Enid (song)

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"Enid"
Single by Barenaked Ladies
from the album Gordon
Released 1992
Format CD; cassette
Recorded 1992
Genre Alternative rock
Length 4:07
Label Reprise
Producer(s) Barenaked Ladies,
Michael Phillip Wojewoda
Barenaked Ladies singles chronology
"Lovers in a Dangerous Time"
(1992)
"Enid"
(1992)
"What a Good Boy"
(1992)
Music video
"Enid" on YouTube

"Enid" is a song by the Canadian alternative rock group Barenaked Ladies. It was released as the lead-off single from their 1992 debut album, Gordon. It was written by Steven Page and Ed Robertson.

Background and content[edit]

The song's title was inspired by Enid Léger, a waitress at Spanky's Pub in Moncton, New Brunswick.[citation needed] The band found it interesting that "Enid" spelled backwards is "dine." However, the song is not actually about her. It is actually about Steven Page's first girlfriend.

The original studio version of the song has been described as one of the most complex recordings of the band's earlier career by Steven Page in the liner notes for Disc One: All Their Greatest Hits. It includes a horn section, pedal steel guitar, a cuica and a pastiche of Depeche Mode as an intro (the voice in which is that of producer Michael Phillip Wojewoda).

Music video[edit]

The music video was made in 1992 and was the band's second official video. It features the band playing in a room with a red-white-and-blue ball theme, similar to the Gordon cover. The band stated in Barelaked Nadies (probably jokingly) that the video was originally supposed to be a parody of the film Delicatessen. One of the video's gimmicks is that the film keeps cutting without the camera being moved, resulting in the band members disappearing and reappearing and moving around in shots. Also in the room are TV screens, showing the band playing in other locations, such as Kensington Market and St. James Park.

The song was nominated for Single of the Year at the 1993 Juno Awards, although it lost to "Beauty and the Beast" by Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1992) Peak
position
Canadian Singles Chart 2[1]

References in Pop Culture[edit]

In the Scrubs season 1 episode "My Tuscaloosa Heart", Turk makes the comment that it's impossible to write a love song about someone named Enid, while he, Carla, and Elliot are listening to an old mix tape recorded by Dr. Kelso (Enid was his wife). This could be an inside reference to this song "Enid".

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 56, No. 14, October 03 1992". RPM. Retrieved 2010-10-17. 

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