Maybe You Should Drive

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Maybe You Should Drive
Barenaked Ladies - Maybe You Should Drive.jpg
Studio album by Barenaked Ladies
Released August 16, 1994
Recorded 1994
Genre Alternative rock, jangle pop, college rock
Length 45:46
Label Reprise
Producer Ben Mink
Barenaked Ladies chronology
Gordon
(1992)Gordon1992
Maybe You Should Drive
(1994)
Born on a Pirate Ship
(1996)Born on a Pirate Ship1996
Singles from Maybe You Should Drive
  1. "Jane"
    Released: 1994
  2. "Alternative Girlfriend"
    Released: 1995
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[3]

Maybe You Should Drive (commonly abbreviated MYSD) is the second studio album by Barenaked Ladies. It was released in August 1994 and went double platinum in Canada, reaching No. 3 upon its release. It was also their first album to chart in the US, peaking at No. 175 on the Billboard 200. Unlike on their previous album, Gordon, Steven Page and Ed Robertson did not collaborate as frequently.[4]

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.'"[4]

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.[4] 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.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
1."Jane"Steven Page, Stephen DuffySteven Page4:04
2."Intermittently"Steven PageSteven Page3:05
3."These Apples"Ed RobertsonEd Robertson3:10
4."You Will Be Waiting"Steven PageSteven Page3:45
5."A"Steven PageSteven Page4:20
6."Everything Old Is New Again"Steven Page, Stephen DuffySteven Page, Ed Robertson4:13
7."Alternative Girlfriend"Steven Page, Stephen DuffySteven Page4:23
8."Am I the Only One?"Ed RobertsonEd Robertson4:49
9."Little Tiny Song"Andy CreegganAndy Creeggan1:02
10."Life, in a Nutshell"Steven Page, Ed RobertsonSteven Page3:14
11."The Wrong Man Was Convicted"Steven Page, Stephen DuffySteven Page5:06
12."Great Provider"Jim Creeggan, Steven Page, Ed RobertsonEd Robertson4:35

Personnel[edit]

Barenaked Ladies

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Position
1994 Heatseekers 8
1994 The Billboard 200 175

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  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. ^ a b c Punter, Jennie (June 1996). "Barenaked Ladies: Spontaneity And Surprise". Impact. Archived from the original on June 11, 2004. Retrieved 2010-03-01.