"New Orleans Is Sinking" (1989)
The Hip's second album, 1989's Up to Here, spawned a number of hits including "Blow at High Dough," "38 Years Old," "Boots or Hearts" and one of the groups most iconic songs, "New Orleans Is Sinking." During shows, Downie again used the middle portion of the song to try out ad-libbed stories, as well as workshop ideas that later became Hip songs including "Nautical Disaster" and "Ahead by a Century." But the most famous version includes a bizarre story about Downie working as a cleaner of a killer-whale tank at an aquarium and was eventually released as a B side because of its popularity. In the months after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, a number of Canadian radio stations temporarily stopped playing the song out of respect for the victims.