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Fluency in foul talk leads to Bif's apology


Staff and news services   2003-06-26 03:36:50  



We've been warned. Vancouver rocker Bif Naked wants to apologize in advance for the language on her new album.

"It should have a parental warning sticker," she says. "I say the 'f-word' a lot, so I'd like to apologize to all the parents out there."

Bif's new release collects material from 1994 to 2001. The best-of album, titled Essentially Naked, includes one new track, Rich and Filthy.

She is in London tonight at 7 p.m. for an in-store appearance at Sunrise Records in White Oaks Mall.

Born Beth (Bif) Tolbert in New Delhi, Bif arrived in North America with her adoptive parents as a child and came to Winnipeg as a teen. She hit Canadian music's indie scene in the 1990s, the beginning of the era covered on Essentially Naked. Known for tattoos, sharp songs and smart talk on stage, Bif also participates in a whole range of extreme sports. Her Xtreme-motto is "No ambition, No shame, No pride, just ride."

She rides BMX, Burton snowboards and still owns her original skateboard she found in a garbage can in 1985.

By an indirect route through Minnesota, Kentucky and Manitoba, Bif founded her first band while doing a combination of rap and Doris Day songs.

She was then fronting a band consisting of 10 conga players belting out hippie conga rhythms. Adequately, the group was called Jungle Milk.

In 1996, Bif released her self-titled debut on her personal label, Her Royal Majesty's Records. She also began to release spoken word/poetry albums to go with her rock recordings.

In 1999, she completed I Bificus. Its single Spaceman made her the first Canadian indie artist to chart for more than 30 weeks and then enter recurrent airplay nationally.

Bif shows no signs of slowing down. "We don't want to stop. Keep going. Drive, drive, drive," she says.

IF YOU GO

What: In-store performance and autograph session by rocker Bif Naked

When: Tonight, 7 p.m.

Where: Sunrise Records, White Oaks Mall

Details: Free; call 680-1768


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