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Bif Naked

Background information
Birth name Beth Torbert
Born June 15, 1971 (1971-06-15) (age 38)
New Delhi, Delhi, Harayana, India
Origin Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Genres Punk rock, Rock, pop punk, Hard rock, Pop Rock
Occupations Singer-songwriter, actress, poet,
Instruments Vocals, Guitar, Bass
Years active 1994–present
Labels International Arts Music, Her Royal Majesty

Bif Naked (born Beth Torbert; June 15, 1971) is a Juno Award-winning, multi-platinum record selling, American-Canadian rock singer-songwriter, poet, cartoonist, and actress.



Personal life

Bif Naked was born in New Delhi to teenaged American parents attending private school.[1] She was subsequently adopted by American missionaries.[2] She spent part of her childhood in Lexington, Kentucky, where her father was a professor at the University of Kentucky. She went to Kelsey Elementary School in The Pas, Manitoba for a couple of years. After living for a time in Dauphin, Manitoba, her family eventually settled in Winnipeg.[3][4] She graduated from John Taylor Collegiate and studied theatre at the University of Winnipeg.

A noted poet, she has also released a spoken word album called Okenspay Ordway: Things I Forgot To Tell Mommy. She is heavily tattooed, getting her first, an Egyptian Eye of Horus, when she was 16. Her tattoos include a symbol of the Tao, Japanese writing, Buddhist poetry and images (such as the Bodhisattva), and Hindu imagery; she has stated on MTV that her favorite tattoo, on her left arm, reads "Survivor." Naked is also a comic cartoonist.

The name Bif started as a nickname based on the mispronunciation of her real name, Beth.[5] Bif has always been frank about her bisexuality,[3] and the lyrics of her autobiographical songs (such as 1995's "Everything" and 1998's "Sophia") detail her attractions to and relationships with women. She is also a strict raw food vegan for health (as opposed to ethical or religious) reasons. She identifies as straight edge.[6][7]

She was diagnosed with a heart aneurysm, but corrective surgery was ruled out. Her song "Everyday," from her album Superbeautifulmonster, is in part a response to that experience. Bif married her drummer, became pregnant, and later had an abortion. She wrote the song "Chotee" afterwards, with lyrics such as "So long my baby...". However, her song "Moment of Weakness" was about a man she vacationed with in Mexico.[8] Bif married Vancouver Sun sports writer Ian Walker in a traditional church ceremony in Vancouver on September 29, 2007.[9] In January 2008, she announced that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer, and underwent a lumpectomy and chemotherapy.[10] Bif Naked blogs on MySpace about politics, her personal life, and dealing with cancer.

Music career

Prior to her solo career, Torbert played with punk bands Gorilla Gorilla and Chrome Dog. She has toured Europe, the United States, and Canada as a headlining act, and has performed on bills with Snoop Dogg, Billy Idol, Dido, Sarah McLachlan, Sheryl Crow, Chrissie Hynde, the Foo Fighters, the Cult and many more. She recorded a version of "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" for the MTV: TRL Christmas CD. She was also featured on the Ready to Rumble soundtrack with a cover of Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It", the Celebrity Deathmatch soundtrack with "Vampire", and Buffy the Vampire Slayer's soundtrack with "Lucky". She made a guest appearance in the song "Fucker", on Strapping Young Lad's album The New Black in 2006.

Bif Naked has also made guest appearances with artists such as SNFU on the songs "One Last Loveshove" and "You Make Me Thick". She also appeared on the Dead Celebrity Status album Blood Music on the track titled "In This Day And Age".

Solo albums include Bif Naked, a self-titled album, Purge, and I Bificus. In 2005, after narrowing it down from over 50 songs, she released Superbeautifulmonster with 13 tracks. The Promise was released in 2009 and was dedicated to her fans. Bif recorded the album during her chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer.

She has made appearances in music video for Moist's "Believe Me" and "Silver", Liveonrelease's "Get with it" and Simple Plan's "Save You" near the end along with other people (such as Sharon Osborne and René Angélil) who have been treated for cancer.

Acting career

  • 1990: Archangel, credited as "Bif Torbert," playing a Russian soldier
  • 1997: The Boys Club playing "Liquor Store Manager"
  • 1998: Television series Once a Thief, playing Nastassja Momomame in one episode
  • 1998: The Crow: Stairway to Heaven as herself, performing an untitled song.
  • 1999: Buffy the Vampire Slayer as herself; she performed her songs "Anything," "Lucky" and "Moment of Weakness."
  • 2000: The Chris Isaak Show and Big Sound as herself
  • 2000: Daria movie, Is It Fall Yet?, playing a bisexual art camp attendee who attempts to seduce Jane Lane.
  • 2001: Canadian film, Lunch with Charles.
  • 2002: became the first host of the CBC Television series ZeD.[11]
  • 2003: cameo in the zombie horror film The House of the Dead (2003).
  • 2003: Appeared as a judge of a fictitious reality show in the TV series Cold Squad.
  • 2005: Canadian Independent film Crossing, playing Bernie
  • 2006: a one episode part in the The L Word, playing a character named Cynthia
  • Since 2006 she has been one of the hosts of Bodog Fight.[12]
  • She voiced the character Zoe Payne in the SSX (Snowboard Supercross) videogame series.
  • 2007: narrated the chronicles of her and her spouse's life in Bodog's web reality show "Bif Naked Bride" up to the wedding finale.

