It's All Been Done by Barenaked Ladies


"'''It's All Been Done'" is a song by the Canadian alternative rock group Barenaked Ladies. It was released as the second single from their 1998 album, Stunt.

Steven Page apparently wrote this song after being embarrassed at how "wordy" his song "Brian Wilson" was. He decided he wanted to write something with a simple phrase like "woo hoo hoo" in the chorus.

The song was very successful in Canada, peaking at #1 on the Canadian Singles Chart. Although not as internationally popular as their previous single, "One Week", the song was used as the theme song for the TV series, Baby Blues. The song is also notable for being one of the first Barenaked Ladies songs to feature an electric guitar solo by Ed Robertson.

During promotion for the album the song was performed on all three big NBC late night shows: Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Conan O'Brien'' (notable for Steve's messing up by repeating a pre-chorus) and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. On The Tonight Show, actor David Duchovny, who had appeared as a guest earlier in the program, joined the band for the song in the musical segment, playing an egg shaker. The band had arranged it with the actor after an impromptu meeting a week earlier while shooting a television guest appearance at a studio lot. The band suggested that Duchovny (whose series The X-Files was referenced in "One Week") should perform with them after discovering that they'd both be on the Tonight Show.

The song was also used to open the setlist of the band's Stunt tour, and has been used to open many shows since.

Since the 2008-09 NHL season, it has been played during every Detroit Red Wings game played at Joe Louis Arena.