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    I did a search, but didn't find anything so....
    I wonder if any of you folks in and around the rest of the planet are familiar with this band.
    Arguably one of the greatest Canadian bands ever, and i suspect that if the rest of the world heard them, they could be marked up there with any internationally famous band.
    Just released a 2cd greatest hits titled "Yer Favorites" and it contains everything you need to hear about these guys.
    Maybe Canada's best kept secret.
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    This band blows huge, their entire career should be called "thank you CRTC and the entire con-can thing" they are played here because they have to be, alot of guys in the radio business will tell you that, musically they are terrible and Gordo can't sing to save his life. Rush, Neill Young, Max Webster, April WIne, these are great Canadian bands, The Tragically Shit couldn't hold their mic stands.
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    Gord Downie is the best rock lyricist not currently named Bob Dylan.

    HATED this band for years. My brother in law was always listening to them, and I couldn't stand them. The only songs that I ever could stomach were Wheat Kings and Ahead By a Century. My wife bought Fully Completely one day four or five years ago, and I gave it a listen. LOVED it. Started grabbing an album here and an album there. LOVED it all.

    Easily one of my top three favorite bands now. Own all of their studio albums, but haven't picked up the box set yet.

    A live DVD, a DVD with all of their videos, plus a double cd best of for about 50 bucks. That'll definitely earn a purchase from me.

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    I bought a couple of their albums...Not a fan of their politics, but the songwriting is pretty good...
    Can't stop...addicted to the shindig...

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    I agree with Little Guitars never understood these guys popularity in Canada-extremely over rated band. The rest of the world has it right in this case-no one cares but Canada about the Hip.
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    overrated !!!

    As a Canadian I remember growing up listening to great Canadian bands like Rush, Triumph, April Wine, Goddo, Max Webster, Santers, Neil Young, Prism, The Guess Who, and even bands like Honeymoon Suite, Glass Tiger, Coney Hatch, Blue Rodeo!

    I saw the Hip play a bar called Sinbads in Buffalo in the early 90's during their 'Road Apples' tour and I have to admit it was a great show. Prior to that with a great album like 'Up to Here' this band just went down hill right after Road Apples. The Hip basically turned into a folk band overnight and if it wasn't for a strong following of the college and University crowds in Canada, they probably would've fell off the face of the earth. Talk about overplay on the local radio stations and help from fellow Canadian Dan Aykroyd, a friend of the band, they would not exist right now!

    They've been compared to REM in some circles and I don't see it. Now the Hip are just trying to cash in on what's left from the past and haven't put out a half decent release since the 'Road Apples' days! You can find everything they've managed to scrap up on 'Hipeponymous' a cd/dvd release out now.

    The Hip have not done what other great Canadian bands like Rush and Triumph and even the Barenaked Ladies (although I wouldn't consider them great) have managed and that is "make it" in the USA! The only positive thing about them is they're Canadian!
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    At one time the hip were my favorite band and I like everything up to and including Fully Completely (their fourth album i think) After that they started sucking IMO, Gord just got too weird and the killer whale tank blurb is better than any of the material after FC. They are definately not what I would call the forfront of Canadian rock music anymore, but I definatley recommend checking out those first few albums.

    As far as I'm concerned the best canadian bands are

    Thornley - formerly Big Wreck
    Grady - Formely Big Sugar (my personal Fave)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mario VH
    I agree with Little Guitars never understood these guys popularity in Canada-extremely over rated band. The rest of the world has it right in this case-no one cares but Canada about the Hip.
    Bingo, but because of the powers that be in this country, they have to be on the airwaves.
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    The only thing worse the "The Hip" are French Canadians. And the only thing worse than that are Tragically Hip lovin French Canadians.

    Every stoner canadian loves this steaming pile of shit. why??

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    They have a few songs I think are alright. I am not a fan though.


    I love a lot of Canadian bands, but Kim Mitchell is the best Canadian band to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the_atomic_punks_rule
    Every stoner canadian loves this steaming pile of shit. why??
    That's not true, I started smoking "harmless tobacco" after I stopped listening to them.

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    What you're seeing in this thread is the greatest thing about the Hip. You either love 'em or hate 'em. There's no middle ground with these guys.

