"Grace, Too" (1994)
In March of 1995, another son of Kingston, Ontario, Dan Aykroyd, stood in front of millions of viewers on Saturday Night Live wearing a shirt that read "Canada" and announced: "It is my honor to introduce to America my friends the Tragically Hip." The album was Day for Night, the song was "Grace, Too" and the sound was a deeper, darker Hip. "Nautical Disaster," also performed that night, helped make this the first of the band's albums to debut at Number One on the Canadian Albums Chart. That night, Americans got a taste of the band live and Downie's trademark prancing, gesticulating stage presence. "I surrender," he told MacLean's Magazine in 2009 of his approach to performance. "I throw myself on the altar of song and I see my own personal musical life in fast flashes of faces and names and colors and sounds and I get lost in the euphoria of standing up there."