The Tragically Hip – Day for Night (1994)
“You can see your breath in Springside park”
– TTH, An Inch an Hour
Dear readers/commenters/fellow bloggers, thank you for coming along for the ride as I revisit these Tragically Hip albums.
Also, thank you to my family as they literally come along for the ride, visiting locations name-checked in these Tragically Hip albums!
The girls & I had a picnic at Springside park this week. As we were advised in the lyrics to Titanic Terrarium, “We don’t (curse word) with the 401,” we took Highway 2 to Napanee instead.
The food was delicious, the company even better.
Alas, we did not fully replicate the An Inch an Hour experience. As it was 30 degrees Celsius/86 Fahrenheit/303.15 Kelvin, this time at least, we did not see our breath.
Like the tagline for the Greater Napanee Region, Day for Night (DFN) may be greater than any other Hip album.
For many reasons.
– DFN is tied for most tracks on a studio album with 14, more importantly, with no sign of diminishing returns
– DFN features the most aggressive song in The Hip Catalogue, Fire in the Hole
– like all Hip albums, DFN has a stellar opening track. Grace Too scores particularly high on the sing-a-long-ability index
– DFN has the groove of Road Apples in tracks like Thugs; the straight-ahead Up to Here rock in tracks like An Inch an Hour; the uniquely dark So Hard Done By rhythms & eerie Titanic Terrarium vibe that hadn’t really been heard before (or since); plus, a beautiful ballad to rival Wheat Kings in Scared.
The Hip generously held Scared to the 3 chord format, so summer-bearded amateurs could play along too!
If an album is only as good as its best song, Day For Night is off the charts.
Nautical Disaster is as close to a perfect song as I’ve heard.
Again, Greater for Many Reasons, I’ll focus on 5:
5. No chorus
No chorus? Absolutely no problem, in fact, for me it’s a huge selling point. Listeners hang on Gord’s every word because of the…
4. Great storytelling
Entirely captivating, right from the opening line, “I had this dream…”
3. The band build-up & re-entry on “You’re doing alright”
From 2:22 – 2:27 in the video below
2. An outro for the ages
Instrumental from 3:03 onwards. Nothing flashy, nothing less than perfection.
1. Despite this recording’s magnificence, it’s even better live
But I’ll talk about that more when I get to 1997 🙂
The Hip Tour/My Post Schedule
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)