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  • 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.
  • Approval of God: Both Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon enjoyed "Be My Yoko Ono." Yoko even gave the band permission to use clips of her in their music video.
  • Big Name Fan: Ed is one of Red vs. Blue, which led Rooster Teeth to in retribution make special intermissions for the band's 2004 tour, and later give the singer the role of Captain Flowers. The band and the company still collaborate on occasion.
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  • Black Sheep Hit: "One Week," originally intended to simply showcase Ed's freestyle rapping skills and sounds more like a pop song with rock influences than their usual brand of folk rock. They've recently taken to performing a more stripped-down bluegrass version of the song, which sounds much more in-place with the rest of their catalogue.
  • Creator Backlash
    • For a while they stopped playing "If I Had $1000000" in concert, because they got sick of fans throwing Kraft Dinnernote  at them during the song. Now they play the song, but they request that you put your Kraft Dinners in the donation boxes.
      • Averted with the song itself. All of the band, including Steven Page, are adamant that they still enjoy hearing and playing the song and are very proud to be known for it.
    • Part of the reason Steven Page left the band in 2009 was because he was unhappy with the creative decisions they had been making since Everything To Everyone (keeping all songwriting in-band, allowing the other members to Step Up to the Microphone). His Role-Ending Misdemeanor (see below) was simply the final straw.
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  • Executive Meddling: 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.
  • A Good Name for a Rock Band: The band's name was conceived at a Bob Dylan concert after Steven and Ed got bored and began making up stories about and names for the band on stage. One of the names was Barenaked Ladies.
  • Official Fan-Submitted Content: One of their videos was clips of fans lip syncing to the song.
  • One-Hit Wonder: In the United States, they're known almost exclusively for "One Week", though "Pinch Me" barely made the Top 20. In the 2000s they became known for the theme song from The Big Bang Theory. Averted in their home country of Canada.
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  • The Pete Best: Andy Creeggan, who was uncomfortable with fame. Two videos, however, did show him after his departure. Pollywog In A Bog had a bespectacled fox playing a steel drum—Andy wore glasses and his brother Jim was also depicted as a fox. It's harder to glimpse him in the Clip Show video for Thanks That Was Fun, but he's there in a few shots.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: There really is a net on a bridge near where Steven Page lives to stop jumpers from "raining down on the cars and trucks below".
  • Role-Ending Misdemeanor: Though he had been seriously considering leaving for some time, getting busted for possession of cocaine (right as the band were promoting a children's album, no less!) proved to be the last straw for both Steven Page and the rest of the band, leading to his departure in 2009.
  • So My Kids Can Watch: Several examples, actually. In addition to Snacktime!!, there's "The Ballad of Gordon", an Anvilicious yet catchy PSA the band did very early in their career. They've also contributed songs to other children's compilations.
  • Throw It In!: Robertson and Page ad-libbed the between-verse banter on each take of "If I Had $1000000". Then in one take Page changed his response line to Robertson's "I'd buy you a green dress" from "with a tastefully-rounded neck" to "but not a real green dress, that's cruel", and everyone liked it so much they used that as the album take.
  • What Could Have Been: The verses for "One Week" were originally going to have more to do with the chorus, but Ed had trouble writing a rap with the intention of performing it, so he recorded himself freestyling for a few minutes and then wrote down the best parts.


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