To be a hard-core fan is to understand that, for a long time, the Hip was judged on what it was never able to do: crack America. At the height of its powers, the Kingston, Ontario, quintet was selling out Canadian hockey rinks like the Pacific Coliseum three nights in a row. I do not believe the Tragically Hip are great. I believe they're a Canadian act that wouldn't even be in existence today if it wasn't for Canadian content. What, you earned 'Great' because you sold out the fucking Railway. In —a time when it was starting to look like now-or-never for a Stateside breakthrough— Saturday Night Live came calling. Dan Aykroyd, a fellow Canadian, was a huge fan, and thanks to his pushing, singer Gord Downie and company landed the much-coveted musical-guest spot on SNL.
Previous post of the lick is included at the bottom. There are no CRD versions of this song on the archive that I could find. Note also that this riff is played much more quickly than the main riff.
tragically hip new orleans is sinking (live)
It was released in November as the second single from the band's first full-length studio album, Up to Here. The song is one of the band's signature songs and still receives consistent radio airplay in Canada. When performed upon a stage, the middle section of the song was typically given over to an extended jam in which lead singer Gord Downie would perform a story or another song. The most famous such version, commonly referred to as "Killer Whale Tank", appeared as a B-side on the band's CD single for "Long Time Running"; in it, Downie improvised an extended story about working as a cleaner in the killer whale tank at an aquarium. This tradition has also been used by The Hip as a "workshop" to test out and develop new songs which have not yet been recorded; several of the band's later singles, including " Nautical Disaster " and " Ahead by a Century ", began as bridge jams during live performances of "New Orleans Is Sinking".
It was released in November as the second single from the band's first full-length studio album, Up to Here. It was also the band's first song to chart in the United States. The song has since become one of the band's signature songs and still receives consistent radio airplay in Canada. The Tragically Hip, often referred to simply as The Hip, was a Canadian rock band from Kingston, Ontario, that was active between and