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Ben Folds

Singer/pianist Ben Folds (born September 12, 1966, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina) is best known as the leader of the power pop trio Ben Folds Five, but has also struck out on his own as a solo artist. Despite playing in bands in high school, his musical career didn't really get off the ground until the late '80s, as a bassist for Majosha (the outfit issued such obscure releases as Party Night: Five Songs About Jesus and Shut Up and Listen to Majosha). Proving his multi-instrumental talents, Folds also played drums as a session musician in Nashville. After relocating to New York, Folds started acting again (he'd previously done some theater in high school) and signed a publishing deal with Sony Music.

Moving back to North Carolina, in 1994 Folds formed Ben Folds Five, a trio that also included bassist Robert Sledge and drummer Darren Jessee. Whereas most alternative bands of the '90s specialized in distorted teen-angst rock, the guitarless trio was a refreshing break from the norm, its sound akin to such past power popsters as Todd Rundgren, Jellyfish, and early Joe Jackson, and such piano-driven artists as Billy Joel and early Elton John. But like punk bands, Ben Folds Five put on a high-energy, blistering live show. The band was signed to the independent Caroline Records shortly afterward, resulting in its self-titled debut one year later. Due to airings of the humorous anthem "Underground" (which poked fun at the politics of the punk/alternative scene) on MTV's 120 Minutes) and constant touring, quite a buzz was stirring for the band by the time of its second album.

Released in 1997, Whatever and Ever Amen was pure pop perfection -- easily one of the year's best releases and perhaps the best power pop release of the '90s. The band's songwriting and sound had improved even further, as evidenced by such gems as "One Angry Dwarf and 200 Solemn Faces," "Fair," "Kate," and "Battle of Who Could Care Less," plus their whimsical tribute to breakups, "Song for the Dumped." But it was the ballad "Brick" that broke the band commercially -- unlike the majority of Ben Folds Five's material, which was upbeat, the song contained melancholic music and vocals, as the lyrics told the story of a teenage couple who decides to get an abortion (it has been speculated that the tale was autobiographical for Folds). The single didn't hit until several months after the album was released, which meant that the band stayed on the road for well over a year, playing with such notables as Dave Matthews, Beck, and as part of the 1997 H.O.R.D.E. festival -- earning Whatever platinum status.

While 1998 didn't see a new studio album by the band, Ben Folds Five's former label issued a 16-track rarities collection (Naked Baby Photos) as Folds released his first solo album, Volume 1, under the pseudonym Fear of Pop. Although the album went largely unnoticed, it included the song "In Love," which included overly dramatic vocals from none other than Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner (comparable in approach to Shatner's must-hear 1968 album, The Transformed Man) and which was performed on The Conan O'Brien Show shortly after the album's release. Ben Folds Five regrouped with 1999's The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner, which was a more mature work than its predecessors, although the energetic leadoff single, "Army," showed that Folds' humorous approach hadn't dulled at all.

Folds officially went solo again in 2001 with Rockin' the Suburbs. A series of EPs followed, with the new long-player Songs for Silverman dropping in 2005. He released Supersunnyspeedgraphic: The LP in 2006, followed by the full-length Way to Normal in 2008. In 2009 Folds contributed two songs to University A Cappella!, a collection of covers of some of Folds' best tracks by various university groups. Lonely Avenue, a collaboration with British novelist/essayist Nick Hornby (High Fidelity, About a Boy), arrived in 2010, followed by the 18-track Retrospective: The Best Imitation of Myself 1995-2011, which represented Folds' first U.S. career overview. The compilation included a new song with the original Ben Folds Five, who re-formed the following year and released their fourth studio album, The Sound of the Life of the Mind, followed by Ben Folds Five Live in 2013. ~ Greg Prato, Rovi
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He. Is. The. King. I would kill to have just one piano lesson from him.
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You don't know
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I know Jared Reynolds and his daughter,we are family friends!
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You tom
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sydneyreyes8 8 4 1 8
Wow this sounds great!
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Learn to Live With What You Are... truer words have never been spoken
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bizzybodies2 8
I remember hearing this about the time it came out, and it was the day after Christmas, alone, doing laundry, after a breakup. It nails that sense of being suspended there, after part of your life ends, before another one begins.
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I've never heard this from Ben before, but this type of misery music sometimes just makes things a bit better to handle for the moment!!
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Luv me sum ben
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His collab with Amanda Palmer, Neil Gaiman, and various others on the "8 in 8" album is so worth checking out.
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87maranda87
ha wasn't expecting that f* bomb at the end and was blasting this in the living room~ got some looks from my parents
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Akira
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amber8080
U don't know me at all!!!
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nysfinest211 2
Ben folds is a gangsta. Best musician there is. Im sorry but when u can play piano without hitting a key you are hands down the boss. Legend
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Ben Folds is by far the most talented man on this planet!
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Great music! Wow he is 48 years old
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we are playing ben fold five stuff in my marching band! and we have gotten second in lower state!
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~d(-_-)b~ non of y'all's knowz me!!!!!!!!! Maw hahahahaha*c o u g h * *cough* yup
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Nobody knows me at all DX
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I saw Ben Folds perform with Contemporary Youth Orchestra, and it was so amazing!!
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No
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My favorite ben folds song is a tie between prison food and philosophy
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This is my fav ben folds album
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zane182
Great songwriter
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Rocking the suburbs has to be my fav. Ben folds song
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This reminds me of habbo, people who want to date online LOOOOOOL
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jadenhousman
This song is Awsome my mom and dad love Ben folds
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Does Ben Fold the creases in a chubby chicks belly?
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Hiroshima is a great song as well as of course his popular You Don't Know Me
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this song is genius love it and the end lol F**K
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of ur life. Tomorrow will be the best day of ur life. Now you've started reading their don't stop. This is so scary post this on 5 songs in 143 minutes. When 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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roverfish
That's the beautiful and talented Regina Spektor with backing vocals on 'You Don't Know Me' -- Ben just seems to get better and better.
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zcatching2me o w
I love the acapella versions of his songs! :D
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First saw Ben in concert at a little club in '97, his music has been the soundtrack to my life the last nearly 20 years!
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he's so good on so many levels, adore him!
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amber8080
You Don't Know Me!!!!!!
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Kiss your left hand 15 times, say your crushes name close your hand and say a school day than open your hand and post this on 15 other songs and that day that you said u crush will ask you out.
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Hes from Winston-Sale m ? Thats awesome! Newfound love for Ben Folds.
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wonder if Ben Folds laundry
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This is so freaky how much this works so don't this! If u copy and paste this on 10 other songs will have the best day of ur life but if u don't u will see a dead little girl in room tonight sorry.
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neeley011502
i like this song
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amazing
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I can relate to this song
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Really chill
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to624
Haha
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Why can't everyone be as amazing as him? I mean he just has an amazing, whispering, tone. Love hike too much. He so refreshing as a vocalist.
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Follow me on Instagram @supersonics p i f f
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bc12786
I really haven't heard much of this artist besides the lovely depressing song brick.... Which is a good one
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Perfect
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