The Gord Downie Tapes, 1989: the Hip made Up To Here to fit its own standards

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By Steve Newton

Last weekend, in the wake of the devastating news about Gord Downie’s terminal brain cancer, I posted a soundbite from the first interview I ever did with the Tragically Hip frontman. It was from 1989, when he was just 25, and the band was basking in the recent release of its incredible Up To Here album.

Here’s another audio excerpt from that chat, wherein I sorta played the devils’ advocate by quoting a line or two from the Hip’s then-current record-company bio–believe it not, music journalists actually used those back then–to get a response.

It worked.

Have a listen:

 

Downie Tapes #3 (1989)

Downie Tapes #4 (1992)

Downie Tapes #5 (1992)

Downie Tapes #6 (1992)

Downie Tapes #7 (1992)

Downie Tapes #8 (Jan. 1995)

Downie Tapes #9 (Jan. 1995)

Downie Tapes #10 (Jan. 1995)

Downie Tapes #11 (Jan. 1995)

Downie Tapes #12 (July 1995)

Downie Tapes #13 (July 1995)

Downie Tapes #14 (July 1995)

Downie Tapes #15 (July 1995)

Downie Tapes #16 (July 1995)

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