The Tragically Hip – Road Apples (1991)
For me, Road Apples & High School are inextricably linked.
1) The Hip helped me get into Shakespeare.
My favourite track at the time, Three Pistols, featured the line “Shakespeare’s bent to touch.” Well, if Gordie Baby’s singing about the Bard, I guess it’s worth a read.
And my favourite of the Shakespeare plays, King Lear, had a lead character named Cordelia. Yes, that Cordelia from Road Apples.
2) Road Apples was a critical part of both the soundtrack to my high school experience and also the soundtrack to the 1995 film Bonjour Timothy.
Objectively, the movie probably isn’t that good.
But because the band was name-checked mid-film (the lead character talking about the music she likes) and both Bring it All Back & Three Pistols were played several times throughout, the 1995 Canadian/New Zealand film Bonjour Timothy represents the peak of international cinematic achievement.
3) My Yearbook Graduation Statement
Not only did I cite “TTH” among my favourite memories, my closing high school words were provided by the evergreen Long Time Running.
Before this year, perhaps I’d forgotten or underestimated the role The Hip has played in my life.
Before this Road Apples revisit, I’d certainly forgotten or underestimated this album’s sheer excellence!
In addition to the aforementioned tracks, there’s the gorgeous Fiddler’s Green; the all-in opener Little Bones; the tantalizing, ultimate song fragment, The Last of the Unplucked Gems.
And there were still many, many more Hip gems to come.
The Hip Tour/My Post Schedule
Jul 28 2016 The Hip plays: Edmonton, AB. I play: Fully Completely (1992)
Jul 30 2016 The Hip plays: Edmonton, AB. I play: Day for Night (1994)
Aug 1 2016 The Hip plays: Calgary, AB. I play: Trouble at the Henhouse (1996)
Aug 3 2016 The Hip plays: Calgary, AB. I play: Live Between Us (1997)
Aug 5 2016 The Hip plays: Winnipeg, MB. I play: Phantom Power (1998)
Aug 8 2016 The Hip plays: London, ON. I play: Music at Work (2000)
Aug 10 2016 The Hip plays: Toronto, ON. I play: In Violet Light (2002)
Aug 12 2016 The Hip plays: Toronto, ON. I play: In Between Evolution (2004)
Aug 14 2016 The Hip plays: Toronto, ON. I play: World Container (2006)
Aug 16 2016 The Hip plays: Hamilton, ON. I play: We are the Same (2009)
Aug 18 2016 The Hip plays: Ottawa, ON. I play: Now for Plan A (2011)
Aug 20 2016 The Hip plays: Kingston, ON. I play: Man Machine Poem (2016)