Brian Wilson by Barenaked Ladies


"Brian Wilson" is a song by the Canadian musical group Barenaked Ladies. It was released as a single from the band's debut studio album, Gordon.

The song was written by singer/guitarist Steven Page in his parents' basement on his twentieth birthday, in 1990. The first lines of the song chronicle one of his many late-night journeys to the Sam the Record Man on Yonge Street.

The song tells the story of a man whose life parallels that of Beach Boys member Brian Wilson, particularly during his time spent with psychologist Eugene Landy after Wilson was diagnosed with mental illness, and, more generically, with lyrics about suffering from comorbid mental illness and obesity.