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Sick Puppies

With a name like Sick Puppies, you wouldn't think hugs would play a major role in the gutsy indie crew's rise to fame, but they do, along with malls and YouTube. When they met in 1997, singer/lead guitarist Shimon Moore and bassist Emma Anzai were both fans of Silverchair and the Living End plus many of the other angst rock/punk rock bands from their native Australia. Soon Chris Mileski joined on drums and a series of live gigs led to some local recognition and the 1999 EP Dog's Breakfast. Two years later, their song "Nothing Really Matters" won the Unearthed competition, which Australia's Triple J radio network held to find homegrown and undiscovered talent.

Tours across the country followed and an unreleased and aggressive cover version of Destiny's Child's "Say My Name" was soon burning up P2P networks, but when the bandmembers set their sights on America they took a break to plan. They also took days jobs. Moore's was at an outdoor shopping mall, where he would soon meet performance artist Juan Mann, who would carry a "Free Hugs" sign around the mall and oblige anyone who took him up on it. Moore filmed the positive and negative reactions and eventually compiled them, adding the Sick Puppies song "All the Same" as the musical bed. He sent it as video sympathy card when he learned Mann had just lost his grandmother. Mann was touched and posted it to YouTube; by December 2006 the heartwarming video had ten million views.

Meanwhile, the band had landed in America -- with Mileski replaced by new drummer Mark Goodwin -- and worked a deal with the indie label Roadshow, which released a self-titled EP by the band at the end of 2006. Given those ten million video views, it didn't take long for the majors to come calling. Virgin wooed them and released the album Dressed Up as Life in April of 2007, just as the views had reached the 12.5 million mark. Not wanting to let things cool off, the band got back into the studio the following year to being working on a new record. Their third album, Tri-Polar, was released in 2009, and managed to reach number 31 on the U.S. Billboard 200. Sick Puppies supported Tri-Polar with a tour and, in April of 2010, they released the EP Live & Unplugged, which contained acoustic versions of songs from the album. Another acoustic EP, this one called Polar Opposite and also containing acoustic versions of songs from Tri-Polar, appeared a year later.

Sick Puppies began work on their fourth album in 2012, collaborating with the production team Rock Mafia. The finished product, Connect, was released in July 2013. ~ David Jeffries
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Sick puppies is such a good band, definitely one of my favorite, it may just be my favourite!
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1 kiss your hand
2 say your crushes name
3 close your hand
4 post this on 15 different songs and your crush will ask you out
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Pitiful is a great song
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I absolutely love them! I just found out about them a week ago and they are now my second favorite group (Nobody can beat Fall Out Boy). My favorite songs are Howard's Tale, The Trick The Devil Did and, Gunfight.
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Love war gotta be one of their best
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Love sick puppies saw them and meet them at Nebraskaland days concert a few years ago
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Exactly, go puppies...Go free hugz....
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2hearts1mind 1 3
Go Puppies ! WooHoo :) :)
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Don't hate BOBO, your vocals sound a bit whiney lol
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Don't cry like a b**ch when you feel the pain ����
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Such an underrated band, very talented
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They have that same lame vocal affectation that so many others of this generation have. Which is to say unoriginal and annoying. Thumbs down
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will be injure in two days ( U won't die). Now you started reading this so now don't stop. Post this in at least 5 other songs in the next 143 min. When your done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen. His is so scary it actually works!
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elh0902
The explicit version is best and BEAST
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You're going down is a pretty SICK song.
Ok I'm done don't connect YOUR FIST WITH MY FACE AND SEE ME HIT THE GROUND.
Ok now I'm done.
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This trio from Australia is beyond sick! Emma kicks major butt at the bass. Saw them open for Flyleaf in 2007/08 at Antone's in Austin. <3
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There are two stories as to how the band name was conceived. The official version is that Shimon Moore thought of the name himself when the band members were brainstormin g , and then came home a few days later to find his father Phil reading the book Sick Puppyby Carl Hiaasen. The side version is that a neighbor's dog entered the garage during a rehearsal and vomited on their equipment. An early fan made the comment, "That's one sick puppy" and the name stuck.
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Follow for Follow {www.rodneyv a n c e t h e a r t i s t . c o m }
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One of us going down!
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Maybe they mean that puppies are SICK!!! As in awesome, lol.
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Uh...... there ok? But who cane up with the name Sick Puppies? Whoever came up with it, they were disturbed. PUPPIES AND CATS ROCK!
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Jk
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will be injured(but won't die) in two days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. Post this on at least five other songs in the next 143 minutes when your done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works
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If you copy and paste this in ten minutes you will have the time of your life tommarow. You will be kissed or asked out if you break this chain you will see a little girl in your room in the next 4 minutes it freaked me out.
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These guys are ok I guess. I've listened to much better.
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well.....thi e r name is...interes t i n g
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I love this songs
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This is great!
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letsgoauburn
@SCUD ROSS (Single) Agreed
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I Love sick puppies soo much they are mad!!! SWEET BAND!!!! Fav song is riptide really good song or maybe lol both good songs!
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The bass player is super hot and very talented.
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stewartandre w 2 0 0 0 5
i like this song to a slight degree
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letsgoauburn
Emma is one of the most underrated bassists out there.
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I like this song but the beginning of the song is a total rip of holiday in Cambodia by the dead Kennedy's
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amazing band
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i like their style
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This is a sick band! ��get it?sick?...
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Yeah your going down b**ch
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Follow for follow {www.rodneyv a n c e t h e a r t i s t . c o m }
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Kimhernandez 7 3 9 , OMG NO ME TOO OMG LOL
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all there songs resemble me why is that? mainly because I act like that everyday.
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Does this song remind anyone else of the anime Free!, or is it just me.. .-.
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Love this song
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Don't cry like a b**ch when you feel the pain!
Love sick puppies cx
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love sick puppies so much
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I love them ^•^
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kellymlady51 8
Im just glad I got to see them live before the loss of shim. They were great live. Emma can whail on the bass.
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Say iPhone five times then say color and them post this email n a other song and look under your pillow
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YES!!! I LOVE ADAM
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anti-fox
Too bad Shimon Moore is out. Now they need a new guitarist/le a d vocals. Maybe Adam Gontier could do it.
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