CND Song 34 Northern Lights

Northern Lights - Tears Are Not Enough, 1985

'Let's show them Canada still cares!' Watching this, from a continent away and a distance of almost thirty years, I can't help getting sentimental. Look at them all! I'll admit it's weird seeing Zappacosta singing shoulder to shoulder with Neil Young and Joni Mitchell, and I don't know what to think of the fact that producer David Foster originally wrote this for the opening of St Elmo's Fire, but still. I'm wallowing in nostalgia here.

So today I'll hand this one over to a man who doesn't do sentimental, my colleague Brendan Richardson. Brendan reports:

"Contemporary Canucks will try to fill your head with notions that the Canadian identity is tied to opaque concepts like diversity, drinking Tim Horton's coffee or making self-aggrandizing beer commercials. It's not. If you want to understand what it truly feels like to be Canadian, to feel like an afterthought in a country founded on afterthoughts, watch the African relief supergroup anthems of the mid-80s: "Do They Know It's Christmas", "We Are the World", and then "Tears Are Not Enough". This is what it really feels like to be Canadian, when the mortifying moments of mimicry and mediocrity sink in: the cable access production values, the hesitating pantsuits, the one niggling detail that 90% of the proud Canadians featured in the video haven't actually lived in the country since making it big in the States and never will again. Not with our exorbitant tax rates that go towards things like...foreign aid to Africa. The one consolation? The moustaches of our African-Relief-Supergroups were, at the time, judged marginally superior to the East German African-Relief-Supergroups of the same era. Suck it, Deutsche Demokratische Republik! We've got you beaten in more than just brainwashing beer commercials!"



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