4: The Songs - References
4.1 - What city is Hello City
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (The Palace and The Warehouse
are bars in Halifax; Barrington Street is one of the main
downtown streets.) The first time they played Halifax, the
band had a bad time, saying that there was nothing to do there
but drink. They no longer hate the city. It's well explained
4.2 - Who is Enid?
"Enid" was inspired by Enid Leger, a former waitress
at Spanky's Pub in Moncton, NB. While visiting the pub, BNL
thought it interesting that "Enid" spelled backwards
was "dine". The song is not about her in any way.
She simply inspired the song title.
(Thanx to Enid Leger for the update... [on the original FAQ])
4.3 - Who is Jane Saint Clair?
Once, when Stephen Duffy was looking at a map of Toronto,
he said that the corner of Jane and St. Clair (an intersection
in Toronto) must be the most beautiful street corner, and
Steve didn't have the heart to tell him his wasn't, so they
decided to write their next song about Jane St. Clair.
4.4 - Who is Brian Wilson?
Brian Wilson is a song about a member of the classic rock
and roll group, the Beach Boys. Wilson had an emotional breakdown.
Dr. Eugene Landy was his psychiatrist who took advantage of
him. He indeed had a sandbox in his living room (though I
believe he played piano in it, not guitar). Fun, Fun, Fun
is a Beach Boys song, and Smiley Smile is a Beach Boys Album.
4.5 - Is Straw Hat and Old Dirty
Hank about Anne Murray?
Not quite. The song tells the story of a man stalking a singer,
told from the stalker's point of view. BNL says that the song
was inspired by a similar event that happened to Canadian
singer Anne Murray, though the song is not specifically about
her. Note that one of the verses contains lyrics based on
Anne Murray's songs You Needed Me and Snowbird.
4.6 - What are the specific references
in One Week?
"[Chickity China the Chinese Chicken] is a reference
to Chickity Chaco, the Chocolate chicken as said by Busta
Rhymes in the Tribe Called Quest song "Scenario"
But it is also a reference to the Hong Kong Chickens which
were contaminated and all had to be killed." - Steve,
yahoo chat, 1999
"Birchmont Stadium, home of the Robbie" refers to
a soccer stadium in Toronto home of the 'Toronto Robbie' soccer
tournament. The line previous to this one states "It'll
still be two days till we say wasabi"
to what is commonly believed to be a repeat of 'we're sorry'
from the previous line.
contains a relatively complete list of all the slang
and pop culture references in One Week, so I won't go into