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I really like aspects of "at the feet of the moon", but it has such glaring faults - bah. Someone ought to cover it and fix it up.

I somehow never realised that Trans-X song was CanCon. It's great though.

Kim (Kim), Monday, 11 August 2003 02:34 (twenty years ago) link

two months pass...
From the olde olde Chart Top 100 Canadian albums of all time:

1. Sloan - Twice Removed = 4.5
2. Neil Young - Harvest = 4.5
3. Joni Mitchell - Blue = 5
4. Tragically Hip - Up To Here = 4.5
5. Rheostatics - Whale Music = 3 [!!!!!!!!!!!!]
6. Tragiaclly Hip - Fully Completely - 4.5
7. Neil Young - After The Goldrush = 5
8. The Band - Music From The Big Pink = 5
9. Cowboy Junkies - Trinty Sessions = 4.5 [!!]
10. Lowest of the Low - Shakespear My Butt = 2.5 [!!!?!!!]
11. SARAH McLachlan - Fumbling Towards Ecstasy = 4.5
12. Neil Young - Rust Never Sleeps = 5
13. KD Lang - Ingenue = 4
14. Neil Young - Tonight's The Night = 5
15. Rush - Moving Pictures = 4.5
16. Rheostatics - Melvile = 4
17. Slow - Against The Glass = 4.5
18. Sloan - Smeared = 3 [!!!]
19. Leonard Cohen - Im Your Man = 4.5
20. Nomeansno - Wrong = 4.5

Other noteables:
21. Teenage Head - Frantic City = Not reviewed.
28. Doughboys - Whatever = 3
35. Eric's Trip - Love Tara = 3
42. Art Bergmann - Sexual Rolette = Not Even Review.
50. 13 Engines - Perpetual Motion Machine = 3
67. Circle C - S/t = 2
77. Art Bergmann - What Fresh Hell Is This = Not Reviewed
80. Hardsip Post - Somebody Spoke = 3
88. Bob Wiseman - In Her Dream: Bob Wiseman Sings Wrench Tuttle = 3
90. Art Bergmann - Crawl With Me = Not reviewed
94. Art Bergmann - S/t = Not Reviewed
98. Pluto - Cool Way to Feel = Not even a release date.

Mr Noodles (Mr Noodles), Friday, 7 November 2003 16:31 (nineteen years ago) link

nine months pass...
Chart sez they're doing the 25 worst Canadian songs in their September issue. Here's the 5 worst(http://www.chartattack.com/damn/2004/09/0105.cfm):

1. Bootsauce "Everyone's A Winner"
It seems a touch disingenuous to declare a Hot Chocolate cover the worst Canadian song ever, but the damn thing won a Best Dance Recording Juno in '92, so if the good Juno folks can honour it, we can surely provide our own special salutation as well.

2. Alannah Myles "Black Velvet"
A favourite amongst women who try too hard to be sexy and ultimately look like twats.

3. Crash Test Dummies "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm"
Brad Robert's tale, sung in his obnoxious bass vocals will only get him one thing, a place on this list.

4. Barenaked Ladies "One Week"
The chorus is bad enough, but BNL really embarrass themselves with that stupid rap. "I summon fish to the dish, although I like the Chalet Swiss?" Please.

5. Loverboy "Lovin' Every Minute Of It"
This song was so carefully calculated to appeal to the broadest range of vanilla heshers, its transparency couldn't help but backfire on the band.

Vic Funk, Thursday, 2 September 2004 20:35 (nineteen years ago) link

1 and 5 omg so OTM. 2-4 meh but not worthy.

Kim (Kim), Friday, 3 September 2004 01:19 (nineteen years ago) link

2-4 are the only ones I ever actually have to deal with and I hate them so. Never even heard 5, haven't heard 1 in about a decade.

sundar subramanian (sundar), Friday, 3 September 2004 04:04 (nineteen years ago) link

Kim, you're crazy. "One Week" is fucking awful, and Crash Test Dummies really needed to be slammed into a barricade for "Mmm mmm mmmm mmm". The Loverboy song was pretty terrible, but that Bootsauce song was mild at best. So many worse songs they did. Like "Love Monkey #9" for example. They deserved to be on the list simply for calling an album Sleeping Bootie.

