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Our ultimate back-to-school playlist

- August 30th, 2013

It’s the most wonderful time of year for parents, and for some kids, it’s the week they’ve been dreading since the end of June. Yes, school is back.

Some students will return with a little extra jump in their steps, while others will have their collective heads slumped in dismay.

But irrespective of their thoughts on the return to the educational system, we have a back-to-school playlist that will cover all of the ABCs.

And please, don’t throw your books down in disgust — you have the opportunity to write in your own great back-to-school playlist in the comment section at the bottom of this article.

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So load up, tune in and drop these tracks on your way to school.

ABC, Jackson 5

What better way to kick off the list than this little inspirational Motown classic from Michael and the boys? This No. 1 hit and signature Jackson 5 tune will, at the least, help get them there before the bell rings.

ABC by Jackson 5 on Grooveshark

Another Brick in the Wall Part 2, Pink Floyd

The ultimate anti-education song still has one of the classic lines from a teacher shouting, If you don’t eat yer meat, you can’t have any pudding! How can you have any pudding if you don’t eat yer meat?!

Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2) by Pink Floyd/The Wall CD 01 on Grooveshark

Rock ‘n’ Roll High School, The Ramones

If you’re going to have this cranked, make sure there’s no teachers within earshot, but have the leather jacket on.

Rock 'n' Roll High School by Ramones on Grooveshark

We’re Gonna Be Friends, The White Stripes

This very underrated, beautiful track off of 2002′s White Blood Cells showcases the innocence of youth and touches on everything that’s great about the upcoming school year.

We're Gonna Be Friends by The White Stripes on Grooveshark

I Don’t Like Mondays, The Boomtown Rats

We won’t get into the morbid meaning behind the song (okay, it’s here if you really want to give yourself the willies on the first day), but it really doesn’t have to be reserved for only a school playlist. It essentially sums up everyone’s start to the week.

I Don't Like Mondays by The Boomtown Rats on Grooveshark

Hot for Teacher, Van Halen

We don’t know what high school they were portraying in the video, but we’d gladly take Waldo’s spot. And if David Lee Roth is our ride, tardiness would not be an issue.

Hot for Teacher by Van Halen on Grooveshark

High School Confidential, Rough Trade

This sexually-charged 1980 hit from Rough Trade may not be for little ears, but hey — read the song title.

High School Confidential by Rough Trade on Grooveshark

Here’s the best of the rest:

Don’t Stand So Close to Me, The Police

Don't Stand So Close to Me by The Police on Grooveshark

Popular, Nada Surf

Popular by Nada Surf on Grooveshark

Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard, Paul Simon

Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard by Paul Simon on Grooveshark

(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!), Beastie Boys

(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party) by Beastie Boys on Grooveshark

Grade 9, Barenaked Ladies

Grade 9 by Barenaked Ladies on Grooveshark

Troublemaker, Weezer

Troublemaker by Weezer on Grooveshark

Subdivisions, Rush

Subdivisions by Rush on Grooveshark

Jeremy, Pearl Jam

Jeremy by Pearl Jam on Grooveshark

Graduate, Third Eye Blind

Graduate by Third Eye Blind on Grooveshark

Never Miss a Beat, Kaiser Chiefs

Never Miss a Beat by Kaiser Chiefs on Grooveshark

Smokin’ In the Boys Room, Brownsville Station and covered by Mötley Crüe

Smokin' In The Boys Room by Motley Crue on Grooveshark

Teacher, Teacher, .38 Special

Teacher, Teacher by 38 Special on Grooveshark

Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades, Timbuk3

The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades by Timbuk 3 on Grooveshark

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Our ultimate Canadian playlist for July 1

- June 27th, 2013

Oh, Canada, happy 146th birthday. It’s time to pour the maple syrup on the plate of back bacon and break out the red and white t-shirt. And, if you’re feeling brave in the summer heat, maybe even thrown on a toque.

And while you’re doing that, here’s a little inspiration for your Canada Day jams. While we use the term “ultimate” loosely in the headline (isn’t everyone’s personal playlist the best?), we think we have a few gems packed into our list of Canuckle Day tunage.

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And please, don’t spill your beer in disgust — you have the opportunity to write in your own great Canadian playlist in the comment section at the bottom of this article.

Here’s our Bieber-less (you’re welcome) list:

Arcade Fire, Wake Up

They are one of Canada’s best musical exports in recent years, and what better way to kick off the list than this epic opening track.

Neil Young, Rockin’ in the Free World

You can’t go through July 1 without playing a little Uncle Neil. In fact, you could probably get away with adding his whole discography, but barring that, what better tune than this classic, which just happens to be one of the most recognizable hard rock tracks ever created?

The Guess Who, No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature

Anyone who calls themselves a Canadian and a music fan in the same cold breath needs to have this one at top volume. Yes, this means you.

Bob & Doug McKenzie featuring Rush’s Geddy Lee, Take Off

It may be a novelty tune, but this little comedic gem from the duo’s 1981 “Great White North” album is sure to get at least a few Elsinores flowing. No doubt some of you will be saying, “I remember this one, eh?!”

