Tuesday, March 29, 2005

50 Tracks Canada: Countdown 50-46

Casey Dorrell

As promised, this is the first of ten posts in a series about CBC's Canadian 50 Tracks (The idea being that these 50 tracks represent the best, most influential 50 songs to come out of Canada). Why divide it up into 10 posts? Because Casey has a lot of work left in the semester and not much time in which to do it. Now, the site can appear to be active while Mocking Music simply divides up one large post for extended consumption.

Pretty darn clever, we think.

Our redundant countdown starts impressively with disco, early rap, Yodeling, old school punk, and Grand band goodness. Enjoy.

50. "My Swiss Moonlight Lullaby" by Wilf Carter (1933)

pitched by Jian Ghomeshi (runs :52)

Casey: I missed this song, and to be honest, I don't care enough to go find it.

Geoff: Two words for Islanders: Bill's Jamboree. I wish I had this guy's range

You know this one has got to be good when you search for it on google - the only thing that can explain so few hits is conspiracy. Don't let the man keep you from good music. If you find this song as an mp3, let us know at mockingmusic@gmail.com and we'll spread the gospel. Yodeling this good is something to be shared.

49. "Disco Sucks " by D.O.A. (1978)
pitched by Lee Aaron (runs :53)

Casey: Hah hah. "Marijuana motherfucker. Up against the wall, motherfucker.." - that's a different song but I remember listening to that when I was much younger and thinking it was pretty damn cool. Mostly cause they swore a lot. 'Disco Sucks' is good, but it's no 'Ska Sucks'.

Geoff: When you don't have Wilf's range, you are doomed to a life of hardcore. Great Vancouver band.

Strangely, the acronym D.O.A. is apparently pretty popular for bands. There's the Band, Dawn of Ages, whose mp3s are available here. There's also the Disciples of Annihilation. We're gonna assume those bands picked the acronym in an attempt to be clever, and not out of complete unaware idiocy. We're nice like that. Oh well, here's what should be a DOA mp3 for you, but it's not about disco sucking or Ska sucking. You can, however, download an entire CD on mp3 by Brad Sucks

48. "Fly By Night" by Rush (1975)
pitched by Emm Gryner (runs :53)

Casey: I forgive you Emm.. but don't do it again.

Geoff: For some reason, this reminds me of The Music...weird

This song is bad, but it was chosen by a good artist. Go here to hear some of her stuff (unreleased downloadable mp3s) other than that one song you used to hear on the radio.

47. "I'll Never Smile Again" by Ruth Lowe, performed by the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (1940)
pitched by Martin Mehluish (runs :50)

Casey: Right, you won't. Cause you're dead. Sucker. (Note: Mocking Music neither shares nor condones the convictions of its member parts.* We hold all dead people in the highest esteem, regardless of race, sex, religion, or nationality.)

Geoff: Lies, all Lies! I heard from the friend of a cousin, of a neighbor, of my sister that he was seen smiling as soon as a couple days after the initial release. Almost as disappointing as when I learned that Maida lied about Superman's death.

This was nominated for an oscar in 1940. We couldn't find the song for download but here's the pretty awesome lyrics.

46. "Let Your Backbone Slide" Maestro Fresh-Wes (1990)
pitched by Leah McLaren (runs :49)

Casey: "so many suckers on my sac-ro-illeac" - damn right, they be gettin' all up in my facet joints, you know those small joints in the region of the lower back and buttocks where the pelvis joins with the spine! Rock that!

Geoff: The CRTC demanded that we have a Canadian version of DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. This was our response.

Let Your Backbone slide is the 11th track in on this set of mostly old school rap songs here for download. Streaming is also available.

Thus concludes the first five tracks - Next time: Leonard Cohen in Russia!

*It's ok, member parts made us giggle too.

More 50 Tracks:
50 Tracks Canada: Countdown 40-36
50 Tracks Canada: Countdown 45-41
CBC's 50 Tracks - Canadian Version

Comments on "50 Tracks Canada: Countdown 50-46"


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Anonymous casey said ... (31/3/05 7:36 pm) : 

yeah, I've seen it.. there's a link to it in on of the future 50 tracks posts that hasn't gone up yet under the caption "people with way too much time who may be even more self-absorbed than we are". Cheers.


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