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Barenaked Ladies: A Dent In The Image

July 20, 2008

Barnaked Ladies’ frontman, Steven Page was recently arrested for posession of cocaine. If you don’t know the band, you might think “So what? Another Rockstar doing drugs…who cares?”

However, if you actually know the Barenaked Ladies, they’ve built an image as being regular guys, playing light, funny pop rock. Their manager, Terry McBride, cancelled an upcoming Disney gig because of the incident. Yes, they’re light enough to be wanted by Disney.

So you can see how this might have a negative impact on their career. They’re not Pete Doherty, who actually gets a career boost from all the press around his druggie lifestyle.

The Barenaked Ladies’ have developed this good guy reputation even by having the name they do. So I’m sure they’ll overcome  this mini-crisis. It’s just worth noting how inconsistencies in perception can cause negative backlash.

Make Great Music,

Hoover

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 21, 2008 11:45 pm

    im still amazed that they were able to release a kids cd under the BNL name. the songs are OK kids fodder, but who would buy their 6 yr old a cd by someone of “that” name????

  2. July 23, 2008 2:04 am

    I know hey?

    It goes to show you how a name in itself can be associated with something entirely different. I remember when I first heard about the band in the early 90’s. They were going to be on some talk show and when I heard the name, I was like, “what the…Isn’t this prime time tv?”. Now if you hear the name, I think of the band first.

    Thanks for the comment Mal.

    Hoover

  3. July 23, 2008 3:29 am

    don’t get me wrong, i like them. last saw them a year back in santa monica. good show from a “lite and airy” band.

    but kids music, who knew???

  4. starlet85 permalink
    July 29, 2008 10:20 pm

    Thats awful news, I hope they haven’t let too many fans down..

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