    From Up to Here to Day for Night, these guys could do no wrong for me, but their music has been very hit and miss since then with Downie in particular getting progressively more esoteric at the expense of accessibility. They used to come up with some great rock grooves: New Orleans, Three Pistols, Courage, Nautical Disaster. And Downie is this generation's Jim Morrison. Unfortunately his poetic muse which makes him great is now heading into the realm of overindulgence.

    To me, the Hip represented intelligent, uncompromising rock with a literary bent, and that title has now passed to Matthew Good. The best songwriter to come out of Canada in the last 20 years IMHO. The Canadian Roger Waters. Highly recommended if you've never heard him. Check out Beautiful Midnight and Avalanche. The best thing about a Matthew Good album is discovering new nuances with every new listen. Wish I was back in Canada now to see him touring with this Greatest Hits package.

    Cancon can suck in certain ways, but in other ways it's great. An artist like Matt Good would never see the light of day in the US because he's not immediately accessible and radio friendly. Cancon is one of the reasons that the Canadian music scene is so vibrant. You don't have to sell out to get airplay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Heineken
    What you're seeing in this thread is the greatest thing about the Hip. You either love 'em or hate 'em. There's no middle ground with these guys.

    From Up to Here to Day for Night, these guys could do no wrong for me, but their music has been very hit and miss since then with Downie in particular getting progressively more esoteric at the expense of accessibility. They used to come up with some great rock grooves: New Orleans, Three Pistols, Courage, Nautical Disaster. And Downie is this generation's Jim Morrison. Unfortunately his poetic muse which makes him great is now heading into the realm of overindulgence.

    To me, the Hip represented intelligent, uncompromising rock with a literary bent, and that title has now passed to Matthew Good. The best songwriter to come out of Canada in the last 20 years IMHO. The Canadian Roger Waters. Highly recommended if you've never heard him. Check out Beautiful Midnight and Avalanche. The best thing about a Matthew Good album is discovering new nuances with every new listen. Wish I was back in Canada now to see him touring with this Greatest Hits package.

    Cancon can suck in certain ways, but in other ways it's great. An artist like Matt Good would never see the light of day in the US because he's not immediately accessible and radio friendly. Cancon is one of the reasons that the Canadian music scene is so vibrant. You don't have to sell out to get airplay.
    Agreed.
    Matt Good is an excellent songwriter. Very deep and relevant. Stuff like In a world called catastrophe, my native tongue is blasphemy, that line really caught my attention since we're the infadels here North America. (Or so we're told.)
    He doesn't write 'fluff'. Has a lot of substance to his lyrics.
    Check him out folks.
    As for the Hip, never could get into them. I like a couple of tunes, but nothing since 1992.

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    Quote Originally Posted by graphicbrian
    Agreed.
    Matt Good is an excellent songwriter. Very deep and relevant. Stuff like In a world called catastrophe, my native tongue is blasphemy, that line really caught my attention since we're the infadels here North America. (Or so we're told.)
    He doesn't write 'fluff'. Has a lot of substance to his lyrics.
    Check him out folks.
    Yep. Matt's definitely got some strong opinions in regards to American foreign policy. Like Bono, he's an activist that puts his time and money where his mouth is. Check out link. Some good lyrics in this one too:

    Blue Skies Over Bad Lands

    What if you woke up in the middle of the night
    And in your bare feet you walked outside
    And realizing that you were awake that you could fly
    Out over the world
    To places that you’ve only heard of
    See faces that you were sold as murderers
    But just like you they’re only lonely boys and girls
    Like all over the world

    What if you could lift them up?
    What if you could make it so that times weren’t tough?
    So ever morning when the world woke up
    There’d only be weather on the news

    And what if you were back in bed
    With one of them floating over your head
    What do you say to your enemies
    When you don’t know what it is that could have been between you?

    There ain’t no blue skies over bad lands
    Even if it ain’t raining in the mornings
    But you don’t need to fly to understand it
    Just understand understanding


    Like Roger Waters, he can rub people the wrong way but he's got a good sense of humor about it. A few years ago, he was getting a ton of flack in the press over his "opinions" on the sorry state of the music industry, so he started selling t-shirts at his gigs that said, "I hear Matt Good is a real asshole!" I thought that was pretty funny.
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    Another guy who showed promise was Sam Roberts, but the follow up cd is still coming. I already have a band that i'm eternally waiting for new music from.
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