Barenaked Ladies Dude Busted For Blow

 

 

Stripper photos have
not yet resurfaced, but you can bet they will now…

By Fred Mills

 

A few years ago some rock magazine published photos of
members of cuddly Canucks the Barenaked Ladies canoodling with a bunch of
pneumatically-enhanced strippers. O, the shame! The bloom was forever off the
rose for the Barenaked Ladies (the band, not the bimbos, that is), an
alterna-hitmaker during their ‘90s heyday, and for the most part considered
family-friendly rockers who specialized in pop with a humorous edge that, while
containing elements of social commentary and satire, rarely flirted with
genuinely controversial lyrics or themes.

 

That they were also, er, as bland and musically unadventurous
as they were tuneful and inoffensive often failed to register with their
fanbase, of course. But those of us who could see the group for what it was —
crap — still took solace in knowing that after the Ladies had their time in the
sun they would, inevitably, ratchet down to a low level of operations where we
wouldn’t have to be bothered even by thinking of them in the future save for
the occasional radar blip announcing a tour, a new record, etc.

 

Now, though, a lot of Ladies fans are thinking of the band
for reasons they didn’t expect. As you may have heard, singer/guitarist Steven
Page was popped early last Wednesday morning with a cocaine possession charge.
The Toronto resident was arrested by Syracuse, NY,
police and charged with fourth degree criminal possession of a controlled
substance (that’s a 15-year maximum stretch, by the way). Apparently he’d been
partying with a couple of ladies at their apartment in suburban Syracuse, and
at around two in the morning the cops spotted a car nearby with the door
hanging open, so upon learning it was registered to a person at that address
they approached the apartment and saw Page and one of the ladies at a table
chopping up some blow. Both Page and the female were arrested; the second
female was later charged (also for weed).

 

You can read the full A.P. report HERE.

 


But wait there’s more: the Barenaked Ladies JUST RELEASED A
CHILDREN’S ALBUM! The title is… drumroll please… Snacktime. (What kinda snacks we talkin’ about, Steven?) Can you
spell “career as children’s musicians down the toilet”? Furthermore, the band
had a gig scheduled next month in Long Island
to do the Disney-sponsored Playskool Play Aid Benefit Concert to benefit four
children’s charities. Someone in charge of bookings may be rethinking that decision
just a little bit, and in fact on Friday it was announced by the band’s
management that they were pulling out of the gig.

 

“Members of the band completely support Steven Page but
we don’t want to put Disney in an awkward position before issues involving
Steven’s arrest are resolved,” commented group manager Terry McBride, in a
statement.

 

Maybe the bookers should have glommed onto those stripper
photos from a few years back before making the initial booking, eh?

 

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