Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Fully Completely

Fully Completely is the third full-length album by Canadian rockers The Tragically Hip. It was released in October 1992, and was their first album to reach #1 on the RPM Top 100 albums chart. Hip fans are divided about which of their albums ranks as their best. Generally one of their first three albums is usually picked and this album is most likely cited as the best Hip album. It may also be their darkest album. A series of grisly, psychotic mood pieces that together produce an album of songs about bodies in the trunk, drowned hockey players, implied incest, doomed romance, and cold winds blowing over your private parts.

Lyrically the album alternates between pessimism and despair: "Locked in the Trunk of a Car" is written from the perspective of a serial killer, and "Courage," perhaps the album's most popular cut is inspired by a chapter in Hugh MacLennan's book The Watch That Ends the Night. It seems to detail the thoughts of a person who cannot decide whether or not to commit suicide. Other songs are inspired by real, mostly Canadian, events - "Fifty Mission Cap" tells the true story of Bill Barilko, a star player for the 'leafs who disappeared after scoring the winning goal in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Next time the team won a Cup was the year he was discovered. "Wheat Kings" is about David Milgaard, who was wrongfully convicted of murder in the 1960s. The title of "Pigeon Camera," amazingly enough, literally refers to pigeons with cameras attached to their legs that were used (mostly unsuccessfully) in the First World War as tools for aerial observation.

If you're not a fan or have no idea who the Tragically Hip are, this is probably the best place to start to get acquainted with their music. Gordon Downie's lyrical brilliance really takes center stage on this album. An essential album if you're serious about yer rock n roll.

At the Hundredth Meridian
Locked in the Trunk of a Car

Fully Completely

Funny Toon

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