Stunt (album)

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Stunt
Barenaked Ladies - Stunt.jpg
Studio album by Barenaked Ladies
Released July 7, 1998
Recorded February–March 1998
Genre Alternative rock
Length 51:21
Label Reprise
Producer Barenaked Ladies, David Leonard, Susan Rogers
Barenaked Ladies chronology
Rock Spectacle
(1996)Rock Spectacle1996
Stunt
(1998)
Maroon
(2000)Maroon2000
Singles from Stunt
  1. "One Week"
    Released: September 22, 1998
  2. "It's All Been Done"
    Released: February 23, 1999
  3. "Call and Answer"
    Released: July 13, 1999
  4. "Alcohol"
    Released: 1999
  5. "Told You So"
    Released: 1999 (cassette)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars [1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[2]
Los Angeles Times2.5/4 stars[3]
NME1/10[4]
Paste7.4/10[5]
Rolling Stone2.5/5 stars [6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[7]
Sputnikmusic5/5 stars[8]

Stunt is the fourth full-length studio album by Barenaked Ladies. Their most successful album, it entered the US charts at No. 3 and sold over 4 million units by the end of its chart run. Its first single, "One Week" became the band's breakthrough single in the US market by hitting No. 1 (selling over 5 million copies). The song also reached No. 5 in the UK, and helped revitalize their career in the band's home country of Canada, where their fame had diminished since the days of their debut album Gordon. In addition, follow-up singles "It's All Been Done", "Alcohol" and "Call and Answer" were each successful to some degree.

Stunt is the first studio album to feature keyboardist/guitarist Kevin Hearn, who originally joined the band for the Born on a Pirate Ship tour in 1995. Shortly after the release of the album, Hearn was diagnosed with leukemia. He spent the Stunt tour receiving chemotherapy and was replaced by Chris Brown and Greg Kurstin in the interim.

Tracks recorded for Stunt that did not appear on the album were "Long Way Back Home" and "She's On Time." These tracks appear as hidden tracks on the "limited edition" version of the album. "Long Way Back Home" was used during the closing credits for the band's Stunt tour documentary Barenaked in America.

There was also a special edition of the album which contained the standard 13 tracks plus a second disc including two versions of "Brian Wilson" (the album version and the "2000" version), and live versions of "The Old Apartment", "Jane", "When I Fall", "If I Had $1000000" and "Straw Hat and Old Dirty Hank".[9]

As with each of their earlier albums, the band recorded one song, "Alcohol", completely naked.

The album was released on vinyl June 2, 2015.[10]

Track listing[edit]

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

No.TitleLead vocalsLength
1."One Week" (writer: Robertson)Steven Page, Ed Robertson2:49
2."It's All Been Done" (writer: Page)Page3:26
3."Light Up My Room"Robertson3:36
4."I'll Be That Girl" (writers: Page, Stephen Duffy)Page3:34
5."Leave"Robertson3:24
6."Alcohol" (writers: Page, Duffy)Page3:43
7."Call and Answer" (writers: Page, Duffy)Page5:49
8."In the Car" (writer: Page)Page3:53
9."Never Is Enough"Robertson3:23
10."Who Needs Sleep?"Robertson3:44
11."Told You So"Robertson4:21
12."Some Fantastic"Page, Robertson4:16
13."When You Dream"Page5:19
14."She's On Time" (bonus tracks on limited edition)Page3:22
15."Long Way Back Home" (bonus tracks on limited edition)Robertson4:39

Personnel[edit]

