Musical Costumes

Musical Costumes, Fats Domino & Gord Downie

Halloween is all about being someone else for a night – and musicians like to put on costumes, too. Jim and Greg share their favorite examples of artists temporarily donning a musical costume and performing in a different style under a fake name. Plus, they pay tribute to rock ‘n’ roll founder Fats Domino. And Toronto Star critic Ben Rayner remembers Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip.

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Musical Costumes for Halloween

Sometimes, even musicians feel like“dressing up”and becoming an entirely different artist – if only for one album. To get into the spirit of Halloween, Jim and Greg share some of their favorite examples of musical costumes – artists who musically transform under fake personas.


Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip

Featured Songs

  1. Fats Domino, Ain't It a Shame, Ain't It a Shame (single), Imperial, 1955
  2. The Tragically Hip, New Orleans is Sinking, Up to Here, MCA, 1989
  3. Fats Domino, Blueberry Hill, Blueberry Hill (single), Imperial, 1956
  4. Louis Armstrong & Gordon Jenkins and His Orchestra, Blueberry Hill, Blueberry Hill (single), Decca, 1949
  5. Fats Domino, Blue Monday, Blue Monday (single), Imperial, 1956
  6. Fats Domino, Little Bee, Little Bee (single), Imperial, 1951
  7. Lloyd Price, Lawdy Miss Clawdy, Lawdy Miss Clawdy (single), Specialty, 1952
  8. Fats Domino, The Fat Man, The Fat Man (single), Imperial, 1949
  9. Pat Boone, Ain't That a Shame, Ain't That a Shame (single), Dot, 1955
  10. Fats Domino, Walking to New Orleans, Walking to New Orleans (single), Imperial, 1960
  11. Fats Domino, I'm Walkin', I'm Walkin' (single), Imperial, 1957
  12. Garth Brooks, Friends in Low Places, No Fences, Capitol Nashville, 1990
  13. Chris Gaines, Way of the Girl, Greatest Hits, Capitol, 1999
  14. XTC, The Meeting Place, Skylarking, Virgin, 1986
  15. The Dukes of Stratosphear, The Mole from the Ministry, 25 O'Clock, Virgin, 1985
  16. Percy“Thrills”Thrillington, Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey, Thrillington, Regal Zonophone, 1977
  17. The Fireman, Nothing Too Much Just Out of Sight, Electric Arguments, One Little Indian, 2008
  18. New York Dolls, Trash, New York Dolls, Mercury, 1973
  19. Buster Poindexter, Hot Hot Hot, Buster Poindexter, RCA, 1987
  20. Sonic Youth, Teen Age Riot, Daydream Nation, Enigma, 1988
  21. Ciccone Youth, Into the Groovey, The Whitey Album, Enigma, 1989
  22. The KLF, Justified & Ancient, The White Room, KLF Communications, 1991
  23. The Timelords, Doctorin' the Tardis, Doctorin' the Tardis (Single), KLF Communications, 1988
  24. Prince, If I Was Your Girlfriend, Sign o' the Times, Warner Bros., 1987
  25. The Tragically Hip, Courage (for Hugh MacLennan), Fully Completely, MCA, 1992
  26. The Tragically Hip, Wheat Kings, Fully Completely, MCA, 1992
  27. The Tragically Hip, Poets, Phantom Power, Universal Music Canada, 1998
  28. The Tragically Hip, Escape Is at Hand for the Travellin' Man, Phantom Power, Universal Music Canada, 1998
  29. Todd Rundgren, Hello It's Me, Something/Anything?, Bearsville, 1972
  30. Hedwig and the Angry Inch, The Origin of Love, Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Original Cast Recording), Hybrid, 1999
  31. Heather Nova, London Rain (Nothing Heals Me Like You Do), Siren, Mercury, 1998
  32. Joan Jett, Bad Reputation, Bad Reputation, Blackheart, 1980
  33. Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile, Outta the Woodwork, Lotta Sea Lice, Matador, 2017