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Katrina was all tragic and no hip, but this sound still was huge

Of the top stories of American history in the 21th century, one of the biggest has to be Hurricane Katrina and its devastation that claimed more than 1,200 lives and accumulated damages of more than $108 billion. Was the 2005 Katrina disaster foreshadowed in the '80s? With a listen to the Tragically Hip and New Orleans Is Sinking we might reveal the answer.

The Tragically Hip were a mainstay on Canadian radio and in 1989 they first hit the U.S. Mainstream Rock Charts with the blues-based jam New Orleans Is Sinking. While it would be great to claim the Hip as Nostradamus predicting the flooding of New Orleans in 2005, the lyrics to New Orleans Is Sinking is murky at best and the video leans more towards the way of a man who is disturbed.

While New Orleans Is Sinking only made it to No. 70 on the Canadian charts, they would end up scoring 22 Top 40 hits in their home country including two No. 1's with Ahead By A Century ('96) and In View ('06). The tragic news for the Hip hit a couple of weeks ago as the band announced that lead singer Gordon Downie has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. The band will be releasing their latest album Man Machine Poem this month and will go ahead and start a tour without Downie.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 1, 2016 3:20pm]


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