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Genres  Alternative rock
Active until  1997
Origin  Toronto, Canada (1986)
Years active  1985–1997
Genre  Alternative rock
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Past members  John Critchley Grant Ethier Jim Hughes Mike Robbins
Albums  A Blur to Me Now, Byram Lake Blues, Perpetual Motion Machine, Conquistador
Record labels  Atlantic Records, SBK Records
Similar  100 Proof (Aged in Soul), Alan Rhody, Jean Metcalfe, Bodeco, King Cobb Steelie

13 Engines was a Canadian alternative rock band active in the 1990s.


13 engines bred in the bone


Formed in 1985 as The Ikons, the band consisted of four York University students—vocalist John Critchley, guitarist Mike Robbins, bassist Jim Hughes and drummer Grant Ethier. They released a self-titled independent cassette in 1986 before changing their name to 13 Engines. This name was a reference to the automobile industry in Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan, which were the first two markets to embrace the band.

They released two independent albums, Before Our Time in 1987 and Byram Lake Blues in 1989, before signing to SBK Records in the United States and EMI in Canada.

Their major label debut, 1991's A Blur to Me Now, gave the band airplay for the singles "King of Saturday Night" and "Big Surprise". However, SBK dropped them soon afterward.

1993's Perpetual Motion Machine, produced by Critchley, was the band's breakthrough in Canada, spawning the hit singles "More", "Bred in the Bone" and "Smoke & Ashes", and led to a spot on The Tragically Hip's Another Roadside Attraction tour.

They followed up with Conquistador in 1995, which gave them another hit with "Beneath My Hand". While the album is generally hailed as 13 Engines' finest work, it did not do well commercially and two members subsequently left the band. Critchley contemplated carrying on under the 13 Engines name, but ultimately elected to retire the band.


Following the breakup of 13 Engines, Critchley continued as a solo artist and recorded an album with ex-13 Engines guitarist Scott Stevenson entitled Crooked Mile in 2000. He currently focuses his attention on producing and engineering at Toronto's Green Door Studios, which he owns. He also scores film and television projects.


  • Before Our Time (1987)
    1. Come Back Lover
    2. It's Easy To See
    3. The End of Your Chain
    4. Annabel Lee
    5. The Reunion
    6. Mothra
    7. Cold Pennies
    8. No More Flowers
  • Byram Lake Blues (1989)
    1. Revenge
    2. Beached
    3. Gimme Now
    4. Rest In Between
    5. My Time
    6. Blue Funk
    7. Love Blooze
    8. Making Love Alone
    9. Wish Upon A Star
    10. Memory
    11. Blue Smoke Curl
  • A Blur to Me Now (1991)
    1. Big Surprise
    2. Suffocate
    3. King of Saturday Night
    4. Another Toss of the Coin
    5. You're Nothing If You're Not Strong
    6. Abandoned
    7. Hurry
    8. Clear
    9. Gathered Safely In
    10. Rolling Home Again
    11. Elephant Song
    12. Throttle Open Wide
    13. Night of the Shooting Star
  • Perpetual Motion Machine (1993)
    1. Bred in the Bone
    2. Saviour
    3. More
    4. Unconscious
    5. The Golden Age
    6. Smoke and Ashes
    7. What If We Don't Get What We Want?
    8. Unbound
    9. Perpetual Motion Machine
    10. Moment of Clarity
    11. Dirty Little Rat
    12. The Estrangement
    13. Going Under
    14. Lift You Up
  • Conquistador (1995)
    1. Beneath My Hand
    2. Reptile Boy
    3. Menefreghista
    4. Slow
    5. Naked
    6. Vermilion
    7. Tailpipe Blues
    8. Satellite
    9. Bird of Prey
    10. Cootie Girl
    11. Zone
    12. Even the Sailors
    13. The Listener


    Smoke & AshesPerpetual Motion Machine · 1993
    King of Saturday NightA Blur to Me Now · 1991
    What If We Don't Get What We Want?Perpetual Motion Machine · 1993


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