Stunt (album)

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Stunt
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Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 7, 1998 (1998-07-07)
RecordedFebruary–March 1998
Studio
  • Arlyn Studios (Austin, Texas)
  • Phase One Studios (Scarborough, Ontario)
Genre
Length51:17
Label Reprise
Producer
Barenaked Ladies chronology
Rock Spectacle
(1996)
Stunt
(1998)
Maroon
(2000)
Singles from Stunt
  1. "One Week"
    Released: September 15, 1998
  2. "It's All Been Done"
    Released: 1998
  3. "Call and Answer"
    Released: July 13, 1999
  4. "Alcohol"
    Released: 1999
  5. "Told You So"
    Released: 1999 (cassette)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [4]
Los Angeles Times Star full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svg [5]
NME 1/10 [6]
Paste 7.4/10 [7]
Rolling Stone Star full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [8]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svg [9]
Sputnikmusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svg [1]

Stunt is the fourth full-length studio album by Canadian alternative rock band Barenaked Ladies. Their most successful album, it entered the US charts at No. 3 and sold over 4 million units by the end of its chart run. Its first single, "One Week" became the band's breakthrough single in the US market by hitting No. 1 (selling over 5 million copies). The song also reached No. 5 in the UK, and helped revitalize their career in the band's home country of Canada, where their fame had diminished since the days of their debut album Gordon . In addition, follow-up singles "It's All Been Done", "Alcohol" and "Call and Answer" were each successful to some degree.

Contents

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, Hearn was diagnosed with leukemia. He spent the Stunt tour receiving chemotherapy and was replaced by Chris Brown and Greg Kurstin in the interim.

As with each of their earlier albums, the band recorded one song, "Alcohol", completely naked.[ citation needed ]

Special edition and reissues

There was also a special edition of the album which contained the standard 13 tracks plus a second disc including two versions of "Brian Wilson" (the album version and the "2000" version), and live versions of "The Old Apartment", "Jane", "When I Fall", "If I Had $1000000" and "Straw Hat and Old Dirty Hank". [10]

The album was released on vinyl June 2, 2015. [11]

In 2018, Rhino Records announced a 20th Anniversary Edition to be released digitally on July 6, 2018, as well as physical copies on September 28, 2018. However, the date was pushed back to October 19, 2018. The physical forms come in a vinyl and a CD/DVD set. The DVD is the documentary for Barenaked In America, which was never previously released in North America. The album also contains the bonus tracks "She's On Time" and "Long Way Back Home". The CD version also adds "Get In Line", which appeared on the soundtrack to King of the Hill . [12]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Steven Page and Ed Robertson, except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
1."One Week"Ed RobertsonSteven Page, Ed Robertson2:49
2."It's All Been Done"Steven PagePage3:26
3."Light Up My Room"Steven Page, Ed Robertson (Music)Robertson3:36
4."I'll Be That Girl"
Page3:34
5."Leave" Robertson3:24
6."Alcohol"
  • Steven Page
  • Stephen Duffy
Page3:43
7."Call and Answer"
  • Steven Page
  • Stephen Duffy
Page5:49
8."In the Car"Steven PagePage3:53
9."Never Is Enough" Robertson3:23
10."Who Needs Sleep?" Robertson3:44
11."Told You So" Robertson4:21
12."Some Fantastic" Page, Robertson4:16
13."When You Dream" Page5:19
Total length:51:17
Limited edition bonus tracks
No.TitleLead vocalsLength
14."She's On Time"Page3:22
15."Long Way Back Home"Robertson4:39
Total length:59:18

Personnel

Adapted from the Stunt booklet. [13]

Barenaked Ladies

Additional personnel

Production

Charts

YearChartPosition
1998 Billboard 200 [14] 3
1998Canadian Albums9[ citation needed ]
1998New Zealand Albums [15] 20
1999Australian Albums [15] 42

Certifications

RegionCertification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada) [16] 4× Platinum400,000^
United Kingdom (BPI) [17] Gold100,000^
United States (RIAA) [18] 4× Platinum4,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

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