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The Weakerthans

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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

The Weakerthans are a Canadian /folk band headed by former Propagandhi member, John K. Samson. Their blend of -inflected with literate, witty, introspective lyrics have made them one of the most popular bands on the Canadian music scene.

Hailing from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, The Weakerthans have produced four full albums with a variety of unusual subjects; a couple of songs are sung from the point of view of John’s cat Virtute (Ver-tu-tay). The Weakerthans are popular in their home city of Winnipeg; their song “One Great City!” expresses their love/hate relationship with the problems and attitude of Winnipeg. No matter their methods, though, one thing is clear: The Weakerthans are not afraid to venture into lyrical styles uncharted by their contemporaries. On their third album, Reconstruction Site, Samson penned three songs, “(Manifest)”, “(Hospital Vespers)”, and “(Past Due)”, in Shakespearean sonnet form.

One origin story for the band’s name, as quoted in the liner notes of Fallow, is a line from the 1992 film The Lover: “Go ahead, I’m weaker than you can possibly imagine.” The band’s name may also refer to a Ralph Chaplin quote from “Solidarity Forever”: “What force on Earth can be weaker than the feeble strength of one?” The band alludes to this line in the song “Pamphleteer” from the album Left and Leaving.

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  • Tessssssssss

    The Weakerthans will forever be my favorite band. Quality lyrics.

    22 Jan 1:26am Reply
  • strungoutopd

    So glad I've had this music in my life for almost 20 years now, this is the good stuff.

    21 Jan 6:39pm Reply
  • vtsl

    It sounds like emo sometimes

    18 Jan 3:57pm Reply
  • koera

    John.K.Samsons is genius, lyrically genius xD

    22 Sep 2013 Reply
  • BringMeTheCalm

    Does anyone know any bands that are as good as "Sounds Familiar?"

    6 Feb 2013 Reply
  • joaotsantos

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    2 Feb 2013 Reply
  • olipenguin

    Best lyricist ever. A new name for everything! :)

    16 Jan 2013 Reply
  • alakazam9891

    this is the only band that matters tbh

    27 Oct 2012 Reply
  • morticiagurl

    Brilliant and poetic!

    16 Oct 2012 Reply
  • alakazam9891

    i feel

    14 Aug 2012 Reply
  • mccuemike

    Hard for me to describe how much the Weakerthans mean to me...every single song is excellent. By far my favourite band.

    17 Jul 2012 Reply
  • gregorymichael

    Listening to "Left and Leaving", that album, for the first time... once "Garage Sale" was the opening word I was hooked.

    8 Apr 2012 Reply
  • northernbeach

    Just discovered Samson's band. God songs.

    28 Feb 2012 Reply
  • findpeace

    "...like me remembering the way it could have been" John K. Samson is my favourite poet. Ever.

    19 Feb 2012 Reply
  • brentastic

    Yet what force on earth is weaker than the feeble strength of one

    15 Feb 2012 Reply
  • alakazam9891

    make your face the flag of a semaphore

    7 Feb 2012 Reply
  • EpidemiKKK

    oh god so good.

    1 Feb 2012 Reply
  • lissssten

    had i known about the Propaghandi sooner..i would have checked these guys out a long time ago

    17 Jan 2012 Reply
  • timsears

    @eddiemb As do I.

    14 Jan 2012 Reply
  • eddiemb

    I do like discovering bands by accident. :-)

    17 Dec 2011 Reply
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