Song of the Day #2,551: ‘New Kid (On the Block)’ – Barenaked Ladies

gordonAfter a week featuring tracks by the likes of Nick Jonas, One Direction and Shawn Mendes, today’s song, from Barenaked Ladies’ 1992 debut Gordon, feels appropriate.

Boy bands are certainly an easy target, but BNL has some fun with the topic.

While boy bands have been around since The Monkees, their resurgence really came in the 90s with Backstreet Boys and NSYNC.

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Song of the Day #2,160: ‘Brian Wilson (Live)’ – Barenaked Ladies

bnl_rock_spectacleI’m not a fan of live albums as a rule, viewing them as the contractual obligations they usually are. But I do allow for a few exceptions.

Among those are Billy Joel’s Songs in the Attic, Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense and Simon & Garfunkel’s Concert in Central Park.

Today’s Random Weekend SOTD comes from another live album I enjoy quite a bit — Barenaked Ladies’ Rock Spectacle.

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Song of the Day #2,052: ‘Great Provider’ – Barenaked Ladies

maybeyoushoulddriveIt’s hard to go wrong when a Barenaked Ladies song pops up on Random Weekends.

No matter the album, their songs are interesting thematically and musically, and almost always enjoyable listening (I’ll make an exception for the handful of lame-ass songs written by bassist Jim Creeggan).

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Song of the Day #1,892: ‘Hello City’ – Barenaked Ladies

gordon‘Hello City’ is the first song on Gordon, the first Barenaked Ladies album, and it kicks off their professional career in what would become their trademark smart, funny fashion.

A dig at Halifax, Nova Scotia, where the Canadian band played an early unsuccessful gig, this song is one of the most enjoyable on that excellent album.

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Song of the Day #1,847: ‘Brian Wilson’ – Barenaked Ladies

barenaked_ladiesBarenaked Ladies, the final act of last week’s concert was, based on the crowd’s reaction, clearly the headliner. I would have predicted that Ben Folds Five had just as large and fervent a fan following, but I guess that’s me looking through my own filter.

BNL put on a fabulous show filled with unexpected, spontaneous pleasures. Lots of jokes, lots of improvisation. But I couldn’t help but feel sad that longtime lead singer/songwriter Steven Page is no longer with the band.

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Song of the Day #1,772: ‘Running Out of Ink’ – Barenaked Ladies

barenaked_ladies_are_menToday’s Random Weekend selection is a neat little song from the last proper Barenaked Ladies album, Barenaked Ladies Are Men.

After this record was released, co-songwriter and co-lead singer Steven Page left the band to pursue a solo career (resulting in one excellent album, Page One, so far). The band put out another album but the reviews were so tepid I didn’t even bother listening to it.

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Song of the Day #1,576: ‘Stomach Vs. Heart’ – Barenaked Ladies

‘Stomach Vs. Heart’ is the bizarre first track of Barenaked Ladies’ bizarre third album, 1996’s Born On a Pirate Ship. This song is a perfect example of the offbeat musical and lyrical sensibility that makes BNL such a love-them-or-hate-them proposition.

Personally, I can’t imagine anybody hating them. But I guess if you are turned off by show-offy, self-aware lyrics and general quirkiness, then you will be turned off by Barenaked Ladies.

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