Good Morning! It’s suddenly Fall here in wonderful New England. I’m off on a family camping trip – seems like I only camp in cold weather…oh well. We have sleeping bags. But I wanted to leave you with my thoughts on my favorite band: The Barenaked Ladies. They aren’t bare, they aren’t naked (often) nor are they ladies. What they are is a group of 40-something guys who are wonderful writers and musicians. And they come from Canada!
Way back in 1994, I lived and worked in Long Island, NY. My roommate at that time worked with a guy who spent quite a lot of time trying to impress her. During one of those efforts, his brother worked for the William Morris Agency and the brother was going to some bar to see some band no-one had ever heard of. My roommate was invited to come along and see the show from the front table of the agent. She wasn’t really interested in the guy, but had nothing better to do, so she asked me to come along as wing-man. And thus began my love of BNL.
One thing I have always loved about them, is that we’re roughly the same age. Their lyrics are about things that I can relate too. And they aren’t too difficult to figure out. I loathe poetry, always have. I don’t get it. If you want me to know something, then TELL ME!!!! Don’t make me guess at your meaning. But BNL’s songs are clever. From “King of Bedside Manor” on their first album to “Boomerang” on new one, their songs are always fun.
Another wonderful about BNL is that these fellas have aged very well. Check out a more recent photo. Of course, the band has changed over time; Stephen Page, founding member and original lead singer has left to do his own thing. But Ed Robertson stepped up – he was always a leading voice, but now, his is the main voice. Don’t tell anyone, but I’ve always liked Ed’s songs best. Shhhh – it’ll be our secret.
Ed is even on my list. You know about the list, don’t you? It harkens back to ye olde Friend’s episode where Ross and others have a list of 5 people with whom they may have an affair and not get in trouble with their significant other. Hubby Deluxe and I have just such lists, and Ed is currently holding the coveted number 2 spot, right behind Josh Lucas. Here’s why:
In my mind, Ed’s sexiness grew a bunch of times when he and the gang (not to be confused with Kool n the Gang!) released Snacktime – an album of funky fresh songs for kids. We listen to it all the time, Bad Day, Louis Loon and Pollywog in a Bog are my favorites.
Of course, no comment about BNL could be complete without a mention of their fantabulous live shows. If you like the band but have never seen them live, you really must go. They are hysterical! And let me leave you with two quick thoughts: Odds Are from their new album soothed my soul on a very bumpy flight home from RWA Nationals. And last but not least Lovers in a Dangerous Time is my favorite song, pretty much by anybody. In a better recording than this one, you can really hear all the sounds, the harmonies and such. Apparently Sir Paul McCartney has said that BNLs harmonies are tighter and more complex than anything he or his Beetley brethren ever tried.
Today’s Secret: Canada’s best poorly kept secret is a bunch of guys called the Barenaked Ladies. If I’ve converted you, see itunes for their full song list. It’s well worth the investment.
Today’s Question: In a moment of 12-year-old-girl fan-dom, have you a favorite band?