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Old 4 Weeks Ago   #16 (permalink)
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RIP Gord Downie ... we lost one of our best!
You are ahead by a century
But this is our life and disappointing you getting me down
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hi mousie,,,,tomorrow at 9 on ctv ,,,which is atlantic canadian tv, there is a concert / documentary....ill be gathering up some beers for that
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I saw The Tragically Hip live 9 or 10 times. Gord Downie is best front man for a band I ever saw. If you ever saw the epic antics as well as the rants in the middle of a song on stage, you would have a hard time believing what a quiet, soft spoken, and intelligent man he was. He was a poet.
They never really caught traction in the U.S. but that was ok with Canadians. They were kind of our little secret and part of the fabric of Canada. How many bands would be so part of a nation that the national television network would drop their broadcast of the Olympic Games to show a commercial free live broadcast of what would be their final concert. A concert watched by 1 in 3 Canadians.
You would be hard pressed to go to a hockey arena, party, or a campfire and not hear some Hip......I don't think that will change anytime soon.
well said my friend,,,well said,,,first bbq were playing lots of hip,,,,maybe we can have another,,,like a hip 2 bbq when yous arrive....miss yous all...i want to look for a jaws teeshirt at value village next time up in the big towns
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yes....Gord had brain cancer and was only 53, though....even more tragic when they are so young.

Steve-the reason I posted Wheat Kings is that I live in the city the song is about (Paris of the Prairies = Saskatoon). It's my favourite. Maybe you will have heard these songs?





Thanks!

38 Years Old is one of my favorites of theirs, indeed! As is 50 Mission Cap. I had at least a couple of others I liked a lot, too, but can't recall the titles right now. Don't recognize either of the others you add here but it may be that I know them and just don't know the titles. Will check and given them a listen a bit later when not out and about.

Oh, and I will listen to Wheat Kings, as well!

Yes, of course I was just referring to age (think Bowie or many others), but there are very sad cases like this where someone is ill and goes before what might otherwise be their time (or someone was perhaps making themselves ill and goes similarly young, like Prince)...
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Of course Bowie was older but also sick, so that was not the best example of that. But the point of just sheer age is also still more and more a factor...
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listening now on spotify will miss the hip tragically
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Of course Bowie was older but also sick, so that was not the best example of that. But the point of just sheer age is also still more and more a factor...
yep...we're getting old!

And rock stars tend to burn out younger than the average.
So we are going to be losing lots in the coming years, for sure.



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listening now on spotify will miss the hip tragically
yes i have spotify also,,,and some really good songs on there, i put a collection together this summer on a tablet, and some of his tunes,,i use go music now it has no commercials, just download on the tablet, then go to youtube and download the tunes

tomorrow see if you can get ctv,,like scotty said,,,it was more interesting than the olympics.
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yep...we're getting old!

And rock stars tend to burn out younger than the average.
So we are going to be losing lots in the coming years, for sure.



for you Steve!

im older than you....me and gord was born same year....my fav is the 100th meridian
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So FWIW, this is another fave of mine:
Also like the title track from that album is good. I see Fifty Mission Cap is also from that one, too (right before Wheat Kings, actually). Love the way the hockey stuff is all integrated into that .
Guess I just knew that album and one a couple prior to that, with 38 Years Old and Boots & Hearts, which I also liked. And Wheat Kings is good.

Obviously I don't know the music as well as many of you, but sorry to hear about him passing and condolences...

ETA: Ah — more posted since I started that! OK, will have more to listen to.

And he was less than a year older than I am, to add to Rob's point...
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I'm surprised his music never caught on in the US... sort of like someone squeezed him out of the main stream. Would love to have been at his grand departure event in Toronto.

Every time I hear that "New Orleans is Sinking" song, it's like a dash of reality. Hope it doesn't totally sink while I'm there for Vodoo-Fest and Holoween in a few days.

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I'm surprised his music never caught on in the US... sort of like someone squeezed him out of the main stream. Would love to have been at his grand departure event in Toronto.

Every time I hear that "New Orleans is Sinking" song, it's like a dash of reality. Hope it doesn't totally sink while I'm there for Vodoo-Fest and Holoween in a few days.

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Here you go Jimmy - New Orleans is at 49:29
One of the times The Hip played in the U.S. at Woodstock 99.
This would be a the mid point of the bands career. Most songs are complete with Gords famous improvs between the songs actual lyrics.
Some say they never really caught on in the U.S. as many of they songs had so many references to Canadian towns, people , and events that were not always easy for people outside Canada to relate to. It was also said that when the band played outside Canada it would be in mainly smaller venues and inevitably Canadians would show up in droves making it largely Canadian audience. Who knows.

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I'm surprised his music never caught on in the US... sort of like someone squeezed him out of the main stream. Would love to have been at his grand departure event in Toronto.

Every time I hear that "New Orleans is Sinking" song, it's like a dash of reality. Hope it doesn't totally sink while I'm there for Vodoo-Fest and Holoween in a few days.

Jimmy
His last performance was in Kingston Ontario, the city where they started out. It was televised for a bit over 2 hours, large crowd and even though we watched from home, it was so moving so see Gord doing his last big Tragically Hip show. He accomplished a lot in the last year of his life and is a true Canadian legend in my opinion.
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The Tragically Hip did have strong local followings in some American cities, particularly Detroit and Seattle. What did these cities have in common? They are both close to the 49th parallel where listeners could easily tune in to Canadian FM radio stations.
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Sad that this turned into a music thread.
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