The Tragically Hip, also known as "The Hip."
The Tragically Hip is a Canadian rock band that formed in 1983.
- Gordon "Gordie" Downie (lead vocals and guitar)
- Paul Langlois (guitar, joined 1986)
- Rob "Bobby" Baker (guitar)
- Gord Sinclair (bass)
- Johnny Fay (drums)
- Davis Manning (saxophone, left the band in 1986)
- The Tragically Hip EP (1987)
- Up To Here (1989)
- Road Apples (1991)
- Fully Completely (1992)
- Day For Night (1994)
- Trouble At The Henhouse (1996)
- Live Between Us (1997)
- Phantom Power (1998)
- Music @ Work (2000)
- In Violet Light (2002)
- In-Between Evolution (2004)
- World Container (2006)
- We Are the Same (2009)
- Now for Plan A (2012)
Tropes (band, lyrically, and musically):
- Album Title Drop : Phantom Power is title dropped in "Something On".
- Blatant Lies : During live shows, Downie has the tendency to insert long, rambling, and obviously untrue monologues over instrumental breaks, usually in "New Orleans Is Sinking". The most famous tells about how he used to work at Sea World but had to quit after a killer whale bit his arms off, and another tells about how he drowned while trying to pull a family from a car during Hurricane Katrina.
- The Big Easy : "New Orleans is Sinking", "If New Orleans Falls", and the "Neworleansworld" segment of "The Depression Suite".
- Brother-Sister Incest : Word of God says Pigeon Camera is about this.
- Canadian Music : The lyrics in many of their songs mention a lot of Canadiana, including geographical locations, most famously "Bobcaygeon", although Downie has admitted they only picked that specific town because it sort-of rhymed with 'constellations'.
- Another good instance is "Fireworks", a song about not getting too hung up on nationalism, which is actually a very Canadian sentiment. It begins with a line only Canadians could understand:
- Clear Their Name : "Wheat Kings" deconstructs this while commenting on the case of David Milgaard.
Twenty years for nothing
Well, that's nothing new
Besides, no one's interested in
Something you didn't do.
- Early-Installment Weirdness : Though "Small Town Bringdown" from their debut indie EP The Tragically Hip does somewhat foreshadow their style for the following 10 or so years, the rest of the album sounds absolutely nothing like anything else they've done.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar : They originally wanted to title their second label release "Saskadelphia", but were turned down by MCA for being "too Canadian", so they named it "Road Apples" instead.
- Intercourse with You : Probably most blatant in "Lake Fever".
- Large Ham : Gordie exemplifies ham in live performances and in music videos like "Poets" and "My Music at Work".
- The Man They Couldn't Hang : Referenced in the lyrics of The Tragically Hip's song "Bobcaygeon":
That night in Toronto with its checkerboard floors
Riding on horseback and keeping order restored
'Till the men they couldn't hang
Stepped to the mike and sang
And their voices rang with that Aryan twang
** It may also be a reference to the band called The Men They Couldn't Hang.
- Mondegreen: Deliberately courted in "I'll Believe In You Tonight (or I'll Be Leavin' You Tonight)"
- Non-Appearing Title : Probably most notably "Nautical Disaster".
- Punk in the Trunk : "Locked in the Trunk of a Car", appropriately enough.
- Precision F-Strike : "Fireworks"
You said you didn't give a fuck about hockey
Well, I'd never heard anyone say that before.
- Self-Titled Album : Their debut EP.
- Sophisticated as Hell : As a band that references Hugh MacLennan and William Shockley, they also are not afraid to drop some F-bombs. They also have a song titled "Butts Wiggling".
- Sympathetic Murderer : The brother Mike in "38 Years Old":
See, my sister got raped
So a man got killed
A local boy went to prison
The man was buried on the hill
- Word Salad Lyrics: Sometimes.