The Tragically Hip

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 2012 (The 2013 Induction Ceremony)

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Will The Tragically Hip be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
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Wow, no comments yet? I don't know how big these guys are in the states, but in Canada they're HUGE. Probably, other than the Band (and MAYBE Rush), the greatest Canadian rock group. Kind of like our R.E.M. but less innovative and more jam band/American trad. I recommend starting with Up to Here, then going on to Road Apples and Fully Completely.

Another late 80's Canadian rock group worth checking out is the Grapes of Wrath. They had themselves a string of pretty good albums in the late 80's.

Posted by Chalkie on Wednesday, 06.23.10 @ 18:18pm

Chalkie, given that Canadian law dictates a station's playlist must be at least 35% Canadian artists makes a Canadian artist being "huge in Canada" less meaningful. I'm not saying there isn't an abundance of Canadian artists and there isn't still fierce competition among bands, nor to downplay their actual talent, but imo, having Big Brother there to skew the playing field more your way makes your popularity in that area less meaningful.

They have mediocre popularity in the States, and even then, I believe it's mostly in the indie and alt-rock scenes.

Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 06.23.10 @ 18:54pm

Actually, American and British groups are still bigger here than all Canadian acts save a few (Neil Young, the Hip, the Band, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Lightfoot, Bruce Cockburn, and maybe Sloan). The Cowboy Junkies and Arcade Fire are pretty big in underground circles but other than that it's basically just the run of the mill American/UK groups that are huge. I mean, radio is just as dead here as it is everywhere else.

Posted by Chalkie on Wednesday, 06.23.10 @ 20:08pm

Actually, the Indie scene is pretty big here in Canada. I think that, proportionally, the Indie scene in Canada (between Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver) is a bigger deal in Canada than in the U.S. It's getting to the youth a lot faster here somehow. Arcade Fire, New Pornographers, You Say Party, Wolf Parade, Broken Social Scene, Feist, Constantines, Stars, Silver Mount Zion, Japandroids, and Godspeed You! Black Emperor are all massive here.

Posted by Chalkie on Wednesday, 06.23.10 @ 20:17pm

I'm sorry, what I meant to say was that I think that, proportionally, the Canadian Indie scene (between Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver) is a bigger deal in Canada than the U.S. Indie scene is in the U.S.

Posted by Chalkie on Wednesday, 06.23.10 @ 20:28pm

I'd say it's pretty likely for two reasons: one, Canada's population is lower than that of the U.S.'s and maybe not as diverse (though I have no clue as to the diversity make up) and two, when it comes to brand loyalty, nationalism is much stronger north of the 49th parallel than it is south of it. Canadian audiences are more likely to patronize a brand, be it food service, cosmetics, music artists, etc. BECAUSE it's/they're Canadian (and NOT American) than the U.S. is to patronize American products JUST BECAUSE they're American. That's just my experience. It's not an altogether pleasant one, I admit, but luckily, I've got some very pleasant experiences with a particular Canadienne to look forward to. But I think it's fair to say that Canadians support the Canadian indie scene more than the U.S. does the American indie scene out of pure nativism. And don't even get me started on the Junos. I could rant like Limbaugh about how meaningless a Juno is.

Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 06.23.10 @ 20:37pm

I also think it's fair to say another big factor is Canada probably doesn't have the massive media conglomerates that the U.S. does. Between Clearchannel and Citadel, independent radio is relegated largely to college stations. I work for Citadel, and I remember trying to help get a song on one station of ours saying it would fit our weekend format. The reply I got? "No other station in the U.S. that employs this or similar formats includes this song in their catalog, so we're not going to either." *facepalms*

Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 06.23.10 @ 20:41pm

You're dead on about Canadians liking something or someone because they're Canadian, I deal with that all the time in my family, but I'm not so sure that that is why the indie scene is so popular here. Although that is a solid theory.

