Double Live (Rheostatics album)

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Double Live
Double live album cover.jpg
Live album by Rheostatics
Released 1997
Genre Indie rock
Label DROG Records
Producer Gary Stokes
Rheostatics chronology
The Blue Hysteria
Double Live
The Nightlines Sessions
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Double Live is a 1997 album by Rheostatics. It collects a variety of live performances by the band, ranging from intimate club settings to record store sessions to their arena tour with The Tragically Hip in 1996.

The album includes a number of tracks which have never appeared on any previous Rheostatics album. In fact, one of these tracks, "Good Canadian", was improvised on the spot.

The Hip's live album Live Between Us, released the same year, documents a show for which Rheostatics were the opening band. Gordon Downie acknowledges and thanks Rheostatics at the beginning of that album.


On the cover of the album, Martin Tielli is playing a double neck guitar which he painted himself with a "never quite presented idea" for the new Canadian flag designed by A.Y. Jackson.[2]

Track listing[edit]

As with many of the band's albums, the songwriting is credited to varying combinations of the band members: Martin Tielli, Dave Bidini and Tim Vesely. (Don Kerr does not receive songwriting credit, as virtually all of these songs predate his arrival in the band. In some cases, even the performance predates Kerr.) Former band member Dave Clark is also credited on some numbers. Songwriting credits for each track are listed below.

Disc one[edit]

  1. "Saskatchewan" (Dave Bidini, Martin Tielli) – 7:59
  2. "Feed Yourself" (Bidini) – 7:59
  3. "Shaved Head" (Bidini, Tielli) – 6:05
  4. "Torque, Torque" (Tim Vesely, Paul Quarrington) – 1:39
  5. "Claire" (Vesely, Quarrington) – 5:50
  6. "Legal Age Life at Variety Store" (Bidini) – 4:07
  7. "Dead is the Drunkest You Can Get" (Tielli) – 2:57
  8. "Bees" (Bidini) – 1:46
  9. "Dope Fiends and Boozehounds" (Bidini, Tielli, Janet Morassutti) – 6:12
  10. "Song of Flight" (Bidini, Tielli, Dave Clark) – 1:54
  11. "Self Serve Gas Station" (Tielli) – 5:11
  12. "Horses" (Bidini) – 8:52
  13. "Dope Fiends (Ending)" (Bidini, Tielli, Morassutti) – 2:25
  14. "Record Body Count" (Tielli) – 3:34

Disc two[edit]

  1. "A Midwinter Night's Dream" (Tielli) – 9:03
  2. "The Royal Albert (Joey 2)" (Tielli) – 2:16
  3. "Introducing Happiness" (Vesely) – 3:13
  4. "Stolen Car" (Bidini) – 5:36
  5. "Jesus Was Once a Teenager Too" (Bidini, Tielli) – 4:25
  6. "Good Canadian" (Tielli) – 0:31
  7. "Bread, Meat, Peas and Rice" (Bidini, Clark) – 3:18
  8. "Christopher" (Tielli) – 4:37
  9. "The Ballad of Wendel Clark, Parts I and II" (Bidini, Clark, Tielli) – 5:16
  10. "Palomar" (Vesely) – 5:10
  11. "Triangles on the Wall" (Tielli) – 3:58
  12. "People's Republic of Dave" (Bidini) – 4:04
  13. "Regina" (Rheostatics) – 1:02
  14. "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" (Gordon Lightfoot) – 8:14
  15. "Desert Island Discs" (Bidini, Clark) – 3:54


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Canadian Design Resource". Retrieved April 20, 2009.