Rock Spectacle

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Rock Spectacle
Live album by Barenaked Ladies
Released November 19, 1996
Recorded Spring 1996
Genre Alternative rock
Length 47:45
Label Reprise
Producer Michael Phillip Wojewoda
Barenaked Ladies chronology
Born on a Pirate Ship
Rock Spectacle
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Entertainment Weekly A [2]
Sputnik Music 5/5 stars [3]

Rock Spectacle is the debut live album by Barenaked Ladies (BNL). This was the album that finally broke the American market for BNL, with the live version of "Brian Wilson" and a release of "The Old Apartment" from Born on a Pirate Ship featuring this live version becoming hits, and Rock Spectacle selling over a million copies there alone. The record 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.

A live version of "Shoe Box" was on promotional and advance copies of this record, but was left off at the last second. This particular recording of "Shoe Box" appears on the "One Week" CD single. At the very end of the "$1000000" track, there are two bonus tracks. One is a banter about an elderly woman Ed ran into in Chicago. Part of this story is referenced in the "$1000000" song, which must have originally occurred after this banter at the Chicago concert. The second is an improvised song/rap about Ed Robertson's (the band's vocalist/guitarist) Uncle Elwyn.

This disc is an enhanced CD, which means it will display special multimedia features when played on a computer. It includes a program called "BNLTV", a faux collection of various-themed TV programming.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Steven Page and Ed Robertson, except where noted. 

No. Title Lead vocals Length
1. "Brian Wilson"   Steven Page 4:46
2. "Straw Hat and Old Dirty Hank"   Steven Page 3:38
3. "Break Your Heart" (Steven Page) Steven Page 5:06
4. "Jane" (Stephen Duffy, Steven Page) Steven Page 3:58
5. "When I Fall"   Ed Robertson 4:23
6. "Hello City"   Steven Page 3:13
7. "What a Good Boy"   Steven Page 4:47
8. "The Old Apartment"   Steven Page 3:21
9. "Life, In A Nutshell"   Steven Page 2:40
10. "These Apples" (Ed Robertson) Ed Robertson 3:59
11. "Grade 9/If I Had $1000000" (Andy Creeggan, Jim Creeggan, Steven Page, Ed Robertson, Tyler Stewart) Steven Page, Ed Robertson 6:08
12. "The Sweetest Woman [Banter]" (Hidden track) Steven Page, Ed Robertson 1:09
13. "Uncle Elwyn [Adlib]" (Hidden track) Steven Page, Ed Robertson 2:37



  • Engineers: Marcel Gounin, Michael Phillip Wojewoda
  • Assistant engineers: Bernoit Baruvin, Dan Glomski, Mycle Konopka, Timothy R. Powell
  • Mixing assistants: Jeff Elliot, Tom Heron
  • Mastering: Don C. Tyler
  • Digital editing: Jeff Elliot
  • Design: Neil Prime
  • Photography: Neil Prime



Year Chart Position
1996 Heatseekers 1
1997 The Billboard 200 86


Year Single Chart Position
1997 "Brian Wilson" The Billboard Hot 100 68
1998 "Brian Wilson" Adult Top 40 37
1998 "Brian Wilson" Modern Rock 23
2000 "If I Had $1000000" Adult Top 40 37


  1. ^ Mason, Stewart. Rock Spectacle at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-09-02.
  2. ^ Cheng, Kipp (1996-12-13). "Spinning Pretty". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  3. ^ "Barenaked Ladies - Rock Spectacle (album review)". Sputnikmusic. 2005-01-14. Retrieved 2011-09-02.