Blow At High Dough references


Hip Head Jim W points out that "high d'oh" is defined as an informal Scottish slang for "keyed up or excited," perhaps derived from the fact that dough rises as it bakes. "Don't blow at high dough/d'oh" is an expression Gord Downie's grandmother would use. A bit of wise matriarchal advice which suggests that you shouldn't get ahead of yourself or attempt to walk before you've crawled. The spelling of d'oh as "dough" may also be a self-reflective wink at a group of young men who, in 1988/89, were newly enjoying a record deal.

"...They shot a movie once, in my hometown
Everybody was in it, from miles around
Out at the speedway, some kinda Elvis thing
Well I ain't no movie star
But I can get behind anything."

Elvis Presley didn't invent rock and roll, but he did bring it to the masses. Sam Phillips, the guru behind SUN records, discovered Elvis and made him a star. In the segregated South of the 1950's, Phillips was searching for an acceptable white face to bring rollicking black music to the Memphis mainstream. It is not an exaggeration to say, when Elvis walked into Phillips' storefront studio and paid to record some gospel songs with his buddies, that popular culture, if not culture in general, was forever altered in a significant way.

Elvis went on to become, well, Elvis, and is still a pop culture icon of epic, mythic and dizzying proportions. His film career was less than stellar however, and it's one of these "Anne Margaret and Elvis flirt at a racetrack" crap-a-thons that may be referenced in this song. Elvis wanted out of his binding movie contract as he felt it hindered his ability to record and tour. Col Tom, of New Orleans Is Sinking fame, pressured him to take on more film commitments. Eventually, Presley left Hollywood behind and returned to music with his famous live television concert known as the '68 Comeback Special.'

The story of the King may have been reinforced for The Hip as they recorded "Up To Here" in Memphis.