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Gordon

Barenaked Ladies Audio CD
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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
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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Barenaked From The Start Jan. 28 2011
By Dave_42 TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Funny and Great...as usaul! June 2 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Even tho I haven't brought this yet. I can tell it's gonna be great-just-wait-or-is-it-too-little, too late...never mind. I'm buying this CD partly because of, If I Had $1000000. I love that song! It makes me laugh everytime! Ciao 4 now!
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5.0 out of 5 stars GORDON BEST SO FAR FROM .... B.N.L. May 14 2004
Format:Audio CD
This cd is the best in my opinon of all the work's by B.N.L.
Stunt and maroon just do do not measure up to Gordon. This would be included in my top 100 maybe even top 10 would stick it in my bag if ever stranded on a island or lost out in the milky way till end of time.... Best Canadian import to the states since the Guess Who/Besides there beer!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A grand start to a grand career May 4 2004
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this for your nephew in junior high. April 26 2004
Format:Audio CD
One thing about the Barenaked Ladies is that they're really hilarious guys, and their humor shines through in their music and concerts especially. I love their antics during interviews, they totally crack me up. Gordon is that album you remember from elementary or junior high and you got a real kick out of it for its silliness and immaturity. I know I did. The Barenaked Ladies were these 5 Canadian nerdy clowns who became among the coolest of the cool in American music. Lead singer Steven Page has a gifted voice, and I'm sure those choir lessons he took back in school helped out. I also love the fact that they use all those wacky instruments. I think they're the only rock band to have a sax player.
David Rehak
author of "A Young Girl's Crimes"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely a must own CD April 6 2004
Format:Audio CD
The first time I heard this album, I thought it was a greatest hits album because I'd never heard of BNL. I was hooked immediately and I've heard them live and they are just as great live as in the studio.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not one bad song... March 16 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I've always liked these guys but I recently listened to this CD for the first time in its entirety and I was blown away. I thought all their other CDs were awesome but this one might just top the rest of them. CD after CD of top quality stuff...it's impressive that they can churn these out so quickly.
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