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#41 TheGayDivorcee

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Posted 28 January 2017 - 02:52 AM

Thanks for bringing Neil into the thread, GayD! He just might be the greatest Canadian songwriter of all time.

 

Here's Neil at the time of his 'Everybody is Rockin' album in the mid 80's.

 

 

Neil is just brilliant.  

 

I wonder if the car in the video is one of many he writes about in his autobiography.  


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Posted 27 January 2017 - 09:13 PM

One of the unsung greats in Jerry Mercer on drums.

 

 



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Posted 27 January 2017 - 07:54 PM

And here's their fantastic cover of a song by one of Canada's greatest songwriters, Bruce Cockburn.

 

Yeah, Bruce!!!

 


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Posted 27 January 2017 - 01:51 PM

And there are these guys, who I consider the Canadian They Might Be Giants.

 

Thanks, JamesStewartFan. 

 

BNL is much loved in Canada. Since their very beginning - when they sang the words "this is me in grade 9" - they became instantly endeared to every student or ex-student anywhere in the country.

 

Here's a track from their album 'Everything to Everyone'.

 


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Posted 26 January 2017 - 04:51 PM

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Posted 26 January 2017 - 04:45 PM

I also enjoy these guys and have seen them in concert. One of their best songs.

 



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Posted 26 January 2017 - 04:35 PM

And there are these guys, who I consider the Canadian They Might Be Giants.

 

(Or perhaps They Might Be Giants are the American Barenaked Ladies.)

 

TMBG had released most of their best stuff before Barenaked Ladies first studio album, so your former assessment is closer to the truth.

 

My favorite Canadian band is Skinny Puppy, followed by Rush. The Guess Who and Brian Adams I also think of when I think of Canadian artists, although I'm not crazy about either.



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Posted 26 January 2017 - 04:31 PM

And here's their fantastic cover of a song by one of Canada's greatest songwriters, Bruce Cockburn.

 

 



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Posted 26 January 2017 - 04:26 PM

And there are these guys, who I consider the Canadian They Might Be Giants.

 

 

(Or perhaps They Might Be Giants are the American Barenaked Ladies.)



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Posted 26 January 2017 - 02:05 PM

This thread has shown how little I know Canadian musicians.  Except Gordon Lightfoot.  And this fellow (long in the U.S., of course) who (whom?) I listen to almost every day:

 

Thanks for bringing Neil into the thread, GayD! He just might be the greatest Canadian songwriter of all time.

 

Here's Neil at the time of his 'Everybody is Rockin' album in the mid 80's.

 


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Posted 26 January 2017 - 03:31 AM

This thread has shown how little I know Canadian musicians.  Except Gordon Lightfoot.  And this fellow (long in the U.S., of course) who (whom?) I listen to almost every day:

 

 


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Posted 19 January 2017 - 11:47 PM

Thanks for the info, darkblue.  Cheers. 

 

       



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Posted 19 January 2017 - 09:43 PM

I wouldn't mind hearing a 1978 country song by the Canadian group "THE FAMILY BROWN".  It's called "Love Is A Contact Sport".  Know of a way to listen to that, darkblue?  

 

I'm sorry, Mr. Gorman, but 'Love Is a Contact Sport' by The Family Brown does not appear to have been uploaded online. It also seems to have disappeared from sale as a single - probably long-sinced deleted as a pressing.

 

I'll try to keep an eye out for it. Maybe someday somebody will post it to YouTube or something.


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Posted 19 January 2017 - 06:16 AM

I wouldn't mind hearing a 1978 country song by the Canadian group "THE FAMILY BROWN".  It's called "Love Is A Contact Sport".  Know of a way to listen to that, darkblue?  I've got a few 45's from 'TFB', including their U.S. Top 40 hit  "But It's Cheatin'".  But I don't have "Love Is A Contact Sport".   

 

     ♦ I enjoyed the two Kim Stockwood songs I 'clicked' on to listen. 

 

     ♦ I know of a Canadian 'roots' singer named 'John Wort Hannam'.  I have a few of his albums on CD. 



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Posted 19 January 2017 - 12:15 AM

I have a 'The Pursuit of Happiness' album in my collection, missw.

 

It's called 'The Downward Road'. Interesting group at times.

 

Here's one of the better-known tracks from 'The Downward Road'.

 


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Posted 17 January 2017 - 02:09 PM

Staying with talent from the Maritimes, here's Sloan - quite the callback to "beatle-esque" power pop.

 

I remember Sloan. For some reason, thinking about Sloan reminds me of another band from around the same era - well actually, a few years earlier. This goofy but fun tune is from the mid-'80s. The singer is probably really experiencing some of those "getting old" problems he sings about when he was in his 20s...

 

 

By the way, db, this video made me nostalgic. Recognize any of those places from Toronto in the 80s?


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Posted 16 January 2017 - 12:14 AM

Staying with talent from the Maritimes, here's Sloan - quite the callback to "beatle-esque" power pop.

 

 

 


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Posted 12 January 2017 - 08:35 PM

I've never heard of Kim Stockwood. Never heard her music, either ( as far as I know.) I feel I should have - judging by those two tunes you posted, she's pretty talented. Makes me wonder how many other good Canadian artists have been kicking around for a while who I've never heard of.

 

Your praise has inspired me to post one more by Kim.

 

Here's an ode to a free mind.

 


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Posted 12 January 2017 - 01:01 PM

I've never heard of Kim Stockwood. Never heard her music, either ( as far as I know.) I feel I should have - judging by those two tunes you posted, she's pretty talented. Makes me wonder how many other good Canadian artists have been kicking around for a while who I've never heard of.


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