Interviews no image

Published on April 27th, 1995 | by Gerry Galipault


The tragically hip are in vogue

Each twist and turn on the road and other events along the way for The Tragically Hip are being captured on paper by bassist Gord Sinclair.

Not in a diary, but in postcards to his children back home in Kingston, Ontario.

“My oldest boy dragged out this gigantic shoebox full of postcards during a break we had over Easter weekend,” Sinclair said during a recent stop in Philadelphia, where he was hunting down a card of the city’s famed Liberty Bell. “It’s just been one of those years, where some things have been happening and we’re just along for the ride more than anything.”

Among those experiences: a headlining U.S. tour, including three straight sellouts in Chicago; performing on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” on March 25; opening dates on the Robert Plant/Jimmy Page tour in the coming weeks, and opening for the Rolling Stones in Europe this summer.

“First off, opening for Plant and Page and the Stones are the kinds of things you can’t say no to,” Sinclair said. “It’s a great opportunity … you think back to years when you were 15 in the basement and listening to ‘Stairway to Heaven’ or ‘Brown Sugar.’

“I don’t want to say these are going to be milestones for us, because that sounds so cliche, but it’s yet another experience I can write down in postcards to my kids.”

In America, The Tragically Hip – formed nearly 10 years ago in Kingston – is finally receiving widespread recognition it earned years ago in Canada. (Last month, the quintet was named Entertainers of the Year at the Juno Awards.) Their new Atlantic album, “Day For Night,” is a palatable package of expressive lyrics and compelling moodiness.

Sinclair said things are clicking because he and his bandmates – guitarists Bobby Baker and Paul Langlois, singer Gordon Downie and drummer Johnny Fay – are, first and foremost, friends.

“That’s the real beauty of being in a group with your friends, that you get to share all these experiences and ups and downs,” he said. “The road is probably the hardest part of what we do for a living. I think that’s a lot of what ends up breaking up bands who might not know each other all that well.

“It’s not so much the playing that gets to you, it’s the time spent in between. The cool thing with us, we’ve all grown up doing this. … We’ve gone from writing little love songs in our early 20s to more meaningful stuff now that we’re in our early 30s.”

“Day For Night,” more so than any other Hip album, was a collective effort, Sinclair said. They share writing credits on all the songs.

“We’ve been playing together so long and we know each other’s styles so well that we can go in with some confidence and you have a half-finished idea and you know that someone’s going to have something that’s going to complement it.

“This co-dependency really works out for us.”

Tags: ,

About the Author

Gerry Galipault debuted Pause & Play online in October 1997. Since then, it has become the definitive place for CD-release dates — with a worldwide audience.

Comments are closed.

Back to Top ↑


    Entertainment Weekly names Pause & Play one of “the 100 greatest Web sites”

  • Album Release Dates

    * Release dates are subject to change due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

    July 23, 2021 » Paul McCartney, Jackson Browne, David Crosby, Rodney Crowell, Brittany Howard, Leon Bridges, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Ledisi, DARKSIDE, Joshua Radin, Anne-Marie, The Brothers, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, etc.

    July 30, 2021 » Billie Eilish, Bleachers, Erasure, Los Lobos, NEEDTOBREATHE, Yola, Blues Traveler, Son Volt, Dee Snider, Jim Lauderdale, Paul Anka, The Wandering Hearts, Leela James, etc.

    Aug. 6, 2021 » Chris Young, “NOW That’s What I Call Music! 79,” Liars, Khruangbin, Staind, Colin Hay, Alicia Sara Ott, Night Ranger, Will Young, Ellen Foley, Kate Taylor, Zachary Knowles, Willy Mason, etc.

    Aug. 13, 2021 » The Killers, Jennifer Hudson, Sheryl Crow, Dan + Shay, Joan Armatrading, Luke Hemmings, Jade Bird, Jungle, Jan Lisieki, Sepultura, Watchhouse, El Michels Affair, Ben Platt, etc.

    More New Releases » Aug. 20 and Beyond: Lorde, Switchfoot, Maggie Rose, Jake Bugg, Villagers, Anderson East, Shannon and the Clams, Chvrches, Imagine Dragons, Manic Street Preachers, Metallica, Diana Ross, Samantha Fish, Lindsey Buckingham, Melissa Etheridge, The Felice Brothers, Angels & Airwaves, Natalie Imbruglia, Yes, James Arthur, Ladyhawke, Sam Fender, Billy Bragg, Duran Duran, Bullet For My Valentine, HONNE, Black Veil Brides, Hanson, Aimee Mann, Courtney Barnett, Damon Albarn, Taylor Swift, and many more.

    More Upcoming Releases » Albums coming in 2021 and 2022 but yet to be scheduled

    Elton John loves Pauseandplay.comDeals of the DayBest SellersSennheiser MOMENTUM 2 Wireless Over-Ear HeadphonesIE 400 Pro In-Ear Monitors

  • New Merch at Hot TopicSave on Tablets at Walmart.comBand T-ShirtsTurntables & AccessoriesHome Audio SystemsAmazon Tap $40 OffSave up to 90% on Textbooks

    NOTE: is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites. We also participate in other affiliate programs.

  • Love We do, too … Help us keep it going. (Every little bit helps.) We ♥ u.

  • Recent Posts

  • Connect on Facebook

  • On Twitter