The Barenaked Ladies Get A Little More Rock And Roll

Jul 16th, 2008 // 10 Comments


Quirky-dull Canadian pop act the Barenaked Ladies has become somewhat well-known over the last decade and a half–but I doubt anyone would have guessed that a dark side lurked under their squeaky-clean exterior. Steven Page, the less Rappy Wordinghood of the band’s two singers, was arrested on Friday for possession of a controlled substance in Syracuse, N.Y. Now, if you’re like me, your immediate assumption is that Steven got caught with a recreational amount of marijuana. This is true, but not the whole story: He was also found with two women and a significant amount of cocaine. Although this would seem to make their recently released children’s album, on which Page sings about having a bad day, a more difficult sell, the band clearly has enough material to fill at least one chapter of its own Hammer of the Gods. [Globe & Mail]

  1. Jerkwheat

    This explains his energy level during their live shows.

    And thank you for not going with “One Week” up there.

  2. DaeSu

    I always liked “The Old Apartment” — weird, dark, stalker-y.

  3. encyclopediablack

    I just picture that guy walking into a bar and saying “Who wants to party with the guy who rapped about Aquaman, Sting and the X-Files? (pause) I got coke.” It probably didn’t happen like that though.

  4. NeverEnough

    1. Who does coke and remains fat? It must have been planted on him.

    2. I now have nightmarish images of him all sweaty and tweaked, manically singing “Be My Yoko Ono” for 12 hours straight. Uhg.

  5. tigerpop

    @encyclopediablack: To be fair, Page is the less rappy of the two vocalists, but funny stuff nonetheless.

    Also, he was in Syracuse. What else is there to do in Syracuse?

  6. amandacobra

    @tigerpop:

    full disclosure: i don’t know that the guy that “rap/sang” this part of the song is the guy in question…

    but that part in “one week” where he says something along the lines of

    like kurosawa i make mad films/ k i don’t make films but if i did they’d have a samurai

    sounds like every 4am coked up conversation i’ve ever heard. guilty.

  7. Audif Jackson Winters III

    @NeverEnough: “1. Who does coke and remains fat?”

    Rob Thomas, circa his “manatee-as-lead-singer” phase.

  8. NeverEnough

    @Audif Jackson Winters III: @Nicolars: Good points, actually.

  9. Nicolars

    Or Chris Farley.

  10. encyclopediablack

    @tigerpop: My mistake. It just made sense to me that the other guy was on coke or, as I imagined him calling it, “magical rapping powder.”

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