Barenaked Ladies

Canada’s answer to bland and inoffensive '90s pop/rock: blander and inoffensiver. You couldn't get them out of your head back then, and you can't stop them now from releasing yet another album.

Like children, Barenaked Ladies are best neither seen nor heard.

Just The Facts

  1. Formed in 1989 by Steven Page and Ed Robertson, who were looking for a way to rid Toronto of its remaining few minorities.
  2. Found American success after release of Stunt (1998) and the singles "One Week" and "It's All Been Done."
  3. Have now released nine studio albums, plus a Christmas album, a Childrens album, an EP, a score to a Shakespeare play, two live albums and two greatest hits compilations, all of which are available at your local dollar store.

Auspicious Beginnings

Page and Robertson came up with the name "Barenaked Ladies" while at a Bob Dylan concert. Bored, they began thinking of fake names for washed up bands. Along with "Barenaked Ladies," they also considered "Weezer," and "Bob Dylan."

Their self-titled cassette, deemed by fans "The Yellow Tape" was the first independent release in Canada to go Platinum. That's a bit like saying "the world's tallest midget." The only difference is, people enjoy listening to midgets.

Their first studio album won them Canadian success with hits such as "Brian Wilson" and "If I Had $1,000,000." It was named Gordon, after every other Canadian in existence.

They followed this with Maybe You Should Drive and Born on a Pirate Ship, both of which were relatively unsuccessful, until a chance spot on the hit soundtrack to Friends and a live appearance on Beverly Hills 90210 piqued the interest of Americans with bad taste in TV.

Every show Barenaked Ladies guest starred on has since been canceled, like Gary and Mike.

American Success

Following the release of their first live album, Rock Spectacle, the band began selling out stadiums in the United States. Jason Priestly went on to film a documentary about the band - Barenaked In America, which featured Jon Stewart, among others. It was watched by Jon Stewart's assistant, among others.

Just before the release of their multiplatinum album Stunt, keyboardist Kevin Hearn was diagnosed with leukemia. The disease was given to him by VH1, who were looking for a third act to their Behind the Music special. He eventually kicked cancer's ass.

Stunt debuted in summer '98, featuring such hits as "One Week," with a video directed by McG, as well as "It's All Been Done," "Call and Answer," and "Alcohol." Their follow-up album Maroon, produced by Rolling Stones producer Don Was, featured several hits including "Pinch Me" and "Falling for the First Time."

Their next album, Everything to Everyone, featured the lead-off single "Another Postcard (Chimps)," which pretty much dropped them from the spotlight, due to its crapulence.


Canadians + Chimps = Bad Idea All Around

American Failure

For their next few albums, the band decided to part ways with Reprise records and release music through their own "Desperation Records." This gave them the freedom to finally release much more material to a much smaller audience.

In 2008, they pulled a Kirsten Dunst. The squeaky-clean performer Steven Page was caught with cocaine while at a party in New York.

Lindsey Lohan Is A Role Model
Steven Page was reputedly preparing for a month of coking up with fellow Disney castaway Lindsey Lohan.

The band subsequently canceled a scheduled tour with the Disney Channel. "We don't need more barenaked ladies," commented a Disney spokesman. "We've got plenty."

Page has since left the band to pursue his solo career. The remaining four members released an album titled All in Good Time, which is available wherever black people aren't.