The theme song to the radio show Dykes on Mykes on CKUT 90.3fm has always been a bit of a mystery. Listeners would call in asking about its origins and pre – Goggle much of this information was based on hearsay and intuition. Finally, in honour of CKUT ‘s 25th Anniversary on the FM dial, some staff at the station decided to get to the bottom of it…turns out the song is from a 1970s Italian opera – La Gatta Cenerentola by Roberto De Simone- loosely based on the Cinderella story (WOW – who’ da guessed it) .
But how DID this obscure opera end up on CKUT’s airwaves as the Dykes on Mykes theme no less? A little google-ing led them to the underground club scene in Montreal in the 80s (weird right?). DJ Perry “Wizzard” Lamarre had turned La Gatta into a Montreal dance hit and released it (very limited edition) on an EP entilted Strange Pleasures – Sure enough we found it in our library.
Anyway,we got obsessed and one thing led to another culminating in this live performance by CKUT Dykes on Mykes hosts past and current.