The Tragically Hip
Grabbing the attention of the masses
The Tragically Hip was formed in 1984 by three college friends, Gordon Downie, Gord Sinclair and Rob Baker who studied together at Kingston Collegiate. The trio later included Paul Langlois and Johnny Fay and concluded their lineup. The band then started to play gigs in small music venues around Ontario in the mid 80’s and soon caught the attention of then president of MCA Records, Bruce Dickinson who signed them to a recording deal.
The Tragically Hip appeared on the rock music scene when they released their first self-titled Extended Play in 1987 which produced two singles, Highway Girl and Small Town Bring-Down. A couple of years later, they rocked the entire world when they came out with their diamond selling debut studio record, ‘Up to Here.’ The album featured five singles out of which, Blow at High Dough and New Orleans is Sinking topped the RPM charts. It earned the group a Juno Award for the ‘Most Promising Group of the Year’ in 1990.
The unbeatable force in the rock realm
The Tragically Hip reached new heights by releasing six consecutive number one albums after the release of, ‘Up to Here’ in 1989. Out of those six, five went multi-platinum in Canada and the remaining one, ‘Fully Completely’ became their second diamond selling album which received positive response from the critics. Furthermore ‘Fully Completely’ was included in, ‘The Top 100 Canadian Albums’ by Bob Mersereau and in ‘The Top 102 Modern Rock Albums of All Time’ by 102.1 The Edge.
Their other albums like, ‘Trouble at the Henhouse,’ ‘Day For Night,’ ‘Phantom Power’ and ‘Music @ Work’ all received great commercial and critical success as each record won at least one Juno Award. ‘Day for Night’ featured six singles and was listed at the thirteenth spot on ChartAttack’s ‘Top 50 Canadian Albums of All Time’, behind Neil Young’s ‘After the Gold Rush.’
Still rocking in the new millennium
Tragically Hip remained at the top of the rock realm in the new millennium and kept on producing hit records. They released their ninth studio album, ‘In Between Evolution’ in 2004 which topped the Canadian Albums chart and was certified platinum by the MC. It got four and a half stars out of five from, PopMatters and Rolling Stone. It also included a single, It Can’t Be Nashville Every Night which appeared on a season two episode of Canadian Situation Comedy, ‘Corner Gas.’
The band came out with three more albums after 2004 among which, ‘We Are the Same’ became their eighth album to top the charts in Canada. It was produced by Bob Rock and got three stars out of five from Jam! They have now released their latest studio record, ‘Man Machine Poem’ in 2016 which was applauded by Edmonton Journal in words, “a deep-felt, summer highway album that briefly escapes the weight of the doom we all share — not alone, but together in the dark.”
During their iconic career, The Tragically Hip has accomplished many great feats. The band has won ten Juno Awards and was presented a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award in 2008. Moreover Canada Post also issued The Tragically Hip Stamp in 2013. Now the Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductees are going on their tour so if you like rock music then check their powerful performance live. Get The Tragically Hip tickets and watch them play their songs in person.