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Posted by: Dave the Atheist ( )
Date: May 01, 2021 11:06PM

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Posted by: Lethbridge Reprobate ( )
Date: May 02, 2021 10:46AM

Randy's singing is not his strongest suit...but we love him up here anyway. His 2 hour show on CBC Radio every weekend is a never miss for me. He kept his massive guitar collection in Lethbridge for years (his daughter lived here). I saw him perform here multiple times with The Guess Who and BT0

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Posted by: moremany ( )
Date: May 03, 2021 10:56AM

I also often listen to his Radio Show (Canada; U.S. listen). Good music and grand times. Great stories all around! Fun stuff

Dave, the atheist, should listen to the show, you know.

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Posted by: Dave the Atheist ( )
Date: May 03, 2021 10:54PM

I'll have you know that Randy and the Guess Who was the very first concert I ever went to . I think I was about 12 or 13 years old. It was festival seating in the Salt Palace in Salt Lake. Had to sit on that hard concrete floor. The warm up band was Bloodrock.

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Posted by: cl2notloggedin ( )
Date: May 02, 2021 12:33PM

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Posted by: Nightingale ( )
Date: May 02, 2021 01:00PM

This one.

Mormon Inc.'s very great loss.

(I'm so glad for them they got out).

Another version:

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/02/2021 01:05PM by Nightingale.

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Posted by: moremany ( )
Date: May 03, 2021 11:17AM

Just read. I'm white and I'm blue. Maybe it's not true. What'll we do?

TORONTO - Randy Bachman says he's taking his business elsewhere after leadership at CBC Radio told him they're cancelling his “Vinyl Tap” music show. ... “As part of planning for the upcoming year, it was decided that this will be the final season of Vinyl Tap,” .Mar 27, 2021

I don't know what you (we?) Tap Heads will do.

I like Randy's show.
I tap in when I can.

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Posted by: Lethbridge Reprobate ( )
Date: May 03, 2021 07:33PM

The proletariat at the CBC...carrying on a longstanding tradition of having their heads up their asses are famous for canceling their most watched or listened to programs...with no reasons given.
I really hope Randy can take Vinyl Tap and land on another welcoming host broadcaster.

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Posted by: Hedning ( )
Date: May 03, 2021 10:22PM

Yeah Randy's voice ain't what it used to be, I don't really care, he's written and recorded tons of hits and popular songs. I'm willing to take a few sour notes to learn from a master

Tal is a gifted musician and I had no idea he was such a good guitarist until I started listening to their show. I suspect Tal is also a great drummer. "KoKo" does pretty well on drums, considering it's pretty much all impromptu.

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Posted by: Brother Of Jerry ( )
Date: May 04, 2021 12:59AM

Best garage band ever:
Randy Bachman and Neil Young, Margo Timmins of the Cowboy Junkies doing harmony, Tal Bachman on drums. It was recorded in the garage on Neil Young's ranch.

Now that's some serious horsepower in a garage band.

It's kind of an odd song - very little in production values. I assume the blue filter was because of the autobiographical nature of the song, about growing up in a prairie town that they loved, but had to leave to get anywhere in the music business.

The home video scenes included some pivotal moments in the history of Winnipeg. As a former Pegger myself, indulge me a bit and I'll give you some of the history.

First, Winnipeg doesn't get a lot of respect in Canada. Even Canadians make jokes about the weather there, and wonder why anyone in their right mind would live there. It's a lot like Scranton PA and Dunder Mifflin Paper, a blue collar town down on its heels.

The Red River of the North starts at the corner of ND, SD and MN, and flows north through Fargo and Grand Forks, through Winnipeg, an on to Hudson Bay. The land is remarkably flat, and prone to nasty floods. In 1955, about when Randy and Neil would have been in middle school, more or less, there was a huge flood in Winnipeg. It damaged large swaths of the city. Some shots of the flood are toward the end of the music video.

After the flood, the mayor, Duff Roblin, had a large diversion channel built around the city at great expense. It was mockingly nicknamed "Duff's Ditch", and went for decades without a drop of water in it.

Then came the flood of 1997, that breeched the dike in Grand Forks, and flooded nearly the entire town, closing it completely for 6 weeks, and burning down 4 blocks of downtown as a sidebar in the overall disaster. Other towns were also damaged. Winnipeg lowered the gates forcing the river into the diversion channel, and the city basically didn't have to lift a finger. People shut up about Duff's Ditch at that point.

The refrain: "Portage and Main, 50 below."
Portage Avenue is the main east-west street through the city, and is the Trans-Canada Highway, except now there is a bypass. It's like State Street in SLC. Main Street is the same size, and the intersection is huge, and surrounded by skyscrapers. The winter wind howling between the buildings is truly legendary. The city actually built an underground concourse under the intersection so pedestrians could cross it out of the weather. Plus the intersection could not handle all the pedestrian and vehicle traffic that built up there.

Impressive snow drifts would build up during blizzards, which were not uncommon.

I think Portage and Main is famous throughout Canada. I know for a fact that it is a legend in Winnipeg. So yeah, "Portage and Main, 50 below" is a phrase laden with meaning for Winnipeggers.

Toward the end of the video, there is a scene filmed from a car of roadside granite. That is the infamous Canadian shield granite, and from Toronto to Winnipeg, you drive through 2,000 miles of that, give or take a bit, depending on the route chosen. And there is remarkably little choice. About the only cities big enough to have more than 1 stoplight are Sudbury, Sault Ste Marie, Thunder Bay, and maybe Kenora.

There is a joke among Canadian musicians that the highway from Sudbury to Winnipeg has broken up more bands than any other single thing. Fifteen hundred miles of nothing will do that. The song mentions Thunder Bay. That is the only real city on that very long stretch of highway.

As for Vinyl Tap - I listen to it now and then. I knew the Bachmans as Winnipeg musicians before I knew anything about the Mormon connection.

I think Vinyl Tap had a 10 year run, It was mostly 60s and 70s rock, with Randy telling stories about the groups or his interactions with the groups. It was interesting, but even as infrequently as I listened, I was hearing the stories again and again. I think the show had run its course, and it was time to move on. It was kind of musical comfort food for me, but life will go on. I didn't know about it being cancelled, until I read it here. I knew Randy was lobbying to not be cancelled.

Well, that's all I can think of right now. Thanks for your indulgence, and I hope it enhances your appreciation of the music video.


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Posted by: Hedning ( )
Date: May 04, 2021 11:09PM

At the LTM in the 70s there was an elder from Winnipeg who told us Randy Bachman had been his priesthood quorom advisor (IRRC). I always doubted this to be true since I thought Randy got out of Winnipeg at a pretty young age. Anybody know if it's true? A few years ago I worked with a professor from Winnipeg and while we were eating dinner one night the talk turned to famous Canadians, ends up he went to school for several years with Randy Bachman. I guess Winnipeg was a pretty small town in the 50s and early 60s.

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