Stunt (album)

Last updated

Stunt
Barenaked Ladies - Stunt.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 7, 1998 (1998-07-07)
RecordedFebruary–March 1998
Studio
  • Arlyn Studios (Austin, Texas)
  • Phase One Studios (Scarborough, Ontario)
Genre Alternative rock
Length51:17
Label Reprise
Producer
Barenaked Ladies chronology
Rock Spectacle
(1996)
Stunt
(1998)
Maroon
(2000)
Singles from Stunt
  1. "One Week"
    Released: August 3, 1998
  2. "It's All Been Done"
    Released: September 22, 1998
  3. "Call and Answer"
    Released: November 3, 1998
  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 [1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [2]
Los Angeles Times Star full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svg [3]
NME 1/10 [4]
Paste 7.4/10 [5]
Rolling Stone Star full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svg [7]
Sputnikmusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svg [8]

Stunt is the fourth full-length studio album by 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.

Tracks recorded for Stunt that did not appear on the album were "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" was used during the closing credits for the band's Stunt tour documentary Barenaked in America .

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". [9]

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

The album was released on vinyl June 2, 2015. [10]

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 . [11]

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"Ed RobertsonRobertson3:36
4."I'll Be That Girl"Page, Stephen Duffy Page3:34
5."Leave" Robertson3:24
6."Alcohol"Page, DuffyPage3:43
7."Call and Answer"Page, DuffyPage5:49
8."In the Car"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. [12]

Barenaked Ladies

Additional personnel

Production

Charts

Album

YearChartPosition
1998 Billboard 200 3[ citation needed ]
1998Canadian Albums9[ citation needed ]
1998New Zealand Albums [13] 20
1999Australian Albums [13] 42

Singles

YearSingleChartPosition
1998"It's All Been Done"Adult Top 409[ citation needed ]
1998"It's All Been Done"Modern Rock Tracks15[ citation needed ]
1998"It's All Been Done"Billboard Hot 10044[ citation needed ]
1998"It's All Been Done"Top 40 Mainstream18[ citation needed ]
1998"One Week"Adult Top 402[ citation needed ]
1998"One Week"Canadian Singles Chart6[ citation needed ]
1998"One Week"Modern Rock Tracks1[ citation needed ]
1998"One Week"Billboard Hot 1001[ citation needed ]
1998"One Week"Top 40 Mainstream1[ citation needed ]
1998"One Week"Australia (ARIA Charts) [14] 16
1998"One Week"Netherlands (Single Top 100) [15] 79
1998"One Week"Top 40 Tracks3[ citation needed ]
1999"Alcohol"Modern Rock Tracks33[ citation needed ]
1999"Call and Answer"Adult Top 4017[ citation needed ]
1999"Call and Answer"Top 40 Adult Recurrents14[ citation needed ]
1999"Call and Answer"Top 40 Tracks40[ citation needed ]
1999"It's All Been Done"Top 40 Tracks19[ citation needed ]
1999"One Week"Top 40 Adult Recurrents1[ citation needed ]

Related Research Articles

<i>Maybe You Should Drive</i> 1994 studio album by Barenaked Ladies

Maybe You Should Drive is the second studio album by Barenaked Ladies. It was released in August 1994 and went double platinum in Canada, reaching No. 3 upon its release. It was also their first album to chart in the US, peaking at No. 175 on the Billboard 200. Unlike on their previous album, Gordon, Steven Page and Ed Robertson did not collaborate as frequently.

<i>Born on a Pirate Ship</i> 1996 studio album by Barenaked Ladies

Born on a Pirate Ship is the third full-length studio album by Barenaked Ladies (BNL), featuring the songs "Shoe Box", "The Old Apartment", "When I Fall" and "Break Your Heart". "The Old Apartment" would become BNL's first US hit in 1997.

<i>Rock Spectacle</i> 1996 live album by Barenaked Ladies

Rock Spectacle is the first live album by Barenaked Ladies. It was also the first major success for the band in the United States, selling over one million copies and producing a hit single in the country in its version of "Brian Wilson." The album was recorded at two concerts at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago and at The Olympia in Montreal during the Born on a Pirate Ship tour.

<i>Maroon</i> (Barenaked Ladies album) 2000 studio album by Barenaked Ladies

Maroon is the fifth full-length studio album by Barenaked Ladies. The album was the follow-up to 1998's Stunt, the band's most successful album in the United States. Maroon debuted at No. 1 in Canada and No. 5 on the U.S. Billboard 200. In its first week, the album sold 17,800 copies in Canada and just under 128,000 in the U.S. It has sold at least 1 million copies in the U.S. alone. The album spawned three hit singles : "Pinch Me", "Too Little Too Late" and "Falling for the First Time".

