Rock Spectacle (1996) is the fourth full-length album by Barenaked Ladies and their first live release. This was the album that finally broke the American market for BNL, with the live version of "Brian Wilson" and a release of "The Old Apartment" from Born on a Pirate Ship featuring this live version becoming hits, and Rock Spectacle selling over a million copies there alone. The record was recorded at two concerts at the Riviera in Chicago and at The Olympia in Montreal during the Born on a Pirate Ship tour.
A live version of "Shoe Box" was on promotional and advance copies of this record, but was left off at the last second. This particular recording of "Shoe Box" appears on the "One Week" CD single. At the very end of the "$1000000" track, there are two bonus tracks. One is a banter about an elderly woman Ed ran into in Chicago. Part of this story is referenced in the "$1000000" song, which must have originally occurred after this banter at the Chicago concert. The second is an improvised song/rap about Ed Robertson's (the band's vocalist/guitarist) Uncle Elwyn. There is some question as to whether this "Uncle Elwyn" is a real person.
This disc is an enhanced CD, which means it will display special multimedia features when played on a computer. It includes a program called "BNLTV", a faux collection of various-themed TV programming.
|1997||The Billboard 200||86|
|1997||"Brian Wilson"||The Billboard Hot 100||68|
|1998||"Brian Wilson"||Adult Top 40||37|
|1998||"Brian Wilson"||Modern Rock||23|
|2000||"If I Had $1000000"||Adult Top 40||37|