Sam Roberts Band, The Canadian Dream

Sam had a dream, and it was bang on. “Everything moves real slow when it’s 40 below,” sings Sam Roberts. We actually move pretty quickly, but that’s just us.

The Tragically Hip, Bobcaygeon

The third single from the band’s 1999 album, “Phantom Power” (and probably their last exceptional full-length recording), is a must-play for those gathered around the cottage firepit.

Tom Cochrane, Life Is a Highway

Admittedly, we got a little tired of this one back in the day (the song/video was played non-stop), but it’s always nice that you can still break it out once a year.

Bruce Cockburn, Wondering Where the Lions Are

We have our own Bruuuuuuuce north of the 49th, and he’s pretty boss in his own right.

Metric, Combat Baby

You need some Canadian female muscle? Well, there’s no better than Metric frontwoman Emily Haines.

Stompin’ Tom Connors, The Hockey Song

We may be in the off season of the NHL, but if anyone questions the placement of this, they deserve a good stiff body check into the boards.

Gordon Lightfoot, Canadian Railroad Trilogy

if you are picking just one track from the greatest Canadian musical storyteller of all time, this is the one.

City & Colour, Comin’ Home

if you have friends visiting from in Lincoln, Nebraska, you may want to skip this one. Other than that, crank up this beautiful Dallas Green ballad, which should always be a staple on any Canadian’s playlist, especially when you’re feeling a little homesick.

Trooper, Raise a Little Hell

Every playlist needs a little muscle to get the party hoppin’, so this ’70s hit from the Vancouver band serves well.

Kim Mitchell, Patio Lanterns

This is for all those who will no doubt attempt to drunkenly mumble through the lyrics before finding success in singing the title of the song only.

Sloan, Underwhelmed

It’s a Canadian Gen-X go-to track.

The Band, The Weight

Again, you could probably put them on a full day’s list, but we’ll settle on this classic track.

Have a good one people!

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Rush, Dave Grohl to perform together at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction?

- March 26th, 2013

Some of rock’s greatest drummers be could be playing together at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, Rolling Stone reports.

With final planning underway for the 28th Rock Hall ceremony on April 18 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, word is that Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, who is inducting Rush this year, could be teaming up with the legendary Canadian rock trio during their live performance.

It remains to be seen whether Grohl will play drums or add a second guitar to the mix. Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins is also rumoured to be joining them – it may make for a very loud set.

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Other inductees taking the stage that night will be Randy Newman (playing alongside John Fogerty and Jackson Browne), Heart (the original lineup is still in question, but Ann and Nancy Wilson will be on stage) and Public Enemy.

John Mayer and Gary Clark Jr. will pay honour late blues great Albert King, likewise with Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Hudson singing for the late Donna Summer, and Usher will perform a tribute to Quincy Jones.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be broadcast on HBO on May 18.

Rush – consisting of singer/bassist Geddy Lee, drummer Neil Peart and guitarist Alex Lifeson – had been eligible for a Rock Hall nod since 1998 – their self-titled debut was released in 1974, and they’ve gone on to record 19 studio records in total, including last year’s critically acclaimed “Clockwork Angels.”

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Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl to induct Rush into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

- January 23rd, 2013

One of the busiest guys in music has added another item to his to-do list – he’s inducting Canrock legends Rush into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl (as well as bandmate Taylor Hawkins) will do the honours at the ceremony, which takes place on on April 18th at the Nokia Theater L.A. Live in Los Angeles, according to Rolling Stone. It will be broadcast on HBO on May 18.

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Other presenters include Don Henley, who will induct Randy Newman, John Mayer will fete the late Albert King, and Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Hudson will inaugurate Donna Summer. The inductor for Public Enemy has yet to be announced.

Tickets go on sale to the public on February 1st, but members of the Rush and Heart fan clubs can beat the box office in a special pre-sale.

Rush – consisting of singer/bassist Geddy Lee, drummer Neil Peart and guitarist Alex Lifeson – had been eligible for a Rock Hall nod since 1998 – their self-titled debut was released in 1974, and they’ve gone on to record 19 studio records in total, including last year’s critically acclaimed “Clockwork Angels.”

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Rush finally gets Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination

- October 4th, 2012

Rush may finally be getting the recognition that many of their fans and contemporaries say they deserve.

The legendary Canadian rock trio has landed a nomination to be inducted into the 2013 edition of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The group – consisting of singer/bassist Geddy Lee, drummer Neil Peart and guitarist Alex Lifeson – has been eligible for a Rock Hall nod since 1998 – their self-titled debut was released in 1974, and they’ve gone on to record 19 studio records in total, including this year’s critically acclaimed “Clockwork Angels.”

In a tweet, the band simply posted “we are honoured to be among the nominees for this year’s Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame…”

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To be eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, acts must have released their first songs at least 25 years ago.

Other nominees include Deep Purple, N.W.A., Public Enemy and Heart.

The 28th annual Rock Hall induction ceremony will take place in Los Angeles, on April 18, 2013. HBO will tape the show for broadcast at a later date.

Here are the full nominees list:

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Chic
Deep Purple
Heart
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Albert King
Kraftwerk
The Marvelettes
The Meters
Randy Newman
N.W.A
Procol Harum
Public Enemy
Rush
Donna Summer