Shakespeare My Butt and Ron Hawkins' Voice Change

CDA few years ago I decided I would chisel my favourite Canadian albums down to a lean and mean top ten. The resulting list included Shakespeare My Butt from The Lowest of the Low, an album that turns 20 next year.

I just read a nice little article about The Lowest of the Low and the 20th anniversary of Shakespeare My Butt over at CHARTAttack, and it included this little nugget.

The Lowest Of The Low's career trajectory post-Shakespeare included a host of highlights, but just as many lowlights. Their indie success was followed by an uneasy alliance and ultimately negative experience with a major label, but they'd be the first to admit they didn't always play nice in that particular sandbox.

Case in point: their two biggest national TV appearances while signed to A&M resulted in performances of their most controversial and arguably least accessible song on MuchMusic and a display of public urination on CBC, respectively.

Hawkins' voice suffered an accidental change in register after a particularly vigorous tackle during a game of touch football, while long van rides and the general excesses of life on the road slowly eroded the camaraderie between the four friends.

I had never heard about Ron Hawkins' voice changing after a football tackle. Did that really happen?

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I don't know that SMB would be in my Top 10, but it is definitely one of my favourites. My first job was at a CD store when I was 15, and this was the CD I bought with my first paycheck!

November 23, 2010 @ 11:23 PM


It is always too bad when a band self-implodes. I liked Lowest of the Low and I bought their album but I wasn't ever going to follow them through everything. They got a little famous and acted liked asses.

I wish they had more level heads. They could have lasted.

November 24, 2010 @ 6:49 AM

James Edgar

I lost my SMB CD in the Divorce so I bought the 20th aniversay one a few days ago.Still awesome .

November 28, 2010 @ 5:32 PM

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