With Canada Day just around the corner, what better way to celebrate our country’s birthday, then with Canadian Music. These are my top 10 albums from the last 25 years and this list is primarily made up of Indie Rock and Alternative Music. Hopefully you’ll discover something new (or old) that you’ll want to add to your Canada Day playlist. If you’re throwing a party in our countries beautiful outdoors or inside the four walls of your living room; these albums will assist in setting the tone for your shindig.
1) The Tragically Hip – Road Apples (1991)
You knew you were gonna see a Hip album on this list, so it wasn’t difficult starting off with the bands celebrated album, Road Apples. My top three songs: “Little Bones”, “Long Time Running” and “Three Pistols”.
2) Big Sugar – Heated (1998)
Big Sugar perfected the art of playing and writing Reggae infused Bluesy Rock music. I’ve seen Gordie Johnson live in concert on several occasions, and that man has the devil in his soul and electricity running through his fingers. The U.S version of Heated also included the bands hit “Diggin’ A Hole”, which was released on the bands previous album Hemi-Vision (1996) My top three songs: “Better Get Used To It”, “Turn Your Lights On” and “Hammer In My Hand”.
3) I Mother Earth – Scenery and Fish (1996)
Scenery and Fish is full of psychedelic flavours and grungy overtones; entertaining from beginning to end. It makes for a great road trip album, so just press play. My top three songs: “One More Astronaut”, “Like A Girl” and “Earth, Sky & C”.
4) Metric – Live It Out (2005)
This album captures new-wave pop punk at it’s finest. Metric‘s sound is well crafted, unique and Emily Haines’ vocals are soothing throughout the album. It’s an ambitious effort and it seems as if the songs get better each time you give them a listen. The melodies on “Police and the Private” are contagious and haunting. My top three songs: “Monster Hospital”, “Police” and the “Private and Poster of a Girl”.
5) Kill Cheerleader – All Hail (2004)
If you were to mash up the Ramones with Guns N Roses, it would probably sound something like Kill Cheerleader. Lemmy (from Motorhead) regarded them as the best band since Guns N Roses. Unfortunately, All Hail would be the only album Kill Cheerleader would release. My top three songs: “Lady of the Night”, “Don’t Call Me Baby, Baby” and “No Lullabies”.
6) The Tea Party – The Edges of Twilight (1995)
The influence of the bands world travels is heavily heard on The Edges of Twilight. The Sarod, Goblet Drum and Sitar are a few new instruments featured on the album. This new formula boosted the album to double platinum status in Canada. My top three songs: “The Bazaar”, “Sister Awake” and “Walk With Me”.
8) Chromeo – Fancy Footwork (2007)
The songwriting and production on the groups sophomore album Fancy Footwork is far more superior then their debut album, She’s In Control (2004). David Macklowitch and Patrick Femayel otherwise known as Dave 1 and P-Thugg are the electro funk duo that make up the Montreal based group Chromeo. If you like 80’s pop funk, then you’ll feel right at home with Chromeo. My top three songs: “Bonafide Lovin”, “Momma’s Boy” and “Terndoroni”.
9) K-OS – Atlantic Hymns for Disco (2006)
K-OS is so good at blending different styles of music and making it his own, and Atlantic Hymns for Disco is a flawless example of that. The mixture of Rap, Soul, Rock and Reggae develops nicely on Atlantic Hymns For Disco, and his voice shines on the soul track, “The Rain”. Can’t help but wonder, why doesn’t he sing more often? My top three songs: “Fly Paper”, “Sunday Morning” and “Born to Run”.
10) Sam Roberts – We Were Born into a Flame (2003)
Not only did Sam Roberts write every song on his debut album, he also played every instrument with the exception of the drums. The albums opening track “Hard Road” is the albums catchiest song and will surely get you moving. My top three songs: “Hard Road”, “Where Have All the Good People Gone” and “Don’t Walk Away Eileen”.