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Great White North

Bob & Doug McKenzie

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Album Review

Great White North is the hit comedy album from Bob & Doug McKenzie, better known as SCTV veterans Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas, respectively. There's one serious problem, though. It's not very funny as a whole. The shtick is that the McKenzie brothers are lazy, beer-swilling dimwits who focus on Canadian culture and rely heavily on slang interjections and put-downs like "take off," "beauty, eh?," and "hoser." Only two selections are truly noteworthy. The first is the catchy novelty hit "Take Off," which features Rush's Geddy Lee singing on the chorus. The edited single eliminated the playful banter among Lee and the McKenzie brothers before and after the song portion. Lee's supposed reason for participating? "Ten bucks is ten bucks." The Yuletide favorite "Twelve Days of Christmas" replaces the traditional gifts with items such as beer, turtleneck sweaters, French toast, toques, backbacon, cigarettes, and comic books. The brothers are overcome by their version, and Bob McKenzie says it's comparable to "Stairway to Heaven." A few other cuts are OK. "The Beerhunter" is about a Russian roulette-like game involving shaken cans of beer. (The title spoofs 1978's Best Picture Oscar winner "The Deer Hunter," which included infamous Russian roulette scenes.) "Doug's Mouth" features goofy sound effects. Moranis and Thomas resurrected the Bob & Doug McKenzie characters for the 1983 cult film Strange Brew and beer commercials in the late '90s.

Customer Reviews

are you kidding me?!?

this album is great!!! the review on itunes? bad. i'd say it's just about the best comedy album i've ever heard. and i'm not from canada, i'm from missouri, and i think it's great. great to listen to on a road trip, or when you're up really late and kind of slap happy. although i would recommend the purchased album with insert. it has some funny stuff and the interview responses for track 13, "You Are Our Guest."

Still Great!

Thanks Apple for putting some great old comedy like this on iTunes. I have it on vinyl and it's the best comedy album I've ever heard. The Twelve Days of Christmas is so funny and Geddy Lee singing with them is awesome!

Beauty Eh?

Has to be one of the best comedy albums to come out of the early eighties. Wish they made more.


Genre: Comedy

Years Active: '80s

Bob and Doug McKenzie were the comic creations of Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas, a pair of Canadian performers who first rose to fame as members of the SCTV troupe. Bob and Doug initially emerged in an SCTV sketch as the sibling hosts of a Canadian show called The Great White North; portraying the McKenzie brothers as beer-swilling imbeciles, the skit took a friendly swipe at Canuck stereotypes — dressed in parkas and touques (i.e., knit stocking-caps), extoling the virtues of back bacon and...
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Great White North, Bob & Doug McKenzie
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  • $6.99
  • Genres: Comedy, Music, Rock
  • Released: 1982

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