Sunday, 16 November 2008

Sunday night rock 'n' roll

Ben Folds Five was a piano-based rock trio formed in 1993 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The group comprised Ben Folds on vocals, piano, and principal songwriting; Robert Sledge played bass and provided backing vocals; and Darren Jessee played drums, sang backing vocals and co-wrote some of the songs. The group achieved modest success in the alternative, indie and pop music scenes. The band is perhaps best known for the hit single, "Brick" from their 1997 album Whatever and Ever Amen, which gained airplay on many mainstream radio stations.

Much of Ben Folds Five's work was influenced by jazz, evident in frequent improv-styled passages through bridge and/or ending. During their seven years together, the band released three proper studio records, one retrospective album of B-sides & outtakes, and eight singles. They also contributed to a number of soundtracks and compilations. Ben Folds Five disbanded in October 2000, apparently under amicable circumstances.

If you missed the Ben Folds Five and like piano rock then you'll really enjoy these from their Live at Session at West 54th. Brick was their biggest hit and Song For The Dumped is really terrific.


Song for the Dumped

One Angry Dwarf

Battle of Who Could Care Less

(Nothing Follows)

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