<i>Disc One: All Their Greatest Hits (1991–2001)</i> 2001 greatest hits album by Barenaked Ladies

Disc One: All Their Greatest Hits (1991–2001) is a greatest hits compilation album by Barenaked Ladies which spans their first decade as a band. It contains released singles, plus new songs "It's Only Me " and "Thanks That Was Fun", the latter which was released as a single. Disc One was released in November 2001 to a warm commercial reaction and was certified gold in the United States. The title itself is a tongue-in-cheek reference to a line from the "Box Set" off the album Gordon, which is about a box set release from a has-been band: "Disc One – it's where we've begun/It's all my greatest hits/And if you are a fan then you know that you've already got 'em." The album was released two months after the September 11 attacks, and is dedicated to the victims. The album was among the top 50 best-selling albums of 2001 in Canada and the fourth best-selling album of the year in Canada by a Canadian artist.

<i>Barenaked for the Holidays</i> 2004 studio album by Barenaked Ladies

Barenaked for the Holidays is a holiday-themed studio album released by Canadian band Barenaked Ladies on October 5, 2004. The album includes Christmas and Hanukkah songs as well as "Auld Lang Syne", which is traditionally sung on New Year's Eve. There are also several songs that are simply about the winter season. The album was the first album recorded at Steven Page's studio, Fresh Baked Woods and was the first released independently by Barenaked Ladies' Desperation Records label. It was the band's first studio album for which a "naked track" was not recorded. This album achieved Gold status in Canada.

One Week (song) 1998 single by Barenaked Ladies

"One Week" is a song by the Canadian rock band Barenaked Ladies that was released as the first single from their 1998 album, Stunt. It was written by Ed Robertson, who is featured on the lead vocal of the rapped verses. Steven Page sings lead on the song's chorus, while the two co-lead the prechoruses in harmony. The song is notable for its significant number of pop culture references, and it remains the band's best-known song in the United States. Coincidentally, when the song reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, it remained in the top spot for one week.

<i>Back on the Block</i> 1989 studio album by Quincy Jones

Back on the Block is a 1989 studio album produced by Quincy Jones. The album features legendary musicians and singers from across three generations, including Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, Joe Zawinul, Ice-T, Big Daddy Kane, Sarah Vaughan, Dizzy Gillespie, George Benson, Luther Vandross, Dionne Warwick, Barry White, Chaka Khan, Take 6, Bobby McFerrin, Al Jarreau, Al B. Sure!, James Ingram, El DeBarge, Ray Charles and a 12-year-old Tevin Campbell.

Pinch Me 2000 single by Barenaked Ladies

"Pinch Me" is a song by Canadian rock band Barenaked Ladies. It was released as the first single from their 2000 album, Maroon, two weeks before the album was released. As such, "Pinch Me" is often regarded as an attempted follow-up to the hit single "One Week". This song became the band's final top-forty hit in the United States, peaking at number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 on November 14, 2000. It also peaked at number two on Billboard's Adult Alternative Songs and Adult Top 40 charts. In Canada, the single reached number four on the RPM Top Singles chart, becoming the band's most recent top-ten hit in their native country.

Its All Been Done 1998 single by Barenaked Ladies

"It's All Been Done" is a song by the Canadian alternative rock group Barenaked Ladies. It was released as the second single from their 1998 album, Stunt. The song was successful in Canada, peaking at No. 1 on the RPM Top Singles chart and becoming the band's highest-charting song in their native country. Although not as internationally popular as their previous single, "One Week", the song was used as the theme song for the television series Baby Blues. The song is also notable for being one of the band's first to feature an electric guitar solo by Ed Robertson.

<i>Barenaked Ladies Are Me</i> 2006 studio album by Barenaked Ladies

Barenaked Ladies Are Me is the seventh full-length original-material studio album by Barenaked Ladies. It was their first original-material album since Everything to Everyone in 2003. It was released in September 2006 internationally. The album was also the first full-length original-material album from the band following their decision to become independent rather than re-sign with Reprise. The cover art was created by a group of artists called Team Macho. The name has been cited by the band as a double entendre for "Barenaked Ladies Army".

Too Little Too Late (Barenaked Ladies song) 2001 single by Barenaked Ladies

"Too Little Too Late" is a single by the Barenaked Ladies from their 2000 album, Maroon. The single included a remix of another single from Maroon, "Pinch Me". Another version was also released as a "Special Enhanced CD Single" with album art work based on the song's music video. The song is also featured on the band's 2001 compilation album, Disc One: All Their Greatest Hits. The song was written by Ed Robertson and Steven Page, and sung by Page.

