I love Canadian music. There are many home grown bands that I will be introducing you to through this blog, but I wanted to start with the one that has had the most impact on my life, and I believe, is this nation's most underrated band.
54-40 is named after President James Polk's presidential decree where he argued that it was American destiny to control all of North America up to the latitude of 54-40. Formed in the early 80s, they have been performing their unique sound and deeply profound lyrics to sould out crowds for 30 years. An all time favourite with college radio, the band has had some commercial success with songs such as "I Go Blind" (covered by Hootie and the Blowfish), "One Gun", "Ocean Pearl" and "Casual Viewin".
I have attached "Easy to Love", which was a minor hit off of their "Say Yes To Everything" album.
2/19/2011 04:39:30 am
I got the privilege of seeing 54-40 at an outdoor concert in Kingston (Fort Henry) when I was in university. They were performing with The Tragically Hip who were the hometown group and were on the rise at the time. The Northern Pikes also played in what was dubbed a mega-Canadiana concert. I personally enjoyed the set by 54-40 the best (the really got the crowd involved during One Gun). I hadn't thought about that concert until I read your post. Thanks for bringing back a great memory. Cheers. Dave Kelly
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