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Crazy Town

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Crazy Town is an American rap rock band, formed in 1995 by Bret Mazur and Seth Binzer The band is best known for their 2000 hit single, "Butterfly", which reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and helped their debut album, The Gift of Game 1999 sell over 15 million units Their follow-up album, Darkhorse 2002 failed to achieve the same level of success, contributing to the band's break-up in 2003 Mazur and Binzer reformed the band in 2007, and released their third album, The Brimstone Sluggers, in 2015

Contents

  • 1 History
    • 11 Formation 1995–1999
    • 12 The Gift of Game and "Butterfly" 1999–2001
    • 13 Darkhorse 2001–2003
    • 14 Hiatus 2003–2007
    • 15 Reformation 2007–2011
    • 16 The Brimstone Sluggers 2013–present
  • 2 Musical style
  • 3 Band members
    • 31 Timeline
  • 4 Discography
    • 41 Studio albums
    • 42 Singles
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

History

Formation 1995–1999

Bret Mazur and Seth Binzer, who go by the names of Epic and Shifty Shellshock, respectively, started collaborating under the name of "The Brimstone Sluggers" in 1995 in Los Angeles, California, along with Adam Bravin aka DJ Adam 12 who preceded DJ AM However they did not become serious about releasing any material until much later By early 1999, Rust Epique, James Bradley Jr aka JBJ, Doug Miller, Adam Goldstein aka DJ AM, and Antonio Lorenzo "Trouble" Valli joined the band Their debut album, The Gift of Game, was released in November 1999, having been recorded earlier that year

The Gift of Game and "Butterfly" 1999–2001

The release of The Gift of Game was followed by a tour support slot for the Red Hot Chili Peppers Guitarist Rust Epique left the band while the album was being mixed, and Crazy Town was joined by Kraig Tyler shortly after The first two singles from The Gift of Game, "Toxic" and "Darkside", were released but failed to chart

In 2000 Crazy Town was signed to tour with Ozzfest, however they were forced to withdraw after only two weeks when Binzer was arrested after he threw a chair through a window while he was drunk Crazy Town then released their third single in 2001, "Butterfly" which uses samples from Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Pretty Little Ditty" It reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart Soundscan reports 100,000 album sales of The Gift of Game prior to the release of "Butterfly"; after "Butterfly" reached number 1, sales exceeded 15 million

Crazy Town toured with Ozzfest in 2001 They were received with mixed reviews; many people in the Ozzfest crowd mockingly called them "The Butterfly Boys" A fourth single, "Revolving Door", was released with limited success In 2001 Crazy Town also made a cameo appearance in the music video for "Bad Boy for Life" by P Diddy, Black Rob and Mark Curry

Darkhorse 2001–2003

Their second album, Darkhorse, was produced by Howard Benson and released on November 12, 2002 Benson's influence resulted in a more rock oriented sound Prior to recording the album, drummer James Bradley, Jr eventually left the band and was replaced by Kyle Hollinger The album achieved little commercial success, spawning only two singles: "Drowning", which became a minor hit in the US, UK, Austria and Germany, and "Hurt You So Bad", which failed to chart at all Shortly after the release of Darkhorse the band broke up in 2003, citing amongst other things, pressure from their record company for a "Butterfly" follow-up

Hiatus 2003–2007

During Crazy Town's hiatus, Bret Mazur went on to form The Pharmacy, a record-producing company Shortly after leaving Crazy Town, Rust Epique formed a band which would eventually go by the name preThing He died of a heart attack shortly before their debut album 22nd Century Lifestyle was released in 2004 Binzer contributed vocals to Paul Oakenfold's 2002 single Starry Eyed Surprise He released his first solo album in 2004, Happy Love Sick, under his alias Shifty Shellshock Kraig Tyler joined Eric Powell's industrial band 16Volt

