Thursday, November 25, 2010

Artist: Gregory Hoskins And The Stickpeople, Album: Raids On The Unspeakable, Song: Dance Of The Vulnerable

"One minute there and gone the next.  All brotherly love then I'll break his neck.  Someone took a poison cup and threw it in our faces.  Same religion, same retreats, same convictions raised on different streets.  How did it come to this?"  Gregory Hoskins was born and raised in Quebec but launched his music career on the streets of Toronto.  He and his band the Stickpeople released their debut album in 1991 and were signed to True North Records.  They travelled the country opening for the likes of the Neville Brothers and the Indigo Girls before settling down and recording their followup, Raids Of The Unspeakable, in 1993.  This album had a big sound and the song, Dance Of The Vulnerable, is a great example of that.  I find it reminds me of the Waterboys.  Aside from being a great guitarist, Gregory is also a very talented lyricist.  Truly one of our country's hidden treasures.  Gregory still plays and records.  I believe he has some shows coming up in January in Toronto.  You can follow him at  You can purchase this album and his entire discography on Itunes as well as from his website.  You can hear the track, Dance Of The Vulnerable, on You Tube (  As always, you can hear this song as well as others that I blog about each day on Live 365 (  Thanks for reading and enjoy!