Stuff I like: Barenaked Ladies

Well yes, those too. But in this case I’m talking about the Canadian Band. Today the band releases its 12th studio album titled ‘Silverball’. You can see the title track on YouTube here:

And if you happen to use Amazon as much as I do, then you can buy the album here:

If you’re a Google Play or iTunes person and not a shill for Amazon, like I am, then you’re pretty much on your own.

I’ve been planning out a series of blog posts for the ‘Things I like’ which will cover my various hobbies and interests and do a little promotion in the process. I was going to go and set up a separate blog category for it but I’m frankly not that organized. Barenaked Ladies seems like the perfect place to start since I have a long history with the band.

My musical taste tends towards nerd rock with trending into pop punk being about as cool as I get. In high school I had discovered They Might Be Giants via Tiny Toon Adventures. My first CD purchase ever was Flood. In college my first friend there (and one of only two lasting friendships I made at that school) found out about my TMBG fandom and quickly shared with me a mix tape that she had with both TMBG and Barenaked Ladies on it. I was hooked.

The summer after Freshman year I went on my first date (I was a late bloomer). The girl, who I had met on-line, and I were lucky enough to get her apartment all to ourselves because her roommate was off at a Barenaked Ladies concert for the ‘Maybe You Should Tour’. The relationship didn’t make it past a rather disastrous second double date. Our doubles were both on rebounds and ended up falling asleep on each other.

Oddly enough, I ended up later chatting online with the roommate and we became friends. We ended up going to the same Barenaked Ladies concert during the next school year and unbeknownst to us, I was all of 4 rows back from her at the Orpheum in Boston. That summer we car pooled down to New Haven for yet another BNL concert which was just one of three different times I saw them in concert that summer. The New Haven concert really stood out though because I got to show off my masterful tire changing skills on the way down which were pretty significant considering the tire jack was sinking into the melting asphalt.BNL - EMC World Boston

At last count, I’d seen them in concert somewhere north of a dozen times which is more than all the other bands I’ve seen in my life put together. In true hipster fashion I have found myself complaining about the band’s popularity because ticket prices have gone up. Jason Priestly did a documentary called ‘Barenaked in America’ about the band’s struggle to become known in the United States in which a concert that I was at showed up for 5 seconds of screen time. As he was the one who first introduced the band to America via a significant guest appearance on 90210, it was only fitting that he directed it.

Now in my old age, I don’t get out to concerts as much as I used to but I follow the band on both Instagram and YouTube. I also hear them every week in the intro credits to “The Big Bang Theory”. In 2008, their album ‘Snacktime’ was released for the children. My son was born in 2007 so the timing could not have been more perfect. We would listen to the album in the car. My son’s favorite song was ‘Popcorn’ where he could sing ‘Pop pop pop pop pop.” I’m looking forward to having my daughter do the same thing. Perhaps years from now as my children get into their teens, I’ll be able to start going to concerts again. The live performances are really the best part about Barenaked Ladies.
Photo by Яick Harris