Song of the Day #4,838: ‘Never is Enough’ – Barenaked Ladies

Not counting today, I’ve posted 26 Barenaked Ladies songs on the blog, a combination of Random Weekend selections and my own picks. And yet only one of those tracks is from the band’s most popular album, 1998’s Stunt.

In addition to being their top-selling album (quadruple platinum in both the United States and their native Canada), Stunt is one of their best. It blends their signature whimsy with several lovely ballads and ties it all together with their best production quality to that point.

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Song of the Day #4,341: ‘Go Home’ – Barenaked Ladies

The 2000 album Maroon turned out to be peak Barenaked Ladies. At the time, the album felt like a more than worthy successor to the 1998 breakthrough album Stunt, and in my view, heralded many years of great material to come.

To be fair, the band’s next few albums contain their share of good songs. But signs of creative stagnation and tension within the band were already evident on 2003’s Everything to Everyone, the release immediately following this one.

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Song of the Day #4,040: ‘Too Little Too Late’ – Barenaked Ladies

Sometimes I kick myself for not keeping detailed records about my Song of the Day posts. If I could go back to Song of the Day #1 and keep a spreadsheet of every artist, song, theme, and so on, I would totally do it.

That would allow me to know, for example, where Barenaked Ladies stands in terms of Random Weekend appearances. Because I have to think they are way up there, if not at the very top.

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Song of the Day #3,971: ‘Shopping’ – Barenaked Ladies

Barenaked Ladies probably spent about five minutes writing this song from their 2003 album Everything to Everyone. It’s goofily catchy but gets old about 30 seconds in.

Apparently this intentionally superficial ditty was written in response to comments then-President George W. Bush made in the aftermath of 9/11. He encouraged Americans to “go shopping” as a way to both help the economy and not let the fear of terrorism keep them from living life as they always had.

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Song of the Day #3,838: ‘Another Postcard (Acoustic)’ – Barenaked Ladies

Barenaked Ladies’ 2003 album Everything to Everyone was a bit of a stumble following the successes of Stunt and Maroon. While the band’s previous five albums had reached Gold or Platinum status in either Canada, the U.S., or both, this one failed to sell very well in either country.

In fact, no subsequent BNL album would reach those heights either, making this album a real turning point in the band’s career.

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