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

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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:

 

Downie Tapes #1 (1989)

Downie Tapes #2 (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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