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