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Rock Spectacle (pronounced "rock spek-TAK", Canadian French for "rock show") is Barenaked Ladies' first live album. It was recorded during the band's extensive tour to promote Born On A Pirate Ship and was released on November 19, 1996 by Reprise Records. This was the first BNL record to feature Kevin Hearn, who had been hired as a replacement for Andy Creeggan after BOAPS was recorded.

Track listing[]

  1. Brian Wilson
  2. Straw Hat and Old Dirty Hank
  3. Break Your Heart
  4. Jane
  5. When I Fall
  6. Hello City
  7. What A Good Boy
  8. The Old Apartment
  9. Life, In A Nutshell
  10. These Apples
  11. If I Had $1000000

Hidden tracks:

  1. Sweetest Woman
  2. Uncle Elwyn


  • The Montreal show was also filmed, and was used as the basis for a televised pay-per-view special produced by Melodeum Productions and Buzz Image Group; this is what Ed is referring to in the banter leading up to "Uncle Elwyn" when he mentions the camera cranes. That special's performances of "Brian Wilson", "Jane", "What A Good Boy", "Life, In A Nutshell" and "If I Had $1000000" are different from the ones on the record, indicating that the Rock Spectacle versions of these songs were taken from the Chicago show.
  • The album was originally going to include a version of "Shoe Box", but it was left off at the last minute.


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