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Podcast Episode
Season
Six
number
294
Type
Album Review
Post Date
Aug 30, 2016

The Tragically Hip

Trouble at the Henhouse

Label
MCA
Release year
1996
Producer
Mark Vreeken, The Tragically Hip

Positioned between successfully selling albums, The Tragically Hip's moody and sparse 1996 release deserves a deeper listen.

The Tragically Hip have been mentioned a few times on the show, but we’ve never gotten around to reviewing an album on an actual episode. Until now. Hailing from Kingston, Ontario, Canada, the band has been a stadium act for over two decades up north while making smaller inroads in the lower forty eight. With the spring announcement of lead singer Gord Downie’s terminal brain cancer, and their just completed tour for their thirteenth album Man Machine Poem, we decided to ask our friend/college radio alum/fellow Columbus musician Billy Peake (of Miranda Sound and Bicentennial Bear) to help up dig into their moody and sparse 1996 album Trouble at the Henhouse, which sits sandwiched between the successful albums Day for Night and Phantom Power. We talk about the album, the legacy of the band, the perceptions and misconceptions about them, the (possibly) final show on August 23rd (the day before this was recorded), and much more.

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Songs in this episode

  • Intro - Ahead by a Century from Trouble at the Henhouse
  • 23:58 - Gift Shop from Trouble at the Henhouse
  • 28:42 - I’ll Believe In You (Or I’ll Be Leaving You Tonight) from Up To Here
  • 36:26 - Springtime in Vienna from Trouble at the Henhouse
  • 46:37 - Heaven Is A Better Place Today from In Between Evolution
  • Outro - Coconut Cream from Trouble at the Henhouse

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