The Ongoing History of New Music, Episode 701: The Tragically Hip’s Fully Completely Examined Fully and Completely

Back in the summer, I was approached by Hip management with a proposal. “We’re planning a huge reissue of the Fully Completely album. We’d like you to write the liner notes. And we’ll give you access to everything in our archives.”

Cool.

So back in June, I dropped into the Hip’s management offices. Waiting for me was a mountain of boxes and boxes and boxes and boxes of material, all archived from the 1992-93 era of the band’s career. Everything was meticulously organized and catalogue,

“Go ahead,” I was told. “See what you can make out of all this. And if you need anyone from the band to help you out, just let us know.”

Once again, cool.

The results will finally be in stores next week–and at the risk of sounding vain, it looks f**king incredible. If you’re a Hip fan, there is no way you won’t want to own this thing. Before it gets released, though, I re-purposed much of what I learned into this week’s Ongoing History of New Music show. In it, Rob Baker from the band and I dissect the record and the songs in ways that have never been done before. It’s a must-listen for all Hip fans.

Further details along with a list of stations running the show can be found here.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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