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EP 172 | Ed Robertson talks BNL’s Detour de Force


The Barenaked Ladies 16th album is called Detour de Force. More wordplay from a band that majors in it. Right?

I knew this album would be different when I saw a track written by bassist Jim Creegan called Paul Chambers. Who writes a pop song about a legendary bass player (Kind of Blue) as a metaphor?

Ed himself wrote the amazing  Live Well, a song about his childhood filled with his Father’s alcohol abuse and how he overcame the trauma.

The album ends with the outstanding Kevin Hearn track called Internal Dynamo. It’s about planets generating their own magnetic fields. Not your basic pop/rock fodder.

It starts like something Pink Floyd might have left us with but 2:40 into the 5-minute track the music shapeshifts into Rage Against the Machine and then ends with a Beatles White album feel.

Mulligan Stew Sept 4th 2021- Special Guest Ed Robertson of BareNaked Ladies


Our Special long weekend guest is Ed Robertson from Barenaked Ladies.

‘Detour de Force,’ is Barenaked Ladies’ 16th studio album.

Over the course of 33 years, the Toronto quartet has sold 15 million records worldwide and built up an arsenal of hits such as “If I Had $1,000,000,” “One Week,” “Pinch Me” and “The Big Bang Theory Theme.”

Ed Robertson, Jim Creeggan, Tyler Stewart, and Kevin Hearn are widely acknowledged as one of the best live acts on the planet, BNL has won eight Juno Awards and was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2018.  Great!  Fine!  Bang ON.  I’ve got another word that I believe defines  The Ladies – “admirable.”

Here’s the thing.  These guys do NOT sit back on their past hits and success. They all continue to write and refine their songs, vocals, and performing.  They push each other to be even better.

Case in point. Three songs from the 14 on Detour de Force

You’ll certainly hear Flip/Good Life/Roll Out

But the  three tracks that show the craftsmanship of BNL are

New Disaster – deals with the dark cloud of snarly social opinions.

Paul Chambers – Yup. A song about the legendary bassist who played on and supported Miles Davis etc on Kind of Blue.  Jim Creeggan makes him a metaphor.

And then Kevin Hearn contributes Internal Dynamo the last track that starts like Pink Floyd, hangs a hard left into Rage Against The Machine territory, and finishes like something from The Beatles White Album.

Those are the three tracks we’ll play for you on Saturdays Mulligan Stew @ckuaradio.  The complete interview with Ed Robertson can be heard on The MulliganStew Podcast

And Hey- the playlist will absolutely get you rocking..

Starts with Elvis, Jerry Lee, Billy Cowsill singing Elvis and Rocket 88 – Live tracks from Elton John, Tom Petty, and the Heartbreakers, Little Feat, and  Van Morrison.

New Sue Foley, Los Lobos, Ranch Writers, William Prince, Frazey Ford &  Black Keys,



The Long Weekend Stew Special Guest – Ed Robertson BareNaked Ladies
Good Rockin Tonight Elvis A boy from Tupelo
Teddy Bear (live) Billy Cowsill Live
Rocket 88 Jackie Brenston 50 years of Alligator
Who will the next fool be? (live) Jerry Lee Lewis The Greatest Live Show on Earth
www.river-cafe.com www.deanehouse.com
Bennie and The Jets (live) Elton John Live Aid July 13 1985
Farmer John Los Lobos Native Sons
Hurricane Girl Sue Folley (Jimmy Vaughn) Pinky’s Blues
This is Mulligan Stew – Long Weekend Edition www.mulliganstew.ca
Big Turk Ranch Writers Ranch Writers
www.mulliganstew.ca Coming UP – Ed Robertson BNL with new album Detour de Force
Learning to fly (live) Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Live Anthology
in the mystic (live) Van Morrison Too late to stop now
Spanish Moon (live) Little Feat Waiting for Columbus
Special Guest – Ed Robertson Barenaked Ladies- New LP www.mulliganstew.ca
Going down South Black Keys Delta Kream
The times they are changing Frazey Ford single
Run William Prince single
Playlist for The Stew www.mulliganstew.ca
Bird on a wire The Neville Brothers Brother’s Keeper
www.nobleridge.com NEXT – Ed Robertson with new music from BNL
Ed Robertson – BNLadies Detour de Force
Live Well Barenaked Ladies Detour de Force
Ed Robertson – BNLadies Complete interview on Mulligan Stew Podcast
New Disaster Barenaked Ladies Detour de Force
Ed Robertson – BNLadies Complete interview on Mulligan Stew Podcast
Paul Chambers Barenaked Ladies Detour de Force
Ed Robertson – BNLadies Complete interview on Mulligan Stew Podcast
Internal Dynamo Barenaked Ladies Detour de Force

