I'm a sucker for all these Canadian music features the CBC like to throw at us every few years. The latest is from CBC Radio 2. Starting this morning, CBC Radio 2 is inviting us Canadians to help select the top “49 songs from north of the 49th parallel” that would best define our country to the incoming U.S. President Barack Obama.
It wasn't long ago CBC Radio One was choosing 50 Tracks, which inspired my Best Canadian Song Search.
I wanted to compile a list of the 100 definitive Canadian songs. I wonder how CBC's 49 Songs will compare with my list. It'll be fun finding out.
- The Tragically Hip - New Orleans Is Sinking
- Neil Young - Helpless
- The Band - The Weight
- Joni Mitchell - Big Yellow Taxi
- Gordon Lightfoot - Canadian Railroad Trilogy
- Stan Rogers - Northwest Passage
- Sloan - Underwhelmed
- The Guess Who - American Woman
- Leonard Cohen - Suzanne
- Neil Young - Heart of Gold
- Blue Rodeo - Try
- Leonard Cohen - Hallelujah
- The Tragically Hip - Courage
- Barenaked Ladies - Brian Wilson
- Cowboy Junkies - Misguided Angel
- Arcade Fire - Wake Up
- Gordon Lightfoot - Early Morning Rain
- Neil Young - Rockin' In The Free World
- Rush - The Spirit of Radio
- The Guess Who - Share the Land
- Blue Rodeo - Lost Together
- Death From Above 1979 - Romantic Rights
- Our Lady Peace - Naveed
- Arcade Fire - Rebellion (Lies)
- Blue Rodeo - Diamond Mine
- Bruce Cockburn - Lovers in a Dangerous Time
- Gordon Lightfoot - If You Could Read My Mind
- Five Man Electical Band - Signs
- Bachman Turner Overdrive - Takin' Care Of Business
- Gordon Lightfoot - Sundown
- The Guess Who - These Eyes
- Blood, Sweat and Tears - Spinning Wheel
- Hayden - Bad As They Seem
- Neil Young - Cinnamon Girl
- Ian and Sylvia - Four Strong Winds
- Joni Mitchell - Woodstock
- Rush - Closer to the Heart
- Joni Mitchell - Both Sides, Now
- Our Lady Peace - 4am
- Maestro Fresh-Wes - Let Your Backbone Slide
- k.d. lang - Constant Craving
- The Tragically Hip - Bobcaygeon
- Neil Young - Old Man
- Dream Warriors - My Definition of a Boombastic Jazz Style
- Sarah Harmer - Silver Road
- Jeff Healey - Angel Eyes
- The New Pornographers - Mass Romantic
- I Mother Earth - So Gently We Go
- Our Lady Peace - Clumsy
- Joni Mitchell - The Circle Game
- The Pursuit of Happiness - I'm An Adult Now
- The Lowest of the Low - Henry Needs A New Pair of Shoes
- Ashley MacIsaac - Sleepy Maggie
- Robbie Robertson - Somewhere Down the Crazy River
- Tom Cochrane - Big League
- Rush - Tom Sawyer
- Moist - Push
- Billy Talent - Nothing To Lose
- Rusty - Wake Me
- The Northern Pikes - Teenland
- Sarah Harmer - Basement Apartment
- Sarah McLachlan - Hold On
- The Tragically Hip - Wheat Kings
- Sloan - Coax Me
- Spirit of the West - Home For A Rest
- Steppenwolf - Born To Be Wild
- Crash Test Dummies - Superman's Song
- Stars - Ageless Beauty
- The Tragically Hip - Ahead By A Century
- The Demics - New York City
- Barenaked Ladies - If I Had $1,000,000
- 54-40 - I Go Blind
- Bryan Adams - Summer of '69
- The New Pornographers - Use It
- The Watchmen - All Uncovered
- Treble Charger - Red
- Sam Roberts - Brother Down
- Randy Bachman - Prairie Town
- Sarah McLachlan - Angel
- Tom Cochrane - Boy Inside The Man
- Alanis Morissette - You Oughta Know
- Skydiggers - I Will Give You Everything
- Men Without Hats - Safety Dance
- Rough Trade - High School Confidential
- Hot Hot Heat - Bandages
- Corey Hart - Sunglasses at Night
- Loverboy - Working For The Weekend
- Metric - Combat Baby
- Rusty - Misogyny
- k-os - Heaven Only Knows
- Tokyo Police Club - Nature Of The Experiment
- Stars - Your Ex-Lover Is Dead
- Rheostatics - Record Body Count
- Odds - Heterosexual Man
- The Gandharvas - The First Day of Spring
- The Diodes - Tired of Waking Up Tired
- Feist - Mushaboom
- Gowan - A Criminal Mind
- Grapes Of Wrath - All The Things I Wasn't
- Max Webster - A Million Vacations
Last June, I took a closer look at the Edge 102.1 playlist. I was curious how many different songs were in rotation at CFNY. While I was crunching the numbers, I assigned each song a label: New, Recent or Classic Alternative.
A comment from egerton on my 102.1 The Edge's top 102 songs of 2008 entry piqued my interest. Egerton said they "put a whack of '80s and '90s songs back in rotation." A visit to the 102.1 the Edge playlist page did reveal a lot of 90s music, so I took every song they played today and did a little analysis.
