Trouble at the Henhouse

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Trouble at the Henhouse
Hip henhouse.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 14, 1996
The Tragically Hip chronology
Day for Night
Trouble at the Henhouse
Live Between Us
Singles from Trouble at the Henhouse
  1. "Ahead by a Century"
    Released: April 22, 1996
  2. "Gift Shop"
    Released: June 1996
  3. "700 Ft. Ceiling"
    Released: October 1996
  4. "Flamenco"
    Released: January 1997
  5. "Springtime in Vienna"
    Released: May 1997
Professional ratings
Review scores
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music[3]
MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide[4]

Trouble at the Henhouse is the fifth studio album by Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip, released in 1996.[5][6]

The song "Butts Wigglin'" appeared in the 1996 film Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy.[citation needed]

Commercial and critical performance[edit]

The album debuted at #1 on the Canadian Albums Chart, and stayed at #1 for four straight weeks.[7][8] The album has been certified 5× platinum in Canada.[9] By March 1997, the album had sold 650,000 units in Canada.[10] It peaked at No. 134 on the Billboard 200.[11] Trouble at the Henhouse peaked at #80 in the Netherlands.[12]

The Encyclopedia of Popular Music deemed the album "reliably melodic."[3] The Washington Post wrote that "a surprisingly large number of these songs are more atmospheric than aggressive."[13] Trouser Press wrote that "too much of Henhouse finds the Hip wallowing in meandering psychedelica, and too many of the slower songs ('Sherpa,' 'Flamenco,' 'Put It Off') sound too much alike."[14] The Orlando Sentinel praised Gord Downie's ability to pen lyrics that "found beauty in the tiny wonders of life while exploring big questions of existence."[15]

The album won Album of the Year and North Star Rock Album of the Year at the 1997 Juno Awards.[16]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by The Tragically Hip.

1."Gift Shop"4:57
2."Springtime in Vienna"4:38
3."Ahead by a Century"3:43
4."Don't Wake Daddy"5:08
6."700 Ft. Ceiling"3:40
7."Butts Wigglin'"3:47
8."Apartment Song"3:57
9."Coconut Cream"3:21
10."Let's Stay Engaged"4:53
12."Put It Off"5:11

The Tragically Hip[edit]


  1. ^ "Music: The Hip Hop (July 11 - July 17, 1996)".
  2. ^ AllMusic review
  3. ^ a b Larkin, Colin (2006). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Vol. 8. MUZE. pp. 240–241.
  4. ^ MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Visible Ink Press. 1999. p. 1163.
  5. ^ "The Tragically Hip | Biography & History". AllMusic.
  6. ^ "Tragically Hip Lacks U.S. Fans In Following | The Spokesman-Review".
  7. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 63, No. 14, May 20, 1996". RPM. Retrieved 2011-12-03.
  8. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 63, No. 17, June 10, 1996". RPM. Retrieved 2011-12-03.
  9. ^ "Gold Platinum Database: The Tragically Hip - Trouble At The Henhouse". Canadian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2011-12-03.
  10. ^ Tragically Hip, Celine Dion Top Juno Award Scorers. Billboard. 22 March 1997. Retrieved May 31, 2014.
  11. ^ "The Tragically Hip". Billboard.
  12. ^ "The Tragically Hip - Trouble At the Henhouse". Dutch Charts. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  13. ^ Jenkins, Mark (May 24, 1996). "DOWNSHIFTED HIP" – via
  14. ^ "Tragically Hip". Trouser Press. Retrieved 8 February 2021.
  15. ^ Brown, August. "Gord Downie, singer for Canadian rock band the Tragically Hip, dies at 53".
  16. ^ "1997 Juno Awards". MetroLeap Media. Archived from the original on 2009-02-08. Retrieved 2009-12-29.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)