I mentioned them in a previous post, but a lot of people just don't have any frame of reference for the Tragically Hip... so, I thought I'd pop in a little music video this morning, courtesy of NBC's "Saturday Night Live." In 1994 the little-known band from Canada was invited as a personal guest to host/alum Dan Aykroyd and performed as the musical guest. Their film noir album Day For Night had drawn much critical acclaim and much of it suggested their charisma was on par with the best of what Pearl Jam had to offer. Most would say even Eddie Vedder isn't quite as edgy as Gord Downie is these days.
You get the feeling they were a bit starstruck on this particular night, but they were great and intense. It went down like this:
This song "Grace, Too" ended up being their opening salvo in the live setting for a long while and is far edgier than indicated here. I do think Gord's intensity is still pretty evident. Talk about a alt-rock spin on "Yer Cheatin' Heart." He channels his musical characters like a great Hollywood actor... only thing is, it doesn't really appear to be an act. He's naturally intense and extroverted when he is stagebound, but very introspective and wry elsewhere. I remember after an interview with him, he signed my CD. "Your conversational skills are only outmatched by your good looks." Cracked me up.
All these years and brilliant records later, I'm glad they're still a secret for a select few. Thought I'd share them with you today... enjoy, because there's just no music on music television.