That time I asked Johnette Napolitano about Concrete Blonde covering Thin Lizzy

By Steve Newton Concrete Blonde were a pretty great L.A. rock band from the mid-'80s. I interviewed singer, bassist, and main songwriter Johnette Napolitano back in June of 1990, three weeks after the release of the group's most popular album, 1990's Bloodletting, which featured the hit "Joey". That album was produced with Chris Tsangarides, who'd … Continue reading That time I asked Johnette Napolitano about Concrete Blonde covering Thin Lizzy

The Gord Downie Tapes, 1992: wishing he was a Thin Lizzy freak

By Steve Newton This sixth entry in "The Gord Downie Tapes" sees me still plundering the conversation I had with the Tragically Hip frontman in November of '92, shortly after the release of the unforgettable Fully Completely album. It was the only Hip album to be produced by Chris Tsangarides, the same guy who helmed Thin … Continue reading The Gord Downie Tapes, 1992: wishing he was a Thin Lizzy freak

Gordon Downie goes Fully Completely Canadian on new Tragically Hip album

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, NOV. 26, 1992 By Steve Newton If there were a CRTC regulation that based Canadian content on actual lyrics as opposed to the citizenship of a song’s composer, the Tragically Hip would be the darlings of CanCon advocates across the country. On their new album, Fully Completely, the Hipsters … Continue reading Gordon Downie goes Fully Completely Canadian on new Tragically Hip album