Small Town Bringdown
Last American Exit
I'm A Werewolf Baby
All Canadian Surf Club
Gord, Gord, Rob, and Johnny started The Tragically Hip. At one time Davis Manning played sax in the band [see the explanation for the title of Live Between Us]. At first we didn抰 even have a name. Anyone who has ever been in a band will know that the name is usually figured out only shortly before the first gig. We ended up with The Tragically Hip simply because we all liked it enough and we needed a name quickly.
The name, The Tragically Hip, was taken from a Michael Nesmith (yes the guy from The Monkeys) video called "Elephant Parts." The video contained a clip asking for contributions to The Foundation for The Tragically Hip "poor, afflicted people in need of Jacuzzis, Lamborghinis and cocaine." People either like the name, think it's clever and funny, or think it's a really pretentious. The first gig we ever had as TTH occurred at the KAA [Kingston Artist Association]. We were "the band" for some kind of party. It was a good first gig - no excessive booing and nothing thrown at us.
Individually we played in bands during high schools [The Rodents was one and is referenced in the Poets video] When we started TTH, we wanted to play tunes that we wished other bar bands would play. Our cover material was varied and obscure but most folks had probably heard these songs or knew the artists. The songs were not likely the band抯 biggest hits [The Rolling Stones?2000 Light Years From Home for instance]. Other covers we actually liked to play at the time included Gloria, Suzie Q, Baby Please Don抰 Go, Good Morning Little School Girl and Train Kept a Rollin'. From the very early days we were writing our own tunes and throwing them out just to see what the audience thought of them. Evelyn is probably the first original song we ever played live.
The EP was first released in Kingston in December of 1987. EP was distributed nationally in Canada in January of 1988. Throughout 1988 we toured as much of Canada was we could, doing around 200 shows between January and September. We played anywhere people wanted us clubs, bars, campus events and gyms. We managed to get some radio play and videos were shot for Small Town Bringdown and Last American Exit. At the very end of 1988 we signed the usual seven record contract with MCA. Our EP was remastered and "All Canadian Surf Club" was added. The new version would be available worldwide in March of 1989.
Before that in January 1989 we were going down to Ardent Studios in Memphis [home of 匽 Tennessee to work on what would become Up To Here, our first full record.