This blog segment is about two things.
#1) Holding your hand and hopefully helping you discover a new song for your playlist each week.
#2) Seeing if we can’t keep it semi relevant to either what’s happened in the last week, or what’s about to happen in the next week…(let’s not be too sticky on that one).
The terrible news of Gord Downie’s incurable brain cancer shook the entire country yesterday. If you’ve listened to the radio in Canada at all since 1990, there’s a very good chance that you’ve heard The Tragically Hip at least once…but probably more like 50,000 times. The problem is that radio stations don’t play ALL of the good songs from a band, and if you’ve never gone beyond what you’ve heard from The Hip on the radio, you’ve missed out on some incredible music.
This one is a little bit sad, but it really is one of their more magical songs.
One of their more underrated songs, I always identified with the lyric ‘a bus full of kids gives you the finger’.
Any real fan of the hip is familiar with Paul Langois’ signature back up vocals. This one is textbook Langois.
I put this song on the camping playlist from last week, but it’s always been my favourite Hip song, and given the circumstances, I think it’ll be just fine to add it again. This song to me sounds like the definition of Canadian highway driving music. I can always picture the white line on the side of the road, and the open Canadian countryside passing me by when I hear it.
Finally, this is one of the many songs that makes me wish that I was able to see the band back in the day when they were a smokey bar band. There’s just so much energy to it.
I’ve actually only scratched the surface of great Hip songs with this blog post, but hopefully you’ve found something new to add to your playlist. Terrible news about Gord 🙁