Bob Petterson, musician
"I've known of Paul and his talents on the guitar for some time. Obviously aware of his partnership with David M. as No Fun (The Beatles of Surrey) and also with The Transvestimentals (I know both Valeria and Justin from that band) and enjoyed Paul's playing in a live setting many a time. But it took a combination of Glam rock, the Heritage Grill, and the Pointed Sticks to get me better acquainted with Paul as both a performer and a person. This would, or course, be "Polly" in all its glittery glory. Gord & Tony from the Sticks mentioned that they were working with Paul for live performances of this project… and it blew my mind from the first note.
You see, I was a teenager in and around Montreal in the early to mid-1970's and glam and theatrical rock was always big in La Belle Province. Hearing the sounds of Polly sent me straight back to that time when I was 16, 17, 18-years old (1972, 73, 74) and heading down to some sketchy bar in Old Montreal to score some black hash and catch some live music. This was a similar sound to that of the era - Bowie-esque, Marc Bolan-esque, Mott The Hoople-esque, everything I loved from that era. And here it was again, rushing back into mind. As the Buzzcocks once wrote, feel(ing) like I'm almost 16 again. Simply stunning original tunes in that style, twisted to perfection and knocked out of the park by a glam flamingo who sang like David and played guitar like Mick and… oh, gosh.. I was completely enthralled. Fan boydom to the max!
I got to know Paul much better at that point and he I as well. I want to believe there was a mutual respect but Paul/Polly was/is much more a true star, shining bright. Truly one of our own musical treasures. He deserves every last drop of love and respect as an artist… and a human being.
That he was also a hardcore Montreal Canadiens fan, like me, makes the shine all the brighter. Love and respect."
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