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Barenaked Ladies websites

Barenaked Ladies websites — A look at some websites devoted to the Canadian band

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Barenaked Ladies websites

There’s an obvious danger to plugging the words barenaked and ladies into a search engine. But don’t worry: The results will be (mostly) squeaky clean and devoted to fully clothed Canadian men, clear evidence that the superpop band has a loyal online following. Barenaked Ladies fans take their comedy and accordion solos seriously, and, after the band’s multiplatinum Stunt (1998) and this year’s Maroon, the fandom has evolved from a roving cult to a vibrant publishing industry. ”I couldn’t keep up [with the hundreds of sites],” says Suzanne Taylor, who ran a popular fan site in the early days. ”It’s all a big competition now.” After stripping the contenders down to their skivvies, a fistful stand out.

THE TREEFORT
www.bnl.org
Taking its title from a line in the band’s anthem ”If I Had $1000000,” this old-school enclave captures vintage Nakedness from a time when traveling diehards called band members by first name. The site has all the standards (lyrics, discography) and boasts a huge database of BNL bootleg tapes. Well past its prime and stuck in the days when Ed and Steve sang about McDonald’s and mac & cheese, this remains a ripe archeological dig. C+

BARENAKED.NET
www.barenaked.net
What this dry megasite lacks in whimsy, it makes up for in sheer Manitoban volume. Naked knowledge includes 500 or so MP3s from boots and early albums only Canadians think they know about, plus dates, venues, and set lists from select live shows. (The encore in Mansfield, Mass., July 29, 1999, was — in case you wondered — a cover of the Welcome Back, Kotter theme.) A-

KEVIN HEARN’S PERSONAL HOME PAGE
www.passport.ca/~bnaked/
Keyboardist-guitarist-accordionist Hearn has posted a few insights and highlights on this never-updated Web page, including a biographical time line though 2083. There’s nothing about his cancer bout here, but he does say how many times he changes his shirt during a show (three) and how often the bus has left without him (once). B-

THE OFFICIAL SITE
www.bnlmusic.com
The enhanced digs from Reprise Records do the band’s success justice but ignore personality. Love the tour dates and bios, but where’s the spunk, the improv, the attitude from guys who, even on their ”grown-up” album, make underpants jokes? Dressed all pretty and photographed in hazy bright light, the Ladies here look like ‘N Sync, only 10 years older and 20 pounds heavier. C-

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