Maybe You Should Drive

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Maybe You Should Drive
Studio album by Barenaked Ladies
Released August 16, 1994
Recorded Winter-Spring 1994
Genre Alternative rock, jangle pop, college rock
Length 45:46
Label Reprise
Producer Ben Mink
Barenaked Ladies chronology
Gordon
(1992)
Maybe You Should Drive
(1994)
Born on a Pirate Ship
(1996)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Sputnik Music 3.5/5 stars[2]

Maybe You Should Drive (commonly abbreviated MYSD) is the second studio album by Barenaked Ladies. It was released in August 1994 and has gone double platinum in Canada, reaching #3 upon its release. It was also their first album to chart in the US, peaking at #175 on the Billboard 200. Unlike on their previous album, Gordon, Steven Page and Ed Robertson did not write together very much for MYSD.[3]

The well-known tracks from this album include "Jane", "Alternative Girlfriend", "These Apples", "A", and "Life, in a Nutshell." As with each of their early albums, the band recorded one song, "Intermittently", completely naked. Tracks cut from the album include "Break Your Heart" and "Trust Me", both of which were later re-recorded for Born on a Pirate Ship; the former was re-worked and appeared on that album, while the latter was cut again, and appeared as a B-side on the Shoe Box EP.

Of the recording session, Steven Page said "We did most of [recording Maybe You Should Drive] in Burnaby, a cold and industrial wasteland, with a huge budget we really didn't need [...] All a huge budget does is put you further in debt. Imagine if they raised your VISA limit to $5,000 and then you had to give your card to a professional shopper-let's call him a producer in the case-and he said, 'OK, let's spend the whole thing.'"[3]

Also according to Page, keyboardist/percussionist Andy Creeggan considered leaving the band during the rehearsals for this album, but was convinced to stay for its completion, and subsequent promotional tour.[3] Creeggan did indeed depart the band and entered McGill University's music program. He has since recorded four albums with his brother Jim (who is also bassist for Barenaked Ladies) under the name The Brothers Creeggan.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
1. "Jane"   Steven Page, Stephen Duffy Steven Page 4:04
2. "Intermittently"   Steven Page Steven Page 3:05
3. "These Apples"   Ed Robertson Ed Robertson 3:10
4. "You Will Be Waiting"   Steven Page Steven Page 3:45
5. "A"   Steven Page Steven Page 4:20
6. "Everything Old Is New Again"   Steven Page, Stephen Duffy Steven Page, Ed Robertson 4:13
7. "Alternative Girlfriend"   Steven Page, Stephen Duffy Steven Page 4:23
8. "Am I the Only One?"   Ed Robertson Ed Robertson 4:49
9. "Little Tiny Song"   Andy Creeggan Andy Creeggan 1:02
10. "Life, in a Nutshell"   Steven Page, Ed Robertson Steven Page 3:14
11. "The Wrong Man Was Convicted"   Steven Page, Stephen Duffy Steven Page 5:06
12. "Great Provider"   Jim Creeggan, Steven Page, Ed Robertson Ed Robertson 4:35

Musicians[edit]

Barenaked Ladies
  • Andrew Creeggan - piano (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11), percussion (3, 5, 8), background vocals (1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11), lead vocal (9), electric piano (5, 7, 12), keyboard (5, 12), cymbals (2, 6), organ (7), hammered dulcimer (1), tympani (2), accordion (6), reed organ (6), tambourine (7), cuica (9)
  • Jim Creeggan - electric bass (1, 2, 3, 5, 7), double bass (4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 11, 12), background vocals (1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11), 'cello (2, 5, 11), arco bass (2)
  • Steven Page - lead vocal (1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11), background vocals (1), acoustic guitar (1), electric guitar (2, 7), lead electric guitar (3), harmony vocal (12)
  • Ed Robertson - acoustic guitar (1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12), electric guitar (1, 2, 3, 5), background vocals (1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 10, 11), lead vocal (3, 6, 8, 12), pedal steel guitar (3, 6), bass drum (2, 6), banjo (3), mandolin (4), electric mandolin (2), mandola (12)
  • Tyler Stewart - drums (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12), snare drum (2, 6, 11), cowbell (5), laffs (5), cymbals (8)

Singles[edit]

  • "Jane"
    • Released: 1994
    • Formats: CD, cassette

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Position
1994 Heatseekers 8
1994 The Billboard 200 175

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Sputnik Music review
  3. ^ a b c Punter, Jennie (June 1996). "Barenaked Ladies: Spontaneity And Surprise". Impact. Retrieved 2010-03-01.