The Gord Downie Tapes, 1992: the story behind “50 Mission Cap”


By Steve Newton

On this glorious Canada Day weekend I can’t think of a better choice for the fifth entry in my “Gord Downie Tapes” series than a snippet of my ’92 interview with him in the wake of the Fully Completely album release.

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.


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:


Downie Tapes #1

Downie Tapes #2

Downie Tapes #3

Downie Tapes #4





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