Best Hamilton song: Teenage Head versus Junior Boys

It’s time for round one of CBC Hamilton’s best Hamilton song of all time poll, and we’re starting off with two heavyweights – Teenage Head and The Junior Boys.

Help pick Hamilton's best song before The Juno Awards come to town

Both Teenage Head and The Junior Boys have created some of the best music to ever come out of Hamilton. But if you had to pick one, which would it be? Vote now in our poll to help decide Hamilton's greatest song. (Teenage Head/Junior Boys)

It’s time for round one of CBC Hamilton’s best Hamilton song of all time poll, and we’re starting off with two heavyweights – Teenage Head and The Junior Boys.

With Hamilton as host city for the 2015 Juno Awards, we’re looking for the best song by a Hamilton artist, and we’re doing it with a no holds barred, single elimination, bracket-style online tournament.

Here are our first two contestants in the first round, and we want you to vote for your favourite. Voting for this matchup closes at midnight Thursday.

Teenage Head: Let’s Shake

It’s impossible to talk about Hamilton music and not mention Teenage Head. The band was a vital part of the country’s burgeoning punk scene in the late 70s, and their signature sound helped shape music coming out of Hamilton for years to come.

It’s tough to pick a single Teenage Head track to feature, but Let’s Shake remains the band’s most well known hit. It was even used by The Toronto Maple Leafs as their goal scoring song at the Air Canada Centre this season – sadly, fans haven’t heard it too much recently.

Junior Boys: So This is Goodbye

Listening to the gleaming synths of a Junior Boys record reveals musicians who are experts in layering sounds and textures that percolate over time and with repeated listens.

The duo is world renowned for their work, but So This is Goodbye was chosen by more than one of our judges as one of the best songs to ever come out of Hamilton.  

Now it’s up to you to choose – which is the better Hamilton song? Is it Teenage Head’s proto-punk, or the electronic mastery of The Junior Boys? Vote in our poll:

Here are the other great Hamilton acts who are in the first round of our competition, who will go head to head in the coming weeks:

  • Blackie and the Rodeo Kings – Lean on Your Peers
  • Rita Chiarelli – These Four Walls
  • Crowbar – Oh What a Feeling
  • Caribou – Can’t do Without You
  • The Dirty Nil – F---ing Up Young
  • Jeremy Fisher – High School
  • Ian Thomas – Painted Ladies
  • Warsaw Pack – Poorboy Blues
  • Arkells – Whistleblower
  • Stan Rogers – Barrett’s Privateers
  • Junkhouse – Shine
  • Jessy Lanza – Kathy Lee
  • Daniel Lanois – The Maker
  • The Forgotten Rebels – Surfin’ on Heroin

You can read all about our competition right here.


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