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Music DVD Review: Barenaked Ladies – Ships & Dip III

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Barenaked Ladies is a popular Canadian band whose hits include "One Week", "The Old Apartment", "Pinch Me", "If I Had $1000000" and "Brian Wilson" They are a fun, quirky band whose concerts include free verse rap and getting the crowd involved with the show. They care about the fans and are very approachable in public.

Their latest interactions with fans have been on a fan cruise called Ships and Dip. A fan cruise is a cruise where fans can interact with actors, musicians, and more. Band members enjoy other artists' shows and the ship's amenities freely with the other guests. Barenaked Ladies perform several full shows on each cruise, and the band members also commonly sit in with other artists at their shows.

In 2007 the first cruise was held. The success of the cruise led to a sequel, Ships and Dip III, in 2008 and in February, 2009 the third cruise named Ships and Dip V will be held. The band has decided to use odd numbers for the name of their cruises, just another aspect of their quirkiness.

On the current cruise, fans can purchase a DVD of the previous cruise, so next month fans can purchase Ships and Dip III. The Ships and Dip III DVD has over two hours of Barenaked Ladies goodness. The DVD takes various songs from the multiple performances which include a few of their more popular songs, but this DVD is definitely not for the casual fan as the majority of their songs are either older tracks, non-published songs, or songs that the audience pick.

Intercut in between songs are cruise members talking about how much the cruise means to them, what interactions they’ve had with the band and more. Also included are some skits/riffing that the band does during their performances, some stand up from Harland Williams and the occasional odd moment like singer Ed Robertson just standing on the staircase of the ship in just a Speedo and doing occasional poses (this once again just highlights the band's quirkiness, and to the random passerby would seem extremely odd, but fans just love this stuff).

The Ships and Dip cruise is a great way for fans to interact with Barenaked Ladies; go to The Ships and Dip website for more information about joining the cruise. As they say “You never know what’s gonna happen on the cruz-ah!”

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