It is Sunday and time for the next 5 in my list of Canada’s best music. In this edition, 2 by a current Canadian favourite, a classic rock song, a second entry by the great Joni Mitchell and some garage rock by Ugly Duckling.
1. Blue Rodeo
Blue Rodeo are Canada’s number one alt-country, rock band. They have been churning out the hits for many years and are still at the top of Canada’s popular music game. This song was released in 1989.
Waaaay back in the 60′s, The Ugly Ducklings were the best there was on the Toronto music scene. Garage rockers extraordinaire. The version here is from a 2000 concert. Love it live.
3. Blue Rodeo
“Hasn’t Hit Me Yet”
A second song by Blue Rodeo in this set. This is from 1993.
4. Joni Mitchell
A second tune on the list by the incomparable Joni Mitchell. Easily one of the greatest ever. This video features a live version and features an incredible band. Really, really good!!
“My Girl (Gone Gone Gone)”
Chilliwack is one of those bands that really should have made it big worldwide. Very talented with strong songs.
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Ah yes, Chilliwack. A Canadian staple on the radio in the 70′s. “Fly at Night”, “Lonesome Mary”, “Rain-O”, “Crazy Talk”, “Gone, Gone, Gone”, an extensive list of classics. The group was formed in 1964 as The Classics, later changing their name to The Collectors before settling on Chilliwack. Being around for so long, there have obviously been many changes in personnel, all rotating around the constant of Bill Henderson. They were innovators in their use of Native American instruments in their songs, predating Xavier Rudd by many decades. Over the years the band has released 14 albums and has had 8 Top 40 hits in Canada while charting 23 times and 2 Top 40 hits in the USA, while charting 7 times. The have not recorded since 1984, although a live album was released in 2003. An interesting side-note, band member Brian Macleod and the rest of the group, without Bill Henderson, played as the Headpins in the 1980′s with Darby Mills, another Canadian icon of the 1980′s. The band continues to tour today.
The song attached is a live version of “Sundown”, another Chilliwack staple. This version was done live on the old TV show, Come Together.
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