Reformation 2007–2011

In late 2007, Crazy Town announced that the remaining members had reformed and were working on a new studio album, tentatively titled Crazy Town is Back, which would be released sometime in 2008, though no such release was ever made On August 26, 2009, Crazy Town performed at Les Deux, in Hollywood, California, on stage together for the first time in five years On August 28, 2009, former member DJ AM was found dead in his apartment, of an accidental drug overdose On August 7, 2010, Crazy Town played together at the festival SRH FEST 2010 in California Throughout 2011, Crazy Town released a new song, "My Place", on YouTube, as well as two new songs, "Hard to Get" and "Hit That Switch", on their Myspace page

The Brimstone Sluggers 2013–present

In 2013 Shifty and Epic said that Crazy Town were in the studio recording a new album, entitled The Brimstone Sluggers Later that year, Crazy Town created new official Facebook and Twitter pages, and released the song "Lemonface" as a free download On 18 December 2014, Crazy Town released their first official single from the album, Megatron The song was used as the theme song for Impact Wrestling during its run on Destination America in 2015

The Brimstone Sluggers was released on 28 August 2015 DJ AM appears as a featured artist on the track "Born to Raise Hell", which was released as a single in August 2015

On May 17, 2016, the band announced that they will be taking part in the Make America Rock Again super tour throughout the summer and fall 2016 The tour will feature other artist who had success throughout the 2000s including Trapt, Saliva, Saving Abel, Alien Ant Farm, 12 Stones, Tantric, Drowning Pool, Puddle Of Mudd, POD and Fuel Throughout the tour, Epic was temporarily replaced by Bobby Reeves, an ex-vocalist of Adema After a year of hiatus, Epic has announced on January 10, 2017 through his Facebook post that he will no longer tour with the band Following Mazur's departure, Rick Dixon, Nick Diiorio and Kevin Kapler also left the band in early April Hasma Angeleno and Empires Fade drummer Chris Barber joined the group for their UK and Portugal tour through April 2017, and to begin writing for the next album

Musical style

Crazy Town's music have been labeled under genres such as rap rock, rap metal, nu metal, and alternative rock

