Tragically Hip/Lakehead University /Feb 1990
So the Hip makes a gas stop in Tbay at our University and man the place was packed. Of course a zillion copies of Up To Here were moving out of record shops (remember those?) at that time as well so me and TBone scooped a couple of tickets and here we are and Hey look there’s Gordie Downie with his full I haven’t shaved in weeks Canadian beard….and the rest of the guys muster up on stage and open with one of the best Hip songs I have ever heard except they never released it ..the song is titled Crack My Spine Like A Whip(see vid posted above) man this track just steam rolls I still love it! C’mon guys 24 yrs later record the friggin thing will ya?
There’s Gordie working the mic stand or is it a crutch to hold him up? The rest of the guys Bobby,Gord,Johnny and Paul are tight musically I mean they paid their dues playing the bars and man for me personally I love the first four Hip records especially the first two. But were getting ahead here so yep the band plows thru Highway Girl and a few others from their Ep and of course they played pretty much all of Up To Here. They were also road testing Three Pistols and Fight which ended up on Road Apples the followup to Up To Here.
The great thing about Gordie back than was when he sang the line “She Didn’t Know The Barrel Was Loaded” you believed him man, or in Everytime You Go when he says “Like everyone I Once New A Dave” yeah Gordie your right we knew a few Dave’s it was like reading the newspaper like Gordie is just spitting out everyday living at you! Man I miss that kinda stuff nowadays .
I have a another review for another time when me and TBone caught the Hip back In February of 1988 in Tbay …..stay tuned folks!