Ron Hawkins and the Do Good Assassins
“Heartbreak in Hopper Street” is about collective power, to the people. A call to action.
It’s the second single from 246, my new album with the Do Good Assassins, out on August 28, 2020. Watch the music video on YouTube now.
Consider the kind of grassroots uprising that we need to get some real change in this world, and to topple a status quo that is only interested in dehumanizing us and maximizing profits.
We are powerful when we are united in a common cause that is greater than ourselves. Lean into the optimism and euphoria of this song, detailing the story of peoples’ revolution.
My self-produced track, “Teenage Insurrection,” is a call to every human to tap into that insurrectionary energy we had access to as 16 year olds. To put a shoulder to the wheel and do positive things in our lives.
Every idle minute is a murdered one. How do we spend our time on this earth as productively and excitingly as we can, to become the most actualized versions of ourselves?
I feel like the excitement, earnestness and drama of our early teenage years is packed with the kind of inspirational energy that we sought to capture with the organic buzz of this song.
Recording on the 4 track brought memories rushing back to me; the same excited urgency I felt when I first recorded on the exact same Tascam 4 track back in 1985 writing my first awkward songs. The smell of head cleaner and that magical ozone smell from the capstan and the mechanical parts transported me to a time when I first fell in love with music and its endless possibilities.
246, my new album with The Do Good Assassins, will be released on August 28, 2020.
Ron Hawkins has long been revered as one of Canada’s greatest contemporary singer-songwriters. As lead singer/multi-instrumentalist and main songwriter of Canada’s legendary Lowest of the Low, Ron Hawkins has enjoyed many accolades through the years: In 1996, 2000 and again in 2005, Chart Magazine honoured the group’s 1991 debut album, Shakespeare My Butt, with spots in the top 10 of the Top 100 Canadian Albums of All Time. In 2000 and once again in 2015, Hawkins was voted Songwriter of the Year by NOW Magazine’s reader’s poll. Also in 2000, Ron received Toronto station 102.1 The Edge’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2008 The Lowest of the Low was inducted into the Canadian Indie Rock Hall of Fame and awarded gold records for Shakespeare My Butt.
Over the years, Ron has written and released six LOTL albums, five solo discs, three records with his band The Rusty Nails, and two records (one a double album) as Ron Hawkins and The Do Good Assassins. Adding them all up, Ron has released 17 albums of original material to date plus a commemorative vinyl box set called “Shakespeare My Box” – an anthology of the entire Lowest of the Low catalogue.
“My little home studio is only nine feet by nine feet but it’s packed with toys and musical goodies. It’s a bit like going down the rabbit hole.”
Ron Hawkins and the Do Good Assassins – HEARTBREAK IN HOPPER STREET
Ron Hawkins and the Do Good Assassins – TEENAGE INSURRECTION
Ron Hawkins and the Do Good Assassins – DGA 246 Album Teaser
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