It's All Been Done

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"It's All Been Done"
Single by Barenaked Ladies
from the album Stunt
Released February 23, 1999
Format CD, 7", 12", cassette
Recorded 1998
Genre Alternative rock
Length 3:26
Label Reprise
Writer(s) Steven Page
Producer(s) Barenaked Ladies, David Leonard, Susan Rogers
Barenaked Ladies singles chronology
"One Week"
"It's All Been Done"
"Call and Answer"
Music video
"It's All Been Done" on YouTube

"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.

Steven Page apparently wrote this song after being embarrassed at how "wordy" his song "Brian Wilson" was. He decided he wanted to write something with a simple phrase like "woo hoo hoo" in the chorus.

The song was very successful in Canada, peaking at #1 on the Canadian Singles Chart.[1] Although not as internationally popular as their previous single, "One Week", the song was used as the theme song for the TV series, Baby Blues. The song is also notable for being one of the first Barenaked Ladies songs to feature an electric guitar solo by Ed Robertson.

During promotion for the album the song was performed on all three big NBC late night shows: Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Conan O'Brien (notable for Steve's messing up by repeating a pre-chorus) and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, where earlier guest, actor David Duchovny joined the band for the song, playing an egg shaker. The band had arranged it with the actor after an impromptu meeting a week earlier while shooting a television guest appearance at a studio lot. The band suggested that Duchovny (whose series The X-Files was referenced in "One Week") should perform with them after discovering that they'd both be on the Tonight Show.

The song was also used to open the setlist of the band's Stunt tour, and has been used to open many shows since.

Since the 2008–09 NHL season, it has been played during every Detroit Red Wings game played at Joe Louis Arena.

Music video[edit]

The video was directed by Doug Aitken and was filmed in the former house of comedian Andrew Dice Clay. The concept of the video was that it was seen from the point of view of various household pets (a cat, a dog, a goldfish, and a bird). Robertson was particularly disappointed with the filming of the video while it was being shot, as he didn't feel it was capturing the feeling of the concept.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "It's All Been Done" (Album Version)
  2. "Brian Wilson" (Live from Rock Spectacle)
  3. "The Old Apartment" (Live from Rock Spectacle)


Chart (1998) Peak
Canadian Singles Chart 1
UK Singles Chart 28
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 44
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 1
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 15
U.S. Billboard Adult Top 40 9


  1. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 68, No. 13, January 11, 1999". RPM. Retrieved 2010-10-17. 

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