Barenaked Ladies (often abbreviated BNL or occasionally BnL) is a Canadian alternative rock band. The band is currently composed of Jim Creeggan, Kevin Hearn, Ed Robertson, and Tyler Stewart. Barenaked Ladies formed in 1988 in Scarborough, Ontario, then a suburban municipality outside the City of Toronto. They are also known for their light-hearted, comedic performance style. Their live shows are known for humorous banter between songs and improvised raps/songs, both of which are staples at virtually every concert. Original keyboardist Andy Creeggan left the band in 1995, and founding member Steven Page departed in 2009.
The full band's first commercial release was 1991's “The Yellow Tape,” and the tape became the first indie release by any band to achieve platinum status (100,000 copies) in Canada.
The band's first full album, “Gordon,” was released in 1992 and was a big success in Canada. It included some of the band's most well-known songs, including "Enid", the first single; "Be My Yoko Ono", "If I Had $1000000" and "Brian Wilson", named after Beach Boy Brian Wilson.
Their 1998 release “Stunt” became (and remains) their greatest success and their American breakout album, buoyed by "One Week", which spent one week at the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100. The singles "It's All Been Done" and "Call and Answer" were also modest hits.
“Maroon,” released in 2000, did fairly well led by the single "Pinch Me." “Everything to Everyone” was released October 21, 2003 with first single off the album "Another Postcard (Chimps)", receiving modest radio play.
“Barenaked for the Holidays” followed in 2004 with a collection of Christmas and Hanukkah songs as well as "Auld Lang Syne." The album was a popular release during the Christmas season of 2004, and reached #64 in the regular Billboard album charts.
2006 saw the release of “Barenaked Ladies Are Me” in various formats and packagings which reached #17 on the US Billboard 200 chart and #7 in their native Canada.
“Barenaked Ladies Are Men” followed in 2007 reaching #102 in the US and #39 in the band's native Canada. It is the second release of material from the 29-song session that bore the companion album “Barenaked Ladies Are Me.”
A children’s album “Snacktime!” reached #10 on Canadian charts and peaked at #61 on the Billboard 200. It also won a Juno Award in 2008 in the Best Children's Album category.
“All in Good Time” was released in 2010 and featured the single "You Run Away."