For years I've been puzzled by the name Little Caesar and the Consuls given to the group that I once played drums with called The Consuls. Although the term, consuls, was originally used to denote two leaders of the Roman senate more than 2000 years ago, some time between political rule by the early Roman kings, and the rule of the emperors often called Caesar, I think I recall that our group's labeling itself "The Consuls" was actually inspired by a British automobile,the Consul.
Obviously I had nothing to do with applying that name to our band, and have always believed that Bruce Morshead had originated it. Some time after Robbie, Gene,and I left the "Consuls" the new group that formed around the two remaining "Consuls" became known as "Little Caesar and the Consuls". The new name inspiring a kind of imperial air, surprised me because I rightly or wrongly had always believed that the original name had more mechanical/commercial or even democratic associations than the more recent one evoking the image of the autocratic rulers of the Roman empire.
But what interests me about the change of name from "The Consuls" (whether derived from the Roman Consuls or a British auto) to "Little Caesar and the Consuls" is that it reminds me that in the early days of rock and roll the name "Consuls" seemed to suit an era in which differences between performers and audience were blurred compared to ensuing years of popular rock entertainment when the distance between the deified "rock star" and the masses seemed to grow as wide as between the Roman emperor and his subjects in the days of the Roman empire after Caesar had destroyed Italy's Republican Roman constitution. I've owned the photo of the early Consuls of which I was a part since the photo was taken. The one of Little Caesar and the Consuls was sent to me by Boyd Sarney when I started putting Toronto's Secret Online. After years of puzzling over why the name was changed and who little Caesar was, just yesterday I finally realized that little Caesar was likely Norm the man between the two boats about to be slugged by Ken's and Tom's paddles and not the person who had been leader of the Consuls formed in 1957. It's likely that my conversation with Tom Wilson 2 weeks ago helped direct my curiosity; though it was only last night, Christmas, 2016 that I finally understood that the Bruce I knew who had given our group the name of a British automobile could not have christened himself as the little Caesar of "Little Caesar and The Consuls".
My perplexity about the group "The Consuls" that I played drums in and the group that I was not a part of was hightened by that old "The Consuls" photo of me Bruce, Norm, Gene and Len superimposed on a recent record jacket of "Little Caesar and The Consuls"