Monday, July 19, 2010

If I Play the Same Three Chords...

From 1996 and the Stunt album, please ponder perhaps overly grinning Canadian power popsters Barenaked Ladies and "It's All Been Done," their undeniably catchy ode to the truth best elucidated by the great Nick Tosches.

To wit -- that the illusion of newness is pop culture's biggest sucker racket.

Barenaked Ladies - It's All Been Done .mp3
Found at bee mp3 search engine
This is a really good record, I think, with a sunny Beatle-esque chorus melody, a tasty guitar solo, and a lyrical conceit -- including a truly memorable opening line ("I met you before the fall of Rome") -- that's beautifully fleshed out. Plus it, you know, rocks. But like just about everything else I've ever heard by these guys, there's something about it I find off-putting, and I've never been able to figure out exactly why.

Something about the band's aggressively everyday-ordinary-normal-guy shtick, I suspect.