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Gordon


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  • Audio CD (July 28 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sire-Wbr
  • ASIN: B000002LU8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,747 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hello City
2. Enid
3. Grade 9
4. Brian Wilson
5. Be My Yoko Ono
6. Wrap Your Arms Around Me
7. What A Good Boy
8. The King Of Bedside Manor
9. Box Set
10. I Love You
11. New Kid (On The Block)
12. Blame It On Me
13. The Flag
14. If I Had $1000000
15. Crazy

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Barenaked Ladies ~ Gordon

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On this, their debut recording for a major label, Canada's quirkiest musical troupe introduced the world to their unique blend of scathing humour, skilful musicianship, and flat-out fun. Packed with songs that have become anthems to their adoring fans, Gordon is practically a collection of Barenaked Ladies' greatest hits. This CD features "Brian Wilson", an homage to the biggest Beach Boy and an exploration of the relationship between art and neurosis; "Be My Yoko Ono", a musician's entreaty to his winsome muse; "Box Set", a relentless indictment of one-hit wonders and washed-up rockers; and the staple sing-along "If I Had $1,000,000", which you can walk around humming all day without getting bored. Literally every song on this disc features the intelligent lyrics, tight arrangements, and astonishing vocalisations that BNL have made their stock-in-trade. It's a winner all the way around. --L.A. Smith

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By Dave_42 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Jan. 28 2011
Format: Audio CD
The Barenaked Ladies debut release (or at least their major label debut) "Gordon" remains my favorite from the group. That is not to say that they don't have other very good CDs, but this one has such a wonderful collection of varieties and quirky songs that it would be difficult to top. Fortunately, they continue to try, so we get to enjoy all their efforts. "Gordon" was released on July 28th of 1992, and though it was quite successful in Canada, that success didn't cross any borders. Nevertheless, it does contain some of their biggest hits and fan favorites.

"Hello City" starts things off, a less than flattering look at Halifax, but still it is good fun. "Enid" is the first single from the album ("Be My Yoko Ono" was released before the album was recorded), a song about Steven Page's first girlfriend, but named for a waitress due to her name being "dine" in reverse. "Grade 9" is a song which pokes fun at adolescence and how awkward we all feel during that time. "Brian Wilson" is another single from the album, and a song which remains as an all-time fan favorite. The lyrics are written from the perspective of someone identifying with Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys after he was diagnosed with mental illness. "Be My Yoko Ono" was the band's first ever single and won the band a prize which allowed them to make this album. The lyrics talk about giving up everything to be with someone, i.e. their personal Yoko Ono.

Next up is "Wrap Your Arms Around Me", a song completely different in feel to all those which came before. The lyrics are also not clear, undoubtedly on purpose, mixing images from a normal healthy relationship, with those that could be taken as violent against another.
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The Barenaked Ladies, no question, are one of the best bands in alternative music. When so much alt-rock today is just DMB and Nirvana knock-offs, (not to mention lyrics that any pasty, braceface eighth-grader could've written), the Ladies are a breath of fresh air, because they fit in a class of their own. They're about 1000000 miles away from being serious like DMB and they're about 1000000 miles from being as hard-rocking as Nirvana. They make you laugh and think while delivering catchy pop melodies and $1000000 musicianship. OK, enough reference to the song. Needless to say, every great band has to start off somewhere, and "Gordon" is that somewhere. Even if it is at least a decade old, it still sounds fresh and funny. Its timeless lyrics, its impeccable eclectic-pop style, and charming (and at times, brash) wit capture the glory days of youth. These guys were 22 when they made this album, so you'd better be impressed after hearing it. Their musical maturity shows with the jazzy opener "Hello City" and their fresh knowledge of teen nature explodes with "Grade 9", which was written by the whole band. Not saying anything against Steven Page and Ed Robertson, who are both really great songwriters, but it's cool that "Grade 9" was written by all the guys. "Brian Wilson" is of course fantastic, as is the whole album. But my personal favorite is probably "Blame it on Me". Its clever commentary on human nature in a relationship and its loungy feel to it make in a winner. Now how's that for you? If this album isn't a winner, and if it isn't one of the best albums BNL has ever released, I have nothing more to discuss. Just listen, will ya?!
FINAL SCORE-9.75/10
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Once in awhile, an album just grabs you by the neck and demands to be respected (and loved?) upon first listen. Such is GORDON. I'm kinda a lazy listener sometimes, and when I throw on a new album, I often listen with just half an ear while doing other stuff. It's rare for an album to capture my imagination right off the bat.
GORDON starts with "Hello, City" which may be the weakest song on the album...so that's a drag. But this is soon followed by perhaps the strongest string of three songs in a row since a Beatles album. "Grade 9" is a laugh-out-loud funny song (at least for people who graduated high school somewhere around 1980). Lots of hysterical cultural references, great rhymes and a salute to RUSH!! I love it. This is followed by the beautiful, haunting "Brian Wilson," and then by the playful, only slightly bitter "Be My Yoko Ono." I can listen to these songs over and over.
"What a Good Boy" is sensational as well, sad and thought-provoking. Barenaked Ladies are terrific lyricists...funny and silly when they want to be...serious and romantic other times. They trade lead vocal duties between Ed Robertson (best known for his fast singing on songs like "one Week")...his stuff tends to be a bit more upbeat and sincere. Stephen Page ("Brian Wilson") has a more plaintive voice, and his lyrics are often heavily tinged with cynicism or even self-loathing.
It's all great stuff, nicely tempered by excellent musical craftsmanship. These guys aren't musical geniuses, but they do know how to craft a pop song!! That ain't bad!!!
Finally, I give major props to "If I Had A Million $," just flat out one of the funniest songs ever to get radio play.
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