The Tragically Hip is one of Canada's favourite bands, selling out arenas with music powered by driving guitars and thoughtful lyrics.
In concert, lead singer Gord Downie doesn't just perform the songs: he inhabits them, always in motion and in the moment. In 1999, as the Hip launch a tour to promote the album Phantom Power, Downie tells CBC reporter Laurie Brown it took just one rehearsal before the band felt like a success.
"You come out of the place with a secret in your heart," says Downie. "And that's success, you know, feeling that you've got something in store."
The Tragically Hip were founded in Kingston, Ont., in 1983; three of the band's members were students at the city's Queen's University. The band members are: Rob Baker, guitar; Downie, vocals; Johnny Fay, drums; Paul Langlois, guitar; and Gord Sinclair, bass.
A video called Elephant Parts, by Mike Nesmith of the 1960s TV band The Monkees, inspired the name the Tragically Hip.
All members of the band share songwriting credits but the lyrics are written by Downie. In 2001 he published Coke Machine Glow, a book of poetry.
In Canada, the Hip have enjoyed number-one songs, bestselling albums and sold-out arena concerts, but have been largely unable to translate that success to the United States. In 1995 they appeared on Saturday Night Live but no album of theirs has reached higher than number 142.