December 1, 2004

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Artist: Naked, Bif




Bif Naked was born Beth Torbert in New Delhi, India to two teenage parents. Soon after her birth she was adopted by two American missionaries. Her formative childhood years were spent growing up in Lexington, Kentucky, and eventually moved to Winnipeg in her teens.

By the age of 18 she had joined a band called Jungle Milk and adopted a new name: Bif Naked. At age 19 she married Brett Hopkins, drummer for Gorilla Gorilla. Bif was in the band for a few years before both her marriage and her band broke up.

It wasn't long before the adrenalin of going solo led her on a path of found fortunes. She soon signed with Plum Records (Rymes With Orange) and her debut album, 'Bif Naked', garnered attention with the singles, "Daddy's Getting Married", "My Whole Life", and "Everything".

Aquarius/EMI re-issued the CD following the closing of Plum Records and even released a spoken word release called 'Okenspay Ordway' while Naked toured Canada for the 'Stop The Violence' campaign.

The follow-up album, 'I, Bificus' was originally recorded for Naked's own label, Her Royal Majesty's, with producer Mike Plotnikoff in 1997, but after she signed with Sony 550 in the U.S.

That version of the album was then scrapped and re-recorded with producer Glen Rosenstein (Ziggy Marley, October Project, Stella). Sony 550 eventually dropped the album with it receiving a minor release, of sorts, in Europe.

'I, Bificus' was released in Canada in 1998 on Aquarius/EMI. 1999 has seen her do opening tour slots for The Cult and Kid Rock plus a second stage appearance at this year's Lilith Fair.

Lava Record picked up 'I, Bificus' and allowed Bif Naked to remix the recording and add some new songs to the running order for release in the US.

Naked made a guest appearance on the 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer' TV series singing the song "Lucky", which was included on the series' soundtrack. Another song, "Chotee", was used in the Susan Sarandon movie 'Anywhere But Here'.




Singles
199? Daddy's Getting Married
199? My Whole Life
199? Everything
1998 Spaceman [Dance Remixes] (Aquarius/EMI)
1999 Moment Of Weakness (Her Majesty's/Aquarius/EMI)

Albums
1993 Bif Naked (Plum)
1994 Bif Naked [re-issue] (Her Royal Majesty's/Aquarius/EMI)
1996 Okenspay Ordway (Her Royal Majesty's/Aquarius/EMI)
1998 I, Bificus (Her Royal Majesty's/Aquarius/EMI)
1999 I, Bificus (Lava - US)
[re-mixed with bonus tracks]

Video
1999 Moment Of Weakness

Compilation Tracks






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