A-Z: Barenaked Ladies – Toni Basil

Barenaked Ladies – Maroon (album)
Another brilliant album. I haven’t actually listened to it as an album much, though I’ve listened to the songs separately a lot, so am enjoying this excuse to play it now.
‘Sell Sell Sell’ – this album’s got some brilliant songs on it. I love the style of this one.
‘Tonight Is The Night I Fell Asleep At The Wheel’ – This song definitely deserves a mention. I’m not really sure how to describe it – the lyrics are pretty humourous but it still manages to be quite moving. Kinda in the same way that Your Daddy’s Car by The Divine Comedy is. The track itself is over 8 minutes long, but that’s because it has an extra song on the end of it, after a slight gap. No idea what that song’s called, though it’s lovely – it’s like the person from the car crash in the first song has died and now they’re going to heaven or something.

Barenaked Ladies – Everything To Everyone (album)
This was the first BNLs album I bought on the day of release. Actually it’s the only one I’ve bought on the day of release. Anyway, it took me a little while to get into it for some reason, not sure why. The only 2 songs I loved instantly were Upside Down and War On Drugs. I liked all the others but it took a while for them to really grow on me.
‘Upside Down’ – ah, this song’s brilliant!!! I know I said ‘Alcohol’ was the BNLs song I’m most likely to put on compilation CDs, but actually I think this one has edged it out slightly over the last few years. I think it’s pretty high in my last.fm most-listened-to-tracks chart…yep, number 7! 🙂
‘War On Drugs’ – I really love this song. It’s my fave BNLs song. It must have charted pretty highly in the Top 777 Songs chart I did last year…yep, number 8. 🙂
‘Unfinished’ – this song deserves a mention just for the genius of the lyric “everything is un, everything is unfin, everything is unfinished”.
‘Second Best’ – quite an apt title as I think the 2nd half of this album’s definitely the best!
‘Another Postcard (Acoustic)’ – I forgot that at the end of this album there’s 3 acoustic versions of tracks. There’s this one, Maybe Katie and Second Best.

Barenaked Ladies – Barenaked Ladies Are Me (album)
The most recent BNLs album. It was released on the week of my birthday this year, so I got to buy it with the HMV voucher I got from my friends at work 😀 This is only the 2nd time I’ve listened to it, so I’m not especially familiar with it yet, but I really enjoyed it the last time I heard it.
*album reaches end*
Yup, v enjoyed it again. I’m sure it’ll keep growing on me too.

Barenaked Ladies – Pinch Me (single promo)
I don’t have many BNLs singles – infact this is 1 of only 2! It’s a 2-track promo with the radio edit of Pinch Me and then the album version. I think I might have bought it at a record fair some time. Hmm, I haven’t been to a record fair in ages!! I wonder when the next one is at the NEC. Anyway, this song’s great. My fave lyric’s “I could hide out under there. I just made you say ‘underwear'”.

Barenaked Ladies – Celebrity (single)
I think I mostly bought this single because I really wanted the demo version of War On Drugs. Yes! Yes!! Yes!!! is a great b-side too though. Oh and it probably won’t surprise you to learn this single was released in 2004!! 😉

Toni Basil – The Very Best Of Toni Basil (album)
Quite possibly the only album that’s owned by me, my Dad and my Mum!! I met her when I was about 1 or 2 when my parents were interviewing her for Radio 1, though obviously I don’t actually remember that, sadly. I loved her TV show – my Mum had loads of the eps on video and we used to watch them loads. I don’t know what happened to them though 🙁 I’d love to rewatch the one with Barbara Woodhouse. And the one with the Irish dancing! And the one with the video to Shopping A-Z! Meh. I have stolen my Mum’s copy of the Word Of Mouth video though, hee hee. 🙂
‘Nobody’ – this is one of my faves. Love it.
‘Shopping A To Z’ – OMG I just found the video for this on YouTube!!! Tis here 😀 I hadn’t seen that in many many years!!
‘You Gotta Problem’ – I love the video to this song – it’s the last one on the Word Of Mouth video – and it has the poodles in it! 😀 I loved them on the TV show. Ooh, someone on the bottom of the YouTube page has mentioned the TV show! I hope someone manages to get clips up on YouTube or bootlegs on Ebay some time.
‘Mickey (spanish version)’ – He he, this is quite bizarre!

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