That first batch of artists are the only ones that I really stack up against a lot of the big US/UK acts (Young, Cohen, Mitchell and the Band being in the Rock Hall and all). The other three (and K.D. Lang, whom I' forgotten) have had varying successes abroad, so I wouldn't exactly call that nationalism/nativism either. I constantly see the aforementioned indie acts (plus many more) pop up on websites like though, witch strikes me as a bid strange. Canadian groups are getting noticed more now than ever before and I credit it to the indie movement (which can basically get any band noticed). The population point you made may be the most accurate however. Compounded with the indie "movement", our country's small population may give us the most popular indie scene (per capita) in the english-speaking (and french-speaking, in Quebec's case) world.

Posted by Chalkie on Wednesday, 06.23.10 @ 20:58pm

Isn't Owl City a Canadian Act? Listened to most recent album. Some nicely crafted pop melodies.

Posted by Paul in KY on Thursday, 06.24.10 @ 05:50am

I don't know about Owl City and right now don't care he/they are going to have to do a HECK of a lot better than Fireflies. That was Snow Patrol wannabe dreck, imo.

Posted by Philip on Thursday, 06.24.10 @ 15:09pm

Owl City is from Minnesota.

Posted by Chalkie on Thursday, 06.24.10 @ 15:21pm

Thank's Chalkie. He sings about being up in the snow, etc. So I assumed he/they were Canadian.

Posted by Paul in KY on Friday, 06.25.10 @ 06:06am

Why would anyone care if they make the RRHOF? it's meaningless.

Posted by Jeff on Tuesday, 04.12.11 @ 21:26pm

I live in the USA but lived in Toronto for four years 2006 to 2010. I love the Hip but think if they were to tour in the USA more they could be alot bigger. I have not meet anyone yet that has heard of them here in the USA and to be honest, untill I lived in Toronto I did know who they were.

Posted by bob on Sunday, 09.11.11 @ 21:23pm

Philip on The Hip's popularity: "...having Big Brother there (in Canada)to skew the playing field more your way makes your popularity in that area less meaningful." imo, Philip is a dummy - clearly.

Posted by Phlip-hater on Tuesday, 11.29.11 @ 07:12am

Philip on The Hip's popularity: "...having Big Brother there (in Canada)to skew the playing field more your way makes your popularity in that area less meaningful." imo, Philip is a dummy - clearly.

Posted by Phlip-hater on Tuesday, 11.29.11 @ 07:12am

Hey "Philip-hater" (Creative name, by the way... I'm being sarcastic in case you can't tell), that was uncalled for. Especially since Philip is right, it's a known fact Canadian law dictates a station's playlist must be a certain % Canadian.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Tuesday, 11.29.11 @ 12:21pm

Thanks Tahvo. Sad thing is, the discussion has been pretty civil, and this troll is the only pointless reply to it.

Living in WA now, and able to get reception of some Vancouver area stations, the point is only further accentuated. Their lite rock station plays artists that stylistically would NEVER be played on an American Adult Contemporary station because they need to pad the playlist with Canadian artists. The Barenaked Ladies? College rock, not AC, but they'll play "If I Had A Million Dollars" in Vancouver on the lite rock stations. IMO, the song is too novelty (especially in terms of the way it's sung) to be seriously played on a US AC station.

Same thing applies to the Hip. They could only get played on the college or modern rock stations. They have minimal crossover here, with only four songs to chart on the Album/Modern Rock charts, and five albums on the Top 200, none of which even got into double digit range.

Posted by Philip on Tuesday, 11.29.11 @ 13:18pm

yeah, I've lived in Canada myself (specifically Vancouver and Toronto), and Barenaked Ladies were fairly frequent on the radio there (don't like BL myself). I remember listening to classic rock radio stations and they'd routinely play obscure (well, to anyone outside Canada) Canadian bands like Prism, Max Webster or Harlequin next to the usual big name meat and potatoes American and British bands like Aerosmith, Van Halen and Led Zeppelin for example. You'll get "Dream On" then "Let Go the Line" and then "Jump."(Classic Rock 101 in Vancouver).

