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The Hip Revisited

I grew up just outside of Buffalo, New York which was close enough to Toronto that we listened to Toronto radio stations and watched CBC and CHCH (in Hamilton) with bent rabbit-ears on the antenna. I was probably in high school when I first heard The Hip in the late '80's. It was probably on CFNY 102.1 which didn't have a funky name like The Edge back then I don't think. My freshman year (1992) at the University at Buffalo (the big, ugly SUNY school in Amherst, not Buff. State) The Hip played FallFest in UB's old stadium on the North (Amherst) Campus (it's not even in the venue list above!). Someone chucked a shoe or bottle or something onstage I think and it may have hit Gord Downie and they walked offstage. Anyway, after graduation I moved to the DC area without having ever owned a Hip album for whatever reason. Five years ago I moved to Maine and last summer Grace, Too got stuck in my head. I have no idea if I heard it somewhere (which is possible since I was back almost within earshot of Canada) but there it was - playing over and over again in my head even though I hadn't heard it in probably eight years (in fact I gave up listening to the radio altogether years ago, even on trips back to Buffalo or Toronto). So, on a whim I went out and bought some Hip albums (available locally thanks to the fact that I'm back in the north where I belong) and they quickly became my favorite band. I drive nealry an hour and a half one-way to work and back each day and 90% of the time I'm listening to the Hip during the drive. They are one of the most consistent bands I have ever heard and sound as good now as they did nearly twenty years ago - Stay and Another Midnight sound great back-to-back. My next task is to catch them in concert again - this time a full concert with no moron chucking shoes or bottles or something on the stage.

Submitted by: Ian Durham

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