Published on May 20th, 2021 | by Gerry Galipault0
The Hip Is Back With ‘Saskadelphia’
Canada’s iconic The Tragically Hip have a surprise for this New Music Friday (May 21): a new album, “Saskadelphia” (Universal Music Canada / UMe), made up of six previously unreleased tracks written in 1990.
Five of the songs were recorded during the band’s “Road Apples” sessions in New Orleans. The sixth song is a live track, “Montreal (Live from The Molson Centre, Montreal, Dec 7th, 2000),” written at the same time, but for which the original recording has not been found.
And what about the album title? Saskadelphia is a phrase coined by the band to describe their extensive touring in the early 1990s – from Saskatoon to Philadelphia and back. It was the original working title for “Road Apples” but was rejected by label execs as being “too Canadian.”
Excerpts from the album press release:
From lead single “Ouch,” which greets listeners with the familiar roaring vocals of late singer and lyricist Gord Downie, to “Not Necessary,” a song whose fiery sound is layered with gentle and emotional lyrics – are pure, undistilled The Tragically Hip, as Rob Baker (guitar), Gord Downie (vocals, guitar), Johnny Fay (drums), Paul Langlois (guitar) and Gord Sinclair (bass) lay the groundwork for their unmistakable sound.
“I went ‘Wow’ when I heard ‘Ouch’ after all this time,” Rob Baker says. “We were a pretty good little band.”
After rediscovering the tracks from more than three decades ago, The Tragically Hip knew they had to share the music with their loyal fans. Of the abandoned songs, Fay said, “We didn’t know what was there, so this meant baking them and listening to them as they were being transferred. Hearing them for the first time in 30 years was crazy.”
PHOTO CREDIT: Jim Herrington (circa 1991)
Clockwise starting top left: Gord Downie (holding mirror), Rob Baker (in window), Gord Sinclair (in window), Gord Sinclair (reflection in mirror), Johnny Fay (reflection in mirror), Paul Langlois (reflection in mirror)