Band membership

Current lineup

Past members

  • Machine (aka Steve Ricardo) (now in Death Match Union)- Guitar
  • XFactor (aka Gene Poole) – guitar (co-writer of "Chotee")
  • Chris Crippin (now in Hedley) – drums
  • Gail Greenwood – bass
  • Gillian Hanna (now in Love For Money) – guitar
  • Britt Black (now in Lillix) – guitar
  • Rich Priske – bass
  • Mike Sage – drums
  • Doug Fury (now in Scatterheart) - guitar, bass
  • Scotty McCarger (now in Southern Death Threat) - drums
  • Scott Cooke - bass
  • Tim Smyth - bass
  • Greg Mark - guitar
  • Sean Stubbs (now in Rat Silo) - drums

Political Activism

On June 26, 2009, Bif Naked and Nazanin Afshin-Jam participated in the worldwide solidarity with the people of Iran. They performed the song someday.[13]



Studio Albums


1995 "Tell On You" Bif Naked
1995 "Daddy's Getting Married" Bif Naked
1995 "My Whole Life" Bif Naked
1995 "Everything" Bif Naked
1998 "Spaceman" I Bificus
1998 "Chotee" I Bificus
1998 "Lucky" I Bificus
1999 "Moment of Weakess" I Bificus
2000 "Twitch" Another 5 Songs and a Poem
2000 "We're Not Gonna Take It" Another 5 Songs and a Poem
2001 "I Love Myself Today" Purge
2002 "Tango Shoes" Purge
2003 "Leader" Purge
2003 "Choking on the Truth" Purge
2003 "Rich and Filthy" Essentially Naked
2004 "Back in the Day" Essentially Naked
2005 "Let Down" Superbeautifulmonster
2005 "Nothing Else Matters" Superbeautifulmonster
2006 "Everyday" Superbeautifulmonster
2007 "My Greatest Masterpiece" Crossing - Soundtrack
2009 "Fuck You 2" The Promise
2009 "Sick" The Promise
2009 "King of Karma" The Promise

EPs and Collections

  • Four Songs and a Poem (EP) – 1994
  • Another 5 Songs and a Poem (EP) – 2000
  • Essentially Naked (greatest hits album) – 2003

Music videos

  • "Everything" (1994)
  • "My Whole Life"
  • "Tell On You"
  • "Never Alone"
  • "Daddy's Getting Married" (directed by William Morrison 1996)
  • "Spaceman"
  • "Lucky"
  • "Moment of Weakness" (1999) (directed by Marcos Siega)
  • "We're Not Gonna Take It"
  • "Chotee"
  • "Twitch" (1999)
  • "I Love Myself Today"
  • "Tango Shoes"
  • "Choking On The Truth"
  • "Back In The Day"
  • "Rich and Filthy"
  • "Let Down"
  • "Nothing Else Matters"
  • "Everyday"
  • "My Greatest Masterpiece" (2007)
  • "Fuck You 2" (2009)
  • "Sick" (2009)
  • "King of Karma" (2009)

See also


  1. ^ *Bif Naked at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ "New tattoo and wedding vows for Bif Naked". CBC News. 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2008-11-26. 
  3. ^ a b Dudley Saunders (December 1999). "A Blast Called Bif". Interview (Interview). Retrieved 2006-09-10. 
  4. ^ "Bif Naked". The Canadian Pop Encyclopedia. Jam!. Retrieved 2008-11-26. 
  5. ^ "Interview With Bif Naked". 
  6. ^ Hammett, Cait (2001-07-16). "Is That a Mic Between Bif Naked's Legs?". Chart. Retrieved 2008-11-26. 
  7. ^ Miles, Kate (Fall, 2003), "Giving Back", Faze,, retrieved 2007-11-07 
  8. ^
  9. ^ "Bif Naked To Tie The Knot With Vancouver Sun Sports Writer". Chart. 2007-08-17. Retrieved 2008-11-26. 
  10. ^ Kerry Gold (January 2008). "Bif Naked diagnosed with breast cancer". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2008-01-06. 
  11. ^ Sandra Sperounes, "Indie artists have a new home in ZeD," Edmonton Journal, March 22, 2002, pg. E.4.
  12. ^ Bodog bio for Bif Naked
  13. ^ Bif Naked and Nazanin Afshin-Jam sing "Someday"

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