Gourmet Scum is a Canadian band from the 1980s. They broke up in 1989. Many teens were fans, including Archie Simpson, Shane McKay, Joey Jeremiah, Derek Wheeler, Christine Nelson, Arthur Kobalewscuy, Luke Matthews, Diana Economopoulos and many more Degrassi students. Conversely, Caitlin Ryan, Melanie Brodie, Amy Holmes and Allison Hunter all hated them. Their last album was called Scum Suburb.

During a Gourmet Scum concert in 1989, Shane and Luke took acid, which led to Shane either jumping or falling off a bridge. This led him to become mentally disabled. He was later sent to a psychiatric hospital and was consequently unfit to take care of his daughter Emma Nelson.

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