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Fastball

Formed in 1994 in Austin, TX, Fastball combined a fondness for melodic, Beatles-inspired pop with the alternative aesthetic of late-'90s mainstream rock. Guitarist/vocalist Miles Zuniga, bassist/vocalist Tony Scalzo, and drummer Joe Shuffield -- all veterans of Austin's underground rock scene -- originally banded together under the name Magneto U.S.A. After signing with Hollywood Records, the musicians changed their name to Fastball (sharing the name with the title of their favorite baseball-themed pornographic film) and released their debut album, Make Your Mama Proud, in 1996. The album failed to yield much commercial success, but it did demonstrate the band's synthesis of modern flavor and bygone pop hooks, a combination that would later launch Fastball into the mainstream.

The follow-up effort All the Pain Money Can Buy appeared in early 1998, featuring a considerably tighter band and more pop flourishes. Although the bandmates were still working side jobs at the time of its release, leadoff single "The Way" proved to be a meteoric hit, topping the American rock charts for seven weeks while enjoying crossover success as a pop single. "Fire Escape" and the piano-fueled "Out of My Head" did similarly well, and All the Pain Money Can Buy went platinum within six months of its release, earning two Grammy nominations along the way. Fastball celebrated their success with a considerable amount of touring, including shows alongside Marcy Playground and Everclear.

The Harsh Light of Day arrived in fall 2000, featuring piano work by Billy Preston and an increasingly arty sound. Although "You're an Ocean" cracked the Top 40, the album's sales were extremely slow, and Fastball eventually left the Hollywood roster in favor of a new deal with Rykodisc. A retrospective compilation, Painting the Corners: The Best of Fastball, marked the band's final release for Hollywood Records in 2002. Two years later, they resurfaced with Keep Your Wig On, having fully embraced their power pop roots with the help of co-producer Adam Schlesinger. While the album didn't yield any successful singles, it still strengthened Fastball's work ethic, with frontmen Zuniga and Scalzo writing together for the first time. That collaborative spirit helped fuel another album, Little White Lies, which appeared in 2009 to warm reviews. ~ Andrew Leahey, Rovi
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Comments

I really do miss this era.....don' t remember much about it lol
nicko252008
90's!!!!!!!
I know how you feel, man...
the 90's had some great music. and some really terrible stuff too.
Great band
robsum5
Crap
I agree with rocker princess, they are underrated
Noise.....
I love Fastball. So underrated.
bob.neland
Where is Little White Lies? It's my favorite Fastball album. Please add to selection!
You're an Ocean is an awesome song; it became popular because of a Disney channel TV movie, and that's how it got popular.
darkhope87
was I out of my head? was I out of my mind? T_T
Where did these guys go?
pandora58126
Very Crowded House sounding
Very underated group. The Harsh Light of Day is their best.
there is also an album the released in 2008. little white lies is the album name, its really good!
ericras
'The Way' rocks. It's one of my favorite songs to sing along to. And it is one of the few songs with an American Indian theme that you actually hear on the radio on a regular basis. 'Out of My Head' is good too.
amadeus_anto n i n
i like this, it's soothing, and lol, the name is kinda funny **

**talking aboot the background for getting the name
dude i don't know bout bout pathetic but these guys all right
don't dis music tastes they all good
jeht_risser
greggrw29 if all u have to do is dis people for listening to a certain artist u need to get a life. u obviously got to this page by clicking on the artist anyway, so way to be stupid and a hypocrite, congrats u fail twice at life
greggrw29, your pathetic for feeling the need to tell us that we're pathetic for listening to Fastball.
you're all pathetic for listening to fastball
haha, i like that comment kaelm
hahaha!!! you go kaelm!!!
Jelly-8, if you have a Brian Wilson station, you've got bigger problems than the occasional Fastball tune, lol.
I adore "Out of My Head," though at the time the band was popular (late 90s) I preferred "The Way" and "You're an Ocean."
i first heard "out of my head" and loved it the singers great but the backup singers... not so much all in all they are a good band though
blanchardk1
i love "out of my head". their best song. hands down. i love how it just has this jazzy blues/ pop feel to it.
the way, awesome epic song. classic.
sanfelixbaca
never heard. never will!
I saw these guys in 8th grade during their make your mama proud tour with Mathew Sweet, and got to talk to Miles and Tony at the merch booth after they played, like the whole time M.S. played. Awesome guys. I've been hooked on fastball ever since.
cool band
The more I hear the more I like them. The way was the pop hit, the other stuff is just as good or better.
yeosuanaik
I really love "The Way" - really unique song. And surprisingly mt Fastball station has worked out better than all my other stations =)
good vocals, well written songs, nice recording.
Highly underrated band. Should still be having hits on radio. Sure would like to see Joey. Its been years. Are you out there? Remember the days of Hell's Cafe and "I Can't Rock You All Night Long"?
J-Dub
rhapsodyfort h e w i n
Great band. You don't hear music like "the way" or "out of my head" anymore. Everything now says is so... Angry.
dcarr5
Cool band
dcarr5
Cool band
Yeah. F**k censorship
Mi28w
Be bold, write HELL
H**L YA!!!

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