Canadian power-pop band The Pursuit of Happiness scored a surprise top 40 hit in 1986 with their independent single ‘I’m An Adult Now’, helped by a low-budget, self-produced music video. The Toronto-based group signed with Chrysalis Records to make their debut album. When they were asked to nominate a dream producer, leader Moe Berg nominated Todd Rundgren, a request that their record label was able to fulfill.
The Pursuit of Happiness’ debut album Love Junk was huge in Canada, selling 100,000 copies and spawning hit singles, ‘Hard to Laugh’, ‘She’s So Young’, and a Rundgren-produced remake of ‘I’m an Adult Now’. On the other hand, the punchy power-pop tune ‘Let My People Go’ didn’t make the album track-list, and was instead relegated to the b-side of the 7″ version of ‘She’s So Young’.
Despite its initial obscurity, ‘Let My People Go’ was later included on the band’s compilation, Sex and Food: The Best of The Pursuit of Happiness and When We Ruled: The Best of The Pursuit of Happiness. It makes sense, because it sounds more like a confident and hooky single than an experimental b-side. The group’s lineup for Love Junk included harmony singer Leslie Stanwyck, who adds body to the group’s harmonies.
Moe Berg is currently playing in The Trans-Canada Highwaymen with Sloan’s Chris Murphy, Odds guitarist Craig Northey, and former Barenaked Ladies frontman Steven Page; you could argue that The Pursuit of Happiness’ success paved the way for the other three bands.
Thanks to Deke at https://superdekes.wordpress.com/ for providing the lead on this tune.
No, I did not have a backup plan. I never thought about doing anything other than this. A good friend of mine has this theory. He says people who are successful in music don’t have a plan B. I kind of see it like Richard Gere’s character in An Officer and a Gentleman.Moe Berg, https://globalnews.ca/news/4834981/moe-berg-pursuit-of-happiness-interview/