That time Gord Downie told me about Bill Barilko and the story behind the Tragically Hip’s “50 Mission Cap”

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By Steve Newton

I did my second interview with the Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie in November of 1992, one month after the release of the Fully Completely album.

As you may already know, that’s the best Hip album ever, partly because of the uber-Canadian song “50 Mission Cap”, which mentions a hockey card and the mystery surrounding the disappearance of Toronto Maple Leafs player Bill Barilko.

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During the interview I told Downie that it was one of my fave tunes on the album, and asked him about the story behind it.

Have a listen:

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