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Can you name the lyrics to the poetic 'Brian Wilson' by the Barenaked Ladies?
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Yes, they actually sang something other than "One Week". This is a personal favourite.
Anyone else have the "yellow" tape?
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Sep 25th, 2012 at 20:50 GMT
To those wondering about Chewy's dedication in the URL, Sam Sniderman, the "Sam" of the Canadian record store chain "Sam the Record Man" died earlier this week at age 92.
The late-night record shop referred to in the lyrics of this song, according to the composer Stephen Page, was indeed Sam's. I don't think it's possible to explain to people outside of Toronto or below a certain age how big a deal this guy was. A three storey cathedral to music of an almost infinite variety. Sam's had by far the most knowledgeable clerks of any store I've ever been to. You could (badly) hum a tune and the guys could find the song you were looking for. You could ask for an out-of-print import album, or look for an indy release on cassette or search for Macedonian polkas and Sams would have it.
I bought my first album at Sam's and for decades made the annual Boxing Day pilgrimage to Sam's for their legendary one-day sale. People would line up for hours to get in. On Dec 26. In Toronto. Yeah.
As Jian Ghomeshi recently said, when it took 3 hours to go by bus downtown and back to get an album, there is a bond you can never get from pushing a button to download it. You'd savour cracking open the cellophane shrink wrap, devour the liner note and lyrics. You'd know the album before you ever set it on a turntable.
And always, there would be Sam, overseeing the melee. Asking anyone who dared bring in a bag from a competing records store "What the matter? Don't you like music?"
We did, Sam. Yes, we did.
Sep 26th, 2012 at 02:18 GMT
Such a great song! Thanks for this, rockgolf.
Sep 29th, 2012 at 15:31 GMT
Awesome quiz and nice post rockgolf.
Oct 1st, 2012 at 03:09 GMT
I remember when i got this EP on cassette from my friend. It had a yellow cover with a cartoon drawing of a sandwich. Perfectly summing up BNL. I used to see Sam's two giant records flashing on the promo fpr City TV's Late great movies. A simpler time, a memorable time
Oct 2nd, 2012 at 12:04 GMT
Great quiz! I have known nearly all these lyrics at some time, except for "Dr. Landry", who I had to go look up. Thank you Sporcle for inspiring me to learn! Thank you Wikipedia for making sure I didn't have to work too hard at it.
Oct 19th, 2012 at 07:14 GMT
oh, its pedagogue. Never heard that word
Oct 29th, 2012 at 06:36 GMT
Yonge and Gould just isn't the same. I still can't believe that "they actually sang something other than One Week" has to be said, but I get that it's completely different as a Canadian. This is one of my favourite songs, though it brings the question how I can remember pedagogue yet forget sandbox?
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