Friday, June 30, 2017

Weekend Listomania: Special A Tribute to the Great White North! Edition

Well, tomorrow is the 150th birthday of Canadia, home of Justin Trudeau, William Shatner, and Gino Vanelli.

And you know what that means.

So let's get right to it:

Best or worst post-Elvis pop/rock/soul songs by Canadian artistes (or about Canadia!)

No arbitrary rules, although if you nominate anything by Rush I will come to your house and slap you silly.

And my totally top of my head Top Five is....

5. The Guess Who --Albert Flasher

4. The Guess Who -- Dancin' Fool

3. The Guess Who -- Guns Guns Guns

2. The Guess Who -- Running Back to Saskatoon

And the number one Bacon! flavored song of all time quite clearly is....

1. Mystery Science Theater 3000 -- The Canada Song

Alrighty, then -- what would YOUR choices be?


Anonymous said...

Hello, please remain seated,

I know they're definitely not power pop, but I've loved the Cowboy Junkies since way back. And the song I nominate is "Cause Cheap Is How I Feel"

"It's not the smell in here that gets to me it's the lights
I hate the shadows that they cast,
and the sound of clinking bottles is the one sure thing
I'll always drag with me from my past
I think I'll find a pair of eyes tonight, to fall into
and maybe strike a deal
Your body for my soul, fair swap
`cause cheap is how I feel"

Desolation done right, musically speaking.


Billy B said...

Good list, Steve.

Add "No Time", "No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature", "Undun", "These Eyes", and "Laughing". Burton C. brings it.

Always thought Frank Marino and crew were good.

Shriner said...

#1 should be -- of course -- "Take Off" by Bob & Doug McKenzie!

"Ten bucks is ten bucks..."

Anonymous said...

just listened to Mr. Flasher earlier today.....How 'bout Guess Who's "Rain Dance" or their pre-fame raver, "It's My Pride?" Most of their pre-fame material is killer.

cthulhu said...

Moar Guess Who! In addition to Billy B's list, I offer up "Share the Land", "Bus Rider", the lovely "Do You Miss Me Darling", the bridge of "Glamour Boy" (Burton sings the pants off of that one even though the rest of the song is meh), and even the schlock-fest of "Hang On To Your Life".

The Tragically Hip are an acquired taste (that I have by no means fully acquired), but they put out two fine discs in the '90s - Fully Completely and Day For Night - of which the songs "At the Hundredth Meridian" and "Nautical Disaster" are worthy examples.

I must second the Cowboy Junkies; some really fine original stuff in their catalog, and their cover of "Sweet Jane" was reputed to be one of Lou Reed's favorites.

I've seen Neil Young twice, once with Crazy Horse and once without; curiously the "with" show sucked and other didn't. But I highly recommend the 1982 "Live from Berlin" concert with an all-star band including Nils Lofgren, originally broadcast on HBO (Rhino had it available on DVD at one point; I've never found it on CD or download though), and it is worth it just for "Like a Hurricane." There's a nifty song about Berlin that closes the show and to my knowledge has never been available elsewhere.

JR said...

I'm personally very fond of the Hip's "Road Apples" album. And anyone who disses the Hip will be slapped with a wet perch. "Little Bones" is a classic, or "Locked in the Trunk of A Car" from "Fully Completely"

Also there's Big Sugar (blues/rock/reggae/jam), I've already introduced Steve to July Talk, and we continue to disagree on the genius of Nash The Slash. Hmm.. Rough Trade, Lisa Dalbello, the Tea Party, Bruce Cockburn,Digging Roots, and Kashtin also come to mind.

On the "we're sorry" side, there's Mitsou, Gowan, Michael Buble, Nickelback, Loverboy, Barenaked Ladies, Glass Tiger, etc.

And Ruch isn't that bad. Steve knows where to find me, and I have a fish.

MJConroy said...

I just saw Kathleen Edwards last night and I think she is fabulous.
Here is title track to her 2nd album:

Alzo said...

What– no Tragically Hip?! The Guess Who were always a guilty pleasure for me. They'd churn out songs full of tasty hooks and then throw in a groaner like "Anybody here seen the fuzzy-wuzzy loving cult explosion?" They were so unpretentious a rock band that they would clap for the Wolfman without irony. Plus, they were stylistically unbound: from 'Undun' to 'American Woman' to 'Star Baby,' they planted their flag in any genre they pleased.

edward said...

Shriner beat me to the McKenzie Brothers. But since I hate Christmas songs, let's add their 12 Days of Christmas

"and a beer"

Anonymous said...

You're a man of your word, Mr. Simels - thanks for posting your list.
I'll try to have mine ready later today.

