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Sugar Ray

Belying their origins as a raucous funk metal band, Sugar Ray created several of the most breezily infectious summer singles of the late '90s, hitting on an appealing combination of sunny pop, lightly funky hip-hop grooves, and reggae lilt. Pegged as likely one-hit wonders after their 1997 breakthrough smash "Fly," Sugar Ray managed to maintain their career momentum far longer than many observers expected, aided in no small part by the pinup-worthy looks of lead singer Mark McGrath. Of course, it also helped that the band was able to duplicate the carefree vibe and effortless catchiness of "Fly" on a string of subsequent singles, including "Someday" and "Every Morning." Not everything Sugar Ray recorded bore the sonic stamp of those songs, of course, but that was certainly the sound that transformed the band into a mainstream entity.

Sugar Ray formed in Orange County, the heavily suburban area south of Los Angeles, in 1992. Guitarist Rodney Sheppard, bassist Murphy Karges, and drummer Stan Frazier had been playing parties together in a hard rock/heavy metal cover band, Shrinky Dinx, since the late '80s. Karges served as the touring bassist of L.A. punk veterans the Weirdos in 1990, although a story that Sheppard had once been a cast member on Land of the Lost was patently false. Friend Mark McGrath became the lead singer of Shrinky Dinx after jumping up on-stage to perform one night, and they soon began collaborating on original material. Shows in the L.A./San Diego area helped the band build a regional audience, and a friend of the group even financed a music video for one of their original tunes. The video wound up getting them a deal with Atlantic Records in 1994, albeit owing more to the band's visual presence and potential than the song itself.

The threat of legal action by Milton Bradley, which owned the rights to the original Shrinky Dinks toy, forced the band to change its name to Sugar Ray (after boxer Sugar Ray Leonard). Around the same time, they began augmenting their live shows with the turntables of Craig Bullock, aka DJ Homicide, who later became an official member of the group. Sugar Ray released their debut album, Lemonade and Brownies, in the spring of 1995. Dominated by aggressive funk metal, with touches of punk and alternative rock, the record's typically roaring guitars and smart-a** humor seemed to position the band as a potential keg-party favorite. Commercially, however, the album stiffed.

Atlantic decided to try again, based on the enthusiasm Sugar Ray generated on their lengthy supporting tour, and sent them into the studio with producer David Kahne (who, among many other credits, had recently masterminded Sublime's commercial breakthrough). The result, Floored, became double-platinum hit thanks to "Fly," a laid-back groove that was seemingly tailor-made for summertime. With help from reggae toaster Super Cat, "Fly" set new airplay records at modern-rock radio and reigned as one of the summer's most ubiquitous hits. The song didn't sound much like anything else in Sugar Ray's repertoire, however, and when Floored failed to produce a significant follow-up hit, many assumed that "Fly" was a fluke that the band would never be able to repeat.

After partnerning with Kahne once again, Sugar Ray delivered their third album in early 1999. The title, 14:59, was a wry reference to Andy Warhol's "15 minutes of fame" dictum, but as it turned out, the group's time wasn't up by a long shot. 14:59 wound up outselling its predecessor, eventually going triple platinum. The first single, the "Fly"-like "Every Morning," shot to number three on the pop charts and became the group's second number one at modern-rock radio. The follow-up singles were successful this time as well, with the hit songs "Someday" and "Falls Apart" consolidated the group's growing reputation for summery, radio-friendly alternative pop. Plus, the album boasted a guest appearance from hip-hop legend KRS-One. The band played Woodstock '99 that summer and made a guest appearance on Run-D.M.C.'s Crown Royal album.

In the spring of 2000, McGrath made his acting debut portraying a doctor on an episode of the acclaimed drama ER. Sugar Ray returned in the summer of 2001 with their self-titled fourth album, which entered the charts at number six and gave the band its first-ever Top Ten album; meanwhile, lead-off single "When It's Over" became another substantial hit in the familiar Sugar Ray mold. But in spite of reviews claiming that the band sounded more like a band than ever before, Sugar Ray's sales were ultimately disappointing. Hurt by the relatively lackluster performance of follow-up singles "Answer the Phone" and "Ours," the record failed to go platinum. In the Pursuit of Leisure and its single "Mr. Bartender (It's So Easy)" also underperformed and after the release of The Best of Sugar Ray in 2005, the band was dropped from Atlantic. In 2009 they returned with the single "Boardwalk" along with the album Music for Cougars, both released by the Pulse label. ~ Steve Huey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Music For Cougars