New: I labelled a song new if it was new to the playlist in 2008. Yes, I was pretty generous with this label.
Recent: I created this category to cover songs that aren't exactly Classic Alternative but also aren't new. Songs less than five years old were labelled as "recent".
Classic Alternative: This covers the "golden oldies" CFNY likes to play. Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, U2, Beastie Boys, STP, etc. Songs older than five years, essentially.
Here are the songs with their assigned labels. After the chart, I'll hit you up with some stats.
|2:38 PM||"YELLOW" - COLDPLAY||CLASSIC ALT|
|2:35 PM||"LOST!" - COLDPLAY||NEW|
|2:31 PM||"TURN YOUR BACK" - BILLY TALENT FEAT. ANTI-FLAG||NEW|
|2:27 PM||"TRY HONESTY" - BILLY TALENT||RECENT|
|2:22 PM||"MAN IN THE BOX" - ALICE IN CHAINS||CLASSIC ALT|
|2:19 PM||"WOULD" - ALICE IN CHAINS||CLASSIC ALT|
|2:11 PM||"LITTLE BONES" - THE TRAGICALLY HIP||CLASSIC ALT|
|2:07 PM||"BLOW AT HIGH DOUGH" - THE TRAGICALLY HIP||CLASSIC ALT|
|2:03 PM||"COME OUT AND PLAY (KEEP 'EM SEPARATED)" - OFFSPRING||CLASSIC ALT|
|2:00 PM||"YOU'RE GONNA GO FAR, KID" - OFFSPRING||NEW|
|1:56 PM||"LOSER" - BECK||CLASSIC ALT|
|1:53 PM||"ABOVE" - FINGER ELEVEN||CLASSIC ALT|
|1:48 PM||"SOMETIME AROUND MIDNIGHT" - AIRBORNE TOXIC EVENT||NEW|
|1:43 PM||"SWEET CHILD O' MINE" - GUNS N' ROSES||CLASSIC ALT|
|1:36 PM||"THE KILLER" - MOBILE||NEW|
|1:30 PM||"ALIVE" - PEARL JAM||CLASSIC ALT|
|1:27 PM||"NOT READY TO GO" - TREWS||CLASSIC ALT|
|1:24 PM||"SEX ON FIRE" - KINGS OF LEON||NEW|
|1:21 PM||"STILL WAITING" - SUM 41||CLASSIC ALT|
|1:18 PM||"RE-EDUCATION (THROUGH LABOR)" - RISE AGAINST||NEW|
|1:11 PM||"GUERRILLA RADIO" - RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE||CLASSIC ALT|
|1:08 PM||"CIVIL TWILIGHT" - WEAKERTHANS||NEW|
|1:03 PM||"EVERLONG" - FOO FIGHTERS||CLASSIC ALT|
|1:01 PM||"WANNABE IN LA" - EAGLES OF DEATH METAL||NEW|
|12:58 PM||"SANTERIA" - SUBLIME||CLASSIC ALT|
|12:54 PM||"BULLET WITH BUTTERFLY WINGS" - SMASHING PUMPKINS||CLASSIC ALT|
|12:47 PM||"SHEEP GO TO HEAVEN" - CAKE||CLASSIC ALT|
|12:42 PM||"BREATHE" - MOIST||CLASSIC ALT|
|12:38 PM||"NO RAIN" - BLIND MELON||CLASSIC ALT|
|12:35 PM||"BRAIN STEW" - GREEN DAY||CLASSIC ALT|
|12:30 PM||"VASOLINE" - STONE TEMPLE PILOTS||CLASSIC ALT|
|12:26 PM||"WAKE ME" - RUSTY||CLASSIC ALT|
|12:22 PM||"ASKING FOR IT" - HOLE||CLASSIC ALT|
|12:18 PM||"LITHIUM" - NIRVANA||CLASSIC ALT|
|12:11 PM||"THE IMPRESSION THAT I GET" - MIGHTY MIGHTY BOSSTONES||CLASSIC ALT|
|12:05 PM||"YELLOW LEDBETTER" - PEARL JAM||CLASSIC ALT|
|12:00 PM||"HANG TEN" - EDWIN||CLASSIC ALT|
|11:56 AM||"THE SHOCK OF THE LIGHTNING" - OASIS||NEW|
|11:53 AM||"GIRLS" - BEASTIE BOYS||CLASSIC ALT|
|11:49 AM||"SLEEPING SICKNESS" - CITY AND COLOUR||NEW|
|11:44 AM||"JEREMY" - PEARL JAM||CLASSIC ALT|
|11:41 AM||"CATH..." - DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE||NEW|
|11:34 AM||"SO FAR SO GOOD" - THORNLEY||RECENT|
|11:31 AM||"TROUBLEMAKER" - WEEZER||NEW|
