Sum 41 hit worldwide radar in 1996 after tiny Ajax, Ontario, proved unable to fully contain the foursome's blathering mixture of punk-pop riffing, hip-hop poses, and toilet-bowl humor. Led by guitarist/vocalist Deryck Whibley, who looked like a mash-up of the Prodigy's Keith Flint and cartoon land's Calvin, the band also included guitarist/vocalist Dave Baksh, bassist Cone McCaslin, and drummer Steve Jocz. Wooed by the boys' goofy antics and incendiary live show (and excited about the prospect of promoting their very own blink-182), Island put Sum 41 on the payroll in 1999. The Half Hour of Power EP followed, and Warped Tour dates got the word out. They returned in 2000 with the fun-filled full-length All Killer No Filler, and the singles "In Too Deep" and "Fat Lip" became staples of both modern rock radio and Total Request Live.
An extensive tour followed, and Sum 41 enjoyed their boffo success the way all near-teenage boys would, with plenty of towel-snapping, groupie-loving, and self-depreciating, low-ball humor. In 2002, they returned to wax with Does This Look Infected? While the album was a bit harder-edged, it found the band just as jazzed as ever to mix punk-pop business with sophomoric pleasure: the video for "Hell Song" featured the fellas acting out a sort of rock star debauchery cage match with the aid of a few celebrity action figures. Metallica, Jesus Christ, and the Osbournes all made appearances in the hilarious clip.
Not all fun and games, however, their involvement in the charity group War Child Canada had Sum 41 lending a hand in the making of a 2004 documentary covering the effects of war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Five days into filming, fighting and gunfire suddenly erupted around them, and they barely escaped unharmed -- these events led to 2004's slightly more mature and serious effort, Chuck, named for the UN aid worker, Chuck Pelletier, who was instrumental in getting them to safety. The DVD Rocked: Sum 41 in Congo was released at the end of 2005 and the live album Go Chuck Yourself appeared the following March. Guitarist Dave Baksh left the band during the spring of 2006 due to creative differences, going on to form the metal-punk outfit Brown Brigade. Sum 41 continued on as a trio, and their first album as such, Underclass Hero, appeared in July 2007. ~ All Music Guide
Members include Dave "Brownsound" Baksh, guitar, vocals; Steve "Stevo 32" Jocz, drums; Jason "Cone" McCaslin (born in 1980 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada), bass; Deryck "Bizzy D" Whibley, guitar, vocals.
Group formed in Ajax, Ontario, Canada, 1996; signed with Island Records, 1999; released debut EP Half Hour of Power, 2000; released All Killer No Filler, 2001; contributed to Out Cold soundtrack, 2001; performed in Vans Warped tour, 2001; headlined Tour of the Rising Sum, 2001-02; contributed to Spider-Man film soundtrack, 2002; headlined Sum Like It Loud tour, 2002; released DVD Introduction to Destruction (Video Treats to Move Yo Feets), 2002.
Albums: (Label: Aquarius Canada, Island US)
All Killer, No Filler, 2001.
Does This Look Infected?, 2002.
Underclass Hero, 2007.
Screaming Bloody Murder, 2011.
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Gary Numan is widely considered as one of the leading innovators of commercial electronic music. As the frontman, chief songwriter and producer of the band Tubeway Army, Gary Numan introduced science fiction themed pop music to the masses, hits like ‘Are Friends Electric’ and ‘Cars’, made Numan a star at home in the UK and across the pond in the United States. Numan's quirky lyrics and ahead of its time production gave him a musical lane of his own, that certified Numan as the undoubted Shah of synth-pop.
Numan was born Gary Anthony James Webb, on the 8th of March 1958, in Hammersmith, West London. Numan began playing the guitar at a young age, all of which quenched his thirst for mainstream chart success. Before Numan was 21 he signed a record deal with Beggars Banquet (One of the UK’s most successful independent record labels and home to the Prodigy, Adele and formally Dizzee Rascal) alongside his band Tubeway Army. His early recordings were not synth based, on the contrary they portrayed more of a punk theme musically, the groups self-titled debut LP was not considered a success. However, Tubeway Army’s sophomore LP ‘Replicas’, became Numan’s first chart success, as the album topped the charts in 1979, alongside the hit single ‘Are Friends Electric’. Less than a year later, Numan topped the charts again, this time without the help of his bandmates, with the iconic ‘Cars’; the song also reached the top ten in the US. His debut (The Pleasure Principle) and sophomore (Telekon) albums also topped the UK album charts.
Numan is rarely seen in the limelight unless it is in connection with his music; many artists including Basement Jaxx, Armand Van-helden and the Sugababes have sampled his music, the Sugababes topped the charts with a remix of ‘Are Friends Electric’. Numan continues to produce and write music twenty years after signing his first record deal, fans wait with anticipation for the new album ‘The Dead Son Rising’, history tells us that Gary Numan will not disappoint.
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