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YMMV: Barenaked Ladies
  • Actor Allusion: In "Odds Are", Ed sings "hit by the A-Train / crashed in an airplane / I wouldn't recommend either one". Ed was in a well-publicized plane crash in 2008.
  • Creator Breakdown: Analyzed in "Brian Wilson," with multiple shout outs to different major signposts in Wilson's actual Creator Breakdown. Later turned meta when Brian Wilson covered "Brian Wilson."
  • Dude, Not Funny!: The line "Better chance you're gonna buy it at the mall" in the upbeat and lighthearted song "Odds Are", released less than a year after the Toronto mall shooting in summer 2012.
  • Ear Worm: "It's week since you looked at me!"
  • Executive Meddling: Discussed in "Box Set": "Disc Two, it was all brand new, an album's worth of songs/But we had to leave the whole disc blank 'cause some other label bought 'em."
    • Fittingly, the two new songs on Disc One: All Their Greatest Hits were susceptible to this: "It's Only Me (The Wizard of Magicland)" had its original title in parenthesis because the label didn't want to market a single with a Non-Appearing Title, and "Thanks That Was Fun" was originally called "One Weaker" before the label vetoed it.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: A great number of songs after Steven Page's departure, most notably "Call and Answer", "Alcohol", "Bank Job" and "War on Drugs".
    • "Sell, Sell, Sell", an already politically charged song, becomes this after 9/11 and the ensuing War on Terror.
      • Especially with the line about Iraq and Saddam Hussein.
    • From the same album, the first few lines of "Helicopters" wouldn't sound out of place in a song about the September 11th attack.
    "This is where the helicopters came to take me away
    This is where the children used to play
    This is only half a mile away from the attack
    This is where my life changed in a day, and then it changed back"

    "This is where the allies bombed the school, they say by mistake"
    • The line "Try to behave" in "Celebrity".
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: "Box Set". Hard to believe they were this Genre Savvy on their first album.
  • One-Hit Wonder: Discussed in "Box Set".
  • Paranoia Fuel: "Get in Line," the music video of which features the outrageously paranoid Dale Gribble from King of the Hill.
  • The Pete Best: Andy Creeggan, who left before they got big because he wanted to continue his education and felt uncomfortable in the band.
  • Signature Song: "One Week".
    • In their native Canada, where "One Week" was not as popular as in the US, their Signature Song is far and away "If I Had $1000000," which is easily their second most famous song in the States.

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