|11:26 AM||"700 FT. CEILING" - THE TRAGICALLY HIP||CLASSIC ALT|
|11:23 AM||"YOU'RE GONNA GO FAR, KID" - OFFSPRING||NEW|
|11:20 AM||"OH, THE BOSS IS COMING!" - ARKELLS||NEW|
|11:17 AM||"THE GOOD LEFT UNDONE" - RISE AGAINST||NEW|
|11:11 AM||"WALLS FALL DOWN" - BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH||RECENT|
|11:07 AM||"IN THE END" - LINKIN PARK||CLASSIC ALT|
|11:03 AM||"AMERICAN WOMAN" - LENNY KRAVITZ||CLASSIC ALT|
|10:59 AM||"SEX ON FIRE" - KINGS OF LEON||NEW|
|10:56 AM||"ABOUT A GIRL" - NIRVANA||CLASSIC ALT|
|10:53 AM||"PAPER PLANES" - M.I.A.||NEW|
|10:49 AM||"LEARN TO FLY" - FOO FIGHTERS||CLASSIC ALT|
|10:44 AM||"STARSEED" - OUR LADY PEACE||CLASSIC ALT|
|10:40 AM||"HUMAN" - KILLERS||NEW|
|10:32 AM||"ULYSSES" - FRANZ FERDINAND||NEW|
|10:29 AM||"ARIEL VS. LOTUS" - LIMBLIFTER||CLASSIC ALT|
|10:26 AM||"WANNABE IN LA" - EAGLES OF DEATH METAL||NEW (R)|
|10:23 AM||"HOLLOWPOINT SNIPER HYPERBOLE" - USS||NEW|
|10:19 AM||"INTERGALACTIC" - BEASTIE BOYS||CLASSIC ALT|
|10:14 AM||"BEING HERE" - STILLS||NEW|
|10:09 AM||"GIVE IT AWAY" - RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS||CLASSIC ALT|
|10:05 AM||"WHERE HAVE ALL THE GOOD PEOPLE GONE" - SAM ROBERTS||RECENT|
|10:00 AM||"KIDS" - MGMT||NEW|
|9:46 AM||"IN TOO DEEP" - SUM 41||CLASSIC ALT|
|9:42 AM||"SLEEPING SICKNESS" - CITY AND COLOUR||NEW (R)|
|9:25 AM||"EVERYTHING IS AUTOMATIC" - MATTHEW GOOD BAND||CLASSIC ALT|
|9:21 AM||"VIVA LA VIDA" - COLDPLAY||NEW|
|9:15 AM||"ONE MORE ASTRONAUT" - I.M.E.||CLASSIC ALT|
|9:03 AM||"YOU'RE GONNA GO FAR, KID" - OFFSPRING||NEW (R)|
|8:45 AM||"SEX ON FIRE" - KINGS OF LEON||NEW (R)|
|8:36 AM||"ANIMAL I HAVE BECOME" - THREE DAYS GRACE||RECENT|
|8:23 AM||"JUDITH" - A PERFECT CIRCLE||CLASSIC ALT|
|8:19 AM||"BETTER MAN" - PEARL JAM||CLASSIC ALT|
|8:03 AM||"WANNABE IN LA" - EAGLES OF DEATH METAL||NEW (R)|
|7:46 AM||"KIDS" - MGMT||NEW (R)|
|7:36 AM||"BROTHER DOWN" - SAM ROBERTS||CLASSIC ALT|
|7:19 AM||"BLEED IT OUT" - LINKIN PARK||RECENT|
|7:15 AM||"DAUGHTER" - PEARL JAM||CLASSIC ALT|
|6:59 AM||"SLEEPING SICKNESS" - CITY AND COLOUR||NEW (R)|
|6:54 AM||"KILLING IN THE NAME" - RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE||CLASSIC ALT|
|6:37 AM||"SEX ON FIRE" - KINGS OF LEON||NEW (R)|
|6:28 AM||"FAT LIP" - SUM 41||CLASSIC ALT|
|6:16 AM||"RIVER BELOW" - BILLY TALENT||RECENT|
|6:12 AM||"RE-EDUCATION (THROUGH LABOR)" - RISE AGAINST||NEW (R)|
|6:00 AM||"YOU'RE GONNA GO FAR, KID" - OFFSPRING||NEW (R)|
|5:57 AM||"DISCIPLINE" - NINE INCH NAILS||NEW|
|5:35 AM||"NOTHING ELSE MATTERS" - METALLICA||CLASSIC ALT|
|5:33 AM||"WANNABE IN LA" - EAGLES OF DEATH METAL||NEW (R)|
|5:26 AM||"SONG 2" - BLUR||CLASSIC ALT|
|5:22 AM||"HOLIDAY" - GREEN DAY||CLASSIC ALT|
|5:19 AM||"ALL EMPIRES FALL" - WAKING EYES||NEW|
|5:14 AM||"SUNDAY BLOODY SUNDAY" - U2||CLASSIC ALT|
|5:08 AM||"CATH..." - DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE||NEW|
|5:06 AM||"FELL IN LOVE WITH A GIRL" - WHITE STRIPES||CLASSIC ALT|
|5:00 AM||"KIDS" - MGMT||NEW (R)|
|4:57 AM||"BLEED IT OUT" - LINKIN PARK||RECENT (R)|
