Barenaked Ladies Extol The Virtues Of Simple Pop Songs

Boosted by an appearance last week on "The Late Show with David Letterman" and its high-visibility slot on the current H.O.R.D.E. festival, the Barenaked Ladies new album, "Stunt," pushes its way back up the album charts -- from number 10 to number six.

In an interview with MTV News, the Canadian-based band, which has earned its trade in tasteful, smart pop songs since it crashed the music scene in 1992, chalked up its recent success to simpler, though less tangible factors.

"I just think the time is right finally," said the Ladies' Steven Page, "I mean slowly but surely we've built a huge fan base across this country."

"We built this city --" interjected Ed Robertson.

"On the pop rock kind of stuff that we do," [700k QuickTime] continued Page. "I think that it's just a time where people are interested in songs right now.

There's a taste for a good song and I think that we can provide [an audience] with that."

The Barenaked Ladies will try to drop other lyrical references to Starship when it, and the rest of this summer's H.O.R.D.E. tour plays the Darien Lake P.A.C. in Darien Center, New York.