Alcohol (Barenaked Ladies song)

"Alcohol" is a song by the Alternative rock group Barenaked Ladies released as the last single and sixth track on their 1998 album Stunt. Although it did not chart on the Billboard Hot 100 or the UK Singles Chart, it received some airplay on the US Modern Rock Tracks charts, peaking at No. 33 on the chart. The song looks at alcohol abuse. The song was featured in the 2012 film Flight.

<i>All in Good Time</i> (Barenaked Ladies album) 2010 studio album by Barenaked Ladies

All In Good Time is the ninth full-length original-material studio album by Barenaked Ladies. All In Good Time was released on 23 March 2010 in Canada, and 30 March 2010 in the United States. It is the first album recorded following the departure of founding member Steven Page in February 2009, and the band's second album recorded as a four-piece.

<i>Grinning Streak</i> 2013 studio album by Barenaked Ladies

Grinning Streak is the tenth full-length original-material studio album by Barenaked Ladies. The album was released on June 4, 2013 on Vanguard Records. It is the band's first album on Vanguard. The album is the band's second studio album since the departure of founding member Steven Page in February 2009. The album was recorded from February to April 2013 in separate sessions with Howie Beck, Gavin Brown, and possibly other producers. The first single, "Boomerang" was recorded in a separate session produced by Brown in May 2012, initially for release that summer.

<i>I Dont Dance</i> (album) 2014 studio album by Lee Brice

I Don't Dance is the third studio album by American country music artist Lee Brice. It was released on September 9, 2014 via Curb Records.

<i>Silverball</i> (album) 2015 studio album by Barenaked Ladies

Silverball is the eleventh full-length original-material studio album by Barenaked Ladies. The album was released on June 2, 2015. The album is the band's third studio album since the departure of founding member Steven Page in February 2009. The album was recorded in late 2014 and early 2015 with producer Gavin Brown. "Matter of Time", a song from the album, was a digital pre-release give-away to ticketbuyers of the band's Last Summer On Earth 2015 tour.

<i>BNL Rocks Red Rocks</i> 2016 live album by Barenaked Ladies

BNL Rocks Red Rocks is the third official live album from Canadian band Barenaked Ladies. The album was formally announced on 1 February 2016 via the band's official Twitter page and was released on 20 May 2016. It was recorded at Red Rocks Amphitheatre to promote the release of Silverball on the Last Summer on Earth 2015 tour, The band held a Last Summer on Earth 2016 tour with Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and Howard Jones in conjunction with the new live album. This is the band's first commercial live release other than those received by fans at shows since the departure of Steven Page in 2009.

<i>Ladies and Gentlemen: Barenaked Ladies and The Persuasions</i> 2017 studio album by Barenaked Ladies and The Persuasions

Ladies and Gentlemen: Barenaked Ladies and The Persuasions is a collaborative album between Canadian rock band Barenaked Ladies and New York a cappella group The Persuasions. The album was released on April 14, 2017. The album consists of fourteen re-worked songs from Barenaked Ladies' back catalog, plus a cover of The Persuasions' song "Good Times".

<i>Fake Nudes</i> 2017 studio album by Barenaked Ladies

Fake Nudes is a studio album by Canadian rock band Barenaked Ladies. It is the band's twelfth full-length original-material studio album and their sixteenth overall. It was recorded from January to February 2017 at Noble Street Studios in Toronto, Ontario, and was released on 17 November 2017 through Vanguard.

References

  1. Stunt at AllMusic
  2. Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN   0-85712-595-8.
  3. "Top Pop Albums". Los Angeles Times. December 3, 1998.
  4. "Barenaked Ladies: Stunt (Reprise)". Archived from the original on August 17, 2000. Retrieved December 11, 2017.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  5. Salmon, Ben (July 10, 2018). "Barenaked Ladies: Stunt: 20th Anniversary Edition Review". Paste . Retrieved July 15, 2018.
  6. "Barenaked Ladies: Stunt : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". April 12, 2008. Archived from the original on April 12, 2008.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  7. Wolk, Douglas (2004). "Barenaked Ladies". The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). New York: Simon & Schuster. pp.  44–45. ISBN   0-7432-0169-8.
  8. "Review: Barenaked Ladies - Stunt - Sputnikmusic".
  9. "Stunt – Special Edition". Amazon. November 22, 1999.
  10. "Stunt". Amazon. June 2, 2015.
  11. "Rhino Records: Barenaked Ladies Stunt 20th Anniversary Edition Available On July 6".
  12. Stunt (booklet). Barenaked Ladies. Reprise. 1998. W2 46963.CS1 maint: others (link)
  13. 1 2 Hung, Steffen. "charts.nz - Barenaked Ladies - Stunt". charts.nz.
  14. Hung, Steffen. "australian-charts.com - Barenaked Ladies - One Week". australian-charts.com.
  15. Hung, Steffen. "Barenaked Ladies - One Week". hitparade.ch.