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Artist IconBarenaked Ladies
Artist Icon Buck Naked
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Genre Icon Alternative Rock


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Style Icon Rock/Pop


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Buck Naked was the Barenaked Ladies' first indie tape release, and featured only Ed Robertson and Steven Page. The first known tape was released in 1988 (though most were released in 1989).

There are four editions of this tape, each with different track listings. The earliest version, dating from "Fall 1988", features five songs different from future editions, as well as a cover that is different from later versions: it is green with the faces of Page and Robertson pasted onto photos of Terence Trent D'Arby. This edition of the tape is very rare, with fewer than 100 copies of it existing.[citation needed] The second, third and fourth editions feature a white cover with a black-and-white photo of Page and Robertson. Each of these editions have essentially the same track listing, but with a few more songs added every edition. There were more copies of these editions made, with 150-600 copies made. It was recorded on a four-track recorder. The tapes were sold by the band off the stage.

The different editions feature songs which the band would eventually re-record for later releases. "Be My Yoko Ono" and "If I Had $1000000" would appear on The Yellow Tape and the their first album Gordon (both eventually becoming hits). Also recorded for Gordon (as the so-called "naked track") was "The King Of Bedside Manor". "The Great Provider" would be recorded again for the second album, Maybe You Should Drive, and the Bucknaked recording would appear on the "Jane" CD single in 1994. "Night Photographs" would be recorded for The Pink Tape and that recording, with the pitch corrected, would appear on The Ladies Room, Vol. 1 fan club CD single in 1997. "Trouble With Tracy" was performed live, with a live recording appearing as the B-side to the "Brian Wilson" single in 1993. "Road Runner" would be performed live as well, with a live version appearing on The Ladies Room, Vol. 7 fan club CD single in 2003.

The tape is credited for first getting the Barenaked Ladies noticed by college radio stations. Comedian-author Seán Cullen said the band gave him a tape at a Corky and the Juice Pigs show. Cullen recalled that he "listened to the tape and [...] quite liked it," with his favorite track being the band's cover version of Terence Trent D'Arby's "Wishing Well". Cullen subsequently invited the Barenaked Ladies to be the Juice Pigs' opening act for some local and regional college shows.
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