Can Con, You Guys!

100% of the 35% daily Canadian Music Content required by the CRTC.
Looking back at popular Canadian music from 1980 - 2005, because if we don't... who will?

December 2, 2011 9:27 am
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  • The Oaf
  • By: Big Wreck
  • In Loving Memory Of
  • 4,151 Plays

Big Wreck - The Oaf (1997) [mp3]

Big Wreck’s status as an actual Canadian band is debatable.  While they’re remembered as a Can-Con staple, the reality is that 3/4ths of the band were American (lead singer, Ian Thornley being the only Canuck).  However, once the band sign (to a US label, no less) they relocated to Toronto and realized the bulk of their success and sales in Canada (where they were implicitly marketed as Canadian).

Either way, this band was heavy in the Big Shiny Tunes cannon and Ian Thornley could play the hell out of his guitar.

August 22, 2011 9:05 am
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  • Broken Bones
  • By: Love Inc.
  • Love Inc.
  • 5,781 Plays

Love Inc - Broken Bones (1998) [mp3]

I was going to write a snarky post about how ridiculous Chris Sheppard’s (a guy from Ontario) accent was.  Not quite an English accent, not quite a southern drawl, but clearly fake.

But then I watched this mid-to-late 90’s The New Music interview (done by Kim Clarke Champness no less… double Canadiana points!) and Sheppard comes off as a very reasonable, down to earth guy… with a totally preposterous bunch of catch phrases, spoken in a made up accent.

August 15, 2011 9:05 am
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  • Tom Sawyer
  • By: Rush
  • Moving Pictures
  • 12 Plays

Rush - Tom Sawyer (1981) [mp3]

I chose to post this track because last night I ended up going down a weird internet wormhole reading about how Geddy Lee made the “growling sound” (or as I like to call it, the “peeeyoooowwwwwwwww" sound) on his synthesizer.  I love that no matter what the subject, someone somewhere on the internet has written a master’s thesis on it.  Bravo.

Bonus factoid: The intro of Tom Sawyer has been sampled on all kinds of hip hop tracks.  Some with good results some with really mediocre results.

July 22, 2011 10:02 am
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  • Love This Town
  • By: Joel Plaskett
  • La De Da
  • 19 Plays

Joel Plaskett - Love This Town (2005) [mp3]

So, in summary:

Your town = Joel loves it

Kelowna = Joel does not love it*

* which is weird, because Kelowna is pretty fantastic otherwise.

June 15, 2011 1:49 pm
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  • Weapon
  • By: Matthew Good
  • Avalanche
  • 49 Plays

Matthew Good - Weapon (2003) [mp3]

This song was featured this week in a CBC Hockey Night In Canada promo video and has been stuck in my head ever since.  The video wasn’t overly Canucks friendly and, in turn, I started to get pissed off when I heard the song (I’m a simple dude).  However, in the last 24 hours I’ve mentally repositioned this song in my head as a redemption song… or a least a song that gets me fired up to see Vancouver do the right thing tonight.

Can. Not. Wait.

Go Canucks Go! / Go Canada Go!

June 8, 2011 9:31 am
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  • A Criminal Mind
  • By: Gowan
  • Strange Animal
  • 483 Plays

Gowan - A Criminal Mind (1985) [mp3]

2 things:

  1. Earlier on twitter I expressed frustration that this song was stuck in my head. A surprizing number of people furiously replied, telling me I was insane for not liking this song.  To be clear, it’s a great song… just not as the very first thought in your head at 6am continuing until you go to sleep that night.
  2. When I was a very, very, very young boy the video for this song blew my mind and kinda scared me.  Upon further review 26 years later, I realize it was bad community theater at best.  Calm down, youthful version of me.
May 31, 2011 12:12 pm
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  • You Are a Runner and I Am My Father's Son
  • By: Wolf Parade
  • Apologies to the Queen Mary
  • 770 Plays

Wolf Parade - You Are a Runner and I Am My Father’s Son (2005) [mp3]

As of last night’s show in Vancouver at the Commodore Ballroom, these guys are done!  Forever (most likely)!  According to my Twitter feed, the show was fantastic.

May 17, 2011 11:19 am
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  • My Love Is Bold
  • By: Danko Jones
  • My Love Is Bold
  • 39 Plays

Danko Jones - My Love Is Bold (1999) [mp3]

Danko Jones really was a MuchMusic/Can-Con darling at the turn of the century. His brand of “cock rock” (*shudder*) was off centre enough to put him in the realm of programming blocks like The Wedge but accessible enough to ensure consistent airplay.  Plus, he had infinite street cred because he was far more popular in Europe than he was at home in Canada (true story, I saw him play at Sunshine Village to a crowd of 10 people after he had just headlined a festival in Germany a few weeks prior).

Sadly/strangely/not surprizingly his sound changed dramatically over the years.  What started as urgent, rapid fire, testosterone-filled punk rock became something more generic and middle of the road… often used as filler soundtrack for hockey highlight clips.

I bet he’s still killing it in Germany though.

May 13, 2011 9:19 am
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  • Stars and Sons
  • By: Broken Social Scene
  • You Forgot It in People
  • 10 Plays

Broken Social Scene – Stars and Sons (2002) [mp3]

You Forgot It In People was one of those rare albums which could (and should) be listened to cover to cover.  A perfect post-rock album (whatever that means).

Also, this album was released 9 (nine!) years ago. Yup, you are getting soooo old.

May 5, 2011 9:05 am
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  • Five Days In May
  • By: Blue Rodeo
  • Five days in July
  • 11,081 Plays

Blue Rodeo - 5 Days In May (1993) [mp3]

Confession: I kinda wanted to post this simply because it’s May 5th and the song title references 5 days in May.  It was late when I decided to do this, so yeah the rationale doesn’t make total sense.

Regardless, this song is perfect… well, except perhaps the endless and sloppy-on-purpose-but-still-sounds-goofy guitar solo.  I realize songs from this album were supposed to sound heavily like Harvest-era Neil Young, but… c’mon!