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Buck Naked is Barenaked Ladies' very first demo tape, recorded when the band consisted solely of Steven Page and Ed Robertson. It was recorded and released in four different incarnations between the beginning of the band's career in October 1988 and the addition of Jim Creeggan and Andy Creeggan to the lineup in December 1989.

Track listing(s) Edit

1st version:

  1. Road Runner (cover of the theme song to The Roadrunner Show by Barbara Cameron)
  2. Only You
  3. Night Photographs
  4. Wishing Well (Terence Trent D'Arby cover)
  5. Really Don't Know

2nd version:

  1. Roadrunner
  2. Lilac Girl
  3. The Trouble With Tracy
  4. Couldn't Care Less
  5. The Great Provider
  6. Night Photographs
  7. Make My Heart Fly (cover of The Proclaimers)
  8. A Message To Rudy (cover of The Specials)
  9. Wishing Well
  10. Psycho Killer (cover of Talking Heads)
  11. Roadrunner (reprise)
  12. How's the Level?

3rd version:

  1. Roadrunner
  2. Lilac Girl
  3. Trouble With Tracy
  4. Couldn't Care Less
  5. The Great Provider
  6. Night Photographs
  7. Be My Yoko Ono
  8. Really Don't Know
  9. Make My Heart Fly
  10. A Message To Rudy
  11. Wishing Well
  12. Roadrunner (reprise)
  13. How's the Level?

4th version:

  1. Roadrunner
  2. Lilac Girl
  3. King of Bedside Manor
  4. Trouble With Tracy
  5. Great Provider
  6. Night Photographs
  7. Make My Heart Fly
  8. Really Don't Know
  9. Be My Yoko Ono
  10. Psycho Killer
  11. Rudi, A Message to You
  12. If I Had $1000000
  13. Wishing Well
  14. Careless
  15. How's the Level?
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Liner notes for the 4th version of the tape

Notes & Trivia Edit

  • Ed has claimed that about 500 copies of the tape were made in total, while Steve has said the number is closer to 150.[1] The MYSD.org discography claims 250 copies were made.[2]
  • The Buck Naked version of "Great Provider" was later included as a B-side on the "Jane" CD single in 1994.
    Barenaked Ladies - Buck Naked (1989 Demo Tape) - NEW RIP 2018

    Barenaked Ladies - Buck Naked (1989 Demo Tape) - NEW RIP 2018

    Peter and Macoland's lossless upload of the tape (via YouTube)

  • The first version of the tape credits Steve with playing the sitar and Ed with playing the tablas; both are instruments usually heard in Indian music. The liner notes also carry the message "This is the kind of Christmas present you receive from a poverty stricken barenaked lady", and the second side of the tape includes most of The Police's 1980 album Zenyatta Mondata. [2]
  • Low-quality MP3 bootlegs of the tape circulated on the internet for years before BNL bootleg curator Macoland and a person named Peter (screen name "waymu") released lossless audio files sourced from an original tape in late July 2018.

References Edit

  1. http://www.barenaked.net/discography.php
  2. 2.0 2.1 https://mysd.org/discography/index.html
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