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One Less Ladie

February 25, 2009 @ 08:54

It's a sad day for Canadian music. The Barenaked Ladies have broken up.

The fellas can dress it up anyway they want, but given what's happened over the past few months, and the concise message on their website, it's obvious this ain't pretty.

The official word is that Steven Page has left the band to pursue solo projects including theatrical opportunities. The remaining members of the band will continue to record and tour as the Barenaked Ladies.

It really shouldn't fool anyone. Since when did a guy have to leave a band to pursue a solo career or even become an actor? Lots of other people manage to do it; in fact I witnessed an example last week when Jim Cuddy played in Peterborough.

Without having any documented proof, I think it's safe to say the professional relationship between Page and Ed Robertson became strained after Page was arrested for cocaine possession in upstate New York last summer.

Page gave the band a huge kick in the nuts. A drug charge just didn't fit the Barenaked Ladies and it damaged their reputation as a wholesome group of Canadian guys who performed at Disney World and made children's records.

For Page to leave the band completely just doesn't make sense. What happens at the next Ladies concert when it's time for Brian Wilson, or the rest of the huge repertoire that Page is responsible for?

It just won't work.

There's more to the story.

Regardless of how you feel about the Barenaked Ladies it is a sad day. They were one of the few Canadian acts that managed to become international and they produced a lot of good music over the years.

And what about their concerts? A lot of fun times, especially in the 90s.

And what about their Humble and Fred appearances? All through the 90's and right into the new millennium the fellas always managed to make an appearance at our Christmas shows. It didn't matter how busy they were, it became a tradition for not only Humble and I, but for them as well.

The Ladies were always good to CFNY / Edge because it's where they got their initial push.

This is a picture of the Barenaked Ladies with my wife, kids and niece during the Humble and Fred Christmas Show back in 1992.

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106 Responses to "One Less Ladie"

February 25, 2009 / 10:09

The boys always show up. Do good interviews.
Music has been interesting.
And they are Scarborough boys and proud of it.
I think they were more upset at Page being caught with 2 skanky women than the cocaine charge. But that too was bad for a clean cut band.
Ed can carry a tune and they'll survive or they'll add a singer...hear JD Fortune is available?
As long as ED doesn't fly the group anywhere hinmself.
Page will do well. He has an American Idol type voice. He could use some up to date glasses and drop a few lbs.
Other than that I wish them all well. Good Canadian lads.

"Speyside Phil"
February 25, 2009 / 10:15

Page's career is history. In fact the downslide started when he decided that Politics was his game and supported Layton and the NDP.
Sorry but he really is a bit of a goof.

February 25, 2009 / 11:27

With Steven's new reputation any political aspirations he may have held are now down the tubes...the ladies will survive for a while.

February 25, 2009 / 11:58

I bet a reality show will come of this...Rockstar BNL?

February 25, 2009 / 12:42

I never liked these guys - always thought their act was stupid. However, they had a remarkable opportunity with Disney, unprecedented in Canadian music until Page snorted it up his nose.
Wayner, I disagree. Page has a future in the NDP precisely because it embraces felons - remember Svend Robinson?

February 25, 2009 / 12:52

I guess he could re-invent himself in BC

February 25, 2009 / 13:10

I never really liked these guys either. Not just their music, but the whole thing.

February 25, 2009 / 13:15

Who does he think he is? Beyonce? JT?

February 25, 2009 / 13:21

I've always found them to be a fun interview. I'm not so enthusiastic about their music, though. And it's a bit odd to that they're skewing their music to children now. Next thing you know, they'll have their own Disney series like Hannah Montana and High School Musical. Is that what these grown men really want?

February 25, 2009 / 13:26

Maybe Sarah Maclacklan will join them?
I like the Christmas song she did with them.
No she is HOT !!!!!!!!!!!

February 25, 2009 / 13:57

BNL were borderline children's music. $1,000,000 and Brian Wilson. Bit of comedy. Pop rock fluff.
What we called in the 60's Bubblegum music.

Matt from Scarboro
February 25, 2009 / 14:58

I don't know.. I think honestly the band won't be the same without Page. I digged them for his vocals.. not Ed's wussy sounding voice. I hope Steven gets it together and releases something more to his more BNL for me!

February 25, 2009 / 15:04

Sid, JD Fortune is available. Good one.

February 25, 2009 / 15:41

Boom: apparently he didn't make a 'fortune' despite playing to packed houses.
Living in his car sounds a bit dramatic though.

