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What The!! Wednesday: Postcards From The Edge

Hey Blue Rodeo Faithful,

Today's What The!! Wednesday is one that many people may not know about, Blue Rodeo's appearance in the 1990 film Postcards From The Edge as Meryl Streep's backup band!

Patrick Mullen, of the website Cinemablogger, has this to say...

"Blue Rodeo bumped up an extra notch on my list during a recent revisit to the 1990 Mike Nichols film Postcards from the Edge. It had been a while since I watched the film and it hadn’t hit me that Blue Rodeo actually makes an appearance in the film. With Meryl Streep no less.

Blue Rodeo performs with Meryl during the final number, “I’m Checkin’ Out,” which closes the film. (See video below.) The song, which was written by Shel Silverstein and nominated for Best Original Song at the Oscars, gives Streep’s Suzanne Vale an encore performance in which she finally gets to step out of the shadows of her movie star mother, played by Shirley MacLaine, and enjoy the spotlight on her own."

Jim and Greg discussed the experience with Tom Power on CBC's Q...

(time index 18:53 - 21:23)

There you go, from a Hollywood film with an Academy Award winning actress to a Motel Six overnight!

Here's Meryl belting out "I'm Checking Out" with Blue Rodeo as her backup band from the film Postcards From The Edge...

One of the stranger moments in the history of Blue Rodeo, but still an interesting one! For those of you who knew about it, a cyber pat on the back!

Don't forget to send us YOUR favourite Blue Rodeo song, story about the song, and your name and where you're from, and we'll feature your submission in an upcoming Music Memory Monday - email us through the website at

THE BIG TEASE: Next week's What The!! Wednesday could be BIG! REALLY BIG! Fingers crossed...

We'll see you down the road...

-Dave Brinton, True Rodeo

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