Band members

Timeline

Discography

Studio albums

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
AUS
AUT
CAN
FRA
GER
NLD
NZ
SWI
UK
The Gift of Game
  • Released: November 9, 1999
  • Label: Columbia
  • Formats: CD, CS
9 27 4 7 133 6 40 10 11 15
  • RIAA: Platinum
  • ARIA: Gold
  • BPI: Gold
  • BVMI: Platinum
  • IFPI AUT: Platinum
  • IFPI SWI: Gold
  • MC: 2× Platinum
  • RMNZ: Gold
Darkhorse
  • Released: November 12, 2002
  • Label: Columbia
  • Formats: CD, CS
120 139 52 90 164
The Brimstone Sluggers
  • Released: August 28, 2015
  • Label: Membran
  • Formats: CD, digital download
List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
US
Alt
US
Main Rock
AUS
AUT
FIN
GER
NOR
NLD
NZ
SWE
SWI
UK
"Toxic" 1999 The Gift of Game
"Darkside" 2000
"Butterfly" 1 1 21 4 1 2 1 1 8 2 2 1 3
  • RIAA: Gold
  • ARIA: 2× Platinum
  • BPI: Gold
  • BVMI: Platinum
  • IFPI AUT: Gold
  • IFPI SWI: Gold
"Revolving Door" 2001 76 29 19 26 71 46 43 23
"Drowning" 2002 24 24 45 45 50 Darkhorse
"Hurt You So Bad" 2003
"Hurt You So Bad" Paul Oakenfold Remix Non-album single
"Lemonface" 2013 The Brimstone Sluggers
"Megatron" 2014
"Backpack" 2015
"Born to Raise Hell"
"Come Inside" 2016
  • ^ a b Kaufman, Gil February 8, 2007 "Where Ya Been: City High Drop Out, Crazy Town Stop The Insanity" MTV Retrieved May 28, 2014 
  • ^ Johnson, Tina July 13, 2000 "Crazy Town Leaves Ozzfest After Arrest" MTV Retrieved May 28, 2014 
  • ^ Jeckell, Barry January 10, 2002 "News on Crazy Town, Nelly, NY Metropolis Fest" Billboard Retrieved May 28, 2014 
  • ^ D'Angelo, Joe November 22, 2002 "Crazy Town Hope To Put An End To 'Butterfly Boys'" MTV Retrieved May 28, 2014 
  • ^ D'Angelo, Joe February 12, 2001 "Crazy Town Join Ozzfest" MTV Retrieved May 28, 2014 
  • ^ Wiederhorn, Joe September 23, 2002 "Crazy Town Take On All Comers With Darkhorse" MTV Retrieved May 28, 2014 
  • ^ Swanson, David March 10, 2004 "Ex-Crazy Town Guitarist Dead" Rolling Stone Retrieved May 28, 2014 
  • ^ Harris, Chris December 5, 2007 "Kris Kross, Crazy Town, EMF, Extreme And More Unmemorable Reunions, In Our Year-End Top 10s - Music, Celebrity, Artist News" MTV Retrieved May 28, 2014 
  • ^ "Celebrity Studded Red Carpet Event" PR Newswire August 25, 2009 Retrieved May 28, 2014 
  • ^ Oh, Eunice August 28, 2009 "DJ AM Found Dead in New York City" People Retrieved May 28, 2014 
  • ^ "Celebrity Disc Jockey 'DJ AM' Found Dead in New York Apartment" Fox News 2009-08-29 Retrieved May 28, 2014 
  • ^ Sciarretto, Amy August 3, 2010 "Crazy Town Reunites for SRH Fest August 7th in San Bernardino, CA" artistdirectcom Retrieved May 28, 2014 
  • ^ Srisavasdi, Greg 21 August 2013 "Crazy Town Reunite for New Album 'The Brimstone Sluggers'" Noise Creep Retrieved 3 October 2015 
  • ^ "Crazytown Exclusive Interview" newmetal4ucom September 17, 2013 Retrieved May 28, 2014 
  • ^ a b "Crazytown Premieres "Lemonface" Lyric Video Available for Free Download New Album Brimstone Sluggers Coming Soon" thejuggalonationcom December 20, 2013 Retrieved May 28, 2013 
  • ^ Moore, John 24 January 2015 "1/23 Moore's TNA Impact Wrestling TV Report: Lashley and MVP street brawl, Feast or Fired, James Storm vs Matt Hardy, Havok vs Gail Kim, Jeremy Borash vs EC3" ProWrestlingnet Retrieved 3 October 2015 
  • ^ "Crazy Town Release "Born To Raise Hell" Featuring J Angel & DJ AM From 'The Brimstone Sluggers' Album" Icon Versus Icon 6 August 2015 Retrieved 3 October 2015 
  • ^ Sciarretto, Amy August 28, 2015 "Album Stream: Crazy Town 'The Brimstone Sluggers'" Artistdirect Retrieved 2 October 2015 
  • ^ Mazur, Bret January 10, 2017 "To all of our fans and friends" Crazy Town via Facebook Retrieved 11 January 2017 
  • ^ Mazur, Bret January 10, 2017 "Statement from Epic" Bret Mazur via Facebook Retrieved 11 January 2017 
  • ^ a b Nimmervoll, Ed "Crazy Town - Biography" AllMusic Retrieved May 28, 2014 
  • ^ a b "NME Reviews - Crazy Town : The Gift Of Game - NMECOM" NME September 12, 2005 Retrieved July 31, 2015 
  • ^ "Crazytown - Darkhorse" Retrieved July 31, 2015 
  • ^ Chaz Kangas "Everything You Need to Know About Crazy Town Getting Back Together" LA Weekly Retrieved July 31, 2015 
