To steal from the Beatles, ‘I heard the news today, oh boy’.
I’ve seen you and the boys in The Hip 3 times. The first was 95 in Markham at Another Roadside Attraction. I saw you again 2 years last at ARA again.
The last time I saw you was at the Walkerton Watershed concerts in 02.
It’s been 14 years…you know, life gets in the way.
I’m finding that my memories of The Hip are coming in strange waves today.
Ordering Up To Here from Colombia House.
Sneaking out of class to buy Fully Completely.
Lining up at Midnight to get Trouble At The Henhouse.
Funny story there – we went to CD Plus in London to get that. They were giving away the complete Hip discography all night long. Most people that won them were giving them back, ‘I’m a Hip fan fer crissakes, I OWN them all already’.
Picking up Phantom Power on both CD and Cassette so I could listen to the tape as soon as I got into my car.
I worked at Kmart when Music@Work came out. One of my co-workers put the album out for sale before the official release date. I took them off the shelf. Another co-worker asked, ‘You’re a big Hip fan, why don’t you buy it now?’ My answer…’It’s not fair to the other Hip fans’.
And there are more…
But I am finding that as some are giving me pleasure today, others hurt.
I won’t for a second compare what I am feeling to what you and your family are obviously dealing with.
I hope that you know, that all of Canada is hurting a little today.
I posted this earlier on Dave Bidini’s facebook page: Gord is one of my best friends from high school – but the kind you never met. He was there for every party, every late night study session, every late night walk (listening to Day for Night on cassette over and over).
Are you on Twitter? Do you lurk in the background? Reading…absorbing?
So many people have been opening up…revealing what you and The Hip have meant.
All of the bands that you helped. Bands that you’ve given a moment of your time.
Maybe you brought them to open a few shows. Perhaps you sung with them.
Maybe none of those.
But you inspired them. All of them.
You could be from Canada and be cool as fuck.
Speaking of cool, you and Michael Stipe are responsible for me feeling like I could wiggle my ass a bit at a bar or a concert, and not be self conscious.
You’ve inspired me so often, but maybe no more so than in high school. I started to write more often.
Maybe it was lame poetry, but I felt like that ability to express myself was opened up while listening to you.
I know I am not as eloquent, as powerful, as cool as you. But I was free…
Your inspiration continues to this day.
My blog, and my twitter name come from you, from The Hip, from Nautical Disaster.
Then the dream ends when the phone rings “You doing all right?” He said, “It’s out there most days and nights But only a fool would complain” Anyway, Susan, if you like Our conversation is as faint a sound in my memory As those fingernails scratching on my hull
Thanks for everything Gord,
I hope to see you this summer (and many summers more).
It’s nice to see #GuelphMusicClub get back in the swing of things.
Last week was favourite albums of 2015 and this week it is songs.
I’ve been a little broad with this list. First of all, no order. Unlike albums, with songs I find that I can come and go between favourites. The other little wrinkle is I’ve included songs not released in 2015. I know…I know, it sort of defeats the title of Favourite Songs of 2015. But for some, they were songs that I didn’t really get into until 2015.
10. Day Wave – Headcase
09. Silversun Pickups – Better Nature
08. Miami Horror – All Possible Futures
07. Chris Cachia – My Addiction
06. Ryan Adams – 1989
05. Nadine Shah – Fast Food
04. El Vy – Return to the Moon
03. Kurt Vile – b’lieve i’m goin’ down…
02. Grimes – Art Angels
01. Editors – In Dreams
If you are a fan of podcasts, you need to check out this one. The Geeks & Beats podcast, featuring Michael Hainsworth and Alan Cross is must listen entertainment every week.
This week on their podcast, they took a question from some guy named Rob in Guelph regarding the untimely death of Scott Weiland. I asked them if they ever had obituaries ready ahead of time for celebrities like Weiland where their death was, sadly, expected. What about older musicians like McCartney, Jagger or Richards, who are…well…getting up there.
I won’t ruin the answer, take a listen for yourself.