October 19, 2017 – 7:27 am


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GORD DOWNIE R.I.P. 1964 - 2017

Gord Downie, singer of The Tragically Hip, died of complications from brain cancer on October 17, 2017 at the age of 53. His death was announced in a statement from his family.  He was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in 2016. “Gordie said he had lived many lives,” his family writes. “As a musician, he lived ‘the life’ for over 30 years, lucky to do most of it with his high school buddies. At home, he worked just as tirelessly at being a good father, son, brother, husband and friend. No one worked harder on every part of life than Gord. No one.” The Tragically Hip - Downie, bassist Gord Sinclair, guitarist Rob Baker and drummer Johnny Fay - was formed in a high school in the Canadian province of Ontario (Kingston) in 1984. Guitarist Paul Langlois joined in 1986 while the group was performing in small venues across Ontario. The Tragically Hip would go on to be one of Canada’s best-known bands, becoming indelible within the country’s pop landscape during its ascent in the 1990s. In a statement on the news of Downie’s passing, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau writes that the singer “painted landscapes with his words, elevating Canadian geography, historical figures, and myths. When he spoke, he gave us goosebumps and made us proud to be Canadian. Our identity and culture are richer because of his music, which was always raw and honest - like Gord himself.” -

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Toronto 1989 [no label, 1CD]

CFNY 102.1 FM Christmas Party. Live at The Spectrum, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; November 30, 1989. Very good CFNY-FM.

Thanks to plaz_restore for sharing the show at Dime.

plaz_restore noted:

This broadcast has circulated previously in many forms, most commonly as the bootleg CD, “So Hip It Hurts”. This version is from an uncirculated, off-air cassette master and sounds real fine (much better than the bootleg, IMO).

Analog cable FM > Mcas > cdr > EAC-wav > edits > flac level 8
Source: CFNY-FM (102.1, Brampton, ON) radio broadcast (originally aired: 1989-12-22)
Equipment: Onkyo TX5000 Receiver (MPX filter ON) > Sony WM-D6C Pro w. Maxell XLIIS cassette (NO Dobly)
Transfer: Mcas PB on same Sony WM-D6C > TASCAM CD-RW700

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Track 01. She Didn’t Know 4:16
Track 02. Highway Girl 4:31
Track 03. Smalltown Bringdown 3:14
Track 04. Opiated 3:49
Track 05. Every Time You Go 4:03
Track 06. Last American Exit 5:00
Track 07. Boots or Hearts 3:37
Track 08. 38 Years Old 4:42
Track 09. Blow at High Dough 4:50
Track 10. New Orleans Is Sinking 7:50
Track 11. When the Weight Comes Down 4:40
51 mins

Gord Downie - vocals, acoustic guitar
Paul Langlois - guitar, backing vocals
Rob “Bobby” Baker - guitar
Gordie Sinclair - bass, backing vocals
Johnny Fay - drums and percussion

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  1. 25 Responses to “THE TRAGICALLY HIP - TORONTO 1989 [GORD DOWNIE R.I.P. 1964 - 2017]”

  2. sad but true …
    so are you
    some very fine moments to remember with Gordi and the hips in my life !

    By fruchtas on Oct 19, 2017

  3. This is excellent! Will make for a good road trip disc. RIP Gordi, gone too soon.
    Thanks BigO

    By BigE on Oct 19, 2017

  4. RIP Gord!!! Thanx for being part playing the soundtrack of my life!!!
    Saw the Hip 4 times live in Germany - it was a pleasure!!!

    By Thomas N on Oct 20, 2017

  5. These sad deaths just keep coming.Still reeling from Tom Petty and now this.In all honesty i don’t know much about Gord but after hearing this im now a fan.Sites like this are very much appreciated for introducing us to new talented artists.Its too bad that artists like this are not considered mainstream while garbage is promoted instead.Sad to say you have to search hard for good music these days.Much different than past decades where good music was everywhere.

    By Bill on Oct 20, 2017

  6. I only fucked famous rockers,musicians,actors and other celebrities preferably with huge cocks.This man would have not had a chance with me.

    By Bebe Buell on Oct 20, 2017

  7. We know you never fucked him because he didn’t have STDs.

    By Bebe Buell Moron on Oct 21, 2017

  8. Bebe Buell/Bebe Buell Moron I dare you to go to Ontario,now and spread your evil words and lies,you will find out how famous Gord Downie is!

    By skinned knees on Oct 21, 2017

  9. C’mon you trash Bebe, don’t you have a decent bone in your body, ditches at the side of the road are meant for garbage like you!

