Nothing tragic about The Hip
Canada's 80s heroes The Tragically Hip will receive its country's National Arts Centre Award for 2008, considered quite an honor from what I've read in publications up north.
The band -- known simply as The Hip to its legions of fans -- formed in 1983 in Kingston, Ontario, borrowing their name from a skit in the 1981 home video "Elephant Parts." Inducted into Canada's Music Hall of Fame in 2005, The Hip is still together today and is working on a new studio album.
They'll accept the award in early May -- along with actor Eugene Levy, who's getting a lifetime achievement award. Way to keep the 80s theme going, my Elsinore-chugging friends!
Though they're the kings of Canada, a lot of U.S. music fans are probably drawing a blank right now. So here's a quick primer of their signature hits: