Stop Us If You've Heard This One Before

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For the album by The Wildhearts, see Stop Us If You've Heard This One Before, Vol 1.
Stop Us If You've Heard
This One Before
Compilation album by Barenaked Ladies
Released May 8, 2012[1][2]
Recorded 1992–2003
Genre Alternative rock
Length 43:06[3]
Label Rhino Records[1][2]
Barenaked Ladies chronology
Hits from Yesterday & the Day Before
Stop Us If You've Heard This One Before
Grinning Streak

Stop Us If You've Heard This One Before is a compilation album by Barenaked Ladies which includes rare recordings dating between 1992 and 2003. The album was originally planned as a companion to or even as part of a deluxe version of Hits from Yesterday & the Day Before, a greatest hits album released in September 2011; however, the release was pushed back to May 8, 2012, making it a standalone release. The twelve-track album [2] contains ten never-before-released tracks, as well as two previously released rarities.[1]

The album was released by Rhino Records,[1] a subsidiary of Warner Music Group which is also the parent company of Reprise Records. Reprise was Barenaked Ladies' record label from their first album, Gordon in 1992, through Everything to Everyone in 2003. As a result, Warner holds the rights to the band's recordings made during that period, notwithstanding the fact that the band has been independent since that time.

Album contents[edit]

Stop Us If You've Heard This One Before contains 12 songs spanning 1992 to 2003.[1] It contains four final studio recordings (B-sides not included on albums), three live recordings, three demos, an "outtake" and a remix.[1]

Two tracks ("One Week" (Pull's Break Remix) and "Yes! Yes!! Yes!!!") were previously released as B-sides on singles, and in other releases.[1] "I Don't Get It Anymore" is the only final studio recording included for which the song was not later re-recorded and released on an album. "Second Best" appears on Everything To Everyone, and "Adrift", "Half A Heart" and "I Can, I Will, I Do" were subsequently re-recorded for Barenaked Ladies Are Me/Men.[1]

Much of the material on Stop Us comes from late in the band's Reprise period. Four of the tracks come from 2003's Everything to Everyone (their final Reprise album), two more come from the sessions for 2001's Disc One: All Their Greatest Hits (1991-2001),[1] and one track comes from the sessions of 2000's "Maroon". The remaining tracks include three live recordings from 1992 to 1994, a demo of The Old Apartment (final version released in 1996) and the "One Week" (Pull's Break Remix), (previously released in 1999).

The early live recordings include "Same Thing" from 1992, a song later released (somewhat rewritten) on Born on a Pirate Ship in 1996; "Teenage Wasteland" from 1993, an original song of which only bootleg live recordings exist, and which is not known to have ever been recorded in-studio; and "Shake Your Rump" from 1994, a cover of a Beastie Boys song which Barenaked Ladies performed during their 1994-95 tour.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[4]
Starpulse 3/5 stars[5]
411mania 6/10 stars[6]
Lithium Magazine Positive[7]
The Muse C [8]

The album has received mixed to positive reviews.

Release versions[edit]

Aside from the standard CD and digital releases, on May 1, 2012, an advertisement briefly appeared on the band's homepage for "The Deluxe Rarities Package" which included Stop Us and Hits from Yesterday & the Day Before in a special 2-disc tall package which also displays two souvenir BNL guitar picks. The package also purportedly contains a signed and hand-numbered lithograph, as well as a booklet with never-before-seen photos of the band, letters, drawings from fans, and "much more".[9] The advertisement was thought to have been accidentally unveiled a week early, but there was no mention of it for months after it was taken down. It was finally released under the title "Rarenaked Ladies" in the latter part of 2012.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Lead Vocal(s) Length
1. "I Don't Get It Anymore" Steven Page, Ed Robertson Robertson 5:05
2. "Yes! Yes!! Yes!!!" (Stereo Mix) Kevin Hearn, Page, Robertson Page 2:45
3. "Half A Heart" Page, Robertson Robertson 4:51
4. "The Old Apartment" (Demo; recorded in 1995) Page, Robertson Page 1:48
5. "Shake Your Rump" (Live at the Santa Maria Hilton on 10/13/1994) Adam Horowitz, Adam Yauch, Michael Diamond, Matt Dike, Mike Simpson Andy Creeggan, Page, Robertson, Tyler Stewart 2:54
6. "Same Thing" (Live Somewhere in Canada, 1992) Robertson Robertson 4:11
7. "One Week" (Pull's Break Remix) Robertson Page, Robertson 3:24
8. "Teenage Wasteland" (Live at Massey Hall, 4/3/1993) Page, Robertson Robertson 4:08
9. "Long While" (Demo) Jim Creeggan, Page, Robertson Page 3:50
10. "Second Best" (Demo) Hearn, Page, Robertson Page 3:41
11. "I Can, I Will, I Do" Page, Robertson Page 3:09
12. "Adrift" (Outtake) Hearn, Page, Robertson Hearn, Robertson 3:30
Total length: 43:06

(Tracks 2 and 7 are previously released, alternate versions of Tracks 3, 10, 11, and 12 are previously released)

  • Track 2 was originally released as a B-side on the UK single of "Celebrity".
  • Track 7 was originally released on 12" vinyl, along with 3 other mixes of the song.
  • Tracks 1 and 11 were recorded during the Disc One: All Their Greatest Hits (1991–2001) sessions in 2001.
  • Tracks 2, 9, 10, and 12 were recorded during the Everything to Everyone sessions from 2002-2003.
  • Track 3 was recorded during the Maroon sessions in 2000.


Barenaked Ladies

  • Andy Creeggan (Only on live tracks) - piano, synthesizer, vocals
  • Jim Creeggan - double bass, electric bass, electric double bass, vocals
  • Kevin Hearn - accordion, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, electric piano, keyboards, organ, piano, synthesizer, vocals
  • Ed Robertson - acoustic guitar, electric guitar, vocals
  • Steven Page - acoustic guitar, electric guitar, vocals
  • Tyler Stewart - drums, percussion, vocals


  • Art Direction: Chris Billheimer
  • Band Management: Jordan Feldstein, Rich Egan (CAM8)
  • Mastering/Mixing: Brad Blackwood
  • Project Assistance: Mike Engstrom, Linzi Schall, Erin Solis, Manson Williams, Steve Woolard