I know a guy who grew up in the 80's in Southern Ontario and he said that as a kid he'd hear Bryan Adams on the radio all the time. Basically it was "Summer of '69" 24/7

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Tuesday, 11.29.11 @ 16:41pm

This is a tough one. The users above seem to be saying "they only get played in Canada because of the Canadian Content rules." So? The point is, in Canada they are one of the biggest rock bands. Do they have a lot of appeal in the States? No, and that's what hurts them.

Considering the Rock Hall's track record when it comes to non-British or American acts, the rule is that they must have success internationally. Take a look at Canada's four performer representatives: Neil Young, The Band, Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen (there have been a few Canadians inducted with bands such as Denny Doherty of the Mamas and the Papas). There is definitely a lack of Canadian representation (off the top of my head, some of the top candidates are Rush, Heart (American members, but the band had its beginnings in Vancouver), Steppenwolf and The Guess Who).

So will The Tragically Hip ever get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? No, most likely not. Do they deserve it? Well, if you only consider their popularity in Canada, yes. If you include their lack of recognition in the USA, no.

Do they belong in a Canadian Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Without a doubt.

Posted by Jacques on Sunday, 09.30.12 @ 23:38pm

There's something to admire about this hard slogging histrionic Canuck barband. Some of the songs are ok. Huge cult, especially in Buffalo. Cult bands never have a chance for the Hall.

Posted by Randell Eddy on Thursday, 10.4.12 @ 21:52pm

If I were to pick one song from the Hip that I think wuld be the most accessable for the non-cultists it would be "Courage." Love that number. Actress Sarah Polley covered it in the closing credits for the film The Sweet Hereafter.

Posted by Randell Eddy on Thursday, 10.4.12 @ 21:58pm

Love love love the Tragically Hip. If this were an international Hall of Fame that considered rock and roll artists who have made a difference beyond just the U.S. and Britain, the Hip would be a shoo-in. One of the most significant Canadian bands of the last 30 years. Don't know if you saw, but The Hip revealed yesterday that lead singer Gord Downie has terminal brain cancer, so the Hip won't be around for too much longer. They are still touring this summer though, most likely their last.

Posted by Dezmond on Wednesday, 05.25.16 @ 11:13am

I think the Tragically Hip will be the surprise on this year's ballot. The band is calling it quits, and Gord Downie is dying.

The Tragically Hip

The Billboard 200 Albums Chart (USA)

01. 1989: # 170 - Up To Here
02. 1996: # 134 - Trouble At The Henhouse
03. 1998: # 143 - Phantom Power
04. 2000: # 139 - Music @ Work
05. 2002: # 169 - In Violet Light
06. 2009: # 148 - We Are The Same
07. 2012: # 129 - Now For Plan A
08. 2016: # 178 - Man Machine Poem

The Billboard 200 Albums Chart (CANADA)

01. 1989: # 13 - Up to Here
02. 1991: # 1 - Road Apples
03. 1992: # 1 - Fully Completely
04. 1994: # 1 - Day for Night
05. 1996: # 1 - Trouble at the Henhouse
06. 1998: # 1 - Phantom Power
07. 2000: # 1 - Music @ Work
08. 2002: # 2 - In Violet Light
09. 2004: # 1 - In Between Evolution
10. 2006: # 2 - World Container
11. 2009: # 1 - We Are the Same
12. 2012: # 3 - Now for Plan A
13. 2016: # 1 - Man Machine Poem

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 08.27.16 @ 13:43pm

The first Tragically Hip album was self-titled. It was released in 1987 and it didn't chart in Canada or the U.S.

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 08.27.16 @ 20:03pm

Gord Downie | Exclusive Interview | CBC | Peter Mansbridge

Posted by Roy on Friday, 10.21.16 @ 21:27pm

The Tragically Hip: 10 Essential Songs
Ahead of their final show, explore this beloved Canadian band's sprawling catalog

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 10.19.17 @ 09:44am

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