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Ben Folds Five

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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So Pandora just stopped doing lyrics. I guess there not an important part of songs anymore.
Ben Folds Five is one of the best bands ever. You are seriously missing something if you don't see him live. Great ballads and hard driven piano songs laced with acerbic satire. So glad I discovered him.
Ben Folds Five is my favorite band. These guys combine great musicality with a perfect blend of humor intertwined. Yet their best quality is that they know when to put the jokes down and play a serious song. These guys are the best.
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now that you've started reading don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and and your lovers names will come up in big letters.
Don't read this it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday. By the love of ur life. However if you don't post this in 2 days you will die. It works. Put this on 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press F6. Your lovers name will come up in big letters
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now that you've started reading don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and and your lovers names will come up in big letters.
Love the live underground track. so witty and funny!
Listening to The Sound of the Mind, I really love the song, although I'm not too find of the vocals. I think the lyrics are too annunciated, and I can't seem to get into the music. My only complaint, though, other than that it's great.
danzigirwin
Ben Folds..... one of the few things I really liked about North Carolina. Great songwriter, great band.
pianoalex5
Ben Folds has pure talent flowing from him as he creates music
I have nothing but love for Benjamin Scott Folds!
Imagine if Ben and otis redding cowrote a song
b_register
dont read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible friday by the love of your life. tommorrow will be the best day of your life. however if you do not post this comment to at least 3 songs you will die in 2 days. now youve started reading this so dont stop. this is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in at least 143 minutes when if done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is scary cuz it actually work
dont read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible friday by the love of your life. tommorrow will be the best day of your life. however if you do not post this comment to at least 3 songs you will die in 2 days. now youve started reading this so dont stop. this is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in at least 143 minutes when if done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is scary cuz it actually work
anyone else notice how the link to Volume I leads to the Tupac artist page? ...lol.
I used to gank this cd from my kid sisters room...ahh good times...
k9srockon
JUST saw him in concert. ROCKED!!!!!! ! !
THE SOUND OF THE LIFE OF THE MIND. YES.
k9srockon
Yay! Happy birthday ben folds!!!
So many anthems have come from this band. Beyond excited about the big 2012 comeback! http://bit.l y / R q z s U i
rogerdalexan d e r
The person that introduced me to Ben Folds told me that whenever she is tired of listening to everyone else in her music collection, she can always put Ben Folds on. I will have to agree with her. And I will have to agree also that he is great in concert. If you have never gone to a Ben Folds concert, you are missing out. He is a true entertainer.
kmurph26927
He's even better live.
This song is absolutely beautiful. Ben Folds Five recently reunited on Ben Folds' AWESOME retrospectiv e . One of the songs is called House I must agree with rebel that it is an amazing song, what an amazing comeback song. It's ALMOST as beautiful as Brick.
flexyabmo
LOVE
Ben Folds' new album The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospectiv e is sweet. I really dig the new song House off it!
One of the best artists i have seen live. Ben is a gift, beautiful voice, great lyrics, and just about the best entertainer out there today. Love ya Ben
Have seen Ben Folds/Ben Folds Five a few times and it's ALWAYS been such a fun time! Love the music and the way he always involves the crowd. Kiss my a**......goo d b y e ! :-)
Still my all-time favorite band.
He is a super nice guy for all of his "post modern irony".
marymurph9
He was born exactly 2 days before me! Virgos united in creativity!
I have always loved this song...
Live in NC. Now a piano bar that plays Folds is something that I'm going to have to see.
Ben Folds swings!
Ben Folds Rocks!
@Erik Dantoft- I actually play at a piano bar in Charlotte, NC, and I know about 15 Ben Folds tunes...
Authentic & creative: powerful combination.
I just wish people at piano bars could play a little BF5.
Oh snaps. Forgot all about BF5. He takes the piano and owns it.
trumpetboy, you can't compare a studio album to a live album.
not to be hatin on ben, but ben folds five has a fuller sound, especially because of the drums. When comparing all of the songs on ben folds live that are bf5 songs, the songs always sound better when bf5 is performing them
This man does something to a piano that makes my spine tingle! His live shows are bar none the best shows I've ever seen. His intelligent and humorous lyrics, brilliant compositions and ego-less approach make him one of my absolute favorite artists!
I love you- you sassy little man! Keep on creating fun, creative, musically-or i g i n a l and classically- i n f l u e n c e d tunes. You are the Billy Joel and Elton John of my day! SWAK!
Being in my 50's I first hurd of Joe Jackson when living in Madison, Wi. Always being a lover of musical stories, his style and his artistic differences stayed with me and I became a fan. Unfortunatel y for Joe, his music may have been ahead of it'st time and his popularity on a large scale suffered at the hands of artist like Elton John and the other flock of piano singing turbadors at the time. I'm glad his still around and have enjoyed his calaboration with Ben.
kschuss1
i didn't listen to him at first on principle-- during college it was cool to love ben folds, and that "coolness" tells me 9 times out of 10 that the