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Barenaked Ladies

  • Many of their songs have really goofy lyrics which they often change in concert, sometimes making them up as they go along.
  • The band is from a town/city on the outskirts of Toronto called Scarborough, but the boys often call it "Scar-beria" referring to the desolate wasteland of Siberia. They had success in Canada a few years before they broke in America.
  • Fellow Canadian Jason Priestly, who is a big fan, got them a guest spot on Beverly Hills, 90210 in 1996. This was a big career boost for them in the US.
  • They spent years playing radio station events in the US. They were usually on a bill with a few other artists and got to play 3 or 4 songs, always their hits. They didn't get paid for these events, but it gave them a lot of exposure and more airplay.
  • When they played smaller venues, fans would pelt them with macaroni and cheese during "If I Had A Million Dollars." They threw it when the lyrics mention Kraft dinners.
  • The name "Barenaked Ladies" came about when Robertson and Page were the only members and they had to have a name to play at a venue. They made it up just to freak out the people running the concert.
  • Hearn had leukemia and got a bone marrow transplant from his brother to save his life in 1997.
  • Robertson was employee of the month at Wendy's in June of 1985, as mentioned in the song "Never Is Enough."
  • They made an appearance on the TV show Two Guys, A Girl, And A Pizza Place as random guys singing bits of the plot of one episode.
  • They wrote and performed the theme song for the long-running Canadian sketch comedy Royal Canadian Air Farce.
  • For a while, they closed every concert the same way: "If I Had A Million Dollars" and then a big rap number taking lyrics from a handful of popular songs and beatboxing along with some interesting late-'80s hip hop choreography.
  • On their second album, Maybe You Should Drive, the men on the cover both had guest appearances on the original Star Trek series.
  • They played the Opening Ceremonies at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
  • Their live album, Rock Spectacle, is pronounced Rock Speck-Tack, which is essentially just the French pronunciation of the English word Spectacle - or, "a really big deal."
  • Tyler is a self-confessed Neil Diamond fan.
  • The band's fan club is called "The Ladies Room" and sends out a CD to members every Christmas.
  • They appeared on fellow Canadian Anne Murray's Christmas Special and sang "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen." Then Anne came out and joined them to sing "Santa Claus Is Comin To Town."
  • They covered "Grim Grinning Ghosts" (the song from Disneyland's Haunted Mansion) for an album of covers of Disney standards.

90's Hits

One Week

Adult Hits

You Run Away

Holiday

Elf's Lament
Green Christmas
Jingle Bells

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Comments


angelbaby84
July 31, 2011 (12:31pm)
I remember with You Run Away that the ali the bachlorette did a music video....

Jayhen2
March 2, 2010 (9:38pm)
Barenaked Ladies are awesome @.977music.com.

hdean
February 25, 2010 (1:41pm)
love the million dollars song!!
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