|4:54 AM||"LAST KISS" - PEARL JAM||CLASSIC ALT|
|4:50 AM||"THE SHOCK OF THE LIGHTNING" - OASIS||NEW (R)|
|4:46 AM||"BELIEVE IN ME" - SLOAN||NEW|
|4:42 AM||"LOSE YOURSELF" - EMINEM||CLASSIC ALT|
|4:36 AM||"SUNDAY MORNING" - K-OS||RECENT|
|4:33 AM||"TROUBLEMAKER" - WEEZER||NEW|
|4:29 AM||"SLEEPING SICKNESS" - CITY AND COLOUR||NEW (R)|
|4:22 AM||"PARADISE CITY" - GUNS N' ROSES||CLASSIC ALT|
|4:18 AM||"SOMETIME AROUND MIDNIGHT" - AIRBORNE TOXIC EVENT||NEW (R)|
|4:14 AM||"TONIGHT, TONIGHT" - SMASHING PUMPKINS||CLASSIC ALT|
|4:08 AM||"YOUR ENGLISH IS GOOD" - TOKYO POLICE CLUB||NEW|
|4:04 AM||"UNDER THE BRIDGE" - RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS||CLASSIC ALT|
|4:01 AM||"SEX ON FIRE" - KINGS OF LEON||NEW (R)|
|3:56 AM||"HEAD LIKE A HOLE" - NINE INCH NAILS||CLASSIC ALT|
|3:51 AM||"HUMAN" - KILLERS||NEW (R)|
|3:46 AM||"SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT!" - NIRVANA||CLASSIC ALT|
|3:43 AM||"LOST!" - COLDPLAY||NEW (R)|
|3:39 AM||"INNOCENT" - OUR LADY PEACE||CLASSIC ALT|
|3:36 AM||"PAPER PLANES" - M.I.A.||NEW (R)|
|3:30 AM||"ALL THE SMALL THINGS" - BLINK-182||CLASSIC ALT|
|3:26 AM||"AUDIENCE OF ONE" - RISE AGAINST||NEW|
|3:23 AM||"YOU'RE GONNA GO FAR, KID" - OFFSPRING||NEW (R)|
|3:20 AM||"ISLAND IN THE SUN" - WEEZER||CLASSIC ALT|
|3:17 AM||"HELP I'M ALIVE" - METRIC||NEW|
|3:13 AM||"LEARN TO FLY" - FOO FIGHTERS||CLASSIC ALT (R)|
|3:07 AM||"DO IT OR DIE" - DIE MANNEQUIN||NEW|
|3:05 AM||"WRONG WAY" - SUBLIME||CLASSIC ALT|
|3:02 AM||"NUMB" - LINKIN PARK||CLASSIC ALT|
|3:00 AM||"WANNABE IN LA" - EAGLES OF DEATH METAL||NEW (R)|
|2:56 AM||"VIOLET HILL" - COLDPLAY||NEW|
|2:50 AM||"FORTY SIX AND 2" - TOOL||CLASSIC ALT|
|2:46 AM||"EPIC" - FAITH NO MORE||CLASSIC ALT|
|2:42 AM||"AROUND THE WORLD" - RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS||CLASSIC ALT|
|2:36 AM||"SLEEP NOW IN THE FIRE" - RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE||CLASSIC ALT|
|2:31 AM||"SEMI-CHARMED LIFE" - THIRD EYE BLIND||CLASSIC ALT|
|2:27 AM||"KIDS" - MGMT||NEW (R)|
|2:23 AM||"STOP!" - JANE'S ADDICTION||CLASSIC ALT|
|2:18 AM||"BLOWN WIDE OPEN" - BIG WRECK||CLASSIC ALT|
|2:14 AM||"MR. BRIGHTSIDE" - KILLERS||CLASSIC ALT|
|2:08 AM||"NO RAIN" - BLIND MELON||CLASSIC ALT|
|2:05 AM||"TEMPTATION" - TEA PARTY||CLASSIC ALT|
|2:01 AM||"SLEEPING SICKNESS" - CITY AND COLOUR||NEW (R)|
|1:58 AM||"WALLS FALL DOWN" - BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH||RECENT (R)|
|1:55 AM||"WHEN I COME AROUND" - GREEN DAY||CLASSIC ALT|
|1:52 AM||"ULYSSES" - FRANZ FERDINAND||NEW (R)|
|1:46 AM||"REBELLION (LIES)" - ARCADE FIRE||CLASSIC ALT|
|1:40 AM||"THE DAY THAT NEVER COMES" - METALLICA||NEW|
|1:33 AM||"DISSIDENT" - PEARL JAM||CLASSIC ALT|
|1:29 AM||"THE SHOCK OF THE LIGHTNING" - OASIS||NEW (R)|
|1:25 AM||"SEX ON FIRE" - KINGS OF LEON||NEW (R)|
|1:21 AM||"LAZY EYE" - SILVERSUN PICKUPS||RECENT|
|1:18 AM||"THE KILLER" - MOBILE||NEW (R)|
|1:15 AM||"DISARM" - SMASHING PUMPKINS||CLASSIC ALT|
