You Say It's Your Birthday: Barenaked Ladies' Jim Creeggan

It's also Ray Manzarek's birthday today. Manzarek provided the organ playing that helped define the Doors' sound in the '60s, and he produced X's first two albums.

Today is the birthday of Barenaked Ladies bassist Jim

Creeggan. Although they're mainly a Canadian phenomenon, Barenaked Ladies have

had some success in America with their witty lyrics and guitar-driven pop

sound. Formed in Toronto by vocalists/guitarists Ed Robertson and Steven Page,

the Ladies' original lineup also included Jim's brother Andrew on keyboards and

Tyler Stewart on drums (Andrew has since left the group).

They debuted in

1990 with a fully independent EP in 1990, and followed in 1992 with

Gordon. This first full-length record displayed the Ladies' penhant for

fun with songs like "Be My Yoko Ono" and "New Kid (On The Block)." Songs also

touched on more serious subjects, like abusive relationships in "The Flag."

Maybe You Should Drive followed in 1994, leaving goofier subjects alone

while expanding their sensitive, folky sound. One song attacked the music

industry's hunger to sign the latest trend in "Alternative Girlfriend,"

including the line "There's nothing left that won't cross over." In 1996 the

Ladies released the Sjoe Box enhanced EP and a full-length effort,

Born on a Pirate Ship.

Other birthdays: Michael McDonald, Ray

Manzarek (Doors), Cliff De Young (Styx), Stanley Knight (Black Oak Arkansas),

Steve Hackett (Genesis), Gil Moore (Triumph), Gary "Gaz" Whelan (Happy Mondays)

and Chynna Phillips (Wilson Phillips). -- Beth Winegarner