The Gord Downie Tapes, 1989: On the music scene in Kingston and being influenced by the Yardbirds and Stones


By Steve Newton

Over the last couple of weeks, since the awful news about Gord Downie came out, I’ve been posting excerpts from the first interview I did with him, back in 1989.

The first one had him talking about a couple of the tunes on the Hip’s then-new album, Up to Here, and the second one focused on that album as well ’cause, you know, “it’s a mighty hot one”.

The third (and maybe last) excerpt from that chat with the up-and-coming 25-year-old has him calling me up from a roadside stop near Brantford, Ontario (“the home of Wayne Gretsky”). I asked him about the music scene growing up in Kingston and his band’s biggest influences.

Have a listen:


Coming up next: The Gord Downie Tapes, 1992.

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