The occasional musings of a Canadian band…
Here’s the video that we really made for this song. Shot on location in West Edmonton Mall in January, 1997.
I would like to know what CD the Last Saskatchewan pirate is on, as I wish to buy. keep up the good work, love it!
Sharon, the video says “East of Edson”.
Captain Tractor, perhaps you can clear up a question I’ve had (and apparently a lot of people judging from the comments on your video). Who wrote the song, and performed it first, the Arrogant Worms, or your band?
[…] asked at the Captain Tractor blog if they or the Arrogant Worms wrote the song, or performed it first. Sphere: Related […]
The song was written by the Arrogant Worms. It was performed first by them as well.
The story: We were good friends with those guys. Once I was sitting in a beer tent at the Edmonton Fringe talking with them about performing…they’d seen us play a couple of times and vice versa. We were talking about low points in our careers, thus far. I told them about a time when I got paid $500 to play Desperado for a bunch of drunk waiters/waitresses at a restaurant party which made me feel pretty dirty. They thought that was pretty funny. At the time we were set up playing each night during the Fringe at Mickey Finn’s on Whyte Ave. The Worms came to the show that night and kept yelling out for Desperado. It became a thing over the course of that week, when they came back a few times and kept doing the same thing. The last night of the festival we had a surprise. We pretended we were going to finally cave in and play the song (Desperado) but instead we launched into “The Last Sask Pirate” which we’d learned that day. They thought it was funny. So did we. It just kind of stuck. We recorded the song. Then we went on to sell thousands of copies of East Of Edson and the rest is, I guess, history.
We’re still friends with the Worms…although we haven’t seen them in a while. A couple of other songs we did we’re also Arrogant Worm songs or co-writes. “Frozen Puck to the Head” was written by John Whytock from the Worms (with Brock). And “Go To Hell” was a Trevor Strong song (with Scott). Both of those songs are on the BOUGHT THE FARM album.
Hope that clears it up for you.
Thanks for the background; that’s a great story 🙂
[…] band answered, and the Worms did both first. There’s a great story here about how Captain Tractor covered the song for the first time. Sphere: Related […]
A great song. A great Video. You can almost visualize a pirate ship sailing in Wascana Lake.
WE have played this one at some Wedding dances just for fun when they were all drunk at the end of the night.Lots of fun to dance to!!
Great vid and song!
Great story, great song; great video – I hadn’t seen it before. It’s my 11-year old son’s favourite song, and one of mine too. We had the CD cranked in the car last weekend, and I told him I wanted it played at my funeral (hey, the first 3 letters of funeral are F-U-N, after all).
can any one tell me how to contact these guys to try to book them please ?
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