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Gord Downie

It's a tough month for music icons that I love... first Tom Petty, unexpectedly - for me, really someone who was deeply steeped in Americana

... and now, Gord Downie, expected, but no less devastating - someone who was the front man for a band that was so Canadian, it was seen as the major reason they could never make it big in the states. They were TOO Canadian to be exported.

Gord Downie had terminal brain cancer and the Tragically Hip had their farewell/retirement concert when the diagnosis came in. Gord then spent the last couple years of his life working to help the Indigeneous community and help the reconcilliation movement.

I was trying to think of a song to post, but I honestly can't track just one down that encompases everything. In the end, I've just gone for Wheat Kings, because it's just a lovely example of how the Tragically Hip sung about Canada, not just the good stuff, but also the uncomfortable corners.

In Wheat Kings, Gord sings about David Milgaarde, who was falsely imprisoned for years.

But, if you want to listen to a second song... Locked in the Truck of a Car was actually the first song I ever heard from the Tragically Hip, back when I was 10-11 years old. I always wanted to do a re-cut of Supernatural, that I would call "Canadian Supernatural" where all the song cues would go into Tragically Hip songs. Locked in the Truck of the Car was on the top of my list for songs that I wished were in SPN.



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Oct. 18th, 2017 07:54 pm (UTC)
i'd never heard of Tragically Hip so maybe they didn't export to the UK either. I'll have to check them out though; Wheat Kings was good. The other vid wouldn't play here, sadly.

Edited at 2017-10-18 07:55 pm (UTC)
Oct. 18th, 2017 08:04 pm (UTC)
Yeah, too Canadian to export anywhere, really. Though, they did once play for the Queen, so at least one Brit has seen them ;)

That sucks about the other vid being geo-locked. But yeah, check them out, they have a very long career with many different songs... part of the reason it's hard for me to find just one example. See if you can find "New Orleans is Sinking" - that's probably their most famous one.

Another really great slow one is Bobcaygeon. (Bobcaygeon is a town in north-eastern Ontario.)
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