The Lookahead references

 




“...C’mon honey just gimme that lookahead”

The Hip’s “Now For Plan A” broke from their usual pattern of a release every two years. Part of the reason for this delay was Laura Downie’s breast cancer diagnosis. Gord spoke of his wife, her struggle with cancer and his “trying to help,” during an October 2012 interview with the CBC’s Wendy Mesley.

Gord said, “The songs on this record... are me trying to show my love, gratitude, devotion and fear for my wife, my friend.” He said the lyrics carried an “emotional quotient,” and that The Lookahead specifically referred to his wife. “It’s her giving me that look that says ‘you know it’s gonna be alright, no matter what. And she’s got it now.”

“...Descending
On perfect arms
Like Jeff Beck..."

Jeff Beck plays guitar. He’s done it for about fifty years and is really, really good. Like, everybody around the campfire shuts up and listens kinda good. He’s from Surrey, England and was a member of the Yardbirds. Beck has played with everybody and inspired just as many budding guitarists. Rolling Stone ranked him as the 5th greatest guitarist of all time and he was twice inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; as a Yardbird and as a solo artist. His Yardbird’s acceptance speech famously included, “they kicked me out! They did! Fuck them!”