Great White North Import
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The creations of SCTV vets Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas, these hosers hit the U.S. Top 10 (beauty, eh?) with this 1982 comedy LP. The beer-fueled mayhem includes their smash Take Off !
Faced with 2 minutes to fill with Canadian content, the classic sketch comedy show SCTV drilled deeply into the true nature of the culture with Bob (Rick Moranis) and Doug (Dave Thomas) McKenzie's instructional program The Great White North. Its success led to this 1982 spin-off disc, which even went gold in the States and still yields its share of laughs today. Classic moments include the pair being bullied by the studio chorus on "The Twelve Days of Christmas" (Doug: "This should just be the two days of Christmas, it's too hard for us!"), meeting a toque-clad Geddy Lee (the hit single "Take Off"), pondering "Where do they get that black stuff that makes the album?" ("From old albums . . . they erase it, right?"), and sharing bits of telling personal history ("Coffee Sandwich," "Ernie's Mom"). They're good, eh? --Rickey Wright
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And "LP" is definitely the operative term here...the material, while perfectly written and recorded with an LP album format in mind, really doesn't transfer well to CD. There are a number of references to the LP record format and even the LP record production process that date the recording significantly and simply don't make sense when applied to and listened to in a compact disc format; a previous reviewer's concern that the listener's lines from the "You Are Our Guest" track are ommitted from the CD exacerbates the point somewhat (the lines are included, eh, it's just that those hosers at Mercury Records shrank 'em down so small from the old LP jacket when transposing "The Hoser" to the CD liner notes that you need the Hubbell Telescope to magnify 'em so's you can read 'em properly). That's the ONLY reason why I docked 2 stars from the album review, eh?
However, it is a lot of fun to listen to, if only as a means to preserve your memory of the old "Great White North" LP, should you have been lucky enough to have owned it back in the day. Frankly I'm even more impressed at how entertaining it is considering that there is not a single swear word to be heard anywhere on the album. A full-length comedy recording like this wouldn't even be ATTEMPTED today. There are plenty of smoking (tobacco only, mind) and beer drinking references, but that's the lion's share of Bob & Doug's appeal ANYWAY...I wouldn't have any problem recommending that kids listen to it (there are no parental advisory labels on it, eh), although a "drink responsibly" sermon should probably precede it.
On this CD you'll find comedy pieces on a number of topics: The Beerhunter, their Christmas song, Doug conducting church services, Bob as principal of a school, and more. The best way to describe them is that they're so stupid they're hilarious.
While many Canadians are no doubt appalled to the degree that Bob & Doug actually impacted the typical viewpoint of Canada held in the States, the fact remains that their parody of the content laws is an indelible part of Canadian culture. Get this CD while you can.
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Excellent product. Brought me back to the best time of my childhood .Published 2 months ago by anthony hyatt
I was not that happy about this Cd. I was exspecting more singing., but was funny to listen too. It was OKPublished on Jan. 7 2014 by Brent
This is classic Bob and Doug McKenzie and it doesn't get any better than this Strange Brew is awesome also but let's stay with The Great White North. Read morePublished on Sept. 27 2012 by woodenhead445
This was an 80's cult classic, especially the "12 Days of Christmas." I can still remember my mother blowing hot tea out her nose the first time I played the old vinyl record... Read morePublished on Nov. 15 2002 by Tonya Price