|1:08 AM||"DISCIPLINE" - NINE INCH NAILS||NEW (R)|
|1:07 AM||"NATURE OF THE EXPERIMENT" - TOKYO POLICE CLUB||RECENT|
|1:03 AM||"TRIPPIN' ON A HOLE IN A PAPER HEART" - STONE TEMPLE PILOTS||CLASSIC ALT|
|12:59 AM||"YOU'RE GONNA GO FAR, KID" - OFFSPRING||NEW (R)|
|12:56 AM||"TROUBLEMAKER" - WEEZER||NEW (R)|
|12:53 AM||"COME AS YOU ARE" - NIRVANA||CLASSIC ALT|
|12:49 AM||"SOMETIME AROUND MIDNIGHT" - AIRBORNE TOXIC EVENT||NEW (R)|
|12:45 AM||"CIVIL TWILIGHT" - WEAKERTHANS||NEW (R)|
|12:42 AM||"HITCHIN' A RIDE" - GREEN DAY||CLASSIC ALT|
|12:36 AM||"HELL SONG" - SUM 41||CLASSIC ALT|
|12:33 AM||"BLEED IT OUT" - LINKIN PARK||NEW (R)|
|12:31 AM||"WANNABE IN LA" - EAGLES OF DEATH METAL||NEW (R)|
|12:26 AM||"DANI CALIFORNIA" - RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS||RECENT|
|12:22 AM||"HUMAN" - KILLERS||NEW (R)|
|12:18 AM||"KARMA POLICE" - RADIOHEAD||CLASSIC ALT|
|12:11 AM||"LOVE REMOVAL MACHINE" - CULT||CLASSIC ALT|
|12:08 AM||"OH, THE BOSS IS COMING!" - ARKELLS||NEW (R)|
|12:03 AM||"JEREMY" - PEARL JAM||CLASSIC ALT (R)|
Here's what we learn from this random spot check of Edge 102's playlist.
- # of songs played: 170
- # of different songs played: 130 / 76.47%
- # of "new" songs: 71 / 41.76%
- # of unique "new" songs: 35 / 20.58%
- # of "recent" songs: 13 / 7.64%
- # of unique "recent" songs: 11 / 6.47%
- # of "classic alternative" songs: 87 / 51.17%
- # of unique "classic alternative" songs: 85 / 50%
Without a doubt, 102.1 the Edge is playing more classic alternative than ever before. Over 51% of songs played thus far today were older than five years, and if we look at the number of unique classic alternative songs (85) compared to the 130 different songs played, we're looking at a whopping 65.38%.
That's a definite increase since six months ago when that figure was 40.25%. In layman's terms, in case you're having trouble following, if we remove the repeats (they played Eagle's of Death Metal's "Wanna Be In LA" six freakin' times), almost exactly two-thirds of the music played today was older than five years and of the "classic alternative" genre. There's lots of Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alice in Chains and the songs you know and love, mainly from the 1990s.
I first wrote about the Classic Alternative radio format five years ago and asked aloud if a truer form of "classic alternative" was in 102.1's future. It might be closer than we realize. It might already be here.
Update: I've written the new program director at CFNY, Ross Winters, to see if he'll comment. If he does, I'll post what I learn.
Below are the top 102 songs of 2008, according to 102.1 The Edge.
I threw down my personal top 10 right here. My tunes ranked 72, 62, 25, 10, 19, 67, 40, 36, n/a and 22 respectively. That n/a is for "Inside the Cinema" by Culture Reject which, unfortunately, never got a sniff from CFNY. I'm not sure why as it's an awesome, addictive tune by a Torontonian, and would have been a great add.
Here's the Edge's list...
