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Canada’s Best Music – 5 Songs At A Time – Part 31


Today’s list makes a change.  Time to go to a countdown.  Only 350 songs to go. The play-list includes both classic rock and a classic player.  Yes, the great one, Neil Young, makes another appearance here.  It also includes Skinny Puppy, which is a new one on me.

346. Skinny Puppy

“Pro-Test Song”

Skinny Puppy live!

Skinny Puppy live! (Photo credit: Bernt Rostad)

Skinny Puppy was a Vancouver based electronic band, formed in 1982.  They have recorded 15 albums, including a new one “Weapon” this year.

347. Spoons

“Romantic Traffic”

Romantic Traffic

Romantic Traffic (Photo credit: stevec77)

The band, Spoons, hail out of Burlington and were your prototypical 80’s synth-pop hair band that were everywhere back then.  This song was one of their bigger hits and was recorded in 1984, only hitting 55 on the Canadian Billboard chart.

348. Trooper

“Two for the Show”

Trooper have played since 1965.  I have seen them on two occasions.  Once sitting in the front row at a bar in Winnipeg way back in the day, the second, about 10 years ago at the Brier (Canada’s Men’s Curling Championship) in Saskatoon.  Don’t really remember either performance that well.  This song was recorded in 1976.

349. Corey Hart

“Never Surrender”

Singles (Corey Hart album)

Singles (Corey Hart album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Corey Hart was never my favourite, other than “I Wear My Sunglasses At Night” which was kind of cool. To me, he epitomized pretty much everything that I didn’t like about 80’s music.  I am sure there will be some disagreement on that, or maybe not.

350. Neil Young

“Only Love Can Break Your Heart”

English: Neil Young in Ruisrock Festival, Turk...

English: Neil Young in Ruisrock Festival, Turku, Finland 1996 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

And now, The Master.  Enjoy!!  As an added bonus, live at the Fillmore East with Crosby Stills & Nash.

Canada’s Best Music – 5 Songs At A Time – Part 11


In this edition of Canada’s essential 500 songs we have an acclaimed producer, writer, singer, 2 more classics from Canadian icons, and a couple of classic rockers, one from the 70’s and the other a bit more recent.  A pretty good set for you.

1. Daniel Lanois

“Shine”

Daniel Lanois

Daniel Lanois (Photo credit: Chris Musil)

Daniel Lanois is the acclaimed one noted above.  He has produced albums for Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Ron Sexsmith, Neil Young and Peter Gabriel.  This, in addition to writing and playing classics such as “Shine”.  As  you are listening to this tune, read the lyrics.  Good writer.

2. Burton Cummings

“Stand Tall”

Burton Cummings

Burton Cummings (Photo credit: Shayne Kaye)

Another classic from Burton Cummings.  Likely my favorite solo song by Burton Cummings.  It has echoes of the Guess Who classic “These Eyes”.

3. Simply Saucer

“Electro Rock”

Canadian punk legends from the mid 70’s, Simply Saucer join the list with their classic “Electro Rock.  Daniel Lanois produced some of their material back then as well.  Small world.

4. The Razorbacks

“It’s Saturday Night”

Another entry from The Razorbacks.  Kick back and enjoy as a Canadian band does rockabilly.

5. Neil Young

“Alabama”

English: Neil Young in concert in Oslo, Norway...

A live version from 1973 of Neil’s classic of of Harvest.  What a talent, what an album.

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