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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.

Another time.

 

 

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  1. I love The Hip man, what’s wrong with you? Are you not Canadian dude?

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    • That’s the problem, why do we have to love the Hip just because we are Canadian. I am 100% Canadian and I can’t stand their music. Downie sounds like a cross between nasally version of Mike Stipe (REM) and Stevie Nicks and his lyrics aren’t even that good.

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  2. I’m with you. the tragically overrated are a band people like because their friends like them. A lot of it comes down to this: Back in the early 90’s, the whole “Proud to be Canadian because I’m not an American” thing was at its peak (it’ll always be there but I think back then was when it was most prevailant). Now you put that aside and introduce the knuckle dragging dumb asses who buy into the whole “Hockey is the best sport ever and hockey is our national sport!” thing.

    Then along comes the tragically overrated and they put out their song about a Canadian hockey player and the above dumbographic listen to their shit single and put two and two together and the next thing you know, they’re throwing themselves at gord downey’s feet in the hopes of bearing his children.

    the tragic they’re still around are shit. their music is pretty dry for the most part, they’re not artistic in the slightest – at least in comparison to other bands – and gord downey’s voice will always sound snobby and shakey.

    the tragically overrated are famous because they struck a cord with the hockey fan demographic. Could you imagine how much more famous The Bare Naked Ladies could have been if they sang a song about Tim Horton’s instead of If I had a Million Dollars? Or even how much they loved Canadian Tire?

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    • There really isn’t much else to say about that comment. You have said it all and I appreciate every word!

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  3. I have always hated the hip and part of the reason many Canadians like them so much is because they were forced down our throat by the CRTC. Their biggest hit in the US was 129 on the charts and they should be a band that died out a long time ago, yet they are still foisted upon radio listeners. Maybe if you lived in some jerwater part of Canada and they were the only band that toured there, and you were young and drunk, and maybe got a sloppy bj after the concert, well then maybe you mayhave fond nostalgic memories from your youth, but other than that they are pure shite!

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    • I agree completely. They really should’ve died out years ago!

      (Obviously pun not intended)

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  4. Back in University in 92 was when I first heard about the Hip. I heard all this hype about them, but like all the other alternative acts of that time period, I found the music dull, un-inspirational, un climatic, and generally depressing. Even following the crowd, I don’t see how someone can tolerate this shit, let alone go bananas for it.
    How do you go from all the great rock of the 70’s and 80’s to this overrated world where the singers sound like sheep and talentless lead guitarists avoid guitar solo’s.
    Canada had so many talented acts it could choose to define itself by, should one choose to engage in that over indulgence. I am thinking the Guess Who, Loverboy, April Wine, Chilawack, Red Ryder, Trooper, and Rush would be much better choices than any of this alternative rubbish.

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    • Thanks for your comment. I also have no idea how anyone can tolerate their tragically shit music. Long live Rush!

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  5. Yes! I can’t stand them either and apparently tat makes me a bad Canadian. It’s sad he’s dying of cancer, nobody deserves that, but it won’t change the fact that his voice annoys the hell out of me. Just because I’m Canadian it doesn’t mean I have to rabidly love all Canadian music. Expand your horizons people! They’re over rated. Same goes for The Tea Party, both are washed up old news.

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  6. Tragically Inequipped as I have called them from the first day I laid ears on them. If there is one band I cannot stand, it’s the Hip

    Try Rheostatics instead.

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  7. Agreed. Here’s my take: While it’s true he has a terrible voice, I like lots of so-called “bad” voices, so that’s not really the problem. I think they’re lyrics are bad pretentious drivel, but some of the best garage rock ever made contains some pretty lame and goofy lyricism, so that’s not the problem either.

    The real problem is that they are so painfully mediocre. They offer NOTHING original and NOTHING interesting. They play standard, classic rock, bar band material that’s easy to mimic, which is proven by the fact that you can go into any bar in Canada and the cover band on display will be playing their stuff. That’s boring.

    Also, the only reason they’re big in Canada is because the CRTC has shoved them down our throats by playing them every third song on the radio. Look at the facts: nobody likes them anywhere else other than a few communities on the border of Canada where they’ve been equally overplayed. They’ve had every opportunity: SNL, Woodstock 99, festivals, opening for established rock bands like The Who and they’ve been greeted with indifference every time. While it’s true that mainstream success outside of Canada has eluded other bands like Sloan, Blue Rodeo, BSS, etc, those bands still manage to achieve cult success almost everywhere they go. The Hip don’t. Why? Because they’re mediocre, uninteresting and boring.

    At the end of the day, music is art and art is subjective. I’m glad their fans like them so much, but the vitriol they spew on those of us who “don’t get it” is ridiculous.

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  8. FINALLY!!!! I’m so glad to know I’m not the only one who LOATHES this crap band. I’d like to find the person who first told Gord that he could sing. I mean really! That person deserves to die a gruesome death for encouraging this guy who has the worst voice I’ve ever heard. And the lyrics, GAH! Pure drivel contrived to confuse and distract from the fact that they blow monkey chunks.

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  9. Oh thank god, I’m not alone!! I have tried several times to be a “good Canadian” and at least like this band, I usually lie and say I like certain songs just to end the conversation. Who wants a band to identify with nationally? Music is personal, if I want to hear something “Canadian” I’ll listen to the national anthem!! Gimme music that floods my soul and makes my foot tap; what I don’t need is a geography or hockey history lesson.

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    • Very well put…even with a hockey reference…Thanks!

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  10. Something about them leaves me cold. I saw them live a few times & you can almost fist-pump at the same beat for the whole show… musically that’s odd, like one long run-on song.

    And I’m irritated that this concert has bubbled up into a huge Canadian identity thing. Maybe we don’t all want to be labelled & associated.

