#1027: Gimmie Love by April Wine

Peak Month: August 1976
8 weeks on CKLG chart
Peak Position #13
Peak Position on Billboard Hot 100 ~ did not chart

April Wine is a Canadian rock band that has released 34 singles, 16 studio albums and 9 live albums. They formed in Waverly, Nova Scotia, in 1969. The founding members were brothers David Henman (guitar) and Ritchie Henman (drums) and Myles Goodwyn (lead vocals, guitar). The Henman brothers cousin Jim Henman was also part of the band, but was replaced by bass player Jim Clench in 1971, a year after the band moved to Montreal. They had a Top Ten hit nationally in Canada in 1972 with “You Could Have Been A Lady.”

On their fourth album in 1974, Live, the band had another Top Ten hit in Vancouver called “I’m On Fire For You Baby.” Their fourth studio album, Stand Back, went double platinum with 2 million sales. The first single released from the album was “I Wouldn’t Want to Lose Your Love.”

A number of changes in the band left Myles Goodwyn as the only founding member. Former Mashmakhan drummer, Jerry Mercer, replaced Ritchie Henman, and Garry Moffat took over from Dave Henman on guitar. Steve Lang took over on bass from Jim Clench. This line-up would record the band’s fifth studio album, The Whole World’s Goin’ Crazy. This album went platinum before it was released. The first single from the album was the title track which was not play listed in Vancouver. But the second single release, “Gimmie Love,” was almost unique to Vancouver.

Gimmie Love by April Wine

Needin’ you, wonderin’ what to do,
baby, I’ve been away.
And even so, maybe I should go,
is there nothin’ that you wanna say?
Just keep it nice, baby what’s your price,
’cause it looks as though I have to pay.
For something clean, only some machine,
but she never lets it in her way, no.

Gimme love, I need lovin’
Gimme love, gimme love
Gimme love, gimme love, oh yeah
Gimme love.

I’m feelin’ used, and baby I’m amused,
’cause there’s something that I should’a done.
Like take my time, or used another line,
but I had to get on the run.
Can’t you see, I don’t wanna disagree,
there’s a chance that we could lose the feel.
Let’s keep it light, to get us through the night,
do you say you wanna make a deal?

Gimme love, gimme lovin’

I need love, yes I do
Gimme love, gimme love, oh yeah
Gimme love.

The lyrics offer a scenario of a casual affair where there is some ambivalence between the two parties. There are feelings of being used, a risk of disagreement and losing the desire they’ve known. The song peaked at #13 in Vancouver. The band had Top Ten success the following year with “You Won’t Dance With Me.”

April Wine has received eleven Juno Award nominations. Yet, they’ve lost out on each occasion to other Canadian performing artists. The band continues to perform and between May and November of 2016 April Wine had 28 tour dates. These included bookings in Iowa, Texas, New York, South Dakota, Nevada, Wisconsin, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta. Of these 28 concerts 13 were sold out. Lead singer, Myles Goodwin, published his memoir called Just Between You And Me.

March 8, 2017
Ray McGinnis

April Wine – History, April Wine.ca
Lauren La Rose, April Wine Frontman Myles Goodwyn Shares Highs and Heartaches in New Memoir, Toronto Sun, December 15, 2016.
Dave Buerster, Brian Greenway, David Henman, Robert Henman, Richard Perrault and Brian White, April Wine, Canadian Bands.ca

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