February 25, 2009 / 15:44

JD: Your 15 minutes is up - Thanks God!

February 25, 2009 / 17:20

Not a fan of their music but still tragic to see the problems Steve Page is going through.

Splitting up from his wife, coke problems and leaving a successful group. Next we'll read about Steve in hospital or rehab.

I think her suffers from depression. I hope he's getting treatment.

+1 on th JD Fortune observation Boomer.

Perhaps Steve page could host a radio show at the CBC with Freddie. :-)
They would be so much funnier than Q with Jian Ghomeshi

Buffalo Boy Mike
February 25, 2009 / 17:54

I kinda like the Rockstar show Idea, it kinda worked for INXS....
IT is a sad day though, They were and still are one of my favorite groups of that era.

February 26, 2009 / 08:51

It's funny how most people replying here don't care for the music of the BNL.

I agree with you all.

To me, BNL were a novelty act, not unlike The Monkees or Weird Al Yankovic.

I always sorta lumped the music into other novelty songs CFNY would play over the years. Remember Circular Impressions..or Toast..or more recently that fun little song where the guys keeps saying "whatever".

But i understand why CFNY played the's Cancon, they're a local group,etc. It never occurred to me that their music was good. I suppose it was somewhat different, but in a clownish way. I went to high school around the same time as these guys, and i lived in the same general area of scarborough, and i remember the buzz about them..but i just didn't get it. I'm happy they went on to have some success, but at the same time i felt a little embarassed because they seemed to present this image as a bunch of pasty white nerds from the great white north, dancing comically to cover up that they couldn't really dance.

So, I was actually kind of pleasantly surprised when that lead singer guy was caught with cocaine. Now THAT'S rock and roll..

February 26, 2009 / 09:39

Never liked them. Never thought their clown show was any good.

Jon from (near) Buffalo
February 26, 2009 / 09:59

It's sad, of course, but not terribly surprising given their recent output PLUS Steve's troubles.
I still think "Gordon" was their best album ever. They never quite equalled that, in my opinion. I also own the next 3, plus a live album, a cassette of their Massey Hall concert on CFNY and a bootleg recording of their New Year's Eve Buffalo show a few years back. Really loved their music, but ironically, just about the time they hit it big in the U.S. (outside of the border cities like Buffalo where they were always big), is when their music started to get a little pedestrian for me. Not really sure why.
But their live shows were something to behold and I saw at least 4 of them.
I also had the good fortune to MEET Steve and Ed when they were in town and did an interview at the TV station I worked at. I picked them up from their hotel and it was the coolest half-hour drive I ever had. What genuinely nice, down-to-earth, FUN guys they were (at least in 1994).
Too bad.

By the way, JD Fortune was NEVER good and he deserves to live in his car. He's an a-hole.

February 26, 2009 / 10:02

Lot of ink and TV time for a so-so band. lol

February 26, 2009 / 10:10

I liked them. So there.

February 26, 2009 / 11:50

There is no doubt that this group of guys were a comedy troop right from the beginning. Their name alone is the first indication of satire.

As Archie says about the songs, Million Dollars, Brian Wilson, Yoko Ono, all satire ment as comedy.

Great musicians, great singers but they should never be mentioned in the same sentence as Rush, Tragically Hip, The Guess Who, BTO as serious Canadian stars.

They are the same as Corky and the Juice Pigs, the Doo Wops and Weird Al.

Good for them that they made a living.

Maybe Page can join Sean Cullen on his comedy tour?

February 26, 2009 / 12:21

Sounds like the JD Fortune story is more interesting than Pager and being caught with two less than classy babes.

February 26, 2009 / 20:00

pay backs a bitch! page....smokin' whiskey!...and drinkin' cocaine!.....let's just hope the NDP can pay for it now. I feel sorry for the rest of the guys..they were funny and very good musicians, they will do fine.

Rick C in Oakville
February 27, 2009 / 23:09

I don't think Ed and Steve took themselves as serious musicians, they knew they were of a novelty bent, and played it for what it's worth. Happy for their success as a bunch of local guys, who could entertain.

I remember a humbling entry they had trying to break into the US market where they were the prize for a 16 year olds patio party in Florida I believe. They had a ball and didn't act like it was beneath them.

After 20 years, I think they were needing some new direction, Ed was doing his OLN gig, so his interest was diverting also. I hope Page doesn't end up on an episode of Intervention, and gets his act together. With the drug rap, he should fit in with the NDP's west coast candidates.

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