1. Girls Were Made To Love

2. Boardwalk

3. She's Got The (Woo-Hoo)

4. Love Is The Answer

5. Rainbow

6. Closer

7. When We Were Young

8. Going Nowhere

9. Love 101

10. Last Days

11. Morning Sun

12. Dance Like No One's Watchin'

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Track List: The Best Of Sugar Ray

1. Shot Of Laughter

2. Answer The Phone

3. Fly

4. Someday

5. Under The Sun

6. Every Morning

7. Mean Machine

8. Falls Apart

9. Time After Time

10. Rhyme Stealer

11. When It's Over

12. RPM

13. Is She Really Going Out With Him?

14. Psychedelic Bee

15. Chasin' You Around

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Track List: In The Pursuit Of Leisure

1. Chasin' You Around

2. Is She Really Going Out With Him?

3. Heaven

4. Bring Me The Head Of...

5. Mr. Bartender (It's So Easy)

6. Can't Start

7. Photograph Of You

9. Whatever We Are

10. She's Different

11. In Through The Doggie Door

12. Blues From A Gun

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Track List: Sugar Ray

1. Answer The Phone

2. When It's Over

3. Under The Sun

4. Satellites

5. Waiting

6. Ours

7. Sorry Now

8. Stay On

9. Words To Me

10. Just A Little

11. Disasterpiece

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Track List: 14:59

1. New Direction

2. Every Morning

3. Falls Apart

4. Personal Space Invader

5. Live & Direct

6. Someday

7. Aim For Me

8. Ode To The Lonely Hearted

9. Burning Dog

10. Even Though

11. Abracadabra

12. Glory

13. New Direction

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Track List: Floored

1. Rpm

2. Breathe

3. Anyone

4. Fly (feat. Super Cat)

5. Speed Home California

6. High Anxiety

7. Tap, Twist, Snap

8. American Pig

9. Stand And Deliver

10. Cash

11. Invisible

12. Right Direction

13. Fly

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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now that you've started reading this don't stop this is so freaky. But if you read this and ignore it you will have very bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 144 mins. When your done press space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen this is so freaky it actually works
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I just want to fly bad a** song
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still love this song ��
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This music will have a comeback and dominate the radios once more. And in Heaven, all musical genres will have an ultimate reunion. Namaste friends :)
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❤❤❤❤❤
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Otherwise f**k trolls 90's rule!!!
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Anyone else sick of f**kin trolls postin kissing s**t on a friday lol get a life amd get f**kin laid for christ sake... And listen to some real s**t!!
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when it's over, is it really over?
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Man! I remember when the video for this song came out.
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Fun Fact:

Mark credits Howard Stern for his music career taking off....
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indilewis313
❤️
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Put your arms around me baby...I just wanna Fly!!!
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Good music keeps you feeling young.
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Awesome Band!! Love this group!!
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������������ � brings back so many memories love this group!!
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I still love this song and I'm fifty <3 <3
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While I'd love to go to the 90s and jam to this, I simply wouldn't exist lmao, my generation is cancer hahaha
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Old Skhool Bro!
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Yep
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Woooo
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Yo This old skool man
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The summer this came out was one of the best n Pryor,OK
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wish i could go back to those days before cell phones, facebook and all the other junk that cloggs today's simple life activities existed..i miss you 90's ..a simpler time
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Just fun party music
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Love it :)
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Rock on
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He looks like the guy from scooby doo when the went to creepy island and the guy was singing haha good song to
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EVERY ONE REMEMBER SURFS UP THE MOVIE SUMMER 2007
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Gosh i remeber when they first came out when i was little they were awsome and still is.
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That one guys looks like Thor
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Shut the door baby shut the door baby don't say a word
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Mark McGrath was never in an episode of ER.
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Awesome song! Love it!
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I had the biggest crush!!! Lmao love this song it's the f**king s**t
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Holy f**k I didn't know Murphy played bass for The Weirdos!!! F**k yeah!
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Take me back to the 90s
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Damn right. Childhood memories:)
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Its been so long since ive heard fly hah,stay beauftiful and strong everyone:)
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CHILDHOOD
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All Around The World!
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Who knows how long iv loved you!
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Good #80
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i love this song always makes me think of a place i was stuck for so long but i had found someone that was special enough to bring me out i will always hold that spot for him
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Good songs by sugar ray
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I remember downloading this from Napster....L M A O !
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Put your arms around me baby(;
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tiffanyswaff o r d 7
Love the 90's
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Awe memories!
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