Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Barenaked Ladies - Blame It On Me



"You think you're so smart but i've seen you naked, and i'll probably see you naked again"

That is one of my favorite 1990s song lyrics. BNL is one of my fave bands of that era (or any era). Key to their success, two guys can sing lead and sound very different. Their sound has a completely different vibe, which makes the song sound as if from different bands. Steven's got the more nasaly voice, and Ed is a bit more grisly. Ed's best work, when not rapping, is in "wrap your arms around me". It is an emotional, vulnerable and even angry sounding song. Fantastic. My favorite Steven song is "Old Apartment". "Old Apartment" is a song that can be either the man lamenting the former relationship, lamenting an old friendship he lost or even sadly reflecting on his current relationship but missing what it was in the old apt.

Dirty secret about them is that they have amazing covers in their concert playlist. This is because early on they had few songs of their own and worked in "Material Girl", "When doves cry" and 80s rap. They ended tons of concerts with rap medleys. I saw them live for free at a patio show in Portland. This was in '96 before they got huge with "One Week". Smart smart performers. Nerds who made the right music in the right moment. Grunge was dying out as a force, and their was a vacuum. Like many bands, once they got the big breakthrough with "One Week", the radio played them out. As a tastament to their ability, I still have a tower in my garage with 3 hours of live BNL. Thank you BNL for the lasting music and memories.

This is their cover of Dean Friedman's "McDonald's Girl". Quirky song, quirky band, nice little touches to separate it from the original. "Can I getchu some fries with that"?



"she's not ashamed to be the only other virgin I know"

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