"We'll Go Too"
"..To boldly clap, in a room full of nothing."
Fully Completely was the Hip's third album, and it's not just that almost every song on this album still holds up today (they absolutely do) or that it's considered the Hip's breakthrough record (it was certified diamond in 2007). It is the quintessential Hip record: excitingly jagged jolts in arrangements and melodies, Downie's distinctive voice - physical and lyrical - creating an endlessly weird and wonderful whiplash of emotional performance.
This marked the first album that Gord would write the entirety of the lyrics, now refusing to sing anything not written by his own hand. Known for letting his dark, self-deprecating sense of humor loose, "We'll Go Too" relays a confined, trapped sense of hopelessness with its theme of "no redeeming social value", according to Gord.
Recorded in London, England, and rather than capture the sound of the well-seasoned live performance of the band all at once, the album was built instrument by instrument over a period of weeks. The results of the techniques they learned during this recording would prove to be the turning point in the band's popularity, however mainstream success in the USA did not happen as hoped - MCA USA stopped promotion of the album quickly. Fully Completely remains the only album the band released in Japan. The album was an unquestionable smashing success in Canada and is considered one of the top Canadian Rock albums ever written.
"..Outside there's hectic action, the ice is covering the trees."
This song was inspired by the great Ice Storm of early 1998. Gord explained "You know it's taking on a certain epic of pioneer spirit. We weren't actually holed up in the house as the ice ravaged the countryside, 'we've gotta make this record - ice storm be damned.' It put everything on hold in the entire North Eastern quarter of Canada for about five days and beyond. It crippled Quebec hydro power, a huge storm of huge magnitude. I was in Toronto, which never gets touched by weather of any sort, and the guys were in Kingston battling it out in their own individual ways as everyone was. Dealing with things from generator theft, to all manner of paranoia. Ya know... 'Escape From New York' material.
We came together and had to do a song, 'Something On.' And ya know, I guess the feel of a guitar neck is pretty nice after five days of .... that."
The opening lyric "Your imagination's having puppies" is a reference to having no power to your electronics while you lack the ability to create.
"The Darkest One"
".. Come in, come in, come in, come in, from thin and wicked prairie wind, come in."
"In Violet Light" brought a few changes to the Hip's traditional soundscape. Part of the album was recorded in the Bahamas under producer Hugh Padgham (Phil Collins, Paul McCartney) whose influence is apparent throughout the album in dreamy, phasing guitar riffs, but the trademark sound of the Hip still rings loudly from start to finish. They absorb their surroundings without getting lost, making this album a natural fit for Hip loyalists.
"My Music at Work"
Released in 2000, Music @ Work was an eclectic collection of musical genres, but remained one of the Hip's heavier works, and for that reason it earned the band its 12th Juno award, this time for Best Rock Album. During a time when bands like Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains were falling out of style, The Tragically Hip achieved great success in Canada with chunky guitar tones and abstract lyricism, and earning platinum status twice over before the years's end.
"...in a sink full of Ganges I'd remain."
The Ganges river, 'the nectar of immortality,' a central religious and cultural icon for Hindus across the world. The river takes its name from the godess Ganga Ma who is said to have poured herself from the heavens onto the ashes of fallen Hindus to raise their spirits into the afterlife. However, years of poor stewardship and neglect has left the Ganges as one of the most polluted rivers on earth.
I started working on this pack many weeks before C3X was even a thing, this has been long planned out by yours truly. I really wanted to update all the legacy customs, as you may know they were some of my earliest works and had some rough edges. That along with some new material for the October anniversary. I have several more songs of theirs in various stages of production, this is not the last you'll see of their catalogue from this author. Thanks to all the other Hip fans on this site for your support, and if you haven't heard them you should probably start with "Grace, Too".