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Black Dog
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posted 02 July 2002 06:29 PM      Profile for Black Dog   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
On Canada Day, the Globe and Mail featured its take on the Top 25 Canadian Pop Songs.

1. Hallelujah, Leonard Cohen, 1984

2. Powderfinger, Neil Young, 1979

3. Gens du Pays, Gilles Vigneault, 1976

4. New York City, the Demics, 1979

5. River, Joni Mitchell, 1971

6. American Woman, the Guess Who, 1970

7. Foolish Love, Rufus Wainwright, 1998

8. Sundown, Gordon Lightfoot, 1974

9. Ahead by a Century, the Tragically Hip, 1996

10. Letter from an Occupant, the New Pornographers, 2000

11. Harvest Moon, Neil Young, 1992

12. Famous Blue Raincoat, Leonard Cohen, 1971

13. Barrett's Privateers, Stan Rogers, 1977

14. High School Confidential, Rough Trade, 1980

15. The Weight, the Band, 1968

16. Body's in Trouble, Mary Margaret O'Hara, 1988

17. Heart Like a Wheel, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, 1975

18. Magic People, the Paupers, 1967

19. My Definition (of a Boombastic Jazz Style), the Dream Warriors, 1990

20. Takin' Care of Business, Bachman Turner Overdrive, 1974

21. The Hissing of Summer Lawns, Joni Mitchell, 1975

22. Try, Blue Rodeo, 1987

23. Fred Eaglesmith, Time to Get a Gun, 1997

24. Underwhelmed, Sloan, 1993

25. Tokyo, Bruce Cockburn, 1980


Interesting that 15 of the 25 are from 1980 or older. I guess this country hasn't done much, musically, since.

While I chafe at that implication-by-exclusion, I must give the G&M credit for not including anything by Barenaked Ladies, Nickleback, Sum 41, Alanis (Morisette or otherwise), Bryan Adams, Celine Dion, Glass Tiger, or anything by any other members of the Canadian Crap Music Pantheon.

Also note the singular, obligatory inclusions of one Quebecois song and one hip hop song. Now I'm off to compose my own list...


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Black Dog
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posted 03 July 2002 12:32 PM      Profile for Black Dog   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Ugh. Top 25 making head hurt... Here's Black Dog's Top 10 Favorite Canadian Songs.

1. Sloan- "Everything You've Done Wrong"
Beatlesque harmonies + bouncy trumpets + sweet hooks= pure pop perfection.

2. Leonard Cohen- "Everybody Knows" The Monk of Malaise nails this mid-80's ode to paranoia, sexual deviancy and the general crap state of the world.

3. Blue Rode "Bad Timing"- Sad memories for me of listening to this while driving home from a great Canada Day long weekend with my girlfriend at a lovely lake in Northern Saskatchewan. I guess I knew how things were going to turn out. A beautiful, weary, bittersweet tune.

4. Tragically Hip- "Ahead by A Century"- The Globe and I agree! Not their best song, per se, but a summertime heat wave of a song that stays in your head, as real and insubstantial as heat lines above the sidewalk.

5. Joni Mitchell- “Big Yellow Taxi”- To me, the quintessential Joni song. The “oh-la la la” backing vocals and the way she hits the high notes in the chorus just give me chills.

6. Hank Snow- “90 Miles An Hour Down a One Way Street”- Pretty much anything by the godfather of Canadian country could go here, but I‘ve always preferred this ode to forbidden romance to his moving on songs.

7. Gordon Lightfoot-“I’m Not Sayin’/Ribbon of Darkness”- I grew up on Marty Robins’ version of “Ribbon” and was pleased to discover that it was written by a Canuck. Gordo is this country’s most underrated vocalist.

8. Weakerthans- “Watermark”- A masterwork of driving guitars, chugging rhythm and straight from the heart lyrics by John K Samson, arguably the best lyricist in the country today. Just the right blend of the personal and the political.