1. Weezer - Pork And Beans
2. Foo Fighters - Let It Die
3. Queens Of The Stone Age - Make It Wit Chu
4. Nine Inch Nails - Discipline
5. Foo Fighters - Long Road To Ruin
6. Sam Roberts - Them Kids
7. The Bravery - Believe
8. Rise Against - The Good Left Undone
9. Radiohead - Bodysnatchers
10. USS - Hollow Point Sniper Hyperbole
11. Linkin Park - Given Up
12. Coldplay - Violet Hill
13. Against Me! - Stop!
14. Coldplay - Viva La Vida
15. Bedouin Soundclash - St. Andrews
16. The Offspring - You're Gonna Go Far Kid
17. Tokyo Police Club - Tessellate
18. The Offspring - Hammerhead
19. The Raconteurs - Salute Your Solution
20. Oasis - The Shock Of The Lightning
21. Weezer - Troublemaker
22. City And Colour - Sleeping Sickness
23. Rise Against - Re-Education (Through Labor)
24. The Flatliners - This Respirator
25. Kings of Leon - Sex on Fire
26. Billy Talent - This Suffering
27. Alexisonfire - To A Friend
28. Serj Tankian - Empty Walls
29. Die Mannequin - Do It Or Die
30. Sloan - Believe in Me
31. Metallica - The Day That Never Comes
32. Neverending White Lights - Always
33. Stars - Take Me To The Riot
34. Disturbed - Inside the Fire
35. Bedouin Soundclash - Until We Burn In The Sun (The Kids Just Want A Love Song)
36. M.I.A. - Paper Planes
37. The Flatliners - Eulogy
38. City And Colour - Waiting
39. Apocalytica ft. Adam Gontier - I Don't Care
40. MGMT - Time To Pretend
41. Jimmy Eat World - Big Casino
42. Linkin Park - Shadow Of The Day
43. The Stills - Being Here
44. Spiral Beach - Made Of Stone
45. Chevelle - I Get It
46. Against Me! - Thrash Unreal
47. Death Cab For Cutie - I Will Posess Your Heart
48. The Weakerthans - Civil Twilight
49. The Verve - Love Is Noise
50. Linkin Park - Bleed It Out
51. Radiohead - Jigsaw Falling Into Place
52. Mobile - The Killer
53. Rides Again - Infected
54. Foo Fighters - The Pretender
55. Social Distortion - Far Behind
56. Silversun Pickups - Well Thought Out Twinkles
57. Finger 11 - Talking to the Walls
58. The Killers - Human
59. Serj Tankian - Sky Is Over
60. Wintersleep - Weighty Ghost
61. The Weakerthans - Tournament Of Hearts
62. One Day As A Lion - Wild International
63. Billy Talent - Turn Your Back
64. Die Mannequin - Saved By Strangers
65. Yoav - Club Thing
66. Gob - Underground
67. The Black Keys - Strange Times
68. USS - 2 and 15/16ths
69. The White Stripes - You Don't Know What Love Is (You Just Do as You're Told)
70. Tokyo Police Club - Graves
71. Jack Johnson - If I Had Eyes
72. Wintersleep - Oblivion
73. Hot Hot Heat - Harmonicas And Tambourines
74. Ashes Divide - The Stone
75. Foxboro Hot Tubs - Mother Mary
76. Beck - Gamma Ray
77. Death Cab For Cutie - Cath...
78. Attack In Black - Hunger Of Young
79. Staind - Believe
80. Matthew Good - I'm A Window
81. Eddie Vedder - Hard Sun
82. The Kooks - Always Where I Need to Be
83. Stars - Bitches in Tokyo
84. Three Days Grace - Never Too Late
85. Guns N' Roses - Chinese Democracy
86. The Arkells - Oh, The Boss Is Coming
87. Puscifer - Queen B
88. The Waking Eyes - All Empires Fall
89. Sam Roberts - Detroit '67
90. R.E.M. - Supernatural Superserious
91. Beast - Mr. Hurricane
92. Silverchair - Straight Lines
93. Nine Inch Nails - 1,000,000
94. Oasis - Falling Down
95. Three Days Grace - Riot
96. Vampire Weekend - A-Punk
97. Band Of Horses - Is There A Ghost
98. The Constantines - Hard Feelings
99. MGMT - Kids
100. Black Lungs - Hold Fast (Sink Or Swim)
101. Coldplay - Lost!
102. Goldfinger - One More Time
I've always loved radio. Although I have ten stations preset in my car stereo, there are only a few I actually visit.
102.1 the Edge
Love it or hate it, my ideal music list plays on CFNY. It's actually been that way for as long as I can remember. I just wish they'd play more tunes in the morning, because it's the music that keeps me coming back.
CBC Radio One
It might sound corny, but I feel smarter when listening to good 'ol CBC Radio One at 99.1. Andy Barrie does a fantastic job in the morning, but the programming is pretty interesting all day long.
CBC Radio Two
I've been tuning in CBC Radio Two at 94.1 during mornings and afternoons because there are no ads and you never know what tune you're going to hear. This change might have pissed off the classical music folks, but it's made me happy. The hosts share interesting tid-bits too, and talk just enough.
92.5 JACK FM
I've also been sampling 92.5 since they became rock focused, and it's pretty good if you just want a rock variety. This morning I heard them come out of old school Bryan Adams and dive into Nirvana. Needless to say, I was singing along.
I drop by 97.3 for one reason and one reason only. I like to check in on my pal Humble.
THE FAN 590
A man needs sports scores and updates and a little Bobcat now and then.
Leaf games and the best talk radio host in the city (Mike Stafford) get me going to 640 now and then.
That's about it. Once in a blue moon I pop over to 680 and I used to check out Q107 now and then, but I now prefer 92.5 to 107.1. What are your Toronto stations of choice?
I was listening to CBC RadioOne this morning when Andy Barrie told us at 8:27am that he had something personal to announce. He told us he was leaving the show indefinitely.
Immediately I suspected his health was the reason. Andy has been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. He quickly reassured us he was fine, but there were serious health issues in his family right now and he needed to leave his post in order to offer his full support there.
Andy has been host of CBC Radio 99.1's Metro Morning since 1995 and is one of the finest broadcasters working in this city. He'll be missed.
I mentioned I snapped some pictures when I was witnessing the organized chaos at EZ Rock this morning. You can check out the entire photoset at my Flickr account.
I've made my way to Yonge and St. Clair. I'm sitting beside Humble, watching the action. I actually couldn't tap into this highly encrypted EZ Rock WiFi, but Humble has given me access to his PC. What a sweetie...
5:54 - They just played Johnny Nash. Apparently that happens a lot. By the way, before I forget... I heard Kid Rock on EZ Rock this morning. No foolin'...
The room is smaller than I expected. Heather and Andy are on one side of the desk and I'm on the side with Colleen, Kim and Humble. Humble is showing me the sheets of paper he has that tell him the name of the songs with the seconds before the lyrics kick in and lots of other neat info, like the year it was released, the length, etc.
