N.O.S. was an independant band based in Vancouver British Columbia between December 1989 to September 1992. The name was inspried by a dangerous goods motor vehicle training seminar Ken Kavanagh took while working for a trucking company in 89. The letters stood for "Not Otherwise Specified" but eventually became any comical acronym they could think of: Now on Stage, Naked Overweight Sunbathers, Nuns on Speed, etc.

The band had three primary members:

  • Ken Kavanagh - lead vocals, lead guitar
  • Lyle Slingsby - back up vocals, lead guitar
  • Gary Lange - Drums

The bassist position was filled by several players over the years:

  • Don Borne
  • Dale Plevin
  • Lindsay Dumans
  • Craig Hyndman
  • Tom Gills

The band produced two albums:

  • Dangerous Goods (1990) - 6 song cassette
    • Need To Breathe
    • Dangerous Goods
    • Break The Silence
    • Gotta Do
    • Rain
    • Down And Out
  • Walkin Through Live (1991) - 10 song CD - Download Album here
    • A Song Speaks
    • Naked (To The world)
    • King of the Swamp
    • Nightmare
    • Monday Morning
    • Addendum
    • Age of Illusion
    • Ain't Easy
    • What I Am
    • Time To Die

The title track "Dangerous Goods" off the first cassette album received over 9 months of regular playlist rotation on Vancouver's CFOX radio station. It was very cool :)

The band perfromed approximately 25 times in 1990 in local Vancouver venues.

The band performed over 45 times in 1991. Noteably were three concerts at local highschools: Terry Fox Sr Secondary, Port Moody Senior, and Centential Senior.

The band rented out Robson Square in 1991 and 1992 on Saturday over the August long weekend to perform free outdoor concerts to whomever walked by. They got sunburns.

N.O.S. toured across Canada in support of the Walking Through Live CD. The tour ran in the coldest days of winter between January 15th and March 15 1992. They played 16 dates over 60 days on the road - not a good ratio.

The band was featured on the Molson Candian Live Concert series in 1992. Recorded at the Town Pump in Vancouver in the fall of 1991, the concert received nationwide airplay.

The track "Ain't Easy" from Walking Through Live had a video made which got airtime on Muchmusic.

The band played several more local Vancouver concerts in 1992 until it was forced to break up in the fall due to conflicting life pressures on the band members.

Their last performance was at New Brighton Park (Sept 1992). N.O.S. and another local Vancouver band Funkyard hosted an all day outdoor free concert featuring around a dozen local bands. They rented a flatbed trailer and turned up the music.

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