Return to the Babylon Mall! Mark Critch featured in remake of Wonderful Grand classic

For the Avalon Mall's 50th anniversary, management decided to get some of the old gang together, and do a remake of the classic tune by Wonderful Grand Band.

All proceeds from song remake will go to Tommy Sexton Centre

A stellar team of musicians did a remake of the classic Babylon Mall song by the Wonderful Grand Band in support of the Tommy Sexton Centre. (CBC/Avalon Mall)

A lot can happen in 50 years, but things are still going strong at the St. John's shopping centre immortalized in song as The Babylon Mall.

As the Avalon Mall marks its 50th anniversary, management decided to get some of the old gang together, for a remake of the classic Wonderful Grand Band tune, originally starring the late, great Tommy Sexton.

"It was as viral as you can go in 1980," says Avalon Mall general manager Marcel Eliot. 

"We said, 'Wouldn't it be cool if we could just get the remaining members and people involved?'" 

Plans came together quickly, and the result is a brand new video, starring Mark Critch, Amelia Curran, Geraldine Hollett from The Once, Paul Kinsman and Billy Sutton, and of course original Wonderful Grand Band members Sandy Morris, Glen Simmons, Boomer Stamp and Greg Malone as Mr. Budgell.

"Growing up the Wonderful Grand Band was everything to me," said Mark Critch, who sang on the remake.

"I remember watching that video, Tommy Sexton kicking and singing Babylon Mall,  and I remember actually thinking that's what I want to do when I grow up."

All proceeds from the song will go toward the Tommy Sexton Centre, which provides emergency or short term shelter to people over the age of 16, with priority to people living with HIV or AIDS.

"Hopefully people buy the single so it can do some real good, especially this time of year," said Critch.

With files from the St. John's Morning Show and On The Go