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Barenaked Ladies at Borders – What Fun!

Yesterday my friend Millie and I fought our natural lethargy and trudged over to the Century City mall to Borders where the Barenaked Ladies were going to appear – they were signing their new CD and played some tunes for the crowd. What at treat to see these witty, talented boys play in such an intimate space!

If you have ever seen them live, they are wonderful to watch – very funny, sending jabs back and forth – in this setting they were even more relaxed and fun. They took turns reading selections from books at the store – and they picked some pretty funny choices (a book on Scrabble, one on hacking networks for dummies, one on losing weight through dancing like a stripper or some such thing).

I saw them a couple of years ago at the Universal Studios venue – and they were fabulous then too – they seem to really love every minute of performing. There songs have great lyrics – they like to wax about the seemingly mundane so you see it in a new light (and brighter light). I imagine these guys sitting around – “hey, there was a spider in my room last night.” “really? Hey that would make a good song.” “Yeah, that could be deep, should I kill the spider?” Or some such existential meanderings…

One of the best songs at Universal was “Shopping” – they did this shopping cart routine ala old swimming movies (where the swimmers move in synchonized circles and create designs with their movements).

Well you know that it’s going to be alright
When we go shopping
It’s always lalalalala…
Shopping spree begin
It’s always lalalalala…
Everybody wins

They must have gotten a kick out of George W after 9/11 going on about shopping and consuming being your patriotic duty…

They often capture the zeitgeist of our self-conscious, consumer-obsessed culture.

Love the lyrics to the new song Bull in a China Shop – “”I can’t hear a thing cause I stopped listening.”

Here’s a video of them performing “Pinch Me” – turns out the sound on my Pocket PC video is pretty pathetic, but I’m uploading it nonetheless.
View video clip of Barenaked Ladies

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