The Ongoing History of New Music, episode 922: The inside story of The Tragically Hip’s Saskadelphia album

On Saturday, August 20, 2016, tens of millions of Canadians watched and listened to the final Tragically Hip concert from Kingston. Given Gord Downie’s illness, we knew that this was the last time we’d see the band perform together live.

That was followed by one of the saddest days in the history of Canadian music: October 17, 2017, the day Gord died. One tweet summed up everything: “Canada closed. Death in the family.”

So that was it, then. After more than 30 years, the most Canadian rock band of all time was done. All we had was the music and the memories.

But what if we were wrong about that? What if there was a trove of unreleased material somewhere? What if a strange confluence of events led to that cache of music–songs that no one, even the band, knew existed–being found and released? And what if those long-lost songs were really, really good?

Let me answer those questions. Yes, there was a stash of unheard songs. Yes, their rediscovered was the result of an accident. And yes, the songs are really good.

The result is essentially a brand new Tragically Hip album that brings fans back to the band’s glory years of the early 90s. It’s like a time machine. The Hip are together and playing great. And Gord is back.

I had a chance to talk to the remaining members of The Tragically Hip about this project. This is the entire inside story of Saskadelphia.

Songs heard on this show (all by The Tragically Hip)

  1. Little Bones
  2. Ouch
  3. Not Necessary
  4. Montreal
  5. Crack My Spine Like a Whip
  6. Just as Well
  7. Reformed Baptist Blues

Here’s Eric Wilhite’s playlist.

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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.

3 thoughts on “The Ongoing History of New Music, episode 922: The inside story of The Tragically Hip’s Saskadelphia album

  • May 21, 2021 at 11:14 am
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    Is there supposed to be a link to the ‘entire inside story’? I don’t see anything, and the podcast doesn’t appear to have it.

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    • May 21, 2021 at 11:16 am
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      NVM, I see it’s on the site.

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      • May 21, 2021 at 6:52 pm
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        Outstanding as always Alan. Perfect soundtrack for an unusually beautiful May 24 weekend in southern Ontario. Thanks for this!!

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