This Up To Here review is for DaBrun! Hope ya enjoy it buddy!
Considering 1989 was the year Glam Metal was ruling everything in sales,ticket grosses,print media and video. Out of Kingston came The Hip with their major label debut and man this album went against the grain of what I just mentioned but the Hip struck a chord or three chords for that matter with a ton of Canucks and this album just flew off the shelves! My first purchase was on cassette for this followed by cd.
The album was produced by Don Smith(rip) and he just lets the Hip go at it which to me just sounds like they just toked up/plugged In and pushed play!
Let’s see what Gordie/Bobby/Johnny/Paul and Gord are rolling……
BLOW AT HIGH DOUGH-So let’s Canadiana 101 begin! Here comes Gordie blasting out of the gate with the boys because well you knew they can get behind anything! Cool guitar,bass and drums actually I still love the sonic of this album to this day! Still I think if you were to ask people to say what one song would define the Hip I betcha it may be this one or perhaps Orleans? I dunno close call…..
I’LL BELIEVE IN YOU-Man this song is a firecracker it just zips along the 411 at break neck speed Gordie is slipping and sliding around traffic and he pushes along the tracks and the backing vocals are well suited to the Hip like I said…toke up/plug-in and push play!. Cool Bobby Baker riffing ….
NEW ORLEANS IS SINKING- This is one catchy riff of guitar courtesy once again from Mr Baker and Gordie is in full storyteller mode. This song is just a classic and still is and like I said it’s probably along with Blow At High Dough the two most recognizable Hipster tunes Ever!
38 YEARS OLD- Hip throw down the electrics,grab some acoustic and pedal steel and Gordie talks about being locked up in the Clink! Cool song and a shift in gears after the first three tunes drop the sonic hammer on your senses!
SHE DIDNT KNOW- actually my fav from Up To Here. I mean classic ” she didn’t know the barrel was loaded” uh huh yeah right! Great stories/lyrics put to music. Man this shit does not get any better! Love this song..just love it. Actually this is like if REM took a few hits off the Hip Bong!
BOOTS OR HEARTS-Side two begins with some acoustic guitar kicked in the rump by the drums. That’s the thing with these songs on here, They were road tested thru perhaps tons of bar gigs and the Hip just kept the tape machine going once they hit the studio.
EVERYTIME YOU GO- actually my second fav off of this album. Love the guitar sound and love the line ‘Like everyone I once knew a Dave. Drove a Plymouth shallow grave. Said my girl don’t walk she just unfurls” Wowzers! Sooooo cool…..geez I wish I could have said cool lines like that back in Highschool!
WHEN THE WEIGHT COMES DOWN- Cool strummer of a tune, super catchy chorus. Folks were headed for the finish line and the Hip just keep chugging along.
ANOTHER MIDNIGHT- If you dig a little deeper you will come across different flavours on the this debut. This is one of em just different textures add to a cool written song. Love the fact they can crank bar rock and ease off the gas a bit and just chill with a song like Another Midnight!
OPIATED- ends Up To Here with the medicine man paying a visit. Sounds like a fitting end to album or is it just the plain end? That’s the thing with Gordies lyrics. How I hear em you may hear em differently and perhaps we could get together and discuss and figure out what he’s going on about sometimes! But only if you bring the Doritos at the end of the night!
IN CONCLUSION – Stellar comes to my mind about Up To Here. For me the Hip came along with a good bar rock sound that was missing from the late 80s and just stomped on Poisons lipstick and gave us all a different outlook on rock and how it should sound. Simple yet effective. If your one of the few who have never listened to Up To Here, it’s never too late!