Aside from the fact that they are named after something that they love (and let’s face it, lots of people love bare naked ladies; it’s one of the most common forms of art in the world) and pretty much just wanted to shock an audience with, and the fact that they’re on just about every children’s movie soundtrack of all time, how much do you really know about the Barenaked Ladies?
Here are just a few facts about this band that has such a huge following, along with a pretty large pool of haters…
The original duo bonded over being camp counselors. Remember that one time at band camp? Well, it was probably pretty different for Ed Robertson and Steven Page—but they still made music together, albeit a different kind.
The BNL are Canadians. So in addition to Bryan Adams and Alanis Morissette, we have these guys!
The band has sold over 15 million records.
My favorite BNL song, “If I Had a Million Dollars,” is apparently a song that inspires pasta pelting. Audiences are known to throw macaroni and cheese at the band while they play the song, which is kind of funny and gross at the same time. I must admit, the whole “Kraft dinner” part of the song is my favorite—and I like the live version better than the radio one.
If you’re looking for an official fan club to join, you might not want to search for Barenaked Ladies Fan Club; instead, search for The Ladies Room. Members get access to lots of different concert specials, and have been known to receive Christmas CDs from the band as well.
The band is known to make up lots of jokes, impromptu songs about their gig locations, raps containing lyrics from a multitude of other songs, and anecdotes of their travels as they perform, making them a pretty big hit when it comes to their live performances. They have also requested that all fans in attendance give them their socks and held question and answer sessions with fans during concert shows.
“Another Postcard,” one of my daughter’s favorite songs (and therefore one of the most annoying songs in the world, as I’ve had to hear it so often!), was written as a joke when one of the member’s children received a postcard featuring a chimpanzee.
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