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Kevin Hearn, 2005
Kevin Hearn, 2005

Kevin Neil Hearn (b. July 3, 1969, in Grimsby, Ontario) plays keyboards and other instruments for Barenaked Ladies (BNL) and also has his own band, Kevin Hearn and Thin Buckle. He joined BNL in 1995 to replace departed keyboardist Andy Creeggan, who decided to leave the band to further study music. He did not own any of the band's albums and had to learn all of the band's songs in a matter of weeks. Image File history File linksMetadata KevinHearn2. ... Image File history File linksMetadata KevinHearn2. ... July 3 is the 184th day of the year (185th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 181 days remaining. ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... Location of Grimsby in the Niagara Region Grimsby (2001 population 21,297) is a town on Lake Ontario in the Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Kevin Hearn and Thin Buckle are a Canadian band consisting of Barenaked Ladies keyboardist Kevin Hearn as the front man, and several friends and fellow bandmates from the The Look People. ... Andy Creeggan is the former keyboard and percussion player for the Canadian pop band Barenaked Ladies, as well as a member of the trio The Brothers Creeggan, and a solo artist with two albums to his credit. ...


His early contribution to the band can be heard on the live release Rock Spectacle, which was recorded on his first tour with the group. He played mostly keyboards on the album, and some accordion. His first BNL music video was the video for "Shoe Box", followed by the video for "The Old Apartment" (neither of which was for a recording he actually play on). Also, thanks to the opportunities afforded him by the job, Kevin released an album called Mothball Mint of his solo material. Rock Spectacle (1996) is the fourth full-length album by Barenaked Ladies and their first live release. ... Shoe Box was a 1995 single by the band Barenaked Ladies. ... The Old Apartment is a song by Canadian alternative rock band Barenaked Ladies. ... Mothball Mint is a solo CD by Kevin Hearn, keyboardist of Barenaked Ladies. ...


After extensive touring in the United States, building upon increasing success of Rock Spectacle, the band recorded their fourth studio album, Stunt. This was Kevin's first album with the band. While Andy was mostly focused on acoustic keyboards (mainly piano), Kevin was experienced with electronic keyboards, synthesizers and samplers. This contribution to the band's sound is evident on Stunt. Kevin also contributed song lead electric guitar to the album, having a noticeably different style than Ed or Steve. Stunt is the fifth full-length album and fourth studio album by Barenaked Ladies. ...


Shortly after the recording of the album, Kevin was diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous leukemia. He began treatment at the same time the band was shooting the video for "One Week", and as such, does not appear in many of the shots. He was hospitalized in Toronto while the band continued to tour in support of the new album (which had become a smash hit). Several of the band's friends filled in at different points (including Chris Brown, and Greg Kurstin). Kevin ultimately required Bone Marrow transplants from his brother Sean Hearn, and eventually his cancer went into remission. He rejoined the band in 1999, though still dealing with the effects of the disease. He also released another solo album, called H-Wing (named for the hospital wing he was in when he wrote most of the songs) which centered around his illness. This time his album was performed with a band, Thin Buckle (all the members of whom performed in some level or another on his first album). Leukemia (or leukaemia; see spelling differences) is a cancer of the blood or bone marrow characterized by an abnormal proliferation of blood cells, usually white blood cells (leukocytes). ... One Week is a 1998 hit single by Barenaked Ladies. ... Chris Brown is a Canadian musician. ... H-Wing is the first album by Kevin Hearn and Thin Buckle. ...

Kevin Hearn playing the mandolin, 2005
Kevin Hearn playing the mandolin, 2005

BNL's next album, Maroon, featured one of Hearn's songs, "Hidden Sun" as a hidden track at the end of the disc; his song "Born Human", later re-recorded for Thin Buckle, was recorded and left off the album. Starting with the release of the band's sixth studio album, Everything to Everyone, the band entered into a new writing process in which Kevin and Jim Creeggan brought not only songs, but also song ideas that the band would complete together. Everything to Everyone saw Hearn's first writing credits on the regular body of a BNL album. Kevin learned to play the mandolin for the album and it has become a common instrument for him on tour. Kevin also released a third solo album, Night Light in 2003 with Thin Buckle. Image File history File linksMetadata KevinHearn1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata KevinHearn1. ... Maroon (2000) is the sixth full-length album by Barenaked Ladies and their fifth studio album. ... Everything to Everyone is the eighth full-length album by Barenaked Ladies and their seventh studio album. ... Jim Creegan is the bass player for Canadian band Barenaked Ladies. ... Night Light is the second album by Kevin Hearn and Thin Buckle. ...