Your (overworked) Toronto pal,
J. Lag

Anonymous said...

Steppenwolf - Born To Be Wild
Leonard Cohen - A Singer Must Die
The Band - It Makes No Difference & Rockin' Chair
Neil Young - Cinnamon Girl
Guess Who - No Sugar Tonight-New Mother Nature
Joni Mitchell - Eastern Rain
The Bush - I Can Hear You Calling (as done by Three Dog Night) (a favorite from my bump and grind days)

No Bachman era Guess Who, Steve?


Kim Dixon said...

Everything by the New Pornographers, save their current album, Whiteout Conditions.

Whiteout sucks eggs compared with previous albums, mostly because the Pornographers' Keith Moon-like drummer, Kurt Dahle, was replaced with the equivalent of Kenney Jones. And so Dahle's rhythmic shadings, surprise, and humor have been replaced by metronomic boredom throughout. The electric guitars are mostly MIA on Whiteout, too, replaced by 80s dance-style synths.

I blame Carl Newman for this, because he has apparently decided to go the Tegan and Sara route (bye bye, rock and roll) in an attempt to cash in. Whiteout isn't nearly as bad as Tegan and Sara's latest disco-ish work. At least Whiteout is listenable. But the Pornos sure are headed in that awful direction.

Their other six albums, however, are among the very best Canada has to offer.

Mark said...

I just happen to BE in Toronto with my wife for a wedding. Two, actually, neither of which is ours -- it's a long story), but off the top of my head, I'm gonna show some love to Chilliwack (and in particular the songs Groundhog and Lonesome Mary), The Odds and Sloane. More to follow.

steve simels said...

I should add, and just for the record, that my original plan for today was to list ten Guess Who songs. Just to be a wiseguy.

Anonymous said...

I'm surprised you didn't list their "Rockin'" album ten times... :) :)

J. Lag

Anonymous said...

More faves from the days of giving Spanish lessons at the Canadian ballet:

The Haunted - 1-2-5
Full Tilt Boogie - Buried Alive in the Blues
Mandala - Love-Itis

VR - French inhaling the dragon

Anonymous said...

Heartbroken Bopper!!!

And the great unsung - Crash Vegas.

Captain Al

Anonymous said...

Hey Gang:

Give our show a listen!

Captain Al

GLLinMO said...

In the mid 90's I moved from NJ to Toronto for a couple of years. Yes there was / is a music scene there beyond Rush and the like. Confess I never did get the Hip. Favorite is a great Canadian band Blue Rodeo. More country than rock but the haven't disappointed for decades. For more American tastes you've got Shadowy Men. But really lots of bands- back then- that got no attention in the US. .

Though you can forget Alanis too....

Mark said...

May I add Martha and the Muffins' Women Around The World at Work, Steppenwolf's Renegade, Art Bergmann's Remember Her Name, along with Chilliwack's Lonesome Mary and Groundhog, The Odds' Heterosexual Man and Radios Of Heaven, Sloane's Underwhelmed, and Elephant Stone's Echo and The Machine to the list of Canada's finest?

Wedding 1 this afternoon, a Hindu affair, I kid you not, in Toronto.

steve simels said...

I did not know The Odds were Canadian. But yeah, they're great....

cthulhu said...

How could I forget the Odds?! One of my favorite musical memories is seeing Warren Zevon in a small club with the Odds as the opening act - then they came back out as Zevon's backing band! A marvelous show.

Anonymous said...

Back in the day when I was the Wildcat's Golden Egg, one of the guys I was seeing was from B.C. He'd come to SoCal once a month on business with General Dynamics. Super cute and smart but, best of all, he played a mean game of pool. It turned me on that he was my equal. Most guys I just turned the heat on and slaughtered. They bored me. But he actually beat me a couple of times with his skill and cunning. I had to fuck him. I had to see if he could get it in gear in the sack. Unfortunately, he'd peter out after three or four rides. But it was cool. His last name was Slump, seriously. I affectionately called him and his wonderful, but exhausted, dick "Slumpy."

So anyway, Slumpy used to come by the club and when my shift was over we'd do stuff. On one trip he brought a 45 over and told me he'd like me to dance to it at the club. It was by a Vancouver band called Mother Tuckers Yellow Duck. It starts off very much like the Byrds' "Why" but then becomes something quite different. I interpreted the song differently every time I danced to it.

It was called "One Ring Jane" and it goes like this:


Anonymous said...

Also, Mother Tuckers Yellow Duck vocalist, guitarist, Donnie McDougall, later joined the Guess Who, replacing Greg Leskiw.


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