The Jitters were a Canadian rock band formed in Toronto, Ontario in 1981 by Blair Packham, Danny Levy and Matthew Greenberg. Five years of constant performing established them as one of the premier club bands in the Greater Toronto Area.
They caught the attention of producer Bob Ezrin in 1982, but studio sessions with him did not produce any results. An independent video in 1984 for the song “Take Me As I Am” brought them limited national exposure, though the song never appeared on any full-length release.
1986 saw The Jitters in an opening slot for Huey Lewis and the News at the Canadian National Exhibition, and tying for third place in Q107’s Homegrown Contest with the song “Last of the Red Hot Fools”. These two events helped open doors with Capitol Records who proceeded to sign the band.
The Jitters had several songs that were ready for release, and after spending some extra time in the studio with producer Paul Gross, released their eponymous debut in 1987. “Last Of The Red Hot Fools” was the first single and became a radio hit throughout the country, and they were nominated at the 1989 Juno Awards in the category of Most Promising Group of the Year.
In 1988, they played support for Heart on their UK tour.
Three years later, The Jitters released their second and final album Louder Than Words. The result of a collaboration with American songwriter/producer Jules Shear, Louder Than Words was the last effort for the group who split in 1991 due to the pressures of constant club tours.