9. 54-40- “Since When”- I dare you-DARE YOU- to get the organ riff in this one out of your head after hearing it just once. Could’ve picked about a half dozen 54-40 songs for this spot.

10. Hayden- “Dynamite Walls”- At turns brooding and dissonant, this song about driving through the mountains in winter is so Canadian it oozes male syrup.

There you have it. A lot of omissions, natch, and a definite early to mid ‘90s bias (what can I say?), but I like ‘em.


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Lard Tunderin' Jeezus
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posted 05 July 2002 12:59 AM      Profile for Lard Tunderin' Jeezus   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
A list of 25 of my Cancon faves that popped to mind, in no particular order:

Top Down - Teenage Head

Blame it on me - Barenaked Ladies

Acadian Driftwood - The Band

Canadian Railroad Trilogy - Gordon Lightfoot

38 Years Old - The Tragically Hip

Jolie Louise - Daniel Lanois

Sour Suite - the Guess Who

Liars - Ian Thomas

Trust Yourself - Blue Rodeo

Someone Who's Cool - Odds

Celine Dion - The Arrogant Worms

Hockey Night in Canada - Shuffle Demons

Jerk - Kim Stockwell

Ouvre-toi Bébé - Big Sugar

Le blues d'la metropole - Beau Dommage

If I had a rocket-launcher - Bruce Cockburn

Apocalypso - The Singing Fools

Young and in Love - The Pursuit of Happiness

Waitress - Jane Siberry

Drinkin' Ex and Askin' Why - Allen Baekeland

The Natural Edge - David Wilcox

Bye Bye, Mon Cowboy - Mitsou

Safety Dance - Men Without Hats

Too Bad - Doug & the Slugs

Watch your Step Polka - kd lang

[ July 05, 2002: Message edited by: Lard tunderin' jeesus ]


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Sine Ziegler
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posted 05 July 2002 12:43 PM      Profile for Sine Ziegler     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Reminds me of how much Canadian music SUCKS ON THE WHOLE!
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ronb
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posted 05 July 2002 12:47 PM      Profile for ronb     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Which demonstrates how deaf you are.
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Sine Ziegler
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posted 05 July 2002 02:00 PM      Profile for Sine Ziegler     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Naw I'm just hip.
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Arch Stanton
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posted 07 July 2002 08:26 PM      Profile for Arch Stanton     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
In no particular order:

Ca va venir, decouragez-vous pas....La Bolduc

Us on a Bus....Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians

Close the Door.......The Happy Gang

That Moaning Saxophone Rag...Six Brown Brothers

Rock Me Gently..Andy Kim

My Way...Paul Anka

Sh'Boom..The Crew Cuts

Steel Rail Blues.......Gordon Lightfoot

Farewell to Nova Scotia.....Katherine McKinnon

White Collar Holler...Stan Rogers

Let's F*** DOA

Daredevil.......Battered Wives

Let the Rhythm Roll......Ishan People

Takin' Care of Business...BTO

The West, A Nest and You...Mart Kenney Orchestra

Wasichu...Robert Charlebois

Lindbergh.....Charlebois

Gens de Pays....Gilles Vigneault

The French Song....Lucille Starr

Moody Manitoba Morning..The Bells

Early Morning Rain...Lightfoot

Snowbound......Humphrey and the Dumptrucks

Temples of Syrinx....Rush

Many, many tunes by Kate and Anna McGarrigle

[ July 07, 2002: Message edited by: Arch Stanton ]


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posted 07 July 2002 09:48 PM      Profile for flotsom   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
New York City, the Demics, 1979

Andrew Whittaker was my best pal through my teen years - his dad was the singer for the Demics, (Keith Whittaker died quite young of cancer) we lost touch these last ten years or so... is Drew Whittaker a babbler ? Did anyone take journalism with Drew Whittaker at Carlton ? Anyone know him, and If so, please contact him, and send me a p.m...

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