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CanCon hall of Shame
At least they tried
 
Finally, the artists that put a little more effort into their work. Some are really good, some may actually suck; however what can't be disputed is that they tried to stretch boundaries, try something different, kick the establishment in the pants, fight against the mediocrity of the CBC/MuchMusic sanctioned music industry. They might not have succeeded every time but at least they tried.
 
Also see the Dreck and the Banal sections.

Neil Young
 
Neil Young
Didn't need CanCon but CanCon needed him. As a result, CanCon nearly killed him for a generation of listeners. Heart of Gold and Old Man are still difficult to swallow at times because of the unrelenting overplay they recieved.
Suckage rating CBC factor

Rheostatics
 
Rheostatics
Bar none the most Canadian Band ever. Who else would do the Ballad of Wendell Clark?
Suckage rating CBC factor

Sloan
 
Sloan
Sometimes I wish they'd stop before they cheapen what they've already accomplished. Twice Removed is still one of the best powerpop albums ever made.
Suckage rating CBC factor


 
Slow
"I will always thanks this band for being the cause of a party that destroyed a fern that had always annoyed me." - paraphrased Discorder/CITR review of the album Against the Glass. They also shut down the independant Music series at Expo 86 because they showed their bums. Slow rocks.
Suckage rating CBC factor


 
Copyright
One of the Slow spin offs.
Suckage rating CBC factor

Jane Siberry
 
Jane Siberry
I freely admit I'm mainly giving it to her because she worked with Eno and Micheal Brook. Chief, on the other hand, gives her full artistic marks.
Suckage rating CBC factor

Rough Trade
 
Rough Trade
They seem very dated now. Back in the day they seemed pretty subversive.
Suckage rating CBC factor

DOA
 
DOA
Not the greatest punk band in the world but one of the few note worthy ones Canada really had.
Suckage rating CBC factor


 
Rush
Yes there is the silly Tolkien lyrics, Lifeson endorsing every guitar part and string possible, Peart's fast yet soulless drumming, Geddy Lee's "voice". But I'm giving them their due because in the 80s in Canada you had a choice of Adams, Cochrane, or Rush. Rush looks very very palatable in that context.
Suckage rating CBC factor


 
Skiny Puppy
I'll be the first to admit that I'm not a fan. They always seemed more humourous than gothic to me but at least they were doing something different at a time when they could have been belting out Adams-like schlock.
Suckage rating CBC factor


 
Mae Moore
Can't really justify it, but what the hell I'm giving it to her anyway.
Suckage rating CBC factor


 
David Wilcox
He really doesn't deserve it but what the fuck, let's give it to him. A "master" of metaphor (Laying Pipe? What ever could he mean?) and because he looks like your dad playing the blues and he's always looked like your dad playing the blues.
Suckage rating CBC factor


 
Doug and the Slugs
For Chinatown Calculation and the fact that deep down in side Doug is bitter and twisted.
Suckage rating CBC factor


 
The Spoons
Me and Grant debated this for a while. Looking back, not that interesting, not that talented, not really that good. But given the alternatives at the time, they still beat Images in Vogue.
Suckage rating CBC factor


 
Nash the Slash/Fm
It's been so long since I even heard one of their albums so I may change my mind if I do again. Until then.
Suckage rating CBC factor


 
Bob Wiseman
Hey he offered to change his name to Prince when the Artist gave it up. Plus he altered the sound of a piano with vegitables.
Suckage rating CBC factor


 
Dayglo Abortions
Not for the morally uptight. Can be incredibly juvenile. Been the source of some obscenity charges here in Canada. But there are some days in life where songs like "Hide the Hamster" can be mildly entertaining if only to upset morally uptight fuckups that might be lurking about.
Suckage rating CBC factor


 
Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet
It could be considered a close call given the CBC play they got on "Kids in the Hall". But they were entertaining damn it and don't forget.
Suckage rating CBC factor


 
Ashley MacIsaac
Yes a little fucked up personally at times and yes early in career beloved by CBC. Regardless, he's an amazing talent. He can also end traditional maritime fiddle songs without the "Shave and a haircut" meddley.
Suckage rating CBC factor


 
Bruce Cockburn
I'm going to say this simply. I find the political activism of most Rock Stars tiresome, ungenuine, and cheap self-absorbed self-promotion (not to mention completely uneducated). Cockburn is one of the few I'd actually trust at a news conference. Not to mention he's a pretty good guitarist. Warning - he can be preachy.
Suckage rating CBC factor


 
Leonard Cohen
I'm still horrified by the CBC production of "I am Hotel" with Toller Cranston. On the other hand he does a lot of stuff about sex and god which is kind of cool like Sufis.
Suckage rating CBC factor


 
K.D. Lang (1984 -1987)
K.D. actually died around 1987 and was replaced by a double (remember what happened to Paul McCartney in the late 60s). Up until then she thought she was Patsy Cline's re-incarnation with a sense of humour and a don't give a fuck freewheeling style. However, if you play "Constant Craving" backwards you can hear a voice say "I killed K.D.".
Suckage rating CBC factor


 
Guess Who
To take a quote from "Almost Famous" They had the courage to be drunken baffoons". No real other reason to put them in this category.
Suckage rating CBC factor


 
The Inbreds
I'm by no means saying they're a great band but for fuck sakes at least they're trying to do something different. For that alone I give them points
Suckage rating CBC factor


 
Big Sugar
Because Gordie Johnson has a really cool car.
Suckage rating CBC factor


 
Golden Calgarians
Anyone trying to rock in Calgary in the mid 80s deserves bonus points. Didn't they do a song about Chicken On The Way?
Suckage rating CBC factor


 
Still to come:
Sorry, I've had so much fun slagging the crap I haven't spent much time on this section.

 

 
The Dreck | The Banal | At Least They Tried
 
 

Background
*Main Argument
*Rating System
*Rate Your Own!
 
Band Listings
*The Dreck
*The Banal
*At Least They Tried
 
Reading Material
* I Hate Music
* I Hate You and Your So-called Taste in Music
* Have Not Been the Same: The Canrock Renaissance 1985-1995
[by Michael Barclay, Jason Schneider, Ian Andrew Dylan Jack]
 
 
* Last Call: Vancouver Independent Music, 1977-1988
Overlooked Canadian music most Canadians never heard during the heydays of the CanCon 80s



 
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