Of The Blue Colour Sky
OK Go are an alternative/glam punk rock band from Chicago who originally consisted of Damian Kulash (lead vocal, rhythm guitar), Tim Nordwind (bass, backing vocals), Andy Duncan (keyboards, guitar and backing vocalist) and Dan Konopka (drums and percussion) but after their first album, Andy Ross replaced Andy Duncan. Their style of clothes has been likened to Weezer in the geek rock genre.
They formed in 1998 and released their first album in 2002 after signing a record deal with Capitol records with the help of the Chicago radio station This American Life. The self titled album featured songs such as ‘Get Over It’, 'Don’t Ask Me', ‘You’re So Damn Hot’ and ‘CCC-Cinnamon Lips’. The album included different styles of music ranging from hip hop beats to Queen-esk rock sounds to electro keyboard.
2005 saw the release of OK Go’s second album called ‘Oh No’ where the band worked with the producer Tore Johensson. To promote the new album to their record label, the band accidently put a unrehearsed choreographed routine in a back garden to the first single ‘A Million Ways’ on the internet. The success of the song grew immensely as the un-air brushed video raised the popularity of the band in the mainstream environment. The video was nominated at the MTV European Music Awards for Best Video.
The band would do another video of another choreographed routine for their hit single ‘Here It Goes Again’. They would use treadmills to create a unique dance that saw the video becoming a viral phenomenon. The band have got over 50 million hits on YouTube for this video and OK Go have also won a Grammy for Best Short-Form Music Video in 2007 and YouTube video awards for Most Creative Video in 2006. The video has been imitated many times with the dance featuring The Simpsons and TV advertisements.
OK Go’s third album called ‘Of The Blue Colour Sky’ was released in January 2010 where the band worked with the producer Dave Friddmann of The Flaming Lips. The band has said the inspiration for this album ranges from Prince to Michael Jackson. With different styles of music being experimented with, it will be exciting to see them in the future.
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