Canadian Content 101: Kon Kan's 'I Bet Your Pardon'
Do you like late '80s synth dance music? If so, we have a treat and if not - then I Beg Your Pardon.
In the late '80s, Canadian DJ Barry House was busy making Toronto dance in night clubs when he became inspired by hip hop sampling and groups like the Pet Shop Boys taking an older slow tempo song like Always On My Mind and reimaging them to a dance beat. His response was the creation of Kon Kan (short for Canadian Content - the radio rule that required 30% of music played on Canadian radio stations to be by Canadian artists) and the song I Beg Your Pardon.
The title of I Beg Your Pardon is borrowed from the 1971 Lynn Anderson hit I Beg Your Pardon (I Never Promised You A Rose Garden) although the melody bears no resemblance to the country hit nor does the words I Beg Your Pardon appear in the lyrics. I Beg Your Pardon also samples lyrics/riffs from many songs from the '60s to '80s from the theme to The Magnificent Seven to Tones On Tails Go (featured in Dr. Dim's Never Found series) and blends them all together to a dance crazy crescendo.
The video features House waiting for the phone while lead singer Kevin Wynne hogs the booth. More of a solo project than a duo, Wynne only lasted the first album with Kon Kan before House used a variety of singers for his last two albums. I Beg Your Pardon was recorded in 1988 but it took until 1989 to hit the charts and it made it all the way to No. 15 on the U.S. Top 40.
In 2013, it was announced the House and Wynne were reuniting to reform Kon Kan, but so far the only output released has been remixes of the cash cow I Beg Your Pardon.