Wednesday 7 October 2015

Calgary Songs Project: Community Top 5s

When we were prepping for the launch of the Calgary Songs Project, we asked a bunch of friends what their top five picks would be. We figured that the first songs that come to mind are probably the strongest contenders for our final list of 30 songs to celebrate 30 years of the High Performance Rodeo. And we got some great, diverse responses:

Jim Button - Village Brewery, Community Builder
Transit - Calgary
The Dudes - Do the Right Thing
MBF - Care For You
Feist - I Feel it All
Paul Brandt - Alberta Bound
But my fav is Ian Tyson - Four strong winds…not sure that it counts though.

We suppose it was only a matter of time until Alberta Bound showed up on someone's list. We also are impressed by how many times Feist is being mentioned - for different songs!

Kimberly Cooper - Artistic Director, DJD
The Will - Funky Babylon
Huevos Rancheros- Huevosaurus
The Ramblin’ Ambassadors - Meat Sweats
(all Brent Cooper bands- disqualify me if you have to for nepotism!!!)
Honourable Mentions
Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir - Oh Sorry
Rubim de Toledo - The River
As biased as Kimberly may be, we have to say - Huevosaurus is probably the CCPS' favourite Huevos track. 

Chad Saunders - NMC Manager, CJSW programmer
Huevos Rancheros - "Blonde Girl In A Blue Volare (At 100 mph)” but “Rockin’ in the Henhouse” is probably the go-to one
Hot Little Rocket - “Down With Safe"
The Golden Calgarians - “Chicken on the Way”
The Quitters - “Do You Know”
A-Team – "Always Call me By Name" vs "I’m A Truck"
The Best include: Maud - “I-95”; Wagbeard - “Too Easy”; The Primrods - “Santa Lucia”; The Dudes - "Dropkick Queen of the Weekend”; Lemonjade - "Fragile Little People”; Matt Masters - “Highways”, Ninth Configuration - “Then and Now”; Chixdiggit - “Sikome Beach"
Long shot pick: Mike Newans - “Fan the Flames”
Honourable mention: The 2&7 "Hello Calgary” theme. Magic but not a Calgary song.
Oh, how much do we want Chicken on the Way to be in the final 30... but our records indicate it was released around 1980, so at least five years before our cut-off date. BUT we'll take the rest of Chad's excellent recommendations... 

Phew. There's a lot of stuff in there to mull over. As always, we want to know what YOUR top picks for 30 songs to celebrate 30 years would be. Leave a comment below!

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