“Stunt” (1998)

“Stunt” is the fourth full-length studio album by Barenaked Ladies. “Stunt” sold over 4 million CD’s by the time its chart run came to an end. The album reached the No. 3 spot on American charts and their first single, “One Week“, would become the band’s breakthrough single in the U.S. market by hitting #1. The song also reached #5 in the UK, and helped revitalize their career in the band’s home country of Canada, where their fame had diminished since their first release. In addition, follow-up singles “It’s All Been Done“, “Alcohol” and “Call and Answer” were each successful.

“Stunt” is the first studio album to feature keyboardist/guitarist Kevin Hearn, who originally joined the band for the Born on a Pirate Ship tour in 1995. Shortly after the release of the album Kevin was diagnosed with leukemia. He spent the Stunt tour receiving chemotherapy and was replaced by Chris Brownand Greg Kurstin in the interim.

Some tracks were recorded but did not make the final cut; these songs include “Long Way Back Home” and “She’s On Time.” These tracks appear as hidden tracks on the limited edition version of the album. “Long Way Back Home” would ultimately be used during the closing credits for the band’s “Stunt” tour concert film “Barenaked in America.”

As with each of their earlier albums, the band recorded one song, “Alcohol”, completely naked.

Track recordings for “Stunt”

  1. One Week (Ed Robertson)
  2. It’s All Been Done (Steven Page)
  3. LIght Up My Room
  4. I’ll Be That Girl (Steven Page, Stephen Duffy)
  5. Leave
  6. Alcohol (Steven Page, Stephen Duffy)
  7. Call and Answer
  8. In the Car (Steven Page)
  9. Never is Enough
  10. Who Needs Sleep
  11. Told You So
  12. Some Fantastic
  13. When You Dream
  14. She’s On Time – “Limited Edition” Version
  15. Long Way Back Home – “Limited Edition” Version

Have you seen the “Barenaked in America” movie? If you have, did you enjoy it? Would you go watch it now, knowing it’s available on Netflix streaming?

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