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There’s No Place Like Dome

The recording studio is a wonderful invention, but the daily routine in its cramped confines can lead to malaise. One way for a rock band to recapture excitement is to redecorate: prog-rockers Yes, for instance, turned their studio into a barn with bales of hay and cardboard cows for their infamous opus Tales from Topographic Oceans; Talk Talk recorded their post-rock tour de force Laughing Stock by shutting out natural light, burning candles, and losing all sense of time. More adventurous bands simply leave the traditional studio behind.


In 1988, Mitsou’s “Bye-Bye Mon Cowboy” raised more than a few eyebrows in English Canada. But since the pouting starlet herself started singing in English, little of Quebec’s Francophone pop – apart from a smattering of Roch Voisine and a few throwaway lines from Bran Van 3000 – has crossed the province’s border.