I absolutely dig this band, one of my two all-time favourites. The Barenaked Ladies are a pop-rock, novelty rock, funny band of 5 guys from Toronto. Their hilarious, unique, fun-loving, thoughtful, at times insightful and at times personal lyrics are backed by excellent musicianship that makes for some very good songs. BNL debut album and first major-label release Gordon was released in 1992 in Canada and went double platinum in record time. The album was a massive success in Canada, where it topped the album charts for 8 weeks and sold over a million copies. Although US interest was virtually nil, with Gordon never charting there at all, the album eventually did earn a gold record in America after their sudden rise to fame there in 1998 with Stunt.
The album starts with Hello City, a hate / rebuke of sorts to the city of Halifax, Nova Scotia. The reason for this is for the really bad crowd reactions that the band got in the city. You’ve found an enemy in me sings lead singer Steven Page. Next comes Enid : The song’s title was inspired by Enid LÃ©ger, a waitress at Spanky’s Pub in Moncton, New Brunswick. The band found it interesting that “Enid” spelled backwards is “dine.” However, the song is not actually about her. The song was nominated for Single of the Year at the 1993 Juno Awards, although it lost to Beauty and the Beast by Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson.
Grade 9 is about the uncertainness & clumsiness of being a geek & a nerd in high school. This is a great sing-a-long song and it contains a shout out to Tom Sawyer by Rush and the movie Star Trek II : The Wrath Of Khan. Brian Wilson a tribute to the singer of the band The Beach Boys, is one of the most famous & loved BNL tracks and still a concert favourite. The end part is an instrumental fest, especially the bass & drums. And the next is Be My Yoko Ono, one that makes me laugh everytime I say the title out loud. It’s a funny little song that basically tells us to back off blaming Ono for breaking up the Beatles and comparing the protagonist’s lover to the famous artist. Wrap Your Arms Around Me sounds like a foreboding love song.
What A Good Boy is one of their best songs ever and it’s live version is my favourite BNL song & not the way they play it here. The live version is very emotional & atmospheric and the songs is very special to me. It’s about the differences between a boy growing up and a girl and how despite all the highs & lows, how the boy still needs the girl to make himself compelte.
The King Of Bedside Manor is a cartoon kinda song, as best as I can describe it. Box Set is a long song to a girl who is crazy of the protagonist and he is singing the song like it’s part of a Box Set of cds. Very original thinking and it has some cool time changes during which it sounds like its’ a whole another song all together. I love You is a silly love song. New Kid (On The Block) is a funny shout-out to the now defunct boyband. Blames It On Me contains a tribute to the infamous Milli Vanilli & their hit single (Blame It On The Rain).
The Flag & Crazy complete the cd but there is a superb & unique love song left. If I Had $1000000 Dollars is considered a live must play and a funny look at a lover telling his lover what he would do for her if he won a million dollars. It is a fan favourite and almost a second national anthem in Canada, especially for the band’s fans. One of the best songs on the planet on a great album.