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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 145 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,512 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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The Barenaked Ladies on this album deliver a package so complete it's scary. Combining a wide variety of different genres of music including: folk, jazz, rock, bossa-nova, celtic and funk woven through surgical harmonies. We just don't see this kind of hard work and dedication in mainstream music anymore. The album shows lyrical intelligence even in the more humorous songs. The words written are always in perfect context, and express the theme of the song in a concise articulate manner. On this album the Barenaked Ladies show us that they have talent to burn, mixing the acoustic with the electric and building to climactic grooves that leave you thinking "wow" that was a great song.
Musicianship is rare these days in the mainstream market. With "Gordon" Barenaked Ladies demonstrate that you can expose people to the wonders of great musicality and still keep them interested. This is not to say that musicality in it's purest forms are not interesting ie. classical, jazz (I actually prefer the two). But to say that for the pop-culture ear, this record has a lot to offer, and shows us the reward of what true musical dedication can bring.
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GOD I love Gordon! I have to admit, through all these years, it's still my favorite BNL album. Maroon is a close second, as it really has grown on me....and then MYSD, because it's very subtle and laid-back- not like usual BNL fare! I like Stunt and BOAPS, too- but just not as much as GORDON! It's amazing that they were able to bring out such a great record on their first attempt- from start to finish, this is just a fresh and exciting array of musical brilliance! It's start of with the light and bouncy Hello City, which I certainly can relate to! Then comes Enid, which is a fan favorite at their concerts- it's exciting and well written. Grade 9 was an anthem for me when I was first started high school (obviously), and I liked Duran Duran, too (still do). Brian Wilson is perhaps one of their most classic songs, with it's ominous look about a guy who's going throught the same problems that the aformentioned musician went through (well, not quite). Be My Yoko Ono was one of their first #1 singles in Canada, and it's another song that will FORCE you to sing along with (oh, and someone tell Steven Page that we MUST blame it on Yokey!). Wrap Your Arms Around Me is an absolutley gorgeous song- right up there with When I Fall and Call and answer-it always gives me a sensation which is hard to describe (and people said that the naked ladies can never be serious!) Good Boy is another great, heartwarming song about love between friends. Bedside Manor- just plain Off-the-wall- I love it! Box Set is an almost sneering song- not bad. I Love You is straightforward in it's message, and still is a very good song. New Kid On the Block is rather ominous song-much like Brian Wilson- great song, and it almost makes you feel sorry for those guys (or maybe not).Read more ›
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My roomate in college put this in (this was back in 1994), and I got hooked. It stayed in our CD player the entire semester.
When I met the girl who would one day become my wife, our first road trip together, she put in a tape - thinking I'd have no idea what it was - and we both sang along to Brian Wilson and all the other songs. I guess you could say it brought us together.
This CD RARELY ever leaves my 10 disc changer. It's there for road trips and trips on Tuesday at 9:30 to the late night record store.
Of course we also have bought all the other BNL CDs through the years. Amy (my wife) loves Maybe You Should Drive, but I keep coming back to Gordon as the best CD in the bunch.
I would also recommend the new CD, Maroon, as it is fun and yet deep at the same time. The Ladies have great senses of humor, timing and yet are sensitive and interesting.
The music is great, the lyrics are great, and the combination is addictive. If I were ever to lose this CD and not be able to find another copy, I would be crushed.
Let's put it this way - if I were going to a dessert island and could only take X amount of CDs, this would be in the top 5!
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One sudden listen to Gordon and the listener would assume s/he was listening to a rock band veteran 5-10 years with mature music, wits, and clever song writing. It's true that Gordon has all of that, but it's their debut album for a major label! The listener simply assumes that because they sound so confident, charming, and funny that they must be an older band. They aren't old, but they are confident, charming, and funny! Each song seems clever, creative, and brilliant! Looking up and down the track listings, one can see the originality of each song. Each idea seems fresh, cool, and interesting. Something no one has ever dared to attempt. For a rather hilarious album, it starts out pretty serious. "Hello City" is a song that is serious for BNL yet not for other bands. The song talks of being weird or eccentric. Wanting to eat at 3 AM, etc. "Enid," one of the singles off the album, is a song about a young relationship that didn't last. "Grade 9" is a funny and a song that most of us can relate to. Being a freshman in high school is a very scary thought, indeed! Many dismiss the song "Brian Wilson" as a pure homage to the most talented Beach Boy. I disagree. It's my belief that "Brian Wilson" was written in an attempt to relate the Beach Boy icon. From the mentioning to Dr. Landy, and the lying in bed, it's apparent to me that this song is not a homage of any type. Suddenly the album become downright hilarious! "Be My Yoko Ono" is pretty funny! It touches on John's and Yoko's love for one another, and how BNL wishes they could love someone that much. It appears to me that Gordon is filler-free. An album that is 100% filler-free is a very strong album.Read more ›
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