The Tragically Hip is a Canadian rock band from Kingston, Ontario, consisting of Gordon Downie (lead vocals and occasional acoustic guitar), Paul Langlois (guitar), Rob Baker (guitar), Gord Sinclair (bass) and Johnny Fay (drums). The band is one of the most popular and influential bands in Canada, and in 2005 was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
The Tragically Hip?often referred to simply as The Hip?formed in 1983. They took their name from a skit in the long-form video Elephant Parts by Michael Nesmith of The Monkees. Nesmith took the phrase from the song "He's So Cool" by Carolyne Mas.In 1987, the band signed a long-term record deal with MCA after former company president Bruce Dickinson saw them perform live at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, Ontario.http://jam.canoe.ca/Music/Pop_Encyclopedia/T/Tragically_Hip.html Later that year they released the self-titled EP The Tragically Hip, but the band did not achieve success until the release of 1989's Up to Her