Barenaked Ladies: Chart Beat Meet & Greet (Video)

The quartet chats about its new album 'Grinning Streak' and its 25-year history as a band known for humor (as well as the financial climate of New Brunswick …)

"I think the record is more upbeat. It's our second as a four-piece. When we made the last record, it was pretty soon after we'd had major changes in the band."

Kevin Hearn of Barenaked Ladies discussed the group's 11th studio album, "Grinning Streak," at a recent visit to Billboard's New York studios. The Canadian band's keyboardist was joined by (left to right in the video above) lead singer/guitarist Ed Robertson, drummer Tyler Stewart and bassist Jim Creeggan.

"Grinning Streak" soared onto the Billboard 200 albums chart last week at No. 10, marking the band's first top 10 set since "Everything to Everyone" peaked at No. 10 nearly 10 years ago. The new release is, as Hearn notes, the group's second following the departure of founding member Steven Page in 2009. The first, "All in Good Time," reached No. 23 in 2010.

"We've done a few tours with this lineup," Hearn says. As the group celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, "I think we've been able to relax more and have fun."



Having fun is, of course, BNL's signature. Still, when you're best known for fun songs with goofy lyrics, like their 1998 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 "One Week," there's a chance that you might not get enough credit for your craft (despite the band having won seven Juno Awards between 1993 and 2009). "I think it was tougher in our earlier days. We were often written off as just a comedy group with novelty songs," Hearn recalls. "Not all people like humor in their music. But, we built our audience by playing shows, tour after tour, and eventually our songs were on the radio."

"Humor is just a part of the way we relate intrinsically to each other," Roberston says.

The band's style was, thus, a natural when it got the call in 2007 to write and perform the theme to the (eventual smash) CBS sitcom "The Big Bang Theory." "It was a total pleasure," Robertson says. "It's a nerdy theme song and I'm proud of having written it."

Does BNL never have to work again thanks to the royalties of a track heard nightly on TV sets around the world? "No," laughs Robertson. "I would have to radically alter my lifestyle to be set for life from that song."

"I believe a single woman living in Meductic, New Brunswick, would be set for life," Stewart adds.

"A single woman … no children … and a part-time job," Robertson clarifies.

"And, she inherited the house."




Check out our entire exclusive interview with Barenaked Ladies, as well as their performances of their new songs "Odds Are" and "Boomerang," above and please feel free to share your thoughts about the merry music-makers in the comments section below.


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