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Strippers Union Bands, Artists & Musicians

Listen to our interview with Rob Baker of Strippers Union on the March 2021 episode of the Kingston Live Podcast.

The all-Canadian rock group consisting of Odds Craig Northey, and The Tragically Hip’s Rob Baker.

In 2005, they released their debut album, Strippers Union Local 518, featuring songs recorded at The Hip’s own Bathouse Studio in December of 2004, spawning the single “Give Up and Go Away” which debuted at #9 on Canada’s Rock Chart.

In February 2021—after an almost 10 year hiatus—Strippers Union released their third LP, The Undertaking, a double LP recorded at The Bathouse with drummer Pat Steward and bassist Doug Elliott.

Sharing his thoughts on the song “We Are The Underworld”, Baker says, “We were musing on the idea that the majority of beings live behind the scene lives with no perceived power or glory, often unaware of the power they actually hold, individually and collectively – especially as ‘we’. The ingenuity required to survive is more amazing than the trivial exploits of the ‘powerful’. The real power waits and it’s beautiful when it shows itself. ‘We’re the dirt that starts the pearl’.”

Read Rob Baker’s full essay on The Undertaking here.


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