Monday, June 13, 2011

Songs About Medicine Hat

I've linked to Tina Fey's song which mentions Medicine Hat in a previous post, and at the time I said that Medicine Hat had already been immortalized in song.  But I failed to say what the songs were, so here they are:
  • The Guess Who's, "Runnin' Back to Saskatoon".  Medicine Hat has to share billing with a few other prairie towns, but that's okay, we play well with others.

  • Big Sugar's lead singer, Gordie Johnson lived in Medicine Hat while he was in high school.  To the best of my knowledge his parents still live here and own and operate Pastabilities, in the strip mall behind Starbucks on Trans Canada Way.  I haven't been there in quite a few years, but the last time I went in, I noticed several framed Big Sugar gold albums hanging on the wall.  The pasta is pretty amazing too!  Anyways, back to the topic at hand.  Big Sugar has a song called, "All Hell for a Basement" which is about Newfoundlanders coming out to Alberta to find work.  The phrase, "All Hell for a Basement" refers to Medicine Hat; it is derived from a famous quote by Rudyard Kipling, "This part of the country seems to have all hell for a basement, and the only trap door appears to be in Medicine Hat."  I couldn't find an actual music video for this song, and most of the video's on YouTube had horrific sound quality, so I have attached this one, which shows well testing in Alberta.

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