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Pinch Me (2000)

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"Pinch Me" is the title of a song by the Canadian rock band Barenaked Ladies. It was released in August 2000 as the first single from their 2000 album, Maroon, which was a follow-up to their hit album, Stunt. As such, "Pinch Me" is often regarded as an attempted follow-up to the hit single "One Week". This song became the band's second Top 20 hit, peaking at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 on November 14, 2000. This perception is strengthened by the chorus's rap structure, which is reminiscent of "One Week". The song was popular (though it did not achieve the level of "One Week"), and remains a live favourite.


The song was co-written by frontmen Steven Page and Ed Robertson, but the concept and base for the song came from Robertson. He wrote the song following the "roller-coaster" success of Stunt, and returning to Canada to find people less interested or aware of the success. "I was trying to get to the root of what I was feeling... 'this is all great, but not right here it's not - not where I live, and not in my heart'... It's this notion that you know things are good - they're just not quite good for you."

The fundamental guitar riff of the song was based on the song "Leaving Las Vegas" by Sheryl Crow. The recording is based on a drum loop . The loop was created by taking the best two bars of Stewart himself playing drums, and then looping them. The song was originally written with the chorus rap as the less prominent "underpinning" half of the vocal, with the melody being more prominent, but as the writing process went along, the rap became the foreground. Noting that the melody line was now the background, they took the lyric and also used it for the bridge of the song.

The song has a guitar solo outro which exists on the album version . On the album, the solo was played by Robertson from the end of the solo to the beginning, and then the audio was reversed. When played live, the solo is played by Kevin Hearn. When played acoustically, the solo is often whistled.

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