  • ^ "ALBUM ANNOUNCEMENT: Crazy Town Return With "The Brimstone Sluggers"" Confort Magazine Retrieved July 31, 2015 
  • ^ "28 Nu-Metal Era Bands You Probably Forgot All About" NME August 11, 2011 Retrieved July 31, 2015 
  • ^ "The Bluffer's Guide: Nu-Metal" Team Rock Retrieved July 31, 2015 
  • ^ Udo, Tommy 2002 Brave Nu World Sanctuary Publishing pp 187–88 ISBN 1-86074-415-X 
  • ^ "Top 10 Alt-Rock One-Hit Wonders" Retrieved July 31, 2015 
  • ^ Victoria Miller "The 5 best one-hit wonder alternative rock artists" AXS Retrieved July 31, 2015 
  • ^ "Crazy Town – Chart History: Billboard 200" Billboard Retrieved May 28, 2014 
  • ^ "Discography Crazy Town" australian-chartscom Hung Medien Retrieved May 28, 2014 
  • ^ a b "Discographie Crazy Town" austrianchartsat Hung Medien Retrieved May 28, 2014 
  • ^ "Crazy Town – Chart History: Canadian Albums" Billboard Prometheus Global Media Retrieved May 28, 2014 
  • ^ "Discographie Crazy Town" leschartscom Hung Medien Retrieved May 28, 2014 
  • ^ "Chartverfolgung / Crazy Town / Longplay" musiclinede in German GfK Entertainment Charts Retrieved May 28, 2014 
  • ^ a b "Discografie Crazy Town" dutchchartsnl Hung Medien Retrieved May 28, 2014 
  • ^ a b "Discography Crazy Town" chartsorgnz Hung Medien Retrieved February 4, 2008 
  • ^ a b "Discography Crazy Town" swisschartscom Hung Medien Retrieved May 28, 2014 
  • ^ a b Zywietz, Tobias "Chart Log UK: Chris C – CZR" zobbelde Tobias Zyweitz Archived from the original on May 7, 2012 Retrieved May 28, 2014 
  • ^ a b "American certifications – Crazy Town" Recording Industry Association of America Retrieved May 28, 2014 
  • ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations - 2001 Albums" Australian Recording Industry Association Archived from the original on January 17, 2010 Retrieved May 28, 2014 
  • ^ a b "Certified Awards Search" To access, enter the search parameter "Crazy Town" British Phonographic Industry Retrieved May 28, 2014 
  • ^ a b "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank: Crazy Town" in German Bundesverband Musikindustrie Retrieved June 20, 2014 
  • ^ "IFPI Certifications" International Federation of the Phonographic Industry Archived from the original on February 1, 2010 Retrieved May 14, 2008 
  • ^ a b "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards Crazy Town" swisschartscom Hung Medien Retrieved June 20, 2014 
  • ^ "Canadian certifications – Crazy Town" Music Canada Retrieved May 28, 2014 
  • ^ "Crazy Town – Awards" AllMusic Retrieved May 28, 2014 
  • ^ "Crazy Town – Chart History: Alternative Songs" Billboard Retrieved May 28, 2014 
  • ^ "Crazy Town – Chart History: Mainstream Rock Tracks" Billboard Retrieved May 28, 2014 
  • ^ Peak chart positions for singles in Australia:
    • "Butterfly": "Discography Crazy Town" australian-chartscom Hung Medien Retrieved May 28, 2014 
    • "Revolving Door": "The ARIA Report: Week Commencing 6 August 2001" PDF 597 Pandora Archive February 21, 2002 Archived from the original on 21 February 2002 Retrieved August 17, 2014 CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown link
    • "Drowning": "The ARIA Report: Week Commencing 2 December 2002" PDF 666 Pandora Archive January 7, 2003 Retrieved August 17, 2014 
  • ^ "Discography Crazy Town" finnishchartscom Hung Medien Retrieved May 28, 2014 
  • ^ "Chartverfolgung / Crazy Town / Single" musiclinede in German Media Control Charts Retrieved May 28, 2014 
  • ^ "Crazy Town" norwegianchartscom Retrieved 12 April 2015 
  • ^ Swedish singles chart
  • ^ "Toxic – Crazy Town" AllMusic Retrieved May 28, 2014 
  • ^ "Tales from the Darkside – Crazy Town" AllMusic Retrieved May 28, 2014 
  • ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2001 Singles" Australian Recording Industry Association Archived from the original on February 5, 2014 Retrieved June 20, 2014 
  • ^ "Austrian certifications – Crazy Town" in German IFPI Austria Retrieved June 20, 2014  Enter Crazy Town in the field Interpret Click Suchen
  • ^ "Hurt You So Bad – Crazy Town" AllMusic Retrieved May 28, 2014 
  • External links

    • Official website

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