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I Guess You Can’t Hate The Tragically Hip If You’re Canadian
Being from Canada, I have always found it difficult to be a music fan and also a musician knowing that there is barely a music industry in Canada. The little industry that we do have is mostly dominated by labels who spend their money on quick returns. Also let’s face facts here, on the world stage Canada barely makes a dent in the industry. Sorry, but true. And, most of the Canadian artists that actually do make it big, are in fact, only big within Canada.
The Tragically Hip is a perfect example of this. Sure there is a chance they have small pockets of fans elsewhere in the world, but for the most part, this band can only sell out major venues in Canada.
Growing up in small town Canada, I’ve observed that for some reason The Tragically Hip resonates with the townies. I remember being really young listening to the radio when ‘The Hip‘ was constantly being played (I blame the CRTC), and at that moment, I thought that they were one of the worst bands I had ever heard. To this day I still think that. It sounded like sub-par rock that failed to be interesting with a singer that sounded like he was trying to sing while shaking like a wet dog. At the time I didn’t know they were Canadian, I just thought they were a band that was getting way more credit than they deserved. In fact, in my mind their music was a far cry from tragically hip and leaned a lot more in the direction towards tragically shit.
When I got older, I would meet people along the way that loved The Hip and they could not believe how I despised their treasured band so much. I can remember hearing “What? You don’t like The Hip?”, and “They are Canada’s rock band, how can you not like them?” When I heard that, it would set me off. If I’m Canadian I have to like The Hip?. If The Hip are the standard for great Canadian rock’n’roll, than that is probably the most depressing thing I have ever heard.
Canadians, The Tragically Hip don’t speak to all Canadian music fans, in fact some Canadians outright loath them…Get over it.