Name on a Gravestone

1986 – Studio Recording

John Harvey (vocals) Paul Settle (trumpet) Bill Day (guitar) John Kinsella (bass) Chris Fozard (drums)

1988-05-07 – Bannisters – Hamilton, ON

John Harvey (vocals) Paul Settle (trumpet) Bill Day (guitar) John Kinsella (bass)


It sure is a bleak future
but there’s still one thing sure,
Name on a Gravestone (2x)

Don’t let it get you down,
Six feet under the ground,
Name on a Gravestone (2x)

I’ve made my reservation,
I found my plot,
Bury me where no birds sing
and the place sure is hot.

Name on a Gravestone. (2X)
repeat 1st & 2nd verses


Name On A Gravestone on the CFMU singles charts!

Letters to the Editor – Hated Uncles/CFMU Controversy


Name on a Gravestone – 1986 Studio Recording


  • The first song The Hated Uncles wrote entered the CFMU Alternative Playlist singles/tapes charts and reached a high of #5. We were on the charts 5 times (a bi-weekly chart) going from 6-5-7-8-10. (I’m missing the 4th). It was played on the CBC.
  • The song was on the “Music From The Armpit Of Canada” compilation on Problem Children Wrekords in 1986. The compilation also includes the bands: Problem Children, Heimlich Maneuver, Mean Red Spiders, Dik Van Dykes and The Throbs. It’s available on Discogs for about $100.
  • The song was the finale of our early shows. Our 6th member Paul Ropel-Morski (Paul painted onstage at our early shows) would make Paper Mache skulls that I would then use during the finale imitating Hamlet imitating David Bowie, and proceeded to make out with the skull and then smash it for the conclusion. One time I whipped it against a wall and just missed hitting Paul in the head.
  • Unfortunately, I don’t have any live audio of the song. We played it at the Dec. 4th Teaser’s show, but the tape ran out before the end of the show. As far as I know, there’s no video of the 1st incarnation of the band playing live.
    ADDENDUM: I discovered 15 seconds of the song before the tape cut out, from the May 7th, 1988 show at Bannisters…it would have been our last song of the night. You hear JK’s opening bass & Paul’s trumpet…before it cuts.
  • In regards to success, it was all downhill from here…haha.

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