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Canadian pop stars Barenaked Ladies began with lead singer Steven Page and guitarist Ed Robertson in the Toronto suburb of Scarborough where the two grew up. Although acquainted as children, the real connection took place in 1988 when both worked as counselors at a summer music camp. Playing small gigs around town, the duo caught the ears of camp alumni Jim and Andrew Creeggan, and Barenaked Ladies suddenly had a bassist and keyboardist; the addition of drummer Tyler Stewart rounded out the line-up in 1990. The quintet recorded a five-song, self-titled cassette (known to BNL fans as "The Yellow Tape") that eventually made Canadian music history as the first independent recording to sell over 80,000 units. A deal with Sire led to the 1992 debut album Gordon, which set the tone for the group's tongue-in-cheek humor, youthful pop-culture lyrics and upbeat tempos. The 1994 sophomore album Maybe You Should Drive reflected both a musical and personal growth with more sophisticated (yet still loopy) content and sound.
Guitarist/keyboardist Kevin Hearn replaced Andy Creegan and joined the band for 1996's obscuro-pop album Born on a Pirate Ship and again BNL charted new celebrity territory by appearing on an episode of Beverly Hills 90210 to perform their Top 40 hit "The Old Apartment." Success was fast, leaving BNL to sell out countless summer shows. This merry mayhem was captured on the band's first live album, Rock Spectacle which was BNL's first album to be certified gold in the U.S. Barenaked Ladies had finally arrived, positioning themselves to take over America.
Stunt, the band's fifth album, was issued in July 1998, marking a pivotal time for BNL. "One Week" was their most popular hit to date, and Stunt debuted at number three on Billboard. The North American Stunt Tour moved them from theaters and clubs and made them stadium sweethearts. Their next album Maroon was released in 2000 and that same year the band won two Juno Awards for Best Pop Album and Best Group, as well as being nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for the hit single "Pinch Me."
This morning, BNL chat with host Lynn Hoffman, and perform some of their classic hits including "Pinch Me" and "One Week" off their new release, Talk To The Hand Live In Michigan a concert CD and their first-ever live DVD.