Record Cover of the Week

October 25, 2008

Face Off

Ultra-rare original soundtrack recording from the 1971 Canadian hockey movie starring Art Hindle as Toronto Maple Leafs rookie Billy Duke and Trudy Young as hippy folk singer Sherrie Lee Nelson. The score was by composer/arranger Ron Collier, with five songs written by actor Frank Moore, who played Sherrie’s sidekick Barney. Moore and Young did their own singing in the movie. The film was a hit in Canada, because, well… you know… hockey. I’m not sure if the soundtrack album was ever released commercially – I think it may only have been issued to radio stations to promote the movie.

Art Hindle went on to have a long acting career that included starring roles in David Cronenberg’s The Brood and the tv series ENG.  Trudy Young began on tv as the teenage co-host of the CBC afterschool program Razzle Dazzle (replacing Michelle Finney). She seems to have dropped out of show business after her role in the 1982 film Melanie (co-starring Burton Cummings in his only movie role). Frank Moore, a stalwart of Toronto theatre, is still acting in movies and tv in character roles.

Click on image above to enlarge back cover. Spoiler alert: The liner notes give away the movie’s ending.

Face Off was one of the few Canadian movies to be parodied by SCTV (Goin’ Down The Road was another). Their version was a movie-of-the-week called Power Play.

Dave Thomas as William Shatner as Coach Kirk of the Toronto Bay Leaves, with John Candy as Darryl Sittler as Billy Stempovolitchky.

…with Rick Moranis as Al Waxman as “The Chief.”

The SCTV parody even pokes fun at the movie’s doggedly earnest title song “Billy Boy,” reprising it with different lyrics several times throughout the sketch to comment on the action:

Billy, my Billy boy
You’re gonna be a man someday
Oh oh oh
Billy, my Billy boy
Where you goin’ with your life?
(your life, your life)
Did ya try the big city?
Don’t you know it’s so pretty?

Over the end credits:

Billy, what does it mean?
Did you really hurt someone?
Billy, was it just a symbol
Of the violence in our society?
Will we ever know
What happened to you
Billy boy


3 Responses to “Record Cover of the Week”

  1. Dear Bowling Trophy –

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  2. Azul Says:

    Dear Sir,
    Note that you have the album concerning

    I have a record by Miyoshi, also called Miyoshi, also on Wing, but not the same record. The track list is
    If I Give My Heart to You
    China Nights
    I’m in The Mood For Love
    My Baby’s Coming Home
    How Deep Is The Ocean (How High Is The Sky)
    Slowly Go Out Of Your Mind
    Teach Me Tonight
    Hanna Ko San
    Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man
    Over The Rainbow
    The Little Lost Dog

    one of my friend is looking for the Sayonara for fifty years. Would you do a favour send me this songs?

    Due to HongKong Custom, we cant posts songs in the music blog for copyrights. But I do share music all the time. You might visit my thread at

    Thank You Very Much

    Azul de Hong Kong ^^

  3. […] for the first time (about the disco years in Montreal) and the 40th anniversary edition of Face Off (the 1971 Hockeysploitation movie – not the John Travolta film), which includes the SCTV […]

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