If You Could Read His Mind, You’d See This Stamp

May 13th, 2008 // 28 Comments

gordonlightfootstamp.jpgCanada, 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.



  1. NeverEnough

    A Snow stamp? You can licky-boom-boom- down it! (rim shot)

  2. NeverEnough

    And I apologize unreservedly for the above “joke”. It’s early and I’m hung over.

  3. garbageday

    A Propagandhi stamp would be the perfect postage for politically motivated mailbombs.

  4. Jack Fear

    “Danny’s Song” was, of course, by Kenny Loggins.

  5. Dan Gibson

    @Jack Fear: Anne Murray, of course, had a bigger hit with it than Loggins, including a US AC #1.

  6. Jack Fear

    But of course. The juxtaposition with the picture of ol’ Gord made me wonder if you had inadvertently gotten your beardy 70′s singer-songwriters confused. The confusion, as it turns out, was mine.

  7. cockfightbarmitzvah

    And how about a priority-rate Rush stamp for overnight “rush delivery”?

  8. cockfightbarmitzvah

    @cockfightbarmitzvah: Duh. Just reading headline now.

  9. Dan Gibson

    @Jack Fear: I tend to make a fair share of errors around here, so your dubiousness is understandable.

  10. GhostOfDuane

    How about the Bachman-Turner Overdrive “Takin’ Care of (Mailin’) Business” stamp?

  11. El Zilcho!

    No Barenaked Ladies stamps?

  12. GhostOfDuane

    dammit… shouldve been “Takin’ Care of Business” Mailing… 12:07 is still morning to me.

  13. Jack Fear

    @cockfightbarmitzvah: I was thinking the Ruish stamp should be for next-day airmail deliveries, i.e….

    …wait for it…

    … “Fly By Night.”

  14. On the Spot

    You, you, you oughta MAIL!


  15. The Illiterate

    They could do a set of four Randy Bachman stamps: Guess Who, Brave Belt, BTO, and solo. And if they’re going to do Joni, where the hell is Neil?

  16. Anonymous

    Thirty-two stamp series about Glenn Gould?

  17. Sniffle

    How is dissing Gordon Lightfoot in any way cool?

  18. cassidy2099

    Sloan, maybe?

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  20. cassidy2099

    Whoops, sorry for the double post. Hey, don’t those crazy canucks love that Danko Jones?

  21. Rob Murphy

    Any mail sent to Brad Pitt from Canada would need to use the Shania Twain “That Don’t Impress Me Much” stamp.

  22. Dan Gibson

    @Sniffle: I guess you’re considering “famously banal” as a diss?

  23. dippinkind

    mr. Lightfoot deserves his celebration in stamp form for the bassline on Sundown alone… but anyway, as far as overlooked canadian honorees: April Wine, DOA and Cub.

  24. Mick Kraut

    There is a Neil Young to be found somewhere but damned if I can get my hands around it…


    Oh I am ashamed of myself…I apologize…

  25. Mick Kraut

    But not so ashamed to drop a TRIUMPH one…


    ok…I’m done now…

  26. Antiheroine

    @The Illiterate: I guess they figured now that Neil has his own spider, he doesn’t need a stamp. Frankly, I’d agree.

  27. baconfat

    No Simply Saucer stamp, no cred.

  28. Rob Murphy

    The Robin Sparkles stamp would say: “Let’s Go To The Mail!”

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