At least 2. 1)...takes his inspiration from 50s jazz and beat poetry, 60s garage bands, 70s punk energy and do-it-yourself ethos, 80s dysfunctional relationships and 90s stand-up comedy." -- Stu Cousins, Soundscape Magazine The RALPH group began as an extension of the RALPH zine, itself a labour of love created (and printed on an old mimeograph machine) by Ralph Alfonso, the Vancouver (by way of Montreal and Toronto) poet/graphic designer who's hovered under Canada's pop-culture radar screen since the late 60s (more than likely there is a CD or LP or something in your house with his name on it somewhere). This Is For The Night People is the fourth RALPH CD -- a late night downtempo jazz flavour; like Serge Gainsbourg having drinks with Rod McKuen in the back of a stretch limo at 3 in the morning. At once nostalgic and romantic, Night People is an intelligent work that will only grow stronger with time.
"It's the soundtrack to driving in the rain late at night by yourself," says Ralph. "The thoughts that run through your head -- maybe a past you're leaving behind, or forward into the unknown." Ralph understands the concept of uncertain future very well. In 1991, he quit his Toronto music industry executive job at EMI Canada (Marketing Manager for their Canadian artists, having been head-hunted from a similar post at Warner Canada), to pursue a long-distance romance in Vancouver. "Within months, everything went sour.
I watched all the furniture get taken away -- so I was sleeping on the carpet in this empty apartment thinking, what the hell am I going to do now?" In 1992, he started publishing a small monthly pop/poetry zine (RALPH: Coffee, Jazz and Poetry) as part of a healing process and a way to rejuvenate his creativity. With a part-time job in the Nettwerk art dept, Ralph scrambled to make ends meet as prolific freelance CD cover designer. His zine slowly garnered a loyal underground following as its free distribution began to encompass all of Canada and various US/European locations. It would have remained that way had it not been for two radio interviews that were to alter the course of Ralph's life.Make Ralph Playlist