Tragically un-hip. Think it should be a bit higher! The 25 Most Iconic Music Videos of the ‘90s, This artist drew self-portraits on 50 different drugs (Photos), Here are the best 2020 musician Halloween costumes, Here’s what’s coming to Netflix this November. By filling their songs with national lore, singer Gord Downie, guitarist Paul Langlois, guitarist Rob Baker, bassist Gord Sinclair and drummer Johnny Fay have tapped into the Canadian condition in a rare way. The Hip was laying out a map, hinting at what was to come, even if the band didn't know it. Trouble at the Henhouse’s closing sequence was inspired by the birth of one of Downie’s children, and it’s a deeply meditative slow burner that rides a faint raga guitar and a lumbering beat into the desert of the mind. Music fans never forgot the Hip mattered. This was when the band truly grew out of being solely a Kingston fixture. If there was ever an album that was criminally overlooked, it’s In Between Evolution. Good party song! It’s quality rock and roll, from a reliably great band. There’s a wealth of gems here next to band staple “Bobcaygeon” and the broad strokes of album opener “Poets,” and the most evocative among them is the band’s intimate atmospheric tribute to late touring acquaintance Jim Ellison of Chicago’s Material Issue. For all the critiques of the album’s darker turns, the band strikes a powerful balance between the expansive and the intimate. One listen to World Container’s “In View” is proof. Plenty of second albums suffer from rushed schedules and half-completed songs thrown together before release. More than that, this is the quintessential Tragically Hip record: the excitingly jagged jolts in the band's arrangements and melodies, plus Downie's distinctive voice — both physical and lyrical — creating an endlessly weird and wonderful whiplash of the emotional and performative. Stunning. Somehow, they do. “Poets” and “Fireworks” are irreverent, literate rock songs that easily separate the Hip from the many dour releases of contemporaries. This soft spoken journey into the woods is the Hip at its most delicate. We reserve the right to close comments at any time. This one just grabs me a little more. I get shivers every time I listen to this song. Trading in the hard-rocking guitar-oriented tracks of their previous albums, for a pop hook, the song is a declaration disguised as an earworm jingle: The Hip could change without losing their identity. This one deserves to be higher up on the list. The anthem will likely go down as The Hip’s definitive piece, a moving narrative about a cop falling in love in a small town. Arcane lyrics? This is one not for the arenas; this is for the close quarters, the intimate spaces. Deep lyrics, great slide guitar, nice track all around. Outgoing rock songs still make an appearance with “Are You Ready” and “All Tore Up,” but they’re the exceptions. It’s almost a live album in all but name, with a significant portion of the record pulled from live performances on the studio floor in a two-week session. It's so hard to pick one favourite song! I don't know exactly what a "forget-yer-skates dream" is, but I remember grabbing on to that line right away. check. The vocals are awesome. “If you’re a musician and you’re born in Canada it’s in your DNA to like the Tragically Hip,” City and Colour’s Dallas Green told The Canadian Press. Awesome song! This record could top this list with “Bobcaygeon” alone. It is a priority for CBC to create a website that is accessible to all Canadians including people with visual, hearing, motor and cognitive challenges. By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. For shame! That’s a win in my books. The Tragically Hip - Bobcaygeon Filled with Downie's lyrical wit, the 2004 album is a par-for-the course Hip release. Very cool riff and lyrics. Send us a tip using our anonymous form. The Hip went for softer, more inwardly ruminative alternative rock on Trouble at the Henhouse, and in few places is that more effective than this study of cohabitation. This is my favourite Hip song, but I did not think that it was going to be in the top spot. The band hits the ground running, a rush of mostly unwavering confidence and unfathomable greatness from the first track, "Blow at High Dough," through the fourth, "38 Years Old." It’s on few tracks that Gord Downie’s regional perspective gets a chance to probe countrywide assimilation with the fiery intent they do here, and that’s a damn shame. Some thing about the intro to this song gets my juices flowing. I have been hooked by the HIP ever since. So it’s no exaggeration to say that an entire country mourned when the band announced in May that Downie had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. The band, known for their lengthy and raucous tours, told their fans they were doing it one more time – in their words: “This feels like the right thing to do now, for Gord, and for all of us.” After releasing their latest album, Man Machine Poem, in June, and playing shows across the country through July and August, they will take the stage for what is likely to be the last time together on Saturday, August 20th, in their hometown of Kingston. Over the band's 12 full-length albums, the Hip has created a lyrical map of life in Canada, ranging from anthemic national anthems ("Blow at High Dough," "Courage") to intimate moments ("Scared," "Wheat Kings," "Fiddler's Green"). This is a classic and wasn't even listed! Why it doesn't even crack the top ten is beyond me. That’s because their music an irrevocable part of our culture—and it started in Kingston. As a result, it’s a far more urgent album than critics realized. By far my favorite Hip tune. My favourite song to listen to when sitting by the lake. — AW, Day for Night was the first album that saw the Hip move fully and completely away from its blues-rock origins to adopt a sound that really became its own: the music was both foreboding and anthemic, and Downie's lyrics reached a new level of richness and poignancy bordering on mysticism. While Gord Downie was writing, his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer, and many of the album's lyrics reflect that lost sense of cautious hope. Just a very powerful opening and then continues to build throughout. “Fiddlers Green” and “Long Time Running” are quiet, eye-watering numbers. Their records formed the bedrock of a new national musical identity, belonging to campfires and hockey arenas, emerging cities and quiet small towns. The Hip has had so many great hits, but Bobcaygeon is Gord's best voice, the song that sets him apart.