One Week – Barenaked Ladies | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#1); 1998

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

Never boys to let a serious moment go by unnoticed, Ed Robertson and Steven Page were attending a 1988 Bob Dylan concert and, while His Bobness was performing, the teens were busy laughing at the phrase “barenaked lady.” Their band – now named Barenaked Ladies (of course) – had been dismissed as a novelty act by some, yet, BNL laughed last when the independently released Yellow Tape became a platinum seller in their native Canada. A major label signing followed, and BNL grew from cult band to mainstream sellers on the strength of four solid albums and the spontaneous excitement of their live shows. Their fifth full length release catapulted them onto radio and television as the infectious single One Week – with its barrage of humor-laden lyrics – drove sales for the album Stunt to over four million units.

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Produced by:

  • Barenaked Ladies
  • David Leonard
  • Susan Rogers

Lyrics Written by:

  • Ed Robertson