The Tragically Hip are a study in contrasts. They’re wildly popular arena rockers in Canada but remain a more niche interest elsewhere. They’re four unassuming musicians, plus one manic, unpredictable lead singer in Gordon Downie.
Their early career saw them churn out barn-burning classic rock hit after hit, but towards the '90s, the band began to indulge their introspective, literary side. Their fans (at least here in Canada) have followed them every step of the way, no matter how many paradoxes the Hip throw at them. Simply put, regardless of your tastes, there’s a Tragically Hip for everyone.
As the band's tearful (maybe) farewell tour winds down, we take a journey through The Hip's iconic career, from the 1980s to the present day, and pinpoint the one defining moment that could have been their global breakthrough. As you'll see, The Tragically Hip refuse to pander.
The Tragically Hip's Man Machine Poem is out now on Universal Music Canada.
Edited by Ryan Parker
Written by Joshua Kloke
Narrated by Alessandra Cardarelli