Born on a Pirate Ship

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Born on a Pirate Ship
Barenaked Ladies - Born on a Pirate Ship.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 19, 1996
RecordedApril–July 1995
StudioThe Gas Station, Toronto
Reaction Studios, Toronto
Manta Eastern, Toronto
Right Tracks Studio, Saskatoon
GenreAlternative rock
Length51:39
LabelReprise
ProducerBarenaked Ladies, Michael Phillip Wojewoda
Barenaked Ladies chronology
Maybe You Should Drive
(1994)
Born on a Pirate Ship
(1996)
Rock Spectacle
(1996)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic2/5 stars [1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2/5 stars[3]

Born on a Pirate Ship (sometimes abbreviated BOAPS[4]) is the third full-length studio album by Barenaked Ladies (BNL), featuring the songs "Shoe Box", "The Old Apartment", "When I Fall" and "Break Your Heart." "The Old Apartment" would become BNL's first US hit in 1997 and began the process of winning many new American fans. As for tradition, the band recorded one song, "Back", completely naked.

This was the first album recorded following the departure of keyboardist Andy Creeggan, who had considered leaving before the recording of their previous album, Maybe You Should Drive.[5] BOAPS was recorded as a four-piece. Kevin Hearn is not credited on the album, but joined the group for the 1995 tour that preceded the album's release in time to be thanked in the liner notes for "injecting new spirit."

Steven Page and Ed Robertson returned to writing together, as they did upon the band's formation, but had abandoned following the release of Gordon,[5] Tracks recorded for this album but left off the finished record are: "Trust Me" (earlier recorded for Maybe You Should Drive but left off the album—included on the Shoe Box EP) and "Back" (included on the "Brian Wilson 2000" single).

The front cover features a boy in a newspaper hat pulling at his cheeks, in reference to the childhood prank alluded to by the album's title (saying "I was born on a pirate ship" while pulling on his cheeks outwards sounds like "I was born on a pile of shit"). Contrary to popular belief, this is not a childhood picture of BNL bassist Jim Creeggan, but rather a child actor hired for the photos.

The album is also an enhanced CD. The data track contains audio samples from the band's previous two CDs, a short montage of press photos, several of the band's music videos, a short trivia quiz, and a pair of "behind the scenes" videos from the band. Similar content was included and expanded upon on the Shoe Box E.P.; however, the format of the enhanced CD used in the creation of that CD renders the data track inaccessible on modern operating systems.

Although a moderate hit in Canada reaching No. 18, the album only managed No. 111 in the US. Born On A Pirate Ship was awarded gold status in the U.S. in 2000, after the band became more popular there.

Track listing[edit]

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

No.TitleLead vocalsLength
1."Stomach vs. Heart"Steven Page2:29
2."Straw Hat and Old Dirty Hank"Steven Page3:23
3."I Know"Ed Robertson3:02
4."This Is Where It Ends"Steven Page2:53
5."When I Fall"Ed Robertson4:04
6."I Live with It Every Day" (Steven Page, Stephen Duffy)Steven Page4:30
7."The Old Apartment"Steven Page3:29
8."Call Me Calmly" (Steven Page)Steven Page2:52
9."Break Your Heart" (Steven Page)Steven Page4:57
10."Spider in My Room" (Jim Creeggan)Jim Creeggan4:03
11."Same Thing" (Ed Robertson)Ed Robertson4:01
12."Just a Toy"Steven Page3:42
13."In the Drink" (Jim Creeggan)Jim Creeggan5:12
14."Shoe Box"Steven Page2:57
15."If I Had $1000000"Steven Page, Ed Robertson4:35

Personnel[edit]

Barenaked Ladies

  • Jim Creeggan – vocals, double bass, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, dobro, fiddle, piano, electric double bass, percussion, yells
  • Steven Page – vocals, sound effects, electric guitar, percussion, yells
  • Ed Robertson – vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, pedal steel guitar, bass guitar, cowbell, sound effects, yells
  • Tyler Stewart – drums, piano, vibraphone, percussion, shaker, Fisher-Price xylophone, tambourine, background vocals, phat drumz guy, yells

Additional personnel

Production

  • Producers: Barenaked Ladies, Michael Phillip Wojewoda
  • Engineer: Michael Phillip Wojewoda
  • Assistant engineers: Jeff Elliott, Tom Heron, Dale Morningstar
  • Mixing: Michael Phillip Wojewoda
  • Piano preparation: Robin Billinton, Steven Page

Singles[edit]

Single information
"The Old Apartment"
  • Released: 1997
  • Formats: CD, 7"
  • Highest US chart position: 88[citation needed]
"Shoe Box"
  • Released: 1995
  • Format: CD

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Position
1996 Heatseekers 4[citation needed]
1996 Billboard 200 111[citation needed]

Singles

Year Chart Position
"The Old Apartment" Billboard Hot 100 88[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stewart Mason. "Born on a Pirate Ship". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-01-17.
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8.
  3. ^ Wolk, Douglas (2004). "Barenaked Ladies". The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). New York: Simon & Schuster. pp. 44–45. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  4. ^ Used by fans, and by the band, as exemplified on the BNL Blog Archived July 30, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ a b Punter, Jennie (June 1996). "Barenaked Ladies: Spontaneity And Surprise". Impact. Archived from the original on June 11, 2004. Retrieved March 1, 2010.