Saturday’s Musical Memory Box solution: Ahead By A Century, The Tragically Hip, Trouble At The Henhouse, 1996. Marc Dubé, who was the first ever player in MMB when he correctly guessed on a Tragically Hip song, is the only one to get all points today with another Hip song.
As I mentioned on my Facebook wall, Laura and I turned in our Rogers hardware on Saturday as our relationship with the company came to an end (save for my iPhone). Because my contract ended on a Saturday, I am only able to have my new internet company install it tonight. That is the reason there was no MMB yesterday.
The Tragically Hip had already made an imprint on the Canadian music scene with solid albums and hit songs like “New Orleans Is Sinking”, “Blow At High Dough”, “Courage”, “Locked In The Trunk of a Car”, and so on. My impression is that they truly became Canadian icons with “Trouble at the Henhouse”, especially with mega-hit “Ahead By A Century”. That is my impression, anyway. I realize with hindsight that their very best album was “Fully Completely”, but it seems to me that “Henhouse” eclipsed that one in popularity. Or maybe it was the fact that having two such albums back-to-back* was an affirmation of the group’s new status as Canada’s Band.
It took me a long time to get on board the Hip bandwagon. The song that sealed it for me was “Bobcaygeon”. I had stubbornly (and stupidly) resisted the band for reasons unknown. Trying to be hipper than The Hip? Again, I really don’t understand why I resisted this band, because they are one of the best this country’s ever seen.
Here are your lyrics for today:
“Jump back, what’s that sound?
Here she comes full blast and top down
Hot shoe burnin’ down the avenue
Model citizen, zero discipline
Don’t you know she’s coming home with me?
You’ll lose her in the turn
I’ll get her, aow”
*Update: Marc Dubé corrects me in stating that those two albums were back-to-back:
“Oh and Fully Completely and Trouble at the Henhouse are seperated by Day For Night so not techincally back to back. easy mistake though as the Hip put out an album of fresh material every 18 months for the first 12 years of their existence. Hard to find a band this side of 1980 with such an output. But I do agree that Fully Completely is the best all-round album. Wheat Kings and At The Hundredth Meridian are Canadian classics.”