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The Marvelous 3
An Atlanta-based trio comprising several members of the pop-metal band SouthGang, Marvelous 3 became a critic's darling in 1999 with the smash single "Freak of the Week." The band had formed two years prior, releasing the albums Math and Other Problems and Hey! Album before joining the ranks of Everclear, Foo Fighters, and Buckcherry as another energetic yet rollicking pop band. Marvelous 3 also became MTV mainstays and landed touring spots with groups like Collective Soul and blink-182. Not entirely distracted by quick-winded success, frontman Butch Walker honed his songwriting skills and co-wrote "Right Now" with Maryland's SR-71, a move that foreshadowed his future success as a producer and songwriter for other artists. Slug and Jayce Fincher completed Marvelous 3's lineup, which donned fashion spreads for Calvin Klein and Abercrombie & Fitch before returning to the home front in 2000 with ReadySexGo! The following year, however, the band voluntarily left the roster of Elektra Records and disbanded soon after. Walker went on to pursue a solo career while producing material for such top-tier artists as Avril Lavigne and Katy Perry. ~ MacKenzie Wilson & Andrew Leahey