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Monday, February 07, 2005

American Woman

On Saturday nights, CBC Radio Two is running a retrospective about the greatest Canadian hits of the 1970s. One of the panelists nominated "The Hockey Song" by Stompin' Tom Connors, whose music is a true slice of Canadian culture; but his better songs are "Bud the Spud" [which is not about Bud Selig], "Sudbury Saturday Night" or "Tilsonburg".

I made sure I heard Stompin' Tom live a few years ago. I bought the shirt. I bought his autobiography (from the remainder table at Chapters/Indigo). I have a couple of his albums. He is a Canadian classic. But "The Hockey Song" did not make the top four, and deservedly so.

As of now (by their criteria), the top four Canadian hits of the 1970s are:
  1. American Woman by The Guess Who
  2. Takin' Care of Business by Bachman-Turner Overdrive
  3. Heart of Gold by Neil Young
  4. Raise A Little Hell by Trooper

"Heart of Gold"?? somebody put him out of his misery! That such a dopey song could make this list has to exemplify everything that is wrong with Canadian content regulations by the CRTC.

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