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.
And then they hit it big. Big in relative terms, anyway, although selling 4 million copies of an album (particularly these days) is no small feat.
The band’s fourth album, Stunt, reached those heights courtesy of its infectious first single, ‘One Week.’ Even those of you who’ve never heard a BNL album all the way through have certainly heard this song. “It’s been one week since you looked at me… cocked your head to the side and said ‘I’m angry.'” You know it. One of the finest examples of white boy pop rap I’ve ever heard (a category that includes such tunes as R.E.M.’s ‘It’s the End of the World as We Know It (and I Feel Fine),’ Billy Joel’s ‘We Didn’t Start the Fire’ and Bob Dylan’s ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues’).