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Friday, February 1, 2008

Cool Band Alert: Barenaked Ladies
















Hey folks, this is the 2nd installment of a sporadic series of posts I like to call the "Cool Band Alert". This one is about one of my all time favorite bands (aside from the Beach Boys), Barenaked Ladies. Fronted by singer-guitarists Steven Page and Ed Robertson, and filled out by bassist-singer Jim Creeggan, singer-multi-instrumentalist Kevin Hearn, and drummer Tyler Stewart, this band from Toronto has recorded and released some of the best rock and pop music of the past 15+ years. Singer-keyboardist-percussionist Andy Creeggan, younger brother of bassist Jim Creeggan, played on the Ladies' first 2 albums. Their influences are wide-ranging, with each member of the group bringing in their own tastes and styles. SOme of their major influences include The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Smiths, They Might Be Giants, The B-52's, The Rheostatics, Rush, Johnny Cash, The Violent Femmes, Talking Heads, The Proclaimers, Yes, Duran Duran, Public Enemy, The Beastie Boys, R.E.M., Simon and Garfunkel...the list goes on.

Check out BnL's official website at http://bnlmusic.com

I'm starting a blog solely focused on Barenaked Ladies, similar to this one:
http://kingofbedsidemanor.blogspot.com

Discography:
More info here: http://bnlsite.tripod.com/id7.html
Buck Naked-demo tape from 1989-out of print-Was only on cassette and only available at live shows.-mp3s of it circulate on the internet.
Barenaked Lunch-5 song EP from 1990-out of print-Was only on cassette in Canada.-mp3's circulate on the net.
The Yellow Tape-5 song EP from 1991-out of print-The Yellow Tape was the first ever indie release to go platinum in Canada, it was never officially released in the US, but was issued on CD and vinyl in Britain. Was only available on cassette in Canada.-mp3s of this circulate on the net.
Gordon-1992
Maybe You Should Drive-1994
Born On A Pirate Ship-1996
Rock Spectacle-1996
Stunt-1998
Maroon-2001-produced by Don Was-Brian Wilson himself visited the Ladies when they were recording in LA to tell them he was covering their song "Brian Wilson" on Live at the Roxy.
Disc One: All Their Greatest Hits-2001
Everything to Everyone-2003
Extended Versions-2005
Barenaked Ladies Are Me-2006
Live at the Glenn Gould Theater-2006
Barenaked Ladies Are Men-2007
Talk To The Hand: Live In Michigan-2007

Here are some highlights from various BnL albums:
Brian Wilson-live performance from 1993 with Mama Says from Wild Honey/SMiLE as an intro
Lilac Girl from Buck Naked
The Trouble With Tracy from Barenaked Lunch
Be My Yoko Ono from The Yellow Tape
New Kid (On The Block) from Gordon
Jane from Maybe You Should Drive
In The Drink from Born On A Pirate Ship
I live With It Everyday from Born On A Pirate Ship
Straw Hat and Old Dirty Hank from Rock Spectacle
In The Car from Stunt
Go Home from Maroon
Tonight Is The Night I Fell Asleep At The Wheel from Maroon-they were recording this song when Brian Wilson visited them in the studio
Unfinished from Everything to Everyone
Testing 1,2,3 from Everything to Everyone
Aluminum from Everything to Everyone
Bank Job from Barenaked Ladies Are Me
Maybe You're Right from Barenaked Ladies Are Me
Fun and Games from Barenaked Ladies Are Men
Beautiful from Barenaked Ladies Are Men
The New Sad from Barenaked Ladies Are Men

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