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Barenaked Ladies pay tribute to Prince

Barenaked Ladies posted their memories of Prince yesterday following the sad news of the singer’s death.

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Barenaked Ladies shared their memories and tributes to Prince on social media, having covered the enigmatic singer various times over their career.

Drummer Tyler Stewart tweeted:

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The following message was then posted on the band’s account:

Shortly after, former BNL singer Steven Page tweeted some memories of Prince:

The BNL and Prince connection is bridged further by Stunt producer Susan Rogers, who prior to producing and engineering the band’s most commercially successful album in 1998 (and later hooking up again to engineer the 2007 set Are Me/Are Men), had worked with Prince on some of his biggest hits. You can read more about Susan’s story here – the final paragraph is brilliantly cyclical:

After a day in the studio, working on the song Down to Earth, she lay in bed with the tune going through her head. She thought, “Wow, the past six hours I’ve been hearing this great song and I was right next to the guy [Ed Robertson] who was singing it. It kind of summarized what my career had been. I told them that the next day, and said, ‘I really thank you guys, it’s so much fun.’ And later Steven Page said, ‘You know, I had a similar moment. I was singing and playing and I looked at you and realized, ‘I’m singing in front of the woman who recorded Kiss!'”

In fact, the band’s quirky humour landed them in a spot of confusion back in the late nineties. Steve, speaking to an MTV reporter (archived here), quipped that Prince had named Stunt as one of his favourite records of the year. He was joking – Prince said no such thing – but apparently the quote stuck, and circulated. Months later, another reporter relayed the quote to Ed – asking about the record, the reporter said “Well Prince has been quoted as saying it’s one of his favourite records, that must be exciting for you?” Either forgetful or oblivious, Robertson’s face lit up, bursting with pride and excitement – only for the damning realisation shortly after that the quote was, of course, from himself.

Hear BNL tell the story in far funnier fashion here:

Searching through the vaults, it’s clear to see that the Ladies have enjoyed tipping their hat to the star over the years.

Enjoy and share these clips as we celebrate the life of the iconic musician; Prince 1958-2016.

A stunning version of “When Doves Cry”, recorded for the Andrew Denton Breakfast Show on Australia’s Triple M Radio (1999):

“Kiss” adlib, recorded at Tower Records, 3/28/1996:

A clip of “Raspberry Beret” as the intro to “If I Had $1,000,000” during a show at Live Oak, 1998:

A more recent “When Doves Cry” rendition; the band’s last known performance of the cover, from Ships and Dip 2009 (excuse the incorrectly tagged title from the Youtube uploader):

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