30 Songs in 30 Days - Day 18

Day 18 - A Song That You Wish You Heard on the Radio

I've been waiting for today's entry on the list. I'm excited to have the chance to expose people to a band with which I'm betting most of you won't be familiar.

A song that I wish I heard on the radio is "Dance of the Vulnerable" by Gregory Hoskins and the Stickpeople.

Gregory Hoskins and the Stickpeople was a local band that broke out in the early 1990s with a song called "Neighbourhood". If you know them at all, it's for that song — MuchMusic was in love with it (the video was probably underwritten by Videofact). They had a very different sound — Hoskins' voice on its own is a little unconventional, they made liberal use of sax, and there was a female vocalist who was almost operatic. They sang harmonies that felt almost unharmonic, if that could be a thing. A couple of the songs from their early albums included spoken word, which, you know, isn't exactly the type of thing that's going to guarantee radio rotation.

But both Moon Come Up and Raids on the Unspeakable — those early albums — are fantastic to listen to, two decades later. I actually listed to both of them all the way today through getting ready for this post, because I assumed correctly that there wouldn't be a lot available for the YouTube link above. Unfortunately, they only lasted three albums and broke up in the late 90s. Hoskins is still kicking around in Toronto, having released some solo albums and doing the occasional live gig. One of these days, I'm going to remember to get out and hear him play.

Of all their songs, "Dance of the Vulnerable" is the closest to something that could be commercial. It feels… familiar. Apart from the fact that what would be considered the chorus is instrumental, it follows a fairly traditional verse/chorus/verse/chorus/bridge/verse/chorus structure. So, if there's any of their songs that could reasonably land on a radio station, this would be it.

30 Songs in 30 Days

  1. Your Favourite Song - "American Pie" by Don McLean
  2. Your Least Favourite Song - "Hotel Room Service" by Pitbull
  3. A Song That Makes You Happy - "Legend of a Cowgirl" by Imani Coppola
  4. A Song That Makes You Sad - "Hallelujah" by Jeff Buckley
  5. A Song That Reminds You of Someone - "Born This Way" by Lady Gaga
  6. A Song That Reminds You of Somewhere - "Once in a Lifetime" by Talking Heads
  7. A Song That Reminds You of a Certain Event - "Say it Ain't So" by Weezer
  8. A Song That You Know All the Words To - "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" by Meatloaf
  9. A Song That You Can Dance To - "Babe" by Styx
  10. A Song That Makes You Fall Asleep - "One For My Baby" by Frank Sinatra
  11. A Song From Your Favourite Band - "Unconditional" by jacksoul
  12. A Song From a Band You Hate - "Here Comes the Sun" by The Beatles
  13. A Song That is a Guilty Pleasure - "Snoopy's Christmas" by The Royal Guardsmen
  14. A Song That No One Would Expect You to Love - "One" by Metallica
  15. A Song That Describes You - "Still Crazy After All These Years" by Paul Simon
  16. A Song That You Used to Love But Now You Hate - "Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond
  17. A Song That You Hear Often on the Radio - "1979" by Smashing Pumpkins
  18. A Song That You Wish You Heard on the Radio - "Dance of the Vulnerable" by Gregory Hoskins and the Stickpeople
  19. A Song From Your Favourite Album
  20. A Song You Listen to When You're Angry
  21. A Song You Listen to When You're Happy
  22. A Song You Listen to When You're Sad
  23. A Song You Want to Play at Your Wedding
  24. A Song You Want to Play at Your Funeral
  25. A Song That Makes you Laugh
  26. A Song That You Can Play on an Instrument
  27. A Song That Makes You Feel Guilty
  28. A Song You Wish You Could Play
  29. A Song From Your Childhood
  30. Your Favourite Song This Time Last Year