“Born on a Pirate Ship” (1996)

The Barenaked Ladies’ third full-length album was released on March 19, 1996, with the title of “Born on a Pirate Ship,” sometimes abbreviated as BOAPS. The most popular tracks from this album include “Shoe Box,” “The Old Apartment,” “When I Fall” and “Break Your Heart.” In 1997 the song “The Old Apartment” became BNL’s first US hit and won over many of American fans hearts. The front cover features a boy in a newspaper hat pulling at his cheeks, in reference to the childhood prank alluded to by the album’s title. Contrary to popular belief, this is not a childhood picture of BNL bassist Jim Creeggan, but simply an actor hired for the photos.

This was the first album recorded following the departure of keyboardist Andy CreegganKevin Hearn is not credited on the album but joined the group for the 1995 tour that preceded the album’s release in time to be thanked in the liner notes for “injecting new spirit.”

BNL preforming "The Old Apartment"

Tracks recorded for this album but left off the finished record are: “Trust Me” and “Back.” As with each of their early albums, the band recorded one song completely naked. On this album, “Back” was the “naked track.”

Although the album achieved a respectable No. 18 hit in Canada, the album only managed No. 111 in the US. “Born On A Pirate Ship” was awarded gold status in the U.S. in 2000 once the band had became more popular.

Track listing for “Born on a Pirate Ship”

  1. Stomach vs. Heart (Steven Page)
  2. Straw Hat and Old Dirty Hank (Steven Page)
  3. I know (Ed Robertson)
  4. This is Where It Ends (Steven Page)
  5. When I fall (Ed Robertson)
  6. I Live With It Every Day (Steven Page)
  7. The Old Apartment (Steven Page)
  8. Call Me Calmly (Steven Page)
  9. Break Your Heart (Steven Page)
  10. Spider in My Room (Jim Creeggan)
  11. Same Thing (Ed Robertson)
  12. Just a Toy (Steven Page)
  13. In the Drink (Jim Creeggan)
  14. Shoe Box (Steven Page)
  15. If I had $1,000,000 (Steven Page)

Have you heard any of the songs from this album? Which song is your favorite?


“Maybe You Should Drive” (1994)

After the successful release of “Gordon” the Barenaked Ladies released on Aug. 16, 1994, their next album, “Maybe You Should Drive.” Since the release of the album it has gone double platinum in Canada as well as peaking in the No. 3 spot on the Heatseekers Chart in Canada. “Maybe You Should Drive” was the band’s first album to chart in the US, peaking at No. 175 on the Billboard 200.

“Jane,” “Alternative Girlfriend,” “These Apples,” “A” and “Life, in a Nutshell” were the most popular songs from this album. As with each of their early albums, the band recorded one song, “Intermittently,” completely naked.

Andy Creeggan, the band’s keyboardist/percussionist at the time, considered leaving the band during the rehearsals for this album. Steven was able to convince Andy to stay for its completion and subsequent promotional tour. Andy did end up departing the band and entered McGill University‘s music program. He has since recorded four albums with his brother Jim (who is also bassist for Barenaked Ladies) under the name The Brothers Creeggan.

Track Listing for “Maybe You Should Drive”

  1. Jane (Steven Page)
  2. Intermittently (Steven Page)
  3. These Apples (Ed Robertson)
  4. You Will Be Waiting (Steven Page)
  5. A (Steven Page)
  6. Everything Old Is New Again (Steven Page)
  7. Alternative Girlfriend (Steven Page)
  8. Am I the Only One (Ed Robertson)
  9. Little Tiny Song (Andy Creeggan)
  10. Life, In a Nutshell (Steven Page)
  11. The Wrong Man Was Convicted (Steven Page)
  12. Great Provider (Ed Robertson)

What is your favorite song from the “Maybe You Should Drive” album?

What do you think about the band recording the song Intermittently completely nude (link leads to a YouTube link of the band preforming Intermittently on their Ships and Dip V cruise)?

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