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Chart Magazine top 100
- Subject: Chart Magazine top 100
- From: Andrew Rodenhiser
- Date: Tue, 21 May 1996 13:42:43 AST
OK, for the webless, here are excerpts from Chart Magazine's top 100
Canadian Albums and Singles of all time:
[with a few comments--Andrew]
1. SLOAN Twice Removed (DGC/MCA; 1994)
Four guys who were barely out of diapers when the next artist on
this list was releasing some of his finest material. Four
middle-class lads from the unlikely musical mecca of Halifax,
Nova Scotia. In a parallel world, where these lads live among
the decay of a post-Thatcher Merseyside, they are hailed as the
second coming of the Fab Four. But in this world, they are just
four guys, with two proper albums, a few singles, and a thriving
independent label. One disc, Twice Removed, is the Rosetta Stone
of a subculture. It just keeps getting mentioned. And played.
And played. And played. And makes it to the top of a poll
assessing the best music ever made in Canada.
Kinda makes you wonder. Jay Ferguson, Andrew Scott, Chris
Murphy, and Patrick Pentland, the four quarters of Sloan,
have redrawn the map of Canadian music. When the world was
beginning to think of Canada as the home of Bryan Adams and
Celine Dion (and we have always cared just a little too much
about what the world is thinking of us), the four songwriters of
Sloan were telling a different story of Canadian experience.
When the biggest band in America was named for a state of religious
transcendence, Sloan was imprinting our national consciousness
with a song about being underwhelmed. And in that way, Sloan was
twice removed waking up with the world on fire about something
they'd been doing all along without too much manipulation. In
the myriad press photos of the band, they always look like
they're still rubbing the sleep out of their eyes.
Perhaps we were ready for an album of microcosmic proportions in
1994. It's a sleeper of a record, a collection of 12 small,
tangled songs and some unnamed anomie. Hidden among the
distinctive harmonies, the memory-piercing melodies, and the
distinct contributions of four separate songwriters, different
favourites persuade you, coax you, cajole you. Quietly. It's a
record for a land of underestimation.
We have always had trouble with epic in our arts; somehow, our
huge landscape has kept us in our place, more comfortable with
writing in the basement than in the mountains. In Canada, we
nurture our relationship neuroses; we rarely simply say, "I love
you"; and when we decide to break up, we (like Sloan) can't even
do that right. We keep trying to piece something together and
the four musicians and songwriters who comprised
Sloan quite accidentally pieced together the soundtrack of our
18. SLOAN Smeared (DGC/MCA; 1992)
Sloan is possibly the best band our country has ever produced.
In '91, I was working at "that other specialty network" (back in pre-
"Wedge" days), when these four young Haligonians came to perform in
"the environment". When they broke into song, I felt that proverbial
shiver up my spine that one gets when experiencing a great band for
the first time. Young Chris, Jay, Patrick, and Andrew actually sent
me reeling off my seat the only band that ever had that effect on me
at that job. (By the time The Inbreds rolled in, I'd already jumped
ship.) Then you-know-who signed the boys and they became Halifax's
favourite sons. "Underwhelmed" remixed on Smeared is a pillar for
the blitz of alternarock to follow. Oh, and one more thing: the
Puma sneaker company should be forever indebted...
--Exan Auyoung, entertainment reporter, YTV News, YTV
35. ERIC'S TRIP Love Tara (Sub Pop; 1993)
Listening to Love Tara is like opening a stranger's diary and
discovering his or her most personal and confidential secrets.
Though the lyrics are vague enough to encourage a wide
interpretation, the pure emotion in the voices of Rick, Julie, and
Chris can't be mistaken.
Musically, it's an eclectic journey of raw punk like "Blinded",
pure pop such as "Follow", and sparse ballads like "Behind the
Garage" and "Stove". The low production values that would hurt other
bands only help Eric's Trip succeed to create a distinct and even
more intimate sound. Love Tara shows the world that all it takes to
make a great album is creativity, conviction, a four-track, and a
--Scott Ferguson, CFMU 93.3 FM host of "The Kool Kids Club"
66) Alanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill
68) Stompin' Tom Connors Bud the Spud
80) Hardship Post Somebody Spoke
1. The Demics "New York City" (Ready; 1979)
"Singer Keith Whittaker never really wanted to go to N.Y.C.
Instead, this song is a gentle rib of fellow '70s New London Punks,
The Regulators, and their Lou Reed fixation. The grass is not
always greener. Re-issued recently isn't it time to pay the band
some royalties?" - William New, Groovy Religion
2. Sloan "Underwhelmed" (murder/DGC/MCA; 1992)
"Besides being the possessor of both a refreshing snottiness
and a geeky poise, Sloan proved with 'Underwhelmed' that you could
completely circumvent the talent-grinding machines of the
Toronto-based majors and be an artistic and commercial success on
your own terms. Oh, and that growing up in a suburb is the same
everywhere." - Marc Dacey, writer-at-large
[Any relation to Jon 'rules of rock' Dacey??]
8. treble charger "Red" (Sonic Unyon; 1994)
"We all dig it." - Rusty
29. Sloan "Coax Me" (MCA; 1994)
"Who else can use 'cajole' as a hook?"
- Cori Ferguson, MCA Records
[Now we know why Jay got Murder signed to MCA?--Andrew]
32. Anne Murray "Snowbird" (Capitol/EMI; 1972)
""If listening to this all-Nova Scotian classic isn't proof
enough of its worth, Elvis gave his favourite singer, Anne Murray,
the nod by recording it for his country album of the early '70s."
- Matt Murphy, Super Friendz
"I'm Going to France"
77) Broken Girl
87) Porcelain Forehead
[I just love this name. Who are these guys?-- Andrew]
"Welcome to My Castle" Nardwuar
98) Hardship Post
"Why Don't..." -
"Bad As They Seem"