Bowling for Soup biography
Bowling for Soup (often typeset as ¡Bowling for Soup! or abbreviated as BFS) is an American rock band which originally formed in Wichita Falls, Texas in 1994. Now based in Denton, Texas, the band is best known for its singles "Girl All the Bad Guys Want" (a 2003 Grammy Award nominee), "Almost", "Punk Rock 101", "High School Never Ends", and SR-71 cover "1985". On April 8, 2013 Bowling for soup announced that in October of the same year it will be their last tour in the UK.
1986-2001: Early yearsBowling for Soup had its origins in the small northern Texas city of Wichita Falls, where Jaret Reddick (born March 6, 1972) and other members of the band grew up. Reddick and guitarist Chris Burney (born May 25, 1969) knew each other in high school (they met in 1986), and as students in the 1980s, they grew up on the commercially successful heavy metal music of bands such as Quiet Riot and Ratt, but were also influenced by the zippier punk rock of the Ramones and later Green Day. Burney owned a Wichita Falls coffeehouse with a music stage, where he and Reddick met bassist Erik Chandler (born December 22, 1974) and drummer Gary Wiseman (born January 6, 1979) in the early 1990s (although Wiseman wouldn't come into the band until 1998).
Burney and Chandler soon formed the Folkadots, while Wiseman formed Gary & the Wiseman. Burney and Chandler, along with Morrill, also formed the band Slaw. Around this time, Reddick formed the band Terminal Seasons. Not too long after, Jaret Reddick and Lance Morrill formed coolfork!, which Chris Burney later joined. They were in full swing by 1993, playing such venues as the Refuge. Just a few months later, after forming a band called Rubberneck, they took the name Bowling for Soup in 1994, and the band was officially formed in Wichita Falls on June 4, 1994 by Jaret Reddick (lead vocals, guitar), Chris Burney (guitar, backing vocals), Erik Chandler (bass, backing vocals), and Lance Morrill (drums, backing vocals). Morrill left the band in 1998 (on good terms) and was replaced by friend Gary Wiseman of Gary and the Wisemen. The band's name was derived from a comedy act by Steve Martin.
In 1998, the band relocated to Denton, Texas and recorded their second studio album, third overall, Rock on Honorable Ones!! in 1998 for Denton music label FFROE. Bowling for Soup released their first EP, Tell Me When to Whoa, through FFROE later that year. The album sold over 10,000 copies, prompting Jive Records to sign the band. Let's Do It for Johnny!!, Bowling for Soup's major label debut, was released on Jive in 2000. The album mostly contained re-recordings of their previous material along with a few new tracks and a cover of Bryan Adams' song "Summer of '69".
2002-2003: Drunk Enough to DanceDrunk Enough to Dance is Bowling for Soup's second album with Jive Records, released August 6, 2002. It was recorded at Tree Sound Studios and Sonica Recording in Atlanta and Big Time Audio in Dallas, Texas. One of the album's two singles, (the other single was called "Emily") "Girl All The Bad Guys Want", was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2003 in the "Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal" category.
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