claire brings the reclusive Desmond back into living and interacting with people after he's been a hermit for a long time. However, the mental fragility of MPDG is examined, when we find out that [[spoiler: Claire ran away from a psychiatric treatment facility, after she was arrested for armed robbery]].
molested by her stepfather]].
* MoodWhiplash : From funny to blackly hilarious to almost frighteningly dark MistakenForAliens: For some reason, Des thinks that "Toronto" is a distant planet in the Alpha Centauri system and depressing to touching.that Claire, being from there, is an alien. It's quite awhile before another character corrects him.
* MoodWhiplash: From funny to blackly hilarious to almost frighteningly dark and depressing to touching.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Played straight and averted; Desmond Howl and while several real-life rock stars are characters in the book, many others are thinly-veiled parodies of real people:
** The
Howl Brothers are clearly direct parodies a parody of Music/TheBeachBoys, one of the most successful pop groups of the 1960s, who became famous with catchy songs about cars, surfing, and girls.
** Desmond Howl is a parody
of Music/BrianWilson, Music/TheBeachBoys, the Beach Boys' main songwriter and [https://en.composer, whose innovation and genius were sidetracked by drug addiction, mental illness and the resulting seclusion and poor health throughout the 1980s.
** Danny Howl is a parody of [[https://en.
wikipedia.org/wiki/Maharishi_Mahesh_Yogi|Maharishi Mahesh Yogi] respectively, but they're depicted as having encountered numerous real rock stars, including Music/ElvisPresley, Music/TheBeatles, and Music/JerryLeeLewis.
* PosthumousCharacter : Desmond's father and
org/wiki/Dennis_Wilson Dennis Wilson]], brother are both deceased in to Brian and drummer for the book's present.band who was known to have a much more reckless lifestyle and died tragically off the coast of California.
* PragmaticAdaptation : Due to Desmond's hermit-like existence, drug ** Dr. Tockette is a parody of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugene_Landy Dr. Eugene Landy]], Brian Wilson's former psychotherapist who took an unreasonable amount of control over Brian's life and alcohol dependence, is thought to have exploited him.
** Hank Howell, Des
and obsession with Danny's father, is a parody of the past, many scenes in the novel show Des reminiscing about the past Wilson family patriarch [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murry_Wilson Murry Wilson]]; both were failed songwriters who maintained strict control over their sons' careers, abused them, lived vicariously through them, and the Howl brothers' ascent to stardom.defrauded them out of thousands of dollars worth of royalties.
** Babboo Nass Fazoo is a parody of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maharishi_Mahesh_Yogi Maharishi Mahesh Yogi]], an Indian Hindu guru who mentored numerous celebrities including Mike Love of The Beach Boys and all four of Music/TheBeatles. He may also contain elements of Meher Baba, whose most noted follower is Pete Townshend of Music/TheWho.
* PresentAbsence : OneSteveLimit: Averted; Claire shares her name with Des' mother.
* PosthumousCharacter:
Desmond's inability to face people or leave father and brother are both deceased in the house is directly related to Danny's death and his guilt over the circumstances.book's present.
* TheRockStar : PragmaticAdaptation: Due to Desmond's hermit-like existence, drug and alcohol dependence, and obsession with the past, many scenes in the novel show Des reminiscing about the past and the Howl brothers' ascent to stardom.
* PresentAbsence: Desmond's inability to face people or leave the house is directly related to Danny's death and his guilt over the circumstances.
* PunnyName: Danny's alter ego Stud E. Baker is a play on Studebaker, an automobile manufacturer that went out of business in 1967.
* TheRockStar:
Desmond and formerly, Danny. The book also includes scenes with the Howl Brothers interacting with Elvis, The Beatles, and Jerry Lee Lewis.
* SceneryPorn : The movie was filmed in Howe's Cove B.C. and makes full use SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll: Both of the natural beauty of Howl Brothers, though Desmond prefers the area.latter two.
* SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll : Danny more so than Desmond. He also has a scuzzy, womanizing character he puts on, called Stud E. Baker, in the novel.
* StageNames :
StageNames: A very mild version. The brothers' actual last name is Howell, but their manager changed it to Howl.
* StickyFingers : Claire TrademarkFavoriteFood: Des is a kleptomaniac.
* TearJerker : [[spoiler: "The music isn't for the whales, is it Des?" "I
quite fond of jelly donuts, coffee and just wanted them to come so I could ask them 'How's my brother Danny?'" OH THE FEELS!]]
about any alcohol he can get his hands on.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech : Desmond gets a few of these. "I didn't have these problems before you came." "Yeah, right. This place is a shrine to mental health!"
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece : The book was released in 1989 and the film in 1994. the clothing and hairstyles are set firmly in the era.
* YourCheatingHeart :
YourCheatingHeart: Fay, although it's complicated by a case of GoodAdulteryBadAdultery. [[spoiler: She cheated on Desmond with Danny, and Desmond doesn't seem to bear her any ill will because he wasn't all that invested in their marriage.]]


A FilmOfTheBook was [[Film/WhaleMusic made in 1994]], featuring the music of Canadian art-rock band Music/Rheostatics. You can view the film [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGBJYlsagxM here]].

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A FilmOfTheBook was [[Film/WhaleMusic made in 1994]], featuring the music of Canadian art-rock band Music/Rheostatics.{{Music/Rheostatics}}. You can view the film [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGBJYlsagxM here]].


A FilmOfTheBook was [[Film/Whale Music made in 1994]], featuring the music of Canadian art-rock band Music/Rheostatics. You can view the film [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGBJYlsagxM here]].

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A FilmOfTheBook was [[Film/Whale Music [[Film/WhaleMusic made in 1994]], featuring the music of Canadian art-rock band Music/Rheostatics. You can view the film [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGBJYlsagxM here]].


A FilmOfTheBook was [[Film/Whale Music]] made in 1994, featuring the music of Canadian art-rock band Music/Rheostatics. You can view the film [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGBJYlsagxM here]].

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A FilmOfTheBook was [[Film/Whale Music]] Music made in 1994, 1994]], featuring the music of Canadian art-rock band Music/Rheostatics. You can view the film [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGBJYlsagxM here]].

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