    By TM on Oct 21, 2017

  10. Unfortunately Gord and his band came along and hit their stride in the 80s “when the mainstream media was beginning to promote garbage. Today if you are a talented musician or band you’re basically relegated to the back burner . I mean Taylor Swift is actually considered talented by the mainstream media while Gord and other artists Neko Case , Feist , Joan Shelly and many more artists with real talent have cult followings. It’s doubtful that any of the people we now consider legends would be considered that if they had started out in the nineties or after . I only discovered this band a short time ago myself at the suggestion of a friend . They certainly weren’t on the radio .

    By John Dahl on Oct 21, 2017

  11. I agree ‘ lack of radio airplay and media promotion is killing the talented artists. Tom Petty RIP would not be a legend if he came along 20 years after he did . Imagine if radio stations hadn’t played Beatles songs or they never appeared on Sullivan . That’s what talented musicians have to deal with today . Also record shops are dead . Try going to Best Buy today to find anything good . It either can’t be found ‘ or has to be special ordered and even the that is a long shot . The music industry has been dying for some time now .

    By Harold on Oct 21, 2017

  12. Gone are the days of great top 40 am radio where dj’s could make or break a recording artist . These days artists get no radio airplay” have to hope for didgital downloads and have to tour constantly just to earn peanuts. Unless your name is Taylor Swift or someone similar” a real shame !

    By Harold on Oct 21, 2017

  13. I remember the the huge record sales of Albums like Rumours , Frampton comes alive ‘ Born in the USA ‘ Dark side of the moon , The Wall” Damn the torpedos and of course Thriller , that will never happen again .

    By Harold on Oct 21, 2017

  14. The worst part of all is that I can’t stop whining, crying, and complaining about it here. I want everybody especially young people to like what I like-otherwise I don’t like it as much.

    By Harold on Oct 22, 2017

  15. You are a prick pretending to be other posters. What i said about modern music and the industry is an opinion shared by many.The music industry today is horrible in the way it treats talented artists,excluding them in favor of garbage.It all started in the 80s and thats a fact.Sorry to come off as a get off my lawn old man but im being honest.

    By Harold on Oct 22, 2017

  16. Its just that moron asshole who never goes away here Harold. he always has to try to stir up shit.he actually thinks people don’t know its him,the dumbass.

    By Eli on Oct 22, 2017

  17. People complain about the cock talk but nobody said anything dirty here people just venting opinions about the music industry and still that asshole has to stir up his shitpile

    By Eli on Oct 22, 2017

  18. I have nothing important or interesting to say about anything,so I just repeat what little I do have over and over and over

    By Eli on Oct 22, 2017

  19. Eli- What happened to Corey? You haven’t used his ID in a while.

    Not that it matters, but I didn’t use Harold’s name.

    These nuts are stirring up a nutpile on your chin.


    By Eli Moron on Oct 22, 2017

  20. Moron if you want to see balls on a chin look in the mirror

    By Eli on Oct 22, 2017

  21. Corey whoever the fuck he is just like this darth fuck before him probably considers himself above the insanity here.Myself i just love trading shit mudpies with you so bring it on dickbrain.

    By Eli on Oct 22, 2017

  22. cmon boys play nice,lets talk cocks

    By Ule on Oct 22, 2017

  23. carolyn king pierce is another moron identity .May these huge nuts always bounce hard and fast ON YOUR CHIN

    By Carolyn king Pierce MORON on Oct 22, 2017

  24. This moron started all the vulgar talk awhile back.he started the nuts on chins stuff over a year ago and others have followed his gutter talk lead to where it stands today. We have just lost two great artists this month Gord Downie and of course the great Tom Petty’and people still regress to this.amazing

    By quincy on Oct 22, 2017

  25. Blah blah blah, more bullshit from you and your endless free time. You’re an old man who pretends to be an old dirty female groupie just to annoy readers-sad and pathetic but this is probably the most fun you’ve had in weeks, people are actually talking to you

    By Eli/Ule/Quincy/Bill/Harold on Oct 23, 2017

  26. I am reaching out to Knees as I miss my daily dose of Kneesapedia and Casual who I miss for his awesome posts and insights. Guys you are two wonderful Ozzies that make this cave what it is a safe haven to express yourself without fear of any type of discrimination and you have made many wonderful friendships here with a lot of people who miss you. I am a recently new addition to this cave but I have seen how you two are sorely missed so boys get on your bike and start pedalling back

    By MozzFrom Ozz on Oct 28, 2017

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