100 Can-Pop Classics

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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 (thirteen 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (seven 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 (four 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

Kim! Hope you vote.

clemenza, Wednesday, 1 March 2023 21:14 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

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

clemenza, Wednesday, 1 March 2023 21:51 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

I hope no one here is Alan Cross either.

niall horanburger (cryptosicko), Wednesday, 1 March 2023 22:07 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

Is half or more of The Band Canadian?

niall horanburger (cryptosicko), Wednesday, 1 March 2023 23:27 (one year ago) link

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

clemenza, Wednesday, 1 March 2023 23:28 (one year ago) link

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

niall horanburger (cryptosicko), Wednesday, 1 March 2023 23:30 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

Skip Spence qualifies--born in Windsor (actually didn't know that till right now). So...I'm missing the problem there.

clemenza, Thursday, 2 March 2023 01:18 (one year ago) link

Isn't it still in effect?


It seems antiquated in an internet world, but I don't make music for a living; my friend at SOCAN says it's still necessary.

clemenza, Thursday, 2 March 2023 04:36 (one year ago) link

I was slightly acquainted with your friend, don't know if he would remember me.

There were a few funny stories about the MAPL designation, like Bootsauce pretending they recorded their album at a non-existent Canadian studio rather than one in the States so that their Hot Chocolate cover would qualify.

Halfway there but for you, Friday, 3 March 2023 15:58 (one year ago) link

Send me board email, Halfway, I'll let Howard know.

God, Bootsauce--did I ever loathe them. Our own Red Hot Chili Peppers, but (somehow) exponentially worse.

clemenza, Friday, 3 March 2023 19:11 (one year ago) link

I thought this thread was going to be about songs that sample the sound of cans being popped opened.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 3 March 2023 19:25 (one year ago) link

I might open the poll up to that interpretation, just so I can vote for Basehead's "Ode to My Favorite Beer."

clemenza, Friday, 3 March 2023 21:06 (one year ago) link

Also "The Beer Hunter" by Bob and Doug McKenzie fits both definitions.

Halfway there but for you, Friday, 3 March 2023 21:09 (one year ago) link

I think I just stumbled onto the patron saint of this poll: Dave Madden, who played Ruben Kincaid on The Partridge Family. If I ever did I know he was Canadian--born in Sarnia--I'd completely forgotten.

clemenza, Friday, 3 March 2023 21:23 (one year ago) link

Will get this up and running in a week or two, once they're counting down the country poll. I thought I was finished working for the year, but at the last minute the union bumped my supply-teaching ceiling to 95 days again. Gifted multi-tasker that I am, I'll still go forward; it may mean, when it comes time for the results, that they won't be posted on consecutive days. Should be okay otherwise.

clemenza, Wednesday, 15 March 2023 21:22 (one year ago) link

You're going to have to have the results vetted by one of your classes.

Halfway there but for you, Wednesday, 15 March 2023 21:28 (one year ago) link

Only if we relocate to whatever social-media site they're using now. (I won't even say TikTok, which I assume is yesterday's news.)

I should mention that I'll be invoking the Mel Brooks Rule for the poll, meaning that everyone from all corners of the world is encouraged to participate, but making fun of Canadians or Canada will only be permitted if you're Canadian yourself and can produce, on request, official documentation. Anyone not in compliance will be expelled.

clemenza, Thursday, 16 March 2023 01:27 (one year ago) link

oh shi

mookieproof, Thursday, 16 March 2023 02:15 (one year ago) link

j/k i would never

mookieproof, Thursday, 16 March 2023 02:16 (one year ago) link

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