Mulligan Stew July 12th Jim & Devin Cuddy, Ed Robertson


Jim Cuddy

Jim Cuddy

devin cuddy 2

Devin Cuddy


Clayoquot Wilderness Resort

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort

Ed Robertson

Ed Robertson



North of Tofino off the coast of Vancouver Island lies a sensational old growth destination.

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort.

At its basic it’s like camping in Central Park under high tents except the rooms and food and service comes from The Plaza Hotel.

Because the managing Director is John Caton and because he was the original manager of Blue Rodeo it’s not surprising to find Jim Cuddy, his son Devin and Ed Robertson from Barenaked Ladies all sharing the stage outside the main resort.

Wines supplied by Dave Mathews who’s on tour and unavailable.

I loved talking to both Cuddys together. It was great fun.

Ed Robertson BNL

Ed Robertson BNL

Ed Robertson from BNL brought humour and insight to our talk.

Devin has a great second album Kitchen Knife ready for release.

Jim’s coming to Edmonton folk fest with Blue Rodeo.

They’ll play  all of 5 days in July.

Hope u like it.


The show features a Moby sandwich

He starts and closes the show. Same track different versions.


A Perfect Life (live and Acoustic) Moby Almost Home. Live at The Fonda. LA
Redemption Song Toots and the Maytals Best of
Walken Wilco Sky Blue Sky
Ziggy Stardust Bowie (2012 Remaster) The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust
Host www.mulliganstew.ca
I think it’s going to rain today Peter Gabriel Scratch my Back. Ill scratch yours
You can’t always get what you want Luther Allison Paint it Blue
Host NEXT The Cuddys – Jim and Devin TDMulligan
TDM – intro Jim Cuddy. Devin Cuddy. Together. at Clayoquot Wilderness Resort
Devin and Jim Cuddy Interview
How Long Blue Rodeo Diamond Mine
Devin and Jim Cuddy Interview
New Morning Sun Blue Rodeo In our Nature
Devin and Jim Cuddy Interview
Kitchen Knife Devin Cuddy Kitchen Knife
Just one Kiss Devin Cuddy Kitchen Knife
Everyone watched the wedding Jim Cuddy Band Skyscraper Soul
Host TDM Thanks to Jim and Devin Cuddy at Clayoquot Wilderness Resort
Break Coming Up Ed Robertson BareNaked Ladies
Host TDM playlist www.mulliganstew.ca
Caravan (Concert Version – LIVE) Van Morrison & The Band The Last Waltz
Please Please Please Sir Douglas Quintet Mendicino
I’ve been loving you too long (live) Otis Redding Live in London & Paris
Host Ed Robertson BNL Coming Up
Windows are rolled down Amos Lee Mission Bell
Rolling in the Deep (live) Adele IiTunes Festival London 2011
Host. Break Next – Ed Robertson BNL
Host tdm playlist www.mulliganstew.ca
ooh child/Redemption Song Molly Johnson The Molly Johnson Songbook
you gotta move (live) Cassandra Wilson Belly of the Sun
Ed Robertson BNLadies Interview
Smile BareNaked Ladies Grinning Streak
Ed Robertson BNLadies Interview
Gonna Walk BareNaked Ladies Grinning Streak
The Perfect Life (live) Moby Almost Home. Live at The Fonda. LA