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Barenaked Ladies Are Men

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Once-whimsical pop rock band digs a little deeper.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Political opinions against the Bush administration expressed in "Fun and Games" and the girl in "Down to Earth" who's anything but, speaks to people being genuine.

Violence

"Fun and Games" is ironically the only song that's quite violent in content with references to war and world politics ("they were blown in half").

Sex
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Language
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Consumerism

"Serendipity" mentions a girl working at Dairy Queen; "Down to Earth" speaks of a hippie in Versace.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this album is much less silly than the song's on the band's previous CD ("Fun and Games" takes a jab at the American government and the present-day politics), but the Barenaked Ladies still manage to keep their wit and harmonic vocals intact. There's nary a swear word or anything that would make this album inappropriate for kids. One note: If you don't have iTunes on your computer, you'll have to download a fairly complex recording program called UmixIt just to listen to the CD. If you're tech-savvy, the program has a lot of cool effects. If not, you may not be able to even figure out how to play the songs.

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What's the story?

BARENAKED LADIES ARE MEN is the 11th album released by these offbeat, yet oft-introspective Canadian boys. With songs about the war and the pressures of creating good music, this album may be a little less lighthearted than their others. The guys take turns singing both lead and back-up vocals, which always give Barenaked Ladies some variety in their sound. \"Down to Earth\" is a quippy little tune about a woman who thinks her actions are as honest as her convictions: \"What's more ironic than a hippie in Versace?/It's all peace and love and limousines/You've got the right message but the wrong intentions.\"

Is it any good?

QUALITY

The standout song with a message on Barenaked Ladies Are Men is "Fun and Games." Parents can talk to their kids about the frank commentary on American politics and world issues such as war and the environment. The band is very clear about their beliefs: "It was a gag/It was all for a laugh/We knew your sons and daughters would be blown in half/We were just pulling legs." Regardless of one's political leanings, these lyrics are a great conversation starter.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the lyrics in "Fun and Games." Why that title when the lyrics say things like "they were shocked and they were awed and they were blown in half"? What are they saying about the world? Is it effective to try to get your message out in a song? If you could write a song that spoke to your values, what would it say?

Music details

Artist:Barenaked Ladies
Release date:February 6, 2007
Label:Desperation Records
Genre:Pop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Adult Written byLooseSeal88 October 22, 2013

Common Sense is missing an offending lyric. :)

I'm just going to mention the sly reference to a sexual act in the song "Down to Earth." I think it is hilarious that Common Sense missed that one. The line is: "It's like making love to a tv. It's kind of novel, but it's miles away from satisfying." It's apparent to me what he is referring to. ;) It's interesting because Common Sense tends to overexaggerate the content in things, but they missed that. Anyways, BNL is great. You'll have a hard time finding a cleaner modern band and they're pretty much some of the most talented guys in the industry, so check out the album regardless.
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Too much sex
Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 September 14, 2012

barenaked ladies are men

Families can talk about the lyrics in "Fun and Games." Why that title when the lyrics say things like "they were shocked and they were awed and they were blown in half"? What are they saying about the world? Is it effective to try to get your message out in a song? If you could write a song that spoke to your values, what would it say?
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Great messages
Too much violence
Too much consumerism

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