That time Gord Downie told me that the Tragically Hip made Up To Here to fit its own standards


By Steve Newton

Back in September of 1989 I did my first interview with the Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie.

At the time Downie was just 25, and the band was basking in the recent release of its incredible Up To Here album.

At one point in the conversaiton 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:

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