Episode 041: Steven Page
Episode 041 is a really special one for me, because I’m joined by Steven Page, co-founder and former frontman of Barenaked Ladies and my all-time favorite songwriter. With BNL, Steven’s songs—including “Brian Wilson,” “If I Had $1,000,000,” “The Old Apartment,” “It’s All Been Done,” and more—were undeniable smash hits in the ’90s and early ’00s. All told, BNL have sold more than 15 million albums worldwide.
Since leaving the band in 2009, Steven’s been busy: He released a solo album, Page One, in 2010; hosted his own TV show, The Illegal Eater; and has performed with the acclaimed Art of Time Ensemble. Most recently, he’s on the road with Art of Time, bringing a re-imagined version of The Beatles’ classic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band to cities up and down the East Coast (tour dates here). He’s also readying a brand-new solo album, set for release in early 2016.
I sat down with Steven in Fairfax, Virginia, for one of my favorite interviews to date. We discussed his work with Art of Time and how performing Sgt. Pepper’s has augmented his love of the source material; dug in to the stories behind some of my favorite Barenaked Ladies songs; chatted about how the jokey perception of Barenaked Ladies overshadowed the deep, emotional pull of the songwriting; and much, much more. I really hope you enjoy this discussion. Thank you for listening!