Behind The Vinyl: “Jane” with Steven Page former frontman of Barenaked Ladies


Ah the actual 7 inch 45 single this is exciting Now this real makes you feel like your really in the music business You know I missed the beginning that’s a bad start I’m usually good at this I would not be a good radio Dj I guess they don’t have to do this anymore do they There we go It’s Barenaked Ladies With Jane This is actually a British 7 inch Vinyl Record so it’s going, why it has the little Spindle hole in the middle Rather then the 45 cut out When we used to tour in the UK a lot I’d always Even in the Mid to late 90s buy a lot of vinyl because it was still kind of happening there after being phased out here So it was very exciting to always At least for a while Have vinyl copies of our singles This song was actually co written with a English men and we wrote it with a guy named Stephen Duffy who Was is One of my favourite song writers when I was 15 I bought His first record which was Under the name of Stephen Tin Tin Duffy He was Singer song writer but Very pop and kind of synth pop Era Had a big song called Kiss Me and I bought that album In the summer of 1985 and listened to it Over and over and over again I knew every inch of it and wrote him a fan letter and for some Bizarre reason that neither of us can quite Figure out He wrote me back And we become Kind of pen pals friends and when I went To England When I was 19 To travel around He let me stay with him and his band while they rehearsed And then a few years later Barenaked Ladies started to happen and we did a show in New York City and He showed up at that And We went out for dinner You know were fast friends once again and He said well do you want to write some songs together Which I was Likened to Imagining Imagine the girl of your dreams says do you want to have sex That’s kind of what it was like Were I went ah OK So he came up to Toronto Were I was getting ready to get married and he was staying there for two weeks He ended up staying for 6 and we wrote most of the Barenaked Ladies second album Maybe You Should Drive Including this song Which came from him having a crush on a girl at the health food store Near my house Didn’t know her name one day we were looking at a map of Toronto And he saw the intersection of Jane and St.Clair And he said That sounds like the most beautiful intersection in the world Which it’s not But From then on She was Jane as he would say Jane St.Clair So This is named after The girl who works at the store well I’m sure she doesn’t work there any more but she did in 1993 It was produced by Ben Mink Who at that point writting Really high because of The work he did with KD Lang on her Ingénue album which went Grammys and huge hits like Constant Craving and stuff But hes also a old prog rock Prog rock musician you know he played with FM Rush and so on so You know really Kind of a meeting of Different worlds for us and We packed up and went off to Vancouver and It was a Difficult time for our band making a record But we came out with a record that Still really proud of One of my favourites You this single it’s certainly Slicker and more adult sounding you know for a bunch of 23 year olds more adult sounding then the previous one But I think it’s really It’s exactly the record I wanted to make at the time And I still Enjoy hearing it

22 Replies to “Behind The Vinyl: “Jane” with Steven Page former frontman of Barenaked Ladies”

  1. Wow, this finally answered the mystery of "Maybe You Should Drive". I love BNL, and I've loved at least a few songs off of even the few albums I didn't love entirely, with the exception of MYSD. That was the one album I completely panned. I own it, and I tried and tried to like it, but I never did. Not one song. I guess the secret was that this British guy that Steven Page loves so much, was, for me, a terrible song writer. Sorry Steven, I really don't like your friend. I still love you though.

  2. Was a nice song and was nice to hear their more mature side . This song paints such a vivid picture and i still am happy to hear it come on the radio

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