:bif naked is not your standard canadain rockstar:
She is actually more of a rock entity than a tangible musical personality. Everyone seems to know who she is and recognize her name, while nor being quite sure whether they have actually ever heard her music. Orphaned in India and adopted by American missionaries, the girl who "learned to smoke cigarettes in Kentucky, ya'll" may be the most talked about and least understood artist this country has produced since K.D Lang first bounced onto the scene. But if Canadians are music's eternal caution-mon -gers, the Europeans have to be their exact opposite: European audiences have been turning out by the thousands to see and hear this outrageous Canadian woman and have her transform them with pure, female energy. "The hardest lesson that I learned was at Plum Records, "Bif relates, referring to her first label, Plum/A&M Records(past home to such bands as Rhymes With Orange & Damn The Diva), which ceased day-to-day operations just three monthsinto the promotion of her debut album. "At the beginning of Plum, it was social, it was friends and it was a great introduction to me. SO when the carpet got yanked it was a big fucking shock. I was so blown away and it was like tears on tears. I was depressed. I didn't talk for three weeks. I couldn't believe it. I was like 'you were my friends'. This was the end of the fuckin' world." On the contrary, it was the beginning of her assault on the world. Although plum was no longer in the picture, Bif was still armed with a killer record produced by John Dexter, which whom she co-wrote a large number of the albums tracks. After buying her masters outright from Plum, managers Peter Karoll and John Zazula snared bif a deal with European giant Edel out of Hamburg, Germany. Edel had no problem committing a large sum of money to the project, as they recognized Bif's undeniable star potential. Before she knew it, she was drying her eyes in all the the finest hotels in Europe on a full press tour and in November '95 she embarked on her first band tour, including dates in Berlin, Paris, London, Stockholm, Finland and Norway. With her career on track in Europe, Bif's return to the Canadian scene was imminent. In January, Aquarius announced it had licensed the record for re-release in March, with some added production on the lead single, 'Daddy's Getting Married'. Musically Bif is the ultimate chameleon. A quick listen to her self titled debut will reveal songs as far apart as metal 'Make Like a Tree' and Hip Hop in 'Succulent'. The poppy, drum-looped 'My Whole Life' was included in the soundtrack to the Sandra Bullok vehicle Two If By I Sea and has received airplay across the country and into the US, while the current Canadian single,'Daddy's Getting Married' is firmly rooted in modern rock. Despite all these clashing styles, she has no problem with her musical direction because she possesses the rare power to pull them all off. Whatever style she explores, her lyrics remain consistent and are generally exploring her relationships with other human beings. The fear of exposing all her deepest feelingshave been steamrollered by her desperate need to get them out on paper. Now with two good years of music business toil under her belt, Bif fancies herself more in control of her own career and defiantly more in touch with her realities. "We played in Bremen and all the heads of a a&r of Edel were coming, and this was the only show in Germany they were going to be able to see. So i was a little nervous and wanted it to be really great. It was heavy pressure and we went out and put on a awesome show. When we got backstage and grabbed a towel and a diet coke, we found out that they were late! They didn't make it to the show. A year ago i would have broken down and cried. And now, when they walked in, it was like 'Jorg(Hacker, Edel a&r),you son of a bitch , you're a fuckn' loser, you missed a good show. I hope you come tomorrow, 'cause I'm gonna suck just for you'. It was a laughed off in a way and we still went out for dinner. It's not that I'm hardened by the business. I still think I'm very lucky. ANd when I'm buying a coffee at McDonalds in Paris, I'm still saying to the guys in the band,'fuck this is cool".' Bif remains calm about her good fortune. She still has more than enough room in her heart for the people who have stayed friendly, her home and country and the folks in the infrastructure that keeps the independent bands touring. She has no problem with her ego or self-esteem because, to her, both are irrelevant. "So far all of my wishes have come true.(pause) But some blue penny loafers would be nice."