A fourth album, The Miracle Mile, was released on July 11, 2006 in Canada and online. The BNL writing process from the previous album continued for their seventh studio album, Barenaked Ladies Are Me, released in September 2006. The Miracle Mile is the third album by Kevin Hearn and Thin Buckle. ... Barenaked Ladies Are Me (abbreviated BLAM) is the tenth full-length album by Barenaked Ladies and their seventh original-material studio album (not including Disc Ones two original tracks, or Barenaked for the Holidayss original songs). ...


Also of note is Kevin Hearn's collaborations with Canadian favorite, the Rheostatics For their tribute album to the art of the Group of 7, Kevin contributed and sings the song "Yellow Days Under A Lemon Sun," (which bookends the CD with 2 different versions) as well as plays throughout the album. For the album "The Story of Harmelodia," a thematical, brilliant, and somewhat psychadelic children's album, Kevin contributed the 2 songs "Wingophone" and fan favorite "Monkey Bird." He also contributes very much to the overall sound of the disc, and has performed live with the Rheostatics throughout the years. Rheostatics are a Canadian indie rock band. ...


Hearn currently lives in Toronto. His cousin is actor Harland Williams. Harland Michael Williams (born December 10, 1967 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian comedian and actor. ...

Contents

Solo discography

Mothball Mint is a solo CD by Kevin Hearn, keyboardist of Barenaked Ladies. ...

With Thin Buckle:

  • H-Wing (1998) - Songs written while Kevin was in Hospital.
  • Night Light (2002) - Album art designed by Kevin Himself.
  • The Miracle Mile (2006)

H-Wing is the first album by Kevin Hearn and Thin Buckle. ... Night Light is the second album by Kevin Hearn and Thin Buckle. ... The Miracle Mile is the third album by Kevin Hearn and Thin Buckle. ...

with the Rheostatics:

  • Songs Inspired by the Group of 7
  • The Story of Harmelodia

Official website [1] Myspace page [2]


See also

Barenaked Ladies
Jim Creeggan | Kevin Hearn | Steven Page | Ed Robertson | Tyler Stewart
Andy Creeggan (former member) | Stephen Duffy (writing partner) | Chris Brown (temporary member)
Discography
Early albums: Buck Naked | Barenaked Lunch ("The Pink Tape") | Barenaked Ladies ("The Yellow Tape") | Variety Recordings: Barenaked Ladies
Main albums: Gordon | Maybe You Should Drive | Born on a Pirate Ship | Rock Spectacle | Stunt | Maroon | Disc One: All Their Greatest Hits 1991-2001 | Everything to Everyone | Barenaked for the Holidays | Barenaked Ladies Are Me
Primary Singles: Be My Yoko Ono | Enid | What A Good Boy | Brian Wilson | If I Had $1000000 | Jane | Alternative Girlfriend | Shoe Box | The Old Apartment | One Week | It's All Been Done | Call and Answer | Get In Line | Pinch Me | Too Little Too Late | Falling For The First Time | Thanks That Was Fun | Another Postcard | Testing 1,2,3 | Easy
DVDs: Barenaked in America | Barelaked Nadies
Side Projects
The Brothers Creeggan | Kevin Hearn and Thin Buckle | The Vanity Project

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KEVIN HEARN (592 words)
Hearn's fourth record, and best yet, is an intimate affair full of sensitive melodies and soft-spoken vocals that bring to mind Paul Simon in his prime.
On the fantastical 'Miracle Mile', Hearn refers to The Flaming Lips school of existential-crisis management, both in the celestial synth/symphonic arrangements and in the curious examination of the precarious balance between science and faith.
For Hearn, all the world is not a stage, but a hospital, a strange place where first dates are consummated amid the sterility of a laboratory on the stellar, vocoderized soft-rock epic "Map of the Human Genome", and even expressions of unbridled joy are delivered in the language of disease ("The Good Times Virus").
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