Sean Carruthers (SeanC), Tuesday, 14 September 2004 14:54 (nineteen years ago) link

Anyways, April Wine's cover of "You Could Have Been A Lady" is pretty rockin', so that negates the awfulness of Bootsauce & therefore karmically realigns Canada, as far as Hot Chocolate goes.

Can-Pop classic: The Bells' "Stay Awhile". Dunno if Ned's familiar w/this song (it hit #7 in the U.S. in '71), but I can't describe how madly I would LOVE to hear MBV cover this song! It would shatter the heavens.

Myonga Von Bontee (Myonga Von Bontee), Tuesday, 14 September 2004 18:34 (nineteen years ago) link

Can-Pop classic: The Bells' "Stay Awhile"

This song always reminds me of Twin Peaks.

Vic Funk, Tuesday, 14 September 2004 18:47 (nineteen years ago) link

how did I manage to confuse Bootsauce and Fishbone for years and years? i hear Fishbone used to be tolerable.

Also I know it risks disqualification for still getting play on The Edge, but Killjoys "Today I Hate Everyone" is pretty classic pop IMHO.

Dave M. (rotten03), Tuesday, 14 September 2004 19:04 (nineteen years ago) link

No, no, that song is fabulous. It's also the only one by them I think I'll ever remember, despite listening to that first album endlessly when we had it as a play copy in our record store.

Sean Carruthers (SeanC), Tuesday, 14 September 2004 19:52 (nineteen years ago) link

The only one I remember by them is. . . um. . . "The Good In Everyone"? No, that was Sloan. . . "Any Day Now" - that's the Killjoys, right?

[That wasn't poetic licence. Those were my actual thought processes as I typed.)

sundar subramanian (sundar), Tuesday, 14 September 2004 19:57 (nineteen years ago) link

I must be the bizarro-Kim, because I like 1 and 5, and hate 2,3,4 with a passion.

This is a timely revival because just yesterday on the Celine Dion thread I ranked Celine above BNL and Crash Test Dummies.

Barry Bruner (Barry Bruner), Tuesday, 14 September 2004 20:10 (nineteen years ago) link

Good man.

Sean Carruthers (SeanC), Tuesday, 14 September 2004 20:13 (nineteen years ago) link

Remember the beginning of the video for "Black Velvet" -- right before she starts singing, the camera pans from her boots up to her face?

The moment it reaches her face is the ugliest moment in music video history.

Barry Bruner (Barry Bruner), Tuesday, 14 September 2004 20:16 (nineteen years ago) link

Geez Sean, I just rejoined the thread with your response post there (having forgotten what I said that prompted it) and I actually had to scroll up to confirm that I, IN NO WAY said that 2-4 are good or likeable.

As for the Bootsauce, mercifully I do not remember any of their other songs at all. This means that it was just the ONE horrible song that caused such trauma to my psyche - hence it is deserving.

Re: the Loverboy one also deserving its dishonour, all I'm gonna say is that 2-4 don't have washed up Three's Company actresses tarting themsleves around in their videos, now do they? And don't go trying the "but that's what made it!" line. This isn't 1997 you know.

Kim (Kim), Tuesday, 14 September 2004 22:20 (nineteen years ago) link

It was the relativity that did you in there. Also note that I said that Loverboy song was terrible. Even without the video.

Sean Carruthers (SeanC), Tuesday, 14 September 2004 22:54 (nineteen years ago) link

Barry said he liked it though. Must be the influence of the Creemore.

Kim (Kim), Tuesday, 14 September 2004 23:27 (nineteen years ago) link

Ou sont tout les artistes Francophones? Peut-etre ce n'est pas une classique mais j'aime beaucoup "1990" (mille neuf cent quatre-vingt dix) par Jean Leloup et la Sale Affaire.

J-rock (Julien Sandiford), Wednesday, 15 September 2004 05:02 (nineteen years ago) link

three months pass...
Could it be you boys are a little bit.......äh......strange ??? Look @ www.sinister-urge.com

Michael "Cooper" Breddermann, Wednesday, 29 December 2004 22:39 (eighteen years ago) link

Oh i forgot. I need the lyrics of "These Days Are Old" by Spookey Ruben. I can`t find it in Germany. Thanx.