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  11. As a proud duel citizen I prefer Blues Travellers. Distracting in a non-musical sense is all I can say about The Tragically Hip. Plus I would not want to party with any big hip fans ; ugh

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  12. What a relief to know that it is not just my brother and I that have never liked this group! I just googled “un-Canadian to not like Tragically Hip” and found this site! CBC suspended coverage of the Olympics for this concert, did they not? I mean, seriously?
    While Downey’s (I just can’t call him a singer…) illness is unfortunate, I like how Bowie did it better. Quietly and with dignity. And with a final album as a gift to his millions of fans.
    I am sure this Hip mania will be going on for weeks, maybe longer! So tired of it already!!

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    • Very true. Bowie was an artist through to the end. Thanks for checking out the site!

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    • Very true…Bowie was an artist through to the end. Thanks for checking out the site!

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    • I just commented that I am so so so tired of hearing about this band since the news of Downies illness hit the media and anarchy was loosed! Honestly? If this shitty band was THIS popular would they not be known around the globe? I am not pro death and I feel bad for the guy but their music is sub par and GD depressing. ENOUGH all F’n ready!

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  13. In relation to the topic about having to like this Hip if you are Canadian, I saw Gord praising Justin Trudeau during his Kingston concert. (I was stuck in a Montreal area hotel room and the wife was watching them, not me).
    Like the “Hip”, liberals also seem to think that unless you are one of them you are “not a real Canadian”.
    I have seen some pretty bad political vitriol from liberal. I wonder If Downie came out of the closet as a conservative, how many of his legions of liberal fans would instead be glad he was dying?
    If you are going to tie being Canadian into a band, why wouldn’t liberal politics be a consideration.

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  14. Until I read all these replies I thought I was being un Canadian for not liking their music. No charisma. Nothing stands out as interesting rock.

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  15. I’m getting bombarded with news of their last tour ever. I could care less. Absolutely shit band. Completely generic middle of the road rock sound, fronted by a singer with the most annoying voice in the world. Yes, even more annoying than Neil Young.

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  16. I cannot say how happy I am to see new comments! After days of biting my tongue on social media because people are SO deeply affected, this feels like a space of kindred sanity.

    I doubt their fans understand the lyrics to their songs, or the meaning. Otherwise I can’t see the wistful bonfire warm-fuzzy to the tune of David Milgaard’s wrongful conviction (Wheat Kings) or dorm-party bro-down karaoke.

    I feel they benefited both from the CanCon airplay…and the fact that every song is like a CanCon “Hello Cleveland” for someone “omg, that’s us!!”

    I’m sorry for Downie, his family & friends and what they’re all facing. But the common fan comment “there’s just no ego with them!”, um, you don’t get “contrived spoken word” rants without ego….

    And whether you like any of these acts or not I was appalled to learn the Hip entered the Canadian Music Hall of Fame before Celine, Bryan Adams, k.d. lang, Burton Cummings, and several others. What the….

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  17. So glad I am not alone here. I was crucified on FB last week for saying I can’t stand the hip. I may have even lost a friend or two because of it. I was being tagged in posts about the final concert and my phone was blowing up with notifications that night. Then when I got home later that night the news, social media, everywhere i looked it was the hip and how Canada loves the hip. I made the facebook post and wow I got hammered.

    I have always since day one hated this band. downies voice is like nails on a chalk board to me. Only band that will make me turn off a radio.

    Yes the CRTC is responsible for their popularity. I have heard but can’t confirm that there is a clause in the cancon law that allows radio to play less content if they play more songs that contain Canadiana. The hip fit the Canadiana thing well with a lot of their songs based on Canada and is why they get played more than other better Canadian bands.

    I’m Canadian and proud of it but hate this whole Canada’s band thing. So many better bands that do not get air time because of the hip.

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  18. THANK YOU! I have felt like a traitor because I don’t like “Canada’s band”. At best I would describe it as bland and annoying. I’ve read posts speculating why “the Hip” never hit it big outside Canada. I suppose it COULD be because they write about Canada a lot. OR…maybe, I don’t know…just maybe it’s because their music is sh*te.

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  19. Ah!…but remember, we are being TOLD that he is dying of some “rare brain cancer”. I saw an interview of his with Peter Mansbridge of the CBC, and according to them, the symptoms are MEMORY LOSS, HEADACHE, DIZZINESS, etc. So, what does Downie decide to do?: Go on a “farewell tour”…yep…just what the “doctors ordered”, eh? MEMORY LOSS? “Fuck having to remember lyrics!” HEADACHE? “Hey, turn down the stage monitors to a quiet roar, or we go ‘unplugged’.” DIZZINESS? “Hey, I’ll sing sitting in a lounge chair.” I don’t know about you, but I get the impression that The Tragically Hip was beyond the twilight of their musical relevance, and the SYMPATHY ploy was but a means to SELL TICKETS. Yes, I can hear some of you now cursing and swearing at me, but I tell you this: the whole “glioblastoma” story sounds fishy to me, and something tells me that we won’t be hearing of Downie’s checking-out anytime soon.

    I have to be fair: there is ONE song of theirs that I do like somewhat: “Bobcaygeon”. Purely for the instrumental arrangement, mind you. Nothing at ALL to do with the lyrics, the singing, and least of all the title. In fact, that title alone PROVES what Markedwordz claims — The Tragically Shit were, are, and will always be mediocre Canadiana. Seriously…who the hell outside of ONTARIO, let alone Canada, knows what “Bobcaygeon” even means? Hey, Q107 HOMEGROWN wizards… thanks for unleashing that steaming PILE of ho-hum musicians and that BLEATING GOAT frontman.

    Enough….let’s talk about “BLUE RODEO”….. “Diamond Mine”?… let’s just say I’ve broken a few radios in my time.

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