|Born on a Pirate Ship|
|Studio album by|
|Released||March 19, 1996|
|Studio||The Gas Station, Toronto|
Reaction Studios, Toronto
Manta Eastern, Toronto
Right Tracks Studio, Saskatoon
|Producer||Barenaked Ladies, Michael Phillip Wojewoda|
|Barenaked Ladies chronology|
|Encyclopedia of Popular Music|||
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
Born on a Pirate Ship 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.
Born on a Pirate Ship was recorded as a four-piece quartet, following the departure of keyboardist Andy Creeggan. Kevin Hearn is not credited on the album, but joined the group for the 1995 tour preceding the album's release in time to be thanked in the liner notes for "injecting new spirit."
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. 12, the album managed No. 111 in the US. Born on a Pirate Ship was awarded gold status in the U.S. in 2000.
The title and front cover photo refers to a vulgar joke that was popular around the time the band members were children. One kid would instruct another to pull back the corners of their mouth with their fingers (but not stick their tongue out) and say, "I was born on a pirate ship." The result would sound like them saying, "I was born on a pile o' shit." Sometimes "with a bunch of apples" would be added at the end, which would come out as "with a bunch of assholes."
|1.||"Stomach vs. Heart"||Steven Page||2:29|
|2.||"Straw Hat and Old Dirty Hank"||Steven Page||3:23|
|3.||"I Know"||Ed Robertson||3:02|
|4.||"This Is Where It Ends"||Steven Page||2:53|
|5.||"When I Fall"||Ed Robertson||4:04|
|6.||"I Live with It Every Day"||Steven Page||4:30|
|7.||"The Old Apartment"||Steven Page||3:29|
|8.||"Call Me Calmly"||Steven Page||Steven Page||2:52|
|9.||"Break Your Heart" (Originally recorded for Maybe You Should Drive)||Steven Page||Steven Page||4:57|
|10.||"Spider in My Room"||Jim Creeggan||Jim Creeggan||4:03|
|11.||"Same Thing" (Originally recorded for Maybe You Should Drive)||Ed Robertson||Ed Robertson||4:01|
|12.||"Just a Toy"||Steven Page||3:42|
|13.||"In the Drink"||Jim Creeggan||Jim Creeggan||5:12|
|14.||"Shoe Box"||Steven Page||2:57|
- 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
- Bryan Adams – yells
- Chris Brown – organ
- Mark Fewer – violin
- Gene Hardy – tenor saxophone, saw
- Hugh Marsh – fiddle
- Murray McLauchlan – harmonica
- Michael Phillip Wojewoda – background vocals, tambourine, sound effects, yells
- Tony Rapoport – viola
- Tim Walsh – trombone
- Stoney Park Pow-Wow Singers – singing and drumming
- Robert Tilton – sample saying "and you have faith! You just need to use it, saith the Lord" on "I Know"
- 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
|"The Old Apartment"
|1996||Billboard 200||111|
|"The Old Apartment"||Billboard Hot 100||88|
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