Shoe Box


"Shoe Box" is a song by Canadian band Barenaked Ladies, released as a single in 1995. It is notable for being featured on the first soundtrack to the television series Friends, as well as the last track on the band's Born on a Pirate Ship album (added at the last minute). The song was also recorded and mixed for the band's live album, Rock Spectacle, but was ultimately left off. This version was later released on the CD single for the song "One Week".

Music video

The video for the song was originally to feature Matt LeBlanc and Lisa Kudrow, from the Friends series, but each pulled out nearly last minute, and had to be replaced with no-name actors. The band describes the video as a "fiasco". The video features a young girl who sneaks out of her bedroom to meet with an older man and go out with him for the night. The band-performance portion of the video sets the band on a set with over-sized props giving the appearance that they are within a shoe box kept under the girl's bed. The video is the first to feature new band member Kevin Hearn who was not involved in the song's recording, but plays marimbas in the video nonetheless. At the end, the girl wakes up, screaming, from having that as a nightmare


The Shoe Box E.P. was a four-track E.P. which also contained an "enhanced" portion which featured video clips and other multimedia elements playable on a computer (though perhaps not easily playable on modern operating systems). The disc contains both the original Pirate Ship album version, as well as the radio remix, which includes a 8-bar instrumental introduction, and a complete (though subtle) remix of the entire song. The song also includes the B-Side "Trust Me", which also later appeared on the "If I Had $1000000" single; the version on the E.P. includes a count-in at the beginning that is edited from the later single version. The final track is a version of "If I Had $1000000" from The Yellow Tape (which previously appeared on the UK "Sandwich CD", which contains the first four tracks from "The Yellow Tape" in CD form). They played this song live at the end of The Weird Al Show episode "Bad Influence".

Track listing

  1. "Shoe Box" (Radio Remix)
  2. "Trust Me" (Previously Unreleased)
  3. "If I Had $1000000" (Yellow Tape Version)
  4. "Shoe Box" (Album Version)


Chart (1995) Peak
Canadian Singles Chart 10

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