Monday, October 7, 2013

Song of the Week: Some Fantastic

In 2007, Ed Robertson of Barenaked Ladies sat down with a camera and a guitar in his bathroom and recorded solo acoustic versions of 40-some Barenaked Ladies songs. The majority of these songs are the more sedate tunes rather than their crowd pleasers (though "1000000 Dollars" and "One Week" are featured), almost foreshadowing the tonal shift of the band after the 2009 departure of Steven Page.  Page shows up in some of the videos, but it's mostly just Robertson.

These stripped down versions are a fun way to re-evaluate some of their tunes.  I can't tell you how long the bathroom version of "Aluminum" sticks in my head.

This week's song is "Some Fantastic", which was always one of my favorites. I understand there were reasons Page and the band parted ways, but there's no denying the magic of the two of them singing in harmony.

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