Barenaked Ladies – Gordon

A big part of our high school experience, formative music. These guys were, back in the day, some of the best stuff happening in Canada at the time. Goofy, funny, yet real and with heart. Also tight as hell and off-the-charts creative. Also smart as hell.

This album, their first, is one that I know top to bottom, by heart. Every note, every word. I own two copies, both the Canadian and the American release. The only difference is the cover art.

 

10 thoughts on “Barenaked Ladies – Gordon

  1. Sarca says:

    One of my faves! And I read the banter between you and Mars. I love Gordon, and I owned Maybe You Should Drive for a good 15 years before I gave it away in a move, but I only liked the song Jane off of it. Is it the song after with the lyrics, “these apples are delicious…as a matter fact they are she said.” Not too great lyrics lol.

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      Yeah they went off on some tangents, lyrically, some of it doesn’t hold up, but lots of classic records have those moments – think of A Tribe Called Quest’s Low End Theory, and that song about his pager, ha, so many of them come to mind. Anyway, I still love this record because they grew and still sounded like them. Cool beans!

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  2. jprobichaud says:

    Yes, yes, yes. Everything you said is exactly why I pulled this trigger on the 25th anniversary vinyl release when it came out. The cover on it is a combination of the two you shared but the music is exactly as remembered. Every note, every word.

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  3. BuriedOnMars says:

    I love this album and really anything from the early years. I don’t know why, but I could never get into much past it. The only one I have is Born On A Pirate Ship for The Old Apartment. And I really only grabbed it because it was $1.

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      I’m on record (pun intended) as saying you need the first three records – Gordon, Maybe You Should Drive, and Born On A Pirate Ship. After that your mileage may vary. $1 is a great price for that album. I love Brek Your Heart on there, as well as so many others. Give it another spin!

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        1. keepsmealive says:

          That one was a bit different than the others, more serious, but I like it because it completes what I think of as the whole picture of what they could do at the time. If you don’t get on with it, fair play!

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