Barenaked Ladies

  • Jim Creeggan – electric bass (2, 6, 11), violin (5), electric double bass (1, 13), cello (7, 11), background vocals (2, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13), double bass (3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12), arco bass (11), handclaps (8), acoustic double bass (13)
  • Kevin Hearnorgan (8), synthesizer (6, 7, 11), banjo (4), piano (6, 7, 12), accordion (4), electric guitar (1, 5, 8, 11), keyboards (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 12, 13), electric piano (3), background vocals (2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 12), clavinet (10), melodica (8), sampling (13), wah wah guitar (5), handclaps (8)
  • Steven Pageacoustic guitar (2, 3, 4, 13), electric guitar (2, 6, 10), background vocals (1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11), flute (10), piano (11), lead vocals (2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 13), phat drumz guy (9), co-lead vocals (12), handclaps (8)
  • Ed Robertson – acoustic guitar (all but 4), electric guitar (all but 13), percussion (12), background vocals (1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 13), lead vocals (3, 5, 9, 10, 11), co-lead vocals (12), dans la maison (1), invisible rap (6), "Employee of the Month-July 1985" (9), handclaps (8)
  • Tyler Stewart – percussion (2, 5, 6, 7, 10, 12, 13), bongos (6, 8), drums (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11), background vocals (2, 9, 10), dans la maison (1), snare drums (12), handclaps (8)

Additional personnel

  • Colin Alexander – scratching (9)
  • Pierre "French Pete" Tremblay – background vocals (10)
  • Natasha Hébert – Parlez Français (2)
  • Sue Drew – Expert Violin Tuning (5)
  • "Party" recorded live at Jimmy C's birthday (6)
  • "Hala Hala Hala" sampled by Don Garbutt (10)

Production

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Position
1998 Billboard 200 3[citation needed]
1998 Canadian Albums 9[citation needed]
1998 New Zealand Albums[11] 20
1999 Australian Albums[11] 42

Singles

Year Single Chart Position
1998 "It's All Been Done" Adult Top 40 9[citation needed]
1998 "It's All Been Done" Modern Rock Tracks 15[citation needed]
1998 "It's All Been Done" Billboard Hot 100 44[citation needed]
1998 "It's All Been Done" Top 40 Mainstream 18[citation needed]
1998 "One Week" Adult Top 40 2[citation needed]
1998 "One Week" Canadian Singles Chart 6[citation needed]
1998 "One Week" Modern Rock Tracks 1[citation needed]
1998 "One Week" Billboard Hot 100 1[citation needed]
1998 "One Week" Top 40 Mainstream 1[citation needed]
1998 "One Week" Australia (ARIA Charts)[12] 16
1998 "One Week" Netherlands (Single Top 100)[13] 79
1998 "One Week" Top 40 Tracks 3[citation needed]
1999 "Alcohol" Modern Rock Tracks 33[citation needed]
1999 "Call and Answer" Adult Top 40 17[citation needed]
1999 "Call and Answer" Top 40 Adult Recurrents 14[citation needed]
1999 "Call and Answer" Top 40 Tracks 40[citation needed]
1999 "It's All Been Done" Top 40 Tracks 19[citation needed]
1999 "One Week" Top 40 Adult Recurrents 1[citation needed]
1999 "Told You So" Modern Rock Tracks 84

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stunt at AllMusic
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8. 
  3. ^ WRITERS, CALENDAR (December 3, 1998). "Top Pop Albums" – via LA Times. 
  4. ^ "Barenaked Ladies: Stunt (Reprise)". Archived from the original on August 17, 2000. Retrieved December 11, 2017. 
  5. ^ Salmon, Ben (10 July 2018). "Barenaked Ladies: Stunt: 20th Anniversary Edition Review". Paste. Retrieved 15 July 2018. 
  6. ^ "Barenaked Ladies: Stunt : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". April 12, 2008. Archived from the original on April 12, 2008. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ "Review: Barenaked Ladies - Stunt - Sputnikmusic". 
  9. ^ "Stunt – Special Edition". November 22, 1999 – via Amazon. 
  10. ^ "Stunt". June 2, 2015 – via Amazon. 
  11. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. "charts.org.nz - Barenaked Ladies - Stunt". www.charts.org.nz. 
  12. ^ Hung, Steffen. "australian-charts.com - Barenaked Ladies - One Week". australian-charts.com. 
  13. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Barenaked Ladies - One Week". hitparade.ch.