6:02 - I've asked everyone the first question of the morning. I asked them what time their alarms go off in the morning. I can tell you mine went off at 4:40 and I'm exhausted. Kim's alarm goes off at 3:50, she hits the snooze button once or twice, than it goes off again at 4. Colleen's goes off at 3:45 and Humble's at 3:30. Andy, the producer, gets up at 3. He also just showed me a sweet pic of him and Kid Rock at the Kool Haus.
6:14 - 6am is a big deal around here. That's when Starbucks opens. I sure sounded like a dolt asking Heather for a double-double.
6:18 - There's definitely a little prep action while the tunes play. They discuss who will start, they divvy up the tasks and then it all goes down live. It's not too scripted, except for the "3 things to make your life better" bit they're doing right now. That's pre-written and printed on paper before them. Coffee's here!
6:24 - Colleen Rusholme just told me I look like Chris O'Donnell.
6:30 - This screen Andy has is pretty cool. The ads are queued up with a countdown clock, the songs are above also queued up, he gives the "talent" a head's up when there's one minute left then they watch the clock tick down the last ten seconds. There's a red light right above my head that tells me when to shut up.
6:33 - Colleen does the world's worst Don Cherry impersonation. Rick Hodge just walked in. Hey Ma, I just shook hands with Hodgy! They're all going debate the new CBC anthem thing. In all honesty, I haven't been following this contest as I'm still bitter about the CBC losing the rights to the anthem we all know and love. Rick hasn't heard these tunes either, so we're both getting our first listen in minutes. First, Soft Cell.
6:37 - I'm hearing these potential anthems and all I'm thinking is that they should have gone with The Hip's "Lonely End of the Rink".
6:44 - I just had a nice chat with Colleen. She's really sweet. I asked her about adjustments she had to make going from a two person show to a four person show. She was honest with me, telling me that it was tough at first. With four personalities in the room, there was lots of talk during breaks about who would pipe in when, but now that they've been together as a team for a couple of months, they're much better at anticipating who speaks when. In other words, practise makes perfect.
6:53 - I have seen the future. Coming up, Amy Sky, Train and Madonna.
6:55 - Colleen and Kim do like to sing some of these tunes. They love this Amy Sky song, "Love Pain and the Whole Damn Thing". They actually sound really good together. They're singing right now.
7:01 - Until right now, these folks hadn't seen anything I've written. Andy and Colleen just visited torontomike.com on their respective computers and they were excited to read the four comments. So comment, they're reading what you write.
I've asked everybody if they nap in the afternoons. They all do. Humble tells me that back in the Humble & Fred days he didn't nap, but he went to bed at 9. Now he stays up later to hang with his kids, and he naps every afternoon. They're prepping for the Brent Butt thing right now.
7:07 - If you haven't heard, it's going to be a sunny and warm weekend. I've been here for 90 minutes and I've heard that now about 132 times.
7:09 - Finally, Humble has told EZ Rock's listeners that this is happening. He also thrust the microphone in my face and I went on the air. I'm no Venus Flytrap... Welcome EZ Rock listeners. Enjoy your stay at torontomike.com and check out the archives to catch up on the past 6 years.
7:16 - I just asked Kim and Colleen about their most embarrassing on-air moments. Kim's happened recently when she was interviewing Jeanne Beker. She mentioned to Jeanne that she loved performing "Jerk" on stage with her at a Magna event. Jeanne had absolutely no recollection of this event.
Colleen was interviewing Jane Seymour and mentioned to Jane that she loved her in Queenie. Jane politely told Colleen that she wasn't in Queenie. Colleen replied with "yes you were!".
Humble blew up a $175,000 client. I'm going to get the details on that one later...
7:23 - They're prepping right now about who's saying what and when with regards to the "what do you have to have at Thanksgiving dinner" question. The Longos guy was just in the studio and I wanted to ask him if turkeys can fly.
7:28 - I asked Kim and Colleen about the post-show ritual. At 9 they leave our airwaves, but when does their work day end? After each show, they record promos for the next days show. Then, they prep for the next days show. Their typical day ends at any time between 10:30 and 1:00.
7:33 - Ok, you had to be here for that big slice of funny we just shared. What do you have in your sauce? The raw footage, edited before aired, was hilarious.
7:36 - Rick Hodge is back. Hear that, mom! I just asked him who is his favourite interview was. He said it's Bill "Spaceman" Lee and Weird Al Yankovic.
Humble says it's Kevin Smith, but he also loved interviewing John Cusack and John Hurt.
Colleen loved interviewing Bill Cosby and Roseanne Cash. I'd like to interview one of Cosby's sweaters.
7:41 - Driving here this morning, I heard John Tesh on EZ Rock. When I got here, I tried to hunt him down. That guy must blow outta here seconds after his show ends at 5:30!
7:45 - I just snapped some pictures I'll post later today. I had Colleen take a picture of me with Hodgy. And yes, I'll still be posting a Leafs update the morning after each game... I've just been a little busy this morning.
7:53 - I'm starting to get comfy here... I'm thinking EZ Mornings with Humble, Kim, Colleen, Rick and Toronto Mike has a nice ring to it.
I just asked Humble about what adjustments he's had to make going from a two-man booth to a four-person booth. He tells me the hardest adjustment he's had to make is getting used to working with three attractive young women.
