Barenaked Ladies – The Yellow Tape

This was their self-recorded basement demo tape, and it drew a ton of attention to them. And deservedly so.

It’s only 5 tracks: Be My Yoko Ono, Brian Wilson, Blame It On Me, If I Had $1000000, and a cool cover of Fight The Power.*

But writing “only” doesn’t do it justice. Each of those tracks is a monster, just sheer brilliance in songwriting and/or execution. The early 90s was a fertile time for this group to explode, and explode they did.  

Yep, I own 6 copies of this. Every time I see one I buy it. It’s a rescue mission.

* I got this track on the Coneheads soundtrack CD, but there seems to be some question of whether it’s the same version as found here on the Yellow Tape. Does anyone know for sure? 

 

 

Posted on 2020-10-26, in posts by aaron and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. I love the idea of buying up every copy to see of a record. And I love if I had a 10000000 dollars

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  2. I’ve seen a few copies of the Yellow a Tape out in the wild (don’t know what happened to the copy I had of it back in the day) but I’ve never purchased it because I don’t have anything to play it on. And believe me, I’m not craving the old days play cassette tapes.

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  3. So, after we talked about it on the live stream, I streamed The Yellow Tape. Every song on it is different from what ended up on the Gordon album, and yes… Fight the Power is completely different from the Coneheads soundtrack.

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  4. 6 copies?!! Wow.

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