Well, it's Friday, and you know what that means. Yes, my Oriental manual catharsis specialist Fah Lo Suee and I are off to spend the sabbath in Israel, where Donald Trump is opening his latest outreach to the Jewish community -- a swank resort called Shtetl-a-Lago. No golf course, alas, but I'm told they have some very nice pawnshops.
That being the case, posting will necessarily be fitful for a couple of days. So in the meantime, here's a fun little project to help us wile away the idle hours...
Best or Worst Post-Elvis Pop/Rock/Soul Song or Record Written or Performed by People of Canadian Extraction!!!
No arbitrary rules of any kind, you bastids, so play nice.
And my totally top of my head Top Eight is/are...
8. Zal Yanovsky -- Alive and Well in Argentina
The title song from the transplendent solo album of the same name. Gee -- a lyric that name-checks Hitler by a Jew who isn't Mel Brooks? I can't imagine why this didn't get the radio airplay it clearly deserved.
7. Toronto -- Your Daddy Don't Know
This is a great song, actually -- it was memorably covered by no less than Neko Case and the New Pornographers -- but man, that video is like a distillation of everything crappy about the 80s into one cringe-making package. Good grief, those people look like idiots.
6. Levon and The Hawks -- The Stones I Throw
Yeah, I know, I know -- Levon's from Arkansas. But the rest of them are Canadians, so cut me some slack. I'm not actually sure whether they recorded this before or after they hooked up with Dylan, but in any case the sound is certainly there. Should have been a hit, too, in my humble opinion.
5. The Wackers -- Oh My Love
Best cover of a solo Beatles record ever. In fact, people actually thought it WAS the Beatles when it got played on the radio.
4. Sloan -- I Can't Let Go
The Evie Sands/Hollies classic as recorded sort of live (from the great Sloan Party album). These guys are gods in Canadia, and with good reason.
3. Gino Vanelli -- I Just Wanna Stop
The horror. The horror.
2. The Poppy Family -- Which Way You Goin' Billy?
One of the drippiest records ever made; Terry Jacks, the male member(heh!) of this duo, would later go on to commit the crime against nature that is "Seasons in the Sun."
And the all time greatest song ever recorded by our sadly inferior neighbors in the Northern Hemisphere -- don't give me any shit about this because I'll slap you silly if you do -- unquestionably is...
1. Bob and Doug McKenzie (Featuring Geddy Lee) -- Take Off
I can forgive Geddy Lee pretty much anything thanks to this one.
Alrighty then -- what would YOUR choices be?