October 18, 2004

Too bad

Doug Bennett, the lead singer of the Canadian indie band Doug and the Slugs, died Saturday following an undisclosed lengthy illness. He was 52.

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My American friends may not be aware that Canada has laws regarding broadcast content on the airwaves, mandating that a certain percentage of songs played (for example) must be Canadian content ("CanCon"). This is a double-edged sword: on the one hand, deserving acts get exposure (e.g. Barenaked Ladies); on the other, it also produces a whole lot of "hothouse flowers" that get played on the radio because the law requires it, but are otherwise ignored. Doug and the Slugs was the latter kind of band. Still, songs like "Day By Day" were part of my teenage years.