Mike Bruno
February 25, 2009 AT 12:00 PM EST

The Barenaked Ladies just announced on their website that singer-guitarist-co-founder Steven Page is leaving the band to pursue solo projects (including a career in theater), though the remaining four members of the Toronto-based group will continue recording and touring without him. Which, of course, immediately raises the question, “The Barenaked Ladies still tour and record?” Apparently so. I’ll refrain from any fish-in-a-barrel snark (especially because Page has had a bit of a rough year), and instead politely point out that in addition to their Grammy-nominated monster hit “One Week” (a song you totally know, that at some point likely made you consider running into a brick wall to get out of your head), BnL are responsible for the greatest collection of Hanukkah songs of all time, albeit nestled in between a bunch of Christmas songs on their 2004 record Barenaked for the Holidays. And yes, that superlative does take into consideration both Kenny Ellis’ Hanukkah Swings AND Oy to the World. So that’s saying something.

Anyone saddened by this news? Will this mean the end of Barenaked Ladies? Other than Adam Sandler and his “Hanukkah Song,” who holds a candle (get it: Hanukkah? Candle!) to BnL’s musical tribute to the festival of lights?

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