Canada has produced some fantastic rock bands over the years that remain truly, and soulfully, Canadian. Bands that have made legendary careers almost exclusively in Canada while remaining utterly unknown to the world at large. You’re probably thinking The Tragically Hip, but I’m talking a step deeper than that, a little more niche.
This is not to say that this band is entirely unknown to the greater world. Unfortunately, our American friends likely know them only as ‘That Hootie and the Blowfish Song from Friends’. Aside from this brush with fame that by and large bypassed them completely, though I’m sure they’re grateful for the royalty cheques, this band remains one of Canada’s best kept secret treasures. If you were in highschool/university in the late 80s and early 90s you know all about this band. And despite the popularity Hootie gave to an admittedly good song, this is by far my very favourite in their recording catalogue that now spans close to thirty years.
I’m kicking off your weekend with another CanCon legend. This is 54-40 with “Baby Ran” from their 1986 self-titled debut.