Michael "Cooper" Breddermann, Wednesday, 29 December 2004 22:43 (eighteen years ago) link

one year passes...

Keep you language clean eh.

Just one comment for now.

I remember Bootsauce "Every One's A Winner" was not written by them.
It's was done by another artist. So I don't think that should be listed.

Triopstor, Saturday, 29 April 2006 21:38 (seventeen years ago) link

four years pass...

Stop The Music - Body Electric
West Coast Woman - Painter
Alaskan Shuffle - Bongo Fury
Dunrobin's Gone - Brave Belt
Peaceman's Farm - Noah

johnnyrock, Friday, 10 September 2010 18:39 (thirteen years ago) link

four weeks pass...

wow... not only had i totally forgotten this song existed (i remember hearing it on the radio a lot?) but i had no idea it was by Christopher Ward.

"So Long Baby Jane"

Kim, Saturday, 9 October 2010 17:46 (twelve years ago) link

five years pass...

"I'm AN Adult Now" I mean... gah!

In one of those "we're in Canada now!" moments, this song came on the radio when I was approaching the Canadian border a week ago. It always frustrates me because I feel like it's supposed to say something either funny or insightful about aging and maturing but it never does. I still like "Hard to Laugh", though.

Hi! I'm twice-coloured! (Sund4r), Friday, 3 June 2016 05:05 (seven years ago) link

Just In Case You Wonder The Ugly Ducklings
Shadows of Your Mind The Plastic Cloud
Going To the City Bent Wind

Stevolende, Friday, 3 June 2016 09:05 (seven years ago) link

three months pass...

Somehow I never knew this was Canadian. I had assumed it was by a California psychedelic band. According to Allmusic, it was a huge hit in Japan!

Hi! I'm twice-coloured! (Sund4r), Monday, 5 September 2016 02:40 (seven years ago) link

Yeah, I came across that song via that Oh! What a Feeling Juno compilation from the mid 90s.

MarkoP, Monday, 5 September 2016 14:16 (seven years ago) link

three months pass...


I played Love Junk on Spotify yesterday, feeling nostalgic for the singles. It has its moments for straight-ahead pop-rock, apparently. Produced by Rundgren! I only just got what the chorus of "Hard to Laugh" was probably describing:

Hard to laugh, when you know that she's been cheating
Had her hands around him and she's been giving it a beating

In my defence, I was 9 when it was released.

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Friday, 23 December 2016 00:57 (six years ago) link

three years pass...

Had an urge to hear some Leslie Spit Treeo--a fabulous Toronto folky alt.rock band from the 90s--this afternoon, but my CDs are currently in another city, and I though there was no way I was going to find them streaming anywhere. Surprise, surprise--their debut album, Don't Cry Too Hard (1990), is actually on Apple Music. Not my very favourite album of theirs--that would be 1996's sprawling 2CD masterwork Chocolate Chip Cookies (also their final album)--but they never made a bad record in their brief career. Two album highlights, both on YouTube, are the expansive "UFO" and--sadly, timely--their raucous cover of John Prine's "Angel From Montgomery."



Maria Edgelord (cryptosicko), Sunday, 26 April 2020 18:35 (three years ago) link

two years pass...

I was going to add Bourben Tabernacle Choir and The Rheostatics cover of Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere but wanted to see how long we could stay Neiless.

Replying 21 years too late, but this track is deathless. Finally (along with the rest of their discography) on streaming! https://open.spotify.com/track/13cpvUyVd8v9C3yYi2EnD3?si=zG8cNMopQn6KUmE48nymew

The land of dreams and endless remorse (hardcore dilettante), Wednesday, 1 March 2023 14:37 (seven months ago) link

Spoon, I'm So Green, Moonshake, I Want More, Half Past One, Mushroom...uhh maybe some others?? love this band but I don't think I could name 100 songs by them period

frogbs, Wednesday, 1 March 2023 15:12 (seven months ago) link

Didn't realize this thread was started by my friend...So yes, this could be the nominating thread when the time comes for the poll. I'll try to get a mod to modify the title.

clemenza, Wednesday, 1 March 2023 15:18 (seven months ago) link

i'm already curating a list in my head

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Wednesday, 1 March 2023 19:33 (seven months ago) link

I contributed a list to this book a few years ago:


Here's the full list of 100 songs:


I'm guessing I probably have no use for at least half the list, but it's a starting point.

clemenza, Wednesday, 1 March 2023 20:15 (seven months ago) link

They really tied themselves in knots making the list "singles only", since the only place "Hallelujah" was released as a single was in France, as a b-side, which is where it made approximately 0% of its impact as a song. The 100 Canadian albums book introduced me to Harmonium at least.

Halfway there but for you, Wednesday, 1 March 2023 20:33 (seven months ago) link

I like that they've got Teenage Head and the Demics and the Ugly Ducklings on there; no Haunted, though.

clemenza, Wednesday, 1 March 2023 20:59 (seven months ago) link

Wow, 20 years ago ilx (and probably irl) me was annoying. I stand by some of my nominations though.

Kim, Wednesday, 1 March 2023 21:07 (seven months ago) link

Kim! Hope you vote.

clemenza, Wednesday, 1 March 2023 21:14 (seven months ago) link

Motion to have The Kings' "This Beat Goes On / Switchin' to Glide" counted as a single track? The only time I've ever heard them separated is the latter's appearance on Rhino's Just Can't Get Enough series (the Mersereau lists it correctly).

niall horanburger (cryptosicko), Wednesday, 1 March 2023 21:42 (seven months ago) link

I think they're treated as one song on the radio, no?

clemenza, Wednesday, 1 March 2023 21:51 (seven months ago) link

Yeah. Only mentioned because I saw "Switchin' to Glide" listed by itself way upthread (actually, it was listed as "slip into glide" but someone immediately corrected that).

niall horanburger (cryptosicko), Wednesday, 1 March 2023 21:53 (seven months ago) link

In the next few days, I'll start inputting songs mentioned here and songs from the Star list into a spreadsheet. To get a link to the spreadsheet at the top of the thread, though, I'll have to start a new thread.

NOW did a Canadian list 15 years ago or thereabouts, but I can't remember if it was albums or songs--albums, probably.

clemenza, Wednesday, 1 March 2023 21:58 (seven months ago) link

Another list:


I hope no one here is Alan Cross, because I want to say "God, I think that's Alan Cross's station."

clemenza, Wednesday, 1 March 2023 22:00 (seven months ago) link

I hope no one here is Alan Cross either.

niall horanburger (cryptosicko), Wednesday, 1 March 2023 22:07 (seven months ago) link

I'll outline this later, but the qualifying criterion will be simple: either you were born in Canada or you weren't. Doesn't matter if you moved to L.A. when you were six months old and struck it rich there later in life, or if you were born in New York and left for Nova Scotia to do the same (the story of approximately no one). Neil Young is Canadian, Ronnie Hawkins is not. And it's the performer of the song--no complicated Cancon loopholes for producer/songwriter/whatever.

Bands are trickier. What do prospective voters think? If half or more of the band are Canadian, that counts?

clemenza, Wednesday, 1 March 2023 23:24 (seven months ago) link

Is half or more of The Band Canadian?

niall horanburger (cryptosicko), Wednesday, 1 March 2023 23:27 (seven months ago) link

Will it go round in circles...4/5, I think--easy call.

clemenza, Wednesday, 1 March 2023 23:28 (seven months ago) link

Sorry, I'm being a smartass. I say that rule works.

niall horanburger (cryptosicko), Wednesday, 1 March 2023 23:30 (seven months ago) link

I'm a lot more likely to vote for Skip Spence than K'naan, but some people might not like to see immigrants sidelined.

Halfway there but for you, Thursday, 2 March 2023 00:20 (seven months ago) link

Sorry if it sounds like I'm trying to put a stick in the spokes every time you make a decision.

Halfway there but for you, Thursday, 2 March 2023 00:38 (seven months ago) link

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