Why in the Barenaked Ladies song do they sing about Brian Wilson being in bed?


Sorry, the point is why was Brian Wilson in bed?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The song was written by singer/guitarist Steven Page in his parents’ basement on his twentieth birthday, in 1990. The first lines of the song chronicle one of his many late-night journeys to the Sam the Record Man on Yonge Street.

    The song tells the story of a man whose life parallels that of Beach Boys member Brian Wilson, particularly during his time spent with psychologist Eugene Landy after Wilson was diagnosed with mental illness.

    Steven Page stated in the liner notes for Disc One: All Their Greatest Hits 1991-2001 that the song has more “official” recordings than any other song in their repertoire, saying that there are at least five. The song was first recorded for the never-released 1990 BNL cassette, Barenaked Recess. After Tyler Stewart joined the band in 1991 as a drummer, it was re-recorded for the band’s platinum-selling Yellow Tape, again the following year for Gordon, again in 1996 live for Rock Spectacle, and yet again in 1997, for a version which was called “Brian Wilson 2000” and released as a single.

    Read more about it here - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Wilson_(song)

    They just performed the song for Brian Wilson. You can see the performance on the MusiCares: Tribute to Brian Wilson dvd. :) Before singing the song, Steven actually speaks about what the song is about.

  • 1 decade ago

    The song is about depression. Brian Wilson was the lead singer/songwriter for the Beach Boys. He fell into a deep depression and did not leave his bed for months and months. So when the Bare Naked Ladies are singing about lying in bed like Brian Wilson did, they are singing about being so depressed they don't want to get out of bed.

  • 1 decade ago

    Read the story.... here's a quote from the link I included below...

    Before the fall, it feels like a race against time, a race to get songs like "Good Vibrations" and "God Only Knows" from Wilson's head onto records before he succumbs to the years of playing a piano in a sandbox or staying in bed day after day.

  • 1 decade ago

    here's why he was in bed.

    After the failure of "Break Away", Wilson spent the majority of the following five years in his bedroom sleeping, taking drugs, and overeating. Some of his "new" contributions were remnants of SMiLE (e.g., "Surf's Up"); those that were genuinely new reflected his depression and growing detachment from the world ("Til I Die", the EP "Mount Vernon and Fairway"). Reportedly, Warner Brothers was so desperate for material from Wilson that the single "We Got Love" (co-written by Ricky Fataar, Blondie Chaplin, and Love) was scrapped in favor of "Sail On, Sailor": a song mostly written by committee (including Almer and Parks) that happened to draw its initial germ from a Wilson chord sequence. It would be the Beach Boys' most successful single release in years.

    who knows why they wrote a song about it.

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  • 1 decade ago

    are you asking why brian wison in bed or why are they singing about him at all?

    well i was going to get into that too. yeah just basicly that he was hanging out home for a long time taking drugs. didn't even leave the house. kind of the reason why he talks the way he does now. a little sad: (

    if any other questions, ask me, or look it up....Bryson

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