TL: Ok, lets get it out of the way, how are you doing, how are you feeling?
BN: “Im doing great! Im always doing great, you know me!”
TL: Excellent! Happy to hear that. Speaking of happy, “Sick” is getting lots of airplay on WHTZ FM and tearing up the I-Tunes charts.
BN: Thats AWESOME!
TL: Whats the next single you are planning to release from the record?
BN: I dont know.
TL: Dont know?
BN: No. I never know. I wait and see. Its kind of like drawing straws sometimes. The radio people know what their doing. I always like to take surveys, but I try to stay out of it because Im grateful for any song being played on the radio or being made a single, so I never have a preference.
TL: Lets touch on a couple of the songs Im fond of. “F**k You Too” reminds me of something youd hear on Happy Days. It has that 1950s jukebox kind of feel to it. Was that intentional?
BN: Yeah, I think it was. Thats a Jason song. Its just so fun, I wanted so badly to have that song included on my record, so I was really relieved that we did, Im honored to have it on there.
TL: Musically, its set in this soda-pop era but lyrically it delivers some venom, I like it! Another favorite is “BlueJay.” Tell us about the inspiration or meaning behind that one.
BN: “BlueJay” is about letting go. But letting go for someone elses good, not yourself, like doing it for someone elses sake. That’s a pretty tall order for most of us to take when it comes to relationships and love. That subject is sadSAD!
TL: Are most of your songs (on this record and others) autobiographical?
BN: Yes, definitely, Ive always been very inspired by my own experiences, things I see around me and stuff. I have a vast myriad of misadventures (laughs) to help me embellish and portray.
TL: What is the current state of Ms. Nakeds love life, if you care to comment?
BN: My love life is fantastic-o! I got married in 2007 to a nice young man, who writes for a nice newspaper. Writes about sports. Hes a good egg that Walker, I call him Walker. He really is a good egg, a great human being. Im gonna be honest with you. We were tested. I was diagnosed (with breast cancer) about 4 weeks after my honeymoon.
TL: Oh, jeez!
BN: So heres this poor bastard, marries this tattooed bitch, who hes never seen play… EVER. Hes a Snoop Dog fan and likes hip-hop.
BN: Yeah, hes a preppie. Hes a jock.
TL: Whered you guys meet?
BN: At the gym, the local gym, hes a bodybuilder. He was covering some of the Martial Arts matches up here in Vancouver and I was doing a bunch of hosting, so I would see him at the octagon, if you will, as well I would see him at the gym when I would go there. It was kind of organic and innocent when it started, and um, next thing ya know, basically one kiss and Walker proposed. I accepted and that was the end of it.
TL: Aw, thats so cool. Are you guys UFC fans?
BN: Not me, but Ian likes UFC a lot. His beat for writing sports is hockey, and soccer. Of course the Vancouver Whitecaps soccer team up here, so, hes a busy bee with his sports and he watches a lot of sports. I didn’t even own a television before Walker moved into my house! Or a computer! Didn’t care, never wanted one, never wanted a TV. And ya know, Ive been a vegan a long time. My little dogs, bless their souls, are vegetarians. I cook for them. Walker moves in, and these fuckin dogs gain 2 lbs. in a month, because he eats bacon and butter chickens, and all sorts of stuff! But I always say, if Walker’s not gonna judge me for eating so many bananas, then I can’t judge him for eating how he eats. Plus, it’s no big deal to me, it’s the least of my worries.
TL: Well, last time we spoke you cited Watermelon Bubbalicious as one of your guilty pleasures, is that now replaced by bananas?
BN: I had to give that up man, it was a gong show. A gong show! I got home from tour one time and had soooo many cavities. It was sad. So, I’m a sugarless gum girl now.
TL: Any new tattoos you’ve added on recently? You’re running out of space!
BN: Not really. But being in chemo for over a year, it really wasn’t a priority anymore. The only needles I got were chemo needles. You know it’s funny, I do think about it now, but I am running out of room. I actually did think about getting one on my face believe it or not, and when my hair all fell out and my eyebrows fell out somebody told me to get my eyebrows tattooed on! And I was like, that’s great if you know she’s gonna do it SYMETRICALLY! I mean, what? Do you get a ruler and a pencil? There’s just too much variable there.
TL: Plus you’re stuck with the same look forever.
BN: Right. You can’t suddenly do an arch or a Brooke Shields. No versatility.
TL: You also brought up your little doggies. I noticed the tribute/farewell on the inside jacket. What happened?
BN: Oh, Anastasia? She’s my little surgery patient. We’ve been through 6 spinal surgeries together in her 10 years of life. Ya know, she just kind of got slow again and I assumed it was her back again. So, we went in like we always do, down to the “emerge”for dogs and turns out it wasn’t her back, instead they found at tumor and her liver had burst. She had been doing fine up until then, running and playing and biting and begging, all the things that Ana loves to do. She died happy, so I was happy. I was with her when she died, and I will always be grateful for that, cause we did Prana Yama breathing. Mama’s a hippie! (laughs)
TL: Are you planning to adopt another dog in the future?
BN: No. Nicolas is too spoiled! He is enjoying himself so much right now, He is 12 years old and he is in love with my husband. We call Nicolas “the boyfriend,”we don’t call him by his name. We just refer to the dog as the boyfriend.
TL: So does he sleep between the two of you?
BN: Oh YES! You gotta understand I don’t have any furniture. Because of Ana’s back, all those years, I didn’t want her jumping on anything. I slept on a tatami mat for 10 years. Then poor Walker moves in, who’s a bodybuilder for Gods sake and here’s this broad sleeping on a tatami mat! So I kind of had to up the ante when he moved in and buy a futon. Other than that we haven’t changed anything since Ana died. I still don’t have any furniture, everything’s Moroccan and Japanese style, on the floor. I don’t know, I don’t think we’ll change anything until Nick goes and joins Anastasia in Nirvana.
TL: Last time we talked, Mastodon was in your CD player. What’s in there now?
BN: What is in my CD player right now, let’s pull it out and see what I got. Oh, I have Mariah Carey, E=MC2.
TL: Opposite end of the spectrum from Mastodon, but that’s ok.
BN: Well, I like it all ya know? I listen to Kylie Minogue when I go to the gym, Lamb of God when I’m in my car, and I listen to Krishna Jazz when I’m cooking. I think like a lot of us Gen-X kids, our tastes are really pretty vast. We really came of age during a time when music became more and more accessible. Man it was cool. Cool times, a lot of discovery.
TL: So who are you going to be touring with this summer and into the fall?
BN: As far as I know, a band called The Manvils. You can find out about them on the Bif Naked My Space page. We’ll also be touring with a band called Scatterheart.
TL: What about any festivals?
BN: We’re playing a festival in Edmonton. We’re playing the Calgary Stampede, which is considered a festival. There’s one in Dauphin, Manitoba too, it’s all on the website.
TL: What about any other projects, like acting?
BN: Nothing like that, but we do have a musical side project that we’re cooking up and I’m excited about that too.
TL: Bif, thanks for giving me some minutes of your day and good luck with the record and the tour.
BN: Thanks Honey!
We would like to thank Paula Danylevich of Hype Music for allowing us time with Bif. For more info please visit: www.myspace.com/bifnaked or www.bifnaked.com