Saga formed in Oakville, Ontario (near Toronto) in 1977 and were originally called Pockets. They released their first record in 1978 and gradually built an audience in their homeland. The group's third LP, Silent Knight (1980) even charted in Canada (#42), although they remained relatively unknown in the U.S.
This all changed in 1981 when they released the Worlds Apart album. Two videos from the record went into heavy rotation on your favorite video music channel and Saga became an early MTV success story. The Worlds Apart LP reached #29 in the U.S. (#22 in Canada), while "Wind Him Up" (#64) and "On the Loose" (#26) both charted. Saga even won the Juno Award for Most Promising Group of the Year in 1982 (regular ERV readers will now shake their heads knowingly ... another example of the cursed nature of a best new anything award).
Unfortunately, the band's commercial success did not last, but Saga has remained a working band and continues to regularly release albums and tour. They remain particularly popular in Germany, Scandinavia and Puerto Rico. As of this writing, Saga has released 21 studio albums and remains active in the industry.
For the blog, we went with "Wind Him Up," an early story video. While the video was clearly shot on a budget, the band's dramatic flair and storytelling were ahead of their time, and helped generate traction on MTV.