7:57 - I just found out that Colleen and I are the same age. She and Howard both change their sleeping patterns on the weekends, and no, they don't sleep together. Colleen will sleep until 10am if possible on a Saturday or Sunday. Humble gets up between 6 and 7.
8:04 - Tesh alert! Tesh alert!
8:10 - Kim just sang a little 12 Years Old for us - that's a great tune I remember from MuchMusic back in the day. We're talking live to John Tesh right now. Humble promises to remind the EZ Rock listeners that this is happening, so stay tuned for another Toronto Mike promo.
8:14 - I've once again seen the future, and it's full of Olivia Newton-John, John Travolta, Bryan Adams, Leona Lewis and John Mayer.
8:17 - I've been hanging here, watching the action for almost three hours now, and it's a lot of fun. Everyone is sweet, they are truly having a blast, and it all just sort of comes together. As a guy who fell in love with radio watching WKRP, this is like that without the turntable and tape where walls would be if there were walls. This is just too much fun to be work.
8:20 - I've asked everyone one of the questions asked in the comments. I asked what they would change about their jobs, other than the salary. Unanimously, everyone would change the hours. In other words, hosting the morning show is awesome except for the fact it happens to take place in the morning.
8:25 - They just gave away a trip to Sea World. They actually tape the call with the winner and then play it from the tape about a minute later. I'm guessing that's in case the winner swears. Actually, Howard tells me it's to shorten it so it fits with the song and everything. Humble's Shamu impersonation is a big hit in this room.
8:29 - Humble promises the Toronto Mike promo is happening next. Colleen just did this neat gambling thing that's hard to explain. She gauged my luck with this finger trick. Yeah, you have to see it to know what I'm talking about.
Rick is back. He walks over from the CFRB broadcast room down the hall and now he's going to talk about the Jimmy Fallon "every song from the 80s can be sung to MC Hammer's U Can't Touch This". I actually posted that song on this blog earlier in the week when sharing the literal version of A-Ha's "Take On Me".
8:37 - The girls are singing along to Crowded House. I saw that this song was highlighted on Howard's song cheat sheet. It turns out the highlighting was to tell him this is the song of the day. It's a great song.
8:43 - I just dropped some Maestro Fresh Wes on these guys. Seriously, I hit 'em up with some "Let Your Backbone Slide".
I just got my 2nd promo of the show and my 2nd on-air shot. This time, I actually felt more comfortable. I'd consider a career in radio, except for the weak-ass voice and face for television and, in all honesty, I can't afford the pay cut.
8:56 - We've wrapped up here... it's been fun and the show flew by. It felt like 20 minutes...
I'll chime in with some final thoughts later, right now I'm getting booted off this PC!
11:17 - After the show I joined Humble, Kim and Colleen in another studio where they recorded promos for Tuesdays show. I also got a pic with Colleen and met Jessica Baker and Jim Richards. Jim actually recognized me from when we met almost two years ago which was pretty cool.
Feel free to ask any questions in the comments and I'll answer them there.
Tomorrow I'll wake up three hours earlier than usual and make my way to Yonge and St. Clair to sit in with the EZ Morning Show crew. I'll get there around 5:30, assume a seat beside Humble Howard, fire up the laptop, get online and live blog the show. Expect to read some inside deets, observations and answers to the questions you've submitted.
Here are questions I have so far...
- How much of the show is scripted?
- Can either Kim or Colleen change their voice so it's easier to tell them apart?
- Why did Rick change teams?
- What time does your alarm go off?
- Do you prep for the next day's show after each show?
- Is your work day complete at 9am?
- Do you nap in the afternoons?
- What adjustments (if any) did you have to make from working in a 1 or 2 person booth to now having to juggle four different personalities?
- What was the most embarrassing live air moment that you've encountered?
No, I don't know if I'll have any on-air time. That's up to the hosts. I know this will be interesting, so check back here tomorrow morning and reload your browser every 20 minutes or so.
YouTube user Retrontario frequently uploads fantastic retro-Toronto-centric gems. These clips never fail to bring back a ton of memories for me, so I feature them from time to time.
I remember this ad for CFTR 680AM's Commercial Free Sundays well. That was my radio station back in 1984.
Specifically, I enjoyed waking up to Tom Rivers on 'TR. Here's some great footage of Tom Rivers and the Rivers Air Force.
And speaking of morning radio in Toronto, I once documented my morning radio history. In that light, it's kinda neat that I'm sitting in on an honest to goodness real Toronto radio show this Friday morning. But more on that later.
I mentioned I've been invited to sit in with the hosts of the EZ Rock morning show. I'm going to be sitting next to Humble and live blogging the EZ Morning Show on Friday, October 10.
When I first mentioned this, you nice people gave me a bunch of questions to ask Humble Howard, Kim Stockwood, Colleen Rusholme or Rick Hodge. I'm going to ask them all, and if you have any more questions, please drop them in the comments.
This show airs from 5:30 to 9 and I'm thinking of showing up around 6. I'm told the room has WiFi so I'll be able to throw down updates throughout the show, giving you all a vibe as to how it's run, what kind of prep time there is and if Rick Hodge agrees to sign something for my mom.
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