New Orleans is Sinking and I Don't Want To Swim

The Tragically HipAsk one hundred random Canadian music fans to name their favourite song from The Tragically Hip and over 80 will tell you it's "New Orleans is Sinking". While we watch the flooding in New Orleans this week, many of us subconsciously hear this bluesy rocker from Up To Here in our heads. I know I do.

Ottawa's rock radio stations The Bear 106.9 and CHEZ 106.1 have both decided to pull The Tragically Hip classic from their playlists at least until Hurricane Katrina abates and the Louisiana city gets back on its feet. I wonder if local Hip-playing stations Q107, HTZ 97.7, CFNY Edge 102, Y108 and 94.9 The Rock have followed suit.

Why does the cynical bastard in me think they'll play it more while New Orleans is actually sinking?

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