Canada, a nation unafraid to honor its cultural icons while they’re still living, is rolling out a series of stamps honoring the most famously banal of their musical acts–Gordon Lightfoot, Paul Anka, Anne Murray, and (somewhat strangely) Joni Mitchell. While I have the same sentimental nostalgia for “Danny’s Song” as anyone, did the Canadian Post Office miss the boat with their choices?
“The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” is an undeniable jam, but what about the other Canadians that gave us so much musical joy? What about 1993′s smash hit “Informer”? Seven consecutive weeks at No. 1? And that doesn’t merit a stamp, Canada?
Who could forget that song from the ’80s that Bryan Adams sang a little bit on? I certainly can’t. Ladies and gentlemen, Glass Tiger!
I know it’s difficult to believe, but there was a time when Hot Hot Heat were an interesting band with an exciting EP on the shelves. Why not honor that year before their full-length crushed our dreams?
Further suggestions, including that Rheostatics disc you bought by mistake in 1995, are welcome in the comments section.