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.
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.
You know the song will be catchy and clever. Nothing loud or discordant. It will feature strong pop vocals by either Ed Robertson or (especially) Steven Page. The musicianship will be solid if not exceptional. It will probably be good for a laugh, or in other instances, could even choke you up a bit.
Today’s random SOTD is an acoustic bonus track on the Barenaked Ladies’ 2003 album Everything To Everyone. It’s not as if the band is usually an electric powerhouse, so I’m not sure how much this version differs from the album original.
Sure enough, listening to the album cut reveals it’s pretty much the same song, just a little louder.
Last Saturday the Random iTunes Fairy served up a Barenaked Ladies song and exactly a week later she’s at it again. The previous track was from the band’s debut album, Gordon, while this one is from their antepenultimate record, Everything to Everyone.
I’m just happy I get to use the word antepenultimate, which means third from last.
The band’s sixth studio album, 2003’s Everything to Everyone, was a disappointment relative to their previous efforts, in terms of both sales and quality. That’s not to say it’s a bad album by any means… it just feels a bit paint-by-numbers.
One problem that creeps into bands with one or two principal songwriters is the creative frustration of the rest of the band, leading to the inevitable inclusion of those band members in the songwriting process.