Saskadelphia first appeared on a Sask. album cover 24 years ago

SASKATOON – The latest album from The Tragically Hip has caught the ears of the province with its title Saskadelphia, but The Hip is not the first group to carry that name on an album cover.

24 years ago, Regina artist Jack Semple released an album and song called Saskadelphia.

“It kind of describes the style of music I was playing at the time, in the geographic region,” Semple told CTV News.

On Thursday, Tragically Hip announced the release of their new album Saskadelphia. Hip drummer Johnny Fay suggested the name of his 1991 hit album Road Apples, according to the band’s website.

According to the group, the name Saskadelphia comes from when Fay suggested he best defined the group’s place at the time.

“I remember seeing this Christadelphian church and thinking about how part of it could be spelled out on any other word.

“We did a lot of touring, going from New York and Boston to Philadelphia and Saskatoon. It seemed like the clubs were the same size and you could be anywhere. So we turned part of a Canadian city into an American city. “

However, the record label’s executives rejected her because she was “too Canadian,” according to Hip.

For Semple, he loves the idea of ​​the new album Tragically Hip and its name.

“I was flattered because originally I thought, ‘I can’t wait to hear them play their versions of my songs,’” Semple said with a laugh. “It’s a great name.”

This is not the first time that Semple has shared an album title with another artist. In 2008, Semple said he released the album In the Blue Light. 10 years later, 16-time Grammy winner Paul Simon released an album of the same name.

“You can’t protect a track, I could call a song Hey Jude and Paul McCartney couldn’t sue me,” Semple told CTV News, adding that he created Vancouver’s Roots Roundup’s Saskadelphia more than a year ago. 25 years old.

“In this arty-rock clip, the word Saskadelphia floated in a very dreamlike graphic,” Semple said. “I was like ‘wow what a cool name.'”

CTV News reached out to Root Roundup, the group said they couldn’t remember Saskadelphia flashing across the screen during one of their music videos. In a social media post with CTV News, the group said they may have appeared there as the entire video is about visiting Canada in a van.

“I thought it was Roots Roundup but maybe not?” Said Semple. “I would like to know the true origin story because obviously this name is not just an obvious name. Someone made it up.

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