Barenaked Ladies

Formed: 1988, Scarborough, ON
Debut: 1992
Genre: Folk Pop

Members

Steven Page (vocals, guitar)
Ed Robertson (vocals, guitar)
Jim Creeggan (bass)
Tyler Stewart (drums)
Andy Creeggan (keyboards to 1995)
Kevin Hearn (keyboards from 1996)

Achievements

• 17 Top 40 Singles, including 7 Top 10, and two #1
• Diamond Album
• 5 major Juno Awards

Major Juno Awards

• Group of the Year 1993, 1999, and 2001
• Song of the Year, 1999 (“One Week”)
• Album of the Year, 2001 (Maroon)

Studio Albums and Hit Singles

1992: Gordon

• Diamond
• Hit Singles: “Enid” (#2WP; #n/a YE), “If I Had $1 Million” (#13 WP), “Brian Wilson” (#18 WP), “What a Good Boy” (#34 WP)

1994: Maybe You Should Drive

• 2x Platinum
• Hit Singles: “Jane” (#3 WP; #17 YE), “Alternative Girlfriend” (#22 WP), “Life in a Nutshell” (#29 WP)

1996: Born on a Pirate Ship

• Hit Singles: “Shoe Box” (#10 WP; #79 YE), “The Old Apartment” (#14 WP)

1998: Stunt

• 4x Platinum
• Hit Singles: “One Week” (#3 WP; #n/a YE; #1 US; #5 UK), “It’s All Been Done” (#1 WP; #26 YE; #28 UK), “Call and Answer” (#10 WP; #76 YE)

2000: Maroon

• Platinum
• Juno for Album of the Year
• Hit Single: “Pinch Me” (#4WP; #n/a YE; #15 US)

2003: Everything to Everyone

• Hit Single: “Another Postcard” (#28 WP)

2006: Barenaked Ladies Are Me

2007: Barenaked Ladies Are Men

2008: Snacktime!

• Children’s Album

2010: All in Good Time

• Hit Single: “You Run Away” (#25 WP)

2013: Grinning Streak

Barenaked Ladies - Grinning Streak

2015: Silverball

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2017: Fake Nudes

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Other Hit Singles

• “Lovers in a Dangerous Time” (#16) from Kick at the Darkness, a tribute album to Bruce Cockburn, 1992
• “Get in Line” (#18) from the King of the Hill soundtrack, 1999

The Barenaked Ladies is a comedic acoustic folk pop band from the Toronto area. Known for its novelty its core members are songwriters and vocalists Steven Page and Ed Robertson.

Page started out in a group called Scary Movie Breakfast while Robertson, a fan of Rush, played in a teen rock band called Rude Awakening. The two met and decided to write songs together, settling on the name while attending a Bob Dylan concert in Toronto. They recorded several demo tapes with their own material as well as covers of songs by the Talking Heads and Madonna. One of their demo tapes, distributed by friends and family, sold an unprecedented 83,000 copies. A Brampton radio station began playing their songs and awarded the band $100,000 to record a full-length album. The band contributed a cover of “Lovers in a Dangerous Time” to a tribute album to Bruce Cockburn. The music video helped the song to chart in Canada.

The city of Toronto banned the group from performing a city-sponsored concert at Nathan Phillips Square on the grounds that some might find their name offensive. This and a showcase of the band in New York attracted the attention of US label Sire Records and they signed a deal in 1992. Record company president Seymour Stein came to Toronto to oversee the public signing of the deal held on the front steps of Scarborough’s City Hall as both a publicity stunt and a snubbing of Toronto’s municipal government.

The debut album Gordon was released that year and topped the album charts in Canada for eight weeks, eventually being certified Diamond. Ben Mink (k.d. lang) produced their second album. Despite big hit singles the album and its successor sold far less copies than Gordon. Managers from Vancouver’s Nettwerk took over, implementing more effective marketing strategies. This enabled the band to become a hit abroad with the release of Stunt in 1998. The single “One Week” made the Top 5 internationally and #1 in the U.S. It was named Song of the Year at the Junos. The band was given performance slots on “Saturday Night Live” and “The Tonight Show”. Actor Jason Priestley directed a “rockumentary” on the band.

Hearn was diagnosed with leukemia and to a two-year hiatus from the line-up to successfully fight against the cancer. Producer Don Was (Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan) worked with them on Maroon which won the Juno for Album of the Year and was their last successful release.

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