Stunt (album)

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Stunt
Studio album by Barenaked Ladies
Released July 7, 1998
Recorded February–March 1998
Genre Alternative rock, college rock
Length 51:21
Label Reprise
Producer Barenaked Ladies, David Leonard, Susan Rogers
Barenaked Ladies chronology
Rock Spectacle
(1996)
Stunt
(1998)
Maroon
(2000)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Los Angeles Times 2.5/4 stars [2]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars [3]
Sputnikmusic 5/5 stars [4]

Stunt is the fourth full-length studio album by Barenaked Ladies. By far their most successful album, it entered the US charts at #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 U.S. market by hitting #1 (selling over 5 million copies). The song also reached #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.

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


Track listing[edit]

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

No. Title Lead vocals Length
1. "One Week" (Ed Robertson) Steven Page, Ed Robertson 2:49
2. "It's All Been Done" (Steven Page) Steven Page 3:26
3. "Light Up My Room"   Ed Robertson 3:36
4. "I'll Be That Girl" (Steven Page, Stephen Duffy) Steven Page 3:34
5. "Leave"   Ed Robertson 3:24
6. "Alcohol" (Steven Page, Stephen Duffy) Steven Page 3:43
7. "Call and Answer" (Steven Page, Stephen Duffy) Steven Page 5:49
8. "In the Car" (Steven Page) Steven Page 3:53
9. "Never Is Enough"   Ed Robertson 3:23
10. "Who Needs Sleep?"   Ed Robertson 3:44
11. "Told You So"   Ed Robertson 4:21
12. "Some Fantastic"   Steven Page, Ed Robertson 4:16
13. "When You Dream"   Steven Page 5:19
14. "She's On Time†"   Steven Page 3:22
15. "Long Way Back Home†"   Ed Robertson 4:39

† – bonus tracks on limited edition.

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producers: Barenaked Ladies, David Leonard, Susan Rogers
  • Engineers: David Leonard, Susan Rogers
  • Assistant engineers: Charlie Brocco, Femio Hernández, Boo Macleod, Kevin Szymanski
  • Mixing: David Leonard, Tom Lord-Alge
  • Mastering: Stephen Marcussen
  • Design: John Rummen
  • Photography: Jay Blakesberg
  • Artwork: John Rummen

Singles[edit]

Single information
"One Week"
  • Released: 1998
  • Formats: CD, 7", 12", cassette
  • US Billboard Hot 100 chart position: #1
"It's All Been Done"
  • Released: 1998
  • Formats: CD, 7", 12", cassette
  • US Billboard Hot 100 chart position: #44
"Call and Answer"
  • Released:1999
  • Formats: CD
  • US Billboard Hot 100 chart position: #121
"Alcohol"
  • Released:1999
  • Formats: CD
  • US Billboard Hot 100 chart position: – (#33 US Modern Rock Tracks)
"Told You So"
  • Released:1999
  • Formats: Cassette
  • US Billboard Hot 100 chart position: – (#84 US Modern Rock Tracks)

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Position
1998 The Billboard 200 3
1998 Top Canadian Albums 9

Singles

Year Single Chart Position
1998 "It's All Been Done" Adult Top 40 9
1998 "It's All Been Done" Modern Rock Tracks 15
1998 "It's All Been Done" The Billboard Hot 100 44
1998 "It's All Been Done" Top 40 Mainstream 18
1998 "One Week" Adult Top 40 2
1998 "One Week" Canadian Singles Chart 6
1998 "One Week" Modern Rock Tracks 1
1998 "One Week" The Billboard Hot 100 1
1998 "One Week" Top 40 Mainstream 1
1998 "One Week" Top 40 Tracks 3
1999 "Alcohol" Modern Rock Tracks 33
1999 "Call and Answer" Adult Top 40 17
1999 "Call and Answer" Top 40 Adult Recurrents 14
1999 "Call and Answer" Top 40 Tracks 40
1999 "It's All Been Done" Top 40 Tracks 19
1999 "One Week" Top 40 Adult Recurrents 1

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