The early 90s Halifax pop explosion took everyone by surprise. Music fans countrywide were amazed to hear brilliant alt pop coming from a city we’d thought was all about the jigs and reels. Haligonian musicians were taken aback, too. Of course, they already knew their music scene was hot. For them, it was the media hysteria that came as a shock. Many who were around during the commotion agree that Al Tuck said it best in his song “One Day The Warner”:

“We was just little itty bitty little people in our little tiny corner ‘til one day the Warner Brothers came through town.”

And although there were major label deals aplenty, some of those itty bitty little people were lost in the backwash of all that hype. Have a listen to the first episode of a new series called The Birth of Canadian Indie, where we hear from some of the stars of the Halifax pop explosion and dig up a few gems that never managed to catch the major label wave.

CBC Radio 3

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