Canada’s Best Music – 5 Songs At A Time – Part 31

Today’s list makes a change.  Time to go to a countdown.  Only 350 songs to go. The play-list includes both classic rock and a classic player.  Yes, the great one, Neil Young, makes another appearance here.  It also includes Skinny Puppy, which is a new one on me.

346. Skinny Puppy

“Pro-Test Song”

Skinny Puppy live!

Skinny Puppy live! (Photo credit: Bernt Rostad)

Skinny Puppy was a Vancouver based electronic band, formed in 1982.  They have recorded 15 albums, including a new one “Weapon” this year.

347. Spoons

“Romantic Traffic”

Romantic Traffic

Romantic Traffic (Photo credit: stevec77)

The band, Spoons, hail out of Burlington and were your prototypical 80’s synth-pop hair band that were everywhere back then.  This song was one of their bigger hits and was recorded in 1984, only hitting 55 on the Canadian Billboard chart.

348. Trooper

“Two for the Show”

Trooper have played since 1965.  I have seen them on two occasions.  Once sitting in the front row at a bar in Winnipeg way back in the day, the second, about 10 years ago at the Brier (Canada’s Men’s Curling Championship) in Saskatoon.  Don’t really remember either performance that well.  This song was recorded in 1976.

349. Corey Hart

“Never Surrender”

Singles (Corey Hart album)

Singles (Corey Hart album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Corey Hart was never my favourite, other than “I Wear My Sunglasses At Night” which was kind of cool. To me, he epitomized pretty much everything that I didn’t like about 80’s music.  I am sure there will be some disagreement on that, or maybe not.

350. Neil Young

“Only Love Can Break Your Heart”

English: Neil Young in Ruisrock Festival, Turk...

English: Neil Young in Ruisrock Festival, Turku, Finland 1996 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

And now, The Master.  Enjoy!!  As an added bonus, live at the Fillmore East with Crosby Stills & Nash.

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Canada’s Best Music – 5 Songs At A Time – Part 20

With this post, we now have covered 100 songs of the list I am working from.  Only 400 more to go.  This particular set is a really good one.  A bit of hip-hop, mixed in with some exceptional classic tunes.

1. Bryan Adams

“Straight From the Heart”

Bryan Adams

Bryan Adams (Photo credit: crumj)

A further entry from one of Canada’s premier singer-songwriters.  The man has the knack for writing the big hits, and this is one of them.  Great video, the man, a guitar and an adoring audience singing every word

2.k-os

” Crabbuckit”

Crabbuckit

Crabbuckit (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

K-os came out with this tune several years ago and it became an instant sing-a-long song that is very hard to get out of your head once you have heard it.

3.Neil Young & Crazy Horse

” Cortez the Killer”

Neil Young, 22/06/2008 Firenze, Nelson Mandela...

Neil Young, 22/06/2008 Firenze, Nelson Mandela Forum (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After CSN&Y there was Crazy Horse.  Nothing to say, except enjoy the master and his friends in this live version from 2003.  The man can play that guitar.

4. Joni Mitchell

“Help Me”

Joni Mitchell, performing in 2004

Joni Mitchell, performing in 2004 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Joni is one of the best anywhere.  This song is on of my favorites in her catalog.

5. Rush

“Fly by Night”

Canadian rock band Rush, in concert in Milan, ...

Canadian rock band Rush, in concert in Milan, Italy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rush is another world-wide breakout Canadian artist.  Fly By Night was one of the tunes that broke them.