The Tragically Hip, often referred to simply as The Hip, are a Canadian rock band from Kingston, Ontario, consisting of lead singer Gordon Downie, guitarist Paul Langlois, guitarist Rob Baker (known as Bobby Baker until 1994), bassist Gord Sinclair, and drummer Johnny Fay. Since their formation in 1984 they have released 12 studio albums, two live albums, 1 EP, and 54 singles. Nine of their albums have reached No. 1 in Canada. They have received numerous Canadian Music awards, including 14 Juno Awards.
The Tragically Hip formed in 1984 at Kingston Collegiate in Kingston, Ontario, where Gord Downie, Gord Sinclair and Rob Baker were students. Guitarist Paul Langlois joined in 1986; saxophonist Davis Manning left that same year. They took their name from a skit in the Michael Nesmith movie Elephant Parts. At one of their first venues, Mark Mattson, a lawyer, and friend of The Hip, got asked to get a graphic designer to make their tickets. Mark asked Owen Corrigan, a graphic designer, and one of Gord's and The Hip's best friends. Owen accepted the offer, but disliked the name of the band. So he made the tickets but changed the name to "Tropical Ship". Mark was angry at Owen but didn't have enough time to ask Owen to make new tickets, so he scratched out "Tropical Ship" and wrote "Tragically Hip" by hand.