Shoe Box

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"Shoe Box"
Single by Barenaked Ladies
from the album Born on a Pirate Ship and Friends Original TV Soundtrack
GenreAlternative rock
Producer(s)Barenaked Ladies,
Michael Phillip Wojewoda
Barenaked Ladies singles chronology
"Alternative Girlfriend"
"Shoe Box"
"If I Had $1000000"
Music video
"Shoe Box" on YouTube

"Shoe Box" is a song by Canadian band Barenaked Ladies, released as a single from their 1996 album, Born on a Pirate Ship. It is notable for being featured on the first soundtrack to the television series Friends, as well as the last track on the band's Born on a Pirate Ship album (added at the last minute). The song was also recorded and mixed for the band's live album, Rock Spectacle, but was ultimately left off, and later included on One Week single.

Music video[edit]

The video for the song was originally to feature Matt LeBlanc and Lisa Kudrow, from the sitcom Friends, but each pulled out nearly last minute, and had to be replaced with unknown actors. According to the commentary track on the DVD Barelaked Nadies, the male actor was Chris Hardwick, who later became famous for his work with Nerdist Industries. The video features a young girl who sneaks out of her bedroom to meet with an older man and go out with him for the night, only to be found by her mother and the police. At the end, the girl wakes up screaming, indicating that the scenario was only a dream. The performance portion of the video shows the band on a set with oversized props giving the appearance that they are within a shoe box kept under the girl's bed. The video is the first to feature new band member Kevin Hearn, who was not involved in the song's recording, but plays marimbas in the video nonetheless. The band later described the making of the video as a "fiasco".


The Shoe Box E.P. is a four-track E.P. which also contains an "enhanced" portion. The disc contains both the original Pirate Ship album version of "Shoe Box", as well as the radio remix, which includes an 8-bar instrumental introduction. The E.P. also includes the B-side "Trust Me", which also later appeared on the "If I Had $1000000" single; the version on the E.P. includes a count-in at the beginning that is edited from the later single version. The final track is a version of "If I Had $1000000" from The Yellow Tape (which previously appeared on the UK "Sandwich CD", which contains the first four tracks from "The Yellow Tape" in CD form).

The enhanced portion features video clips and other multimedia elements playable on a computer. However, the disc was created using the pregap format which has not been supported by Windows or Mac OS for some time, rendering the data inaccessible to most users.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Lead Vocal(s)Length
1."Shoe Box" (Radio Remix)Steven Page, Ed RobertsonPage, Robertson3:09
2."Trust Me" (Previously Unreleased)Stephen Duffy, PagePage2:51
3."If I Had $1000000" (Yellow Tape Version)Page, RobertsonPage, Robertson3:53
4."Shoe Box" (Album Version)Page, RobertsonPage2:56
Total length:18:09


  • Steven Page – lead vocals, electric guitar
  • Ed Robertson – electric guitar, background vocals
  • Jim Creeggan – double bass, background vocals
  • Tyler Stewart – drums, tambourine




  1. ^ "RPM Top 100 Hit Tracks of 1996". RPM. Retrieved November 26, 2017.

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