It all started back in the early 90s at Queens University. Mike McCormick was completing his Masters in Metallurgical Engineering, and several friends were putting out sketches and satirical songs on campus radio. They sent one of their songs to every CBC program they think of, and as luck would have it, the song was played on two national shows on the same day. This was born one of Canada’s treasures, The Arrogant Worms. From their humble beginnings, they went on to have an incredible career, and are still performing.
The Arrogant Worms performed satirical songs in just about every genre, but they really hit their stride when they started singing songs about daily life in Canada, including one that Margaret Atwood sang during one of her lectures, the iconic ‘Canada’s Really Big’.
Mike and I had a fantastic conversation about everything from his early days back at Queens, to some of the tours that he’s been on, their 14 (14!) albums, symphony shows, and what he is doing now during quarantine. Mike has graciously shared two new songs with The Stueytunes Show. One of them is in the episode, and other one is here, called ‘Last Roll’:
Mike currently lives in the Renfrew area, and besides his duties with the Worms, is a church music director. He is an engaging person to talk to and I really enjoyed finally meeting and talking with him, and am grateful that he came on the show. And in case you were wondering, despite having his Masters in Metallurgical Engineering, he has still never worked as an engineer.