Kon Kan is a synth-pop duo from Toronto that originally consisted of singer\keyboardist\guitarist Barry Harris and singer Kevin Wynne.
The duo got their name from the phrase "Can Con" which is short for Canadian Content which is the name of a rule that enforces Canadian radio stations to at least play 30% music from Canadian musicians.
In 1989, Kon Kan released their debut album, "Move to Move" on Atlantic Records. It's unknown how or if the album charted in Canada or the US.
Kon Kan's first single was "I Beg Your Pardon (I Never Promised You a Rose Garden)" which sampled Lynn Anderson's 1971 hit song, "(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden" along with Silver Connection's 1976 hit song, "Get Up and Boogie (That's Right)," and Spagna's 1987 hit song, "Call Me."
The song became a hit, peaking at #19 on the Canadian Singles Chart. In the US, the song was Kon Kan's biggest hit to date, peaking at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100, #3 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart and topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart. The song was also successful in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands.
The second single from the album, "Harry Houdini" peaked at #39 on the Canadian Singles chart and #88 on the UK Singles chart. In the US, the song managed to peak at #33 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
Kon Kan's third single was "Puss n' Boots\These Boots (Are Made for Walking)" which sampled Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made for Walking" along with Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song." The song peaked at #61 on the Canadian Singles chart and in the US, the song peaked at #58 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #14 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
The last single, the title song managed to peak at #84 on the Canadian Singles chart, but not in the US or internationally. After their debut album, Kevin Wynne left Kon Kan, leaving only Barry Harris.
In 1990, Barry released Kon Kan's sophomore album, "Syntonic" under the band's name. It's unknown how or if the album ever charted.
The album wasn't as successful as Kon Kan's debut and only two singles, "Liberty" and "Could've Said I Told You So" failed to become successful on the charts.
By 1993, Kon Kan were no longer signed to the Atlantic Records label and Barry had ran out of ideas. During that same year, their last album, "Vida!" was released to minimal success.
After that, Barry Harris went on to form the techno\house music project, Outta Control with Rachid Webbi and Kimberley Wetmore. They released a self-titled album in 1996 and scored four hit songs on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart from 1995 to 1998.
In 1997, Barry became one half of the music production duo Thunderpuss, collaborating with deejay, producer & remixer Chris Cox. They worked together, remixing dance hits for various artists. They disbanded in 2003. After that, he continued with his deejaying career.
After remixing a song for Chaka Khan, Barry took a four-year hiatus from the music business, but re-emerged in 2009 with the song "Drama Queen (Texting You)." In 2011, he formed a rock band called
In June of 2013, Barry and Kevin Wynne reunited as Kon Kan and these days, they continue to be active in the music business.
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To see the music video for "I Beg Your Pardon (I Never Promised You a Rose Garden)," go to:
To see the music video for "Harry Houdini," go to:
To see the music video for "Puss 'n Boots\These Boots Are Made for Walking," go to:
To see the music video for "Liberty," go to:
To see the music video for "Sinful Wishes," go to:
To see a fan-made video for "Could Have Said I Told You So," go to:
[Updated on 04\16\2016]