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Canada’s All Time Top Songs – #99

At 99 we present We Run by Strange Advance. A Vancouver new wave band, they formed in 1982, and were almost immediately nominated for a Juno (Canada’s Grammy) as most promising band in 1983. We Run was taken from their album, 2WO and released as a single in 1985. It reached number 28 on the RPM pop chart. The band never made strides outside of Canada. In addition, the were mostly a session band and apparently had never played live prior to 1985.

They only released 3 albums overall and essentially went dormant after releasing the 3rd in 1988.

Canada’s Best Music – 5 Songs At A Time – Part 25


I have not done one of these for a while, so it’s time to pick up where I left off and continue the series. I think we all might have needed a break. Only 380 songs to go. This set is heavy on the classic rock and features an icon of my generation, one of the founders of The Band, Robbie Robertson. Also included is one of the judges for Canadian Idol, Sass Jordan and one of the worlds greatest bands, Rush.

1. Robbie Robertson

“American Roulette”

English: Robbie Robertson during a March, 2011...
English: Robbie Robertson during a March, 2011 radio interview. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of the rock era’s greatest bands, The Band, spawned several major solo careers. Robbie Robertson is one of the major talents of the era. This version is live on Letterman, supported by fellow Canadian Paul Schaffer. This is one hot version.

2. Coney Hatch

” Hey Operator”

Coney Hatch (album)
Coney Hatch (album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Coney Hatch was an 80’s rock band who created 3 albums. The band was produced by Kim Mitchell, an accomplished Canadian act in his own right. Carl Dixon, the lead, played with April Wine and the Guess Who in later years.

3. Strange Advance

“We Run”

Another 80’s band, Strange Advance were more of a new wave style group. They won Juno’s (Canada’s Grammy) in 1982 as Most Promising Group and were 1985’s Group of the Year. “We Run”s off their 1985 album “2WO”, which won them their Juno that year.

4. Rush

“Distant Early Warning”

Geddy Lee playing his Roland Fantom X7 during ...
Geddy Lee playing his Roland Fantom X7 during the 2010–2011 Time Machine Tour (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The best thing I can say about any Rush song is, “ENJOY”. One of the world’s finest groups.

5. Sass Jordan

“Tell Somebody”

Cover of "Tell Somebody"
Cover of Tell Somebody

Sass Jordan had a great run from the late 80’s through the 90’s. When Canada pursued their own version of American Idol, she was selected as one of the judges. This was her first hit in Canada, recorded in 1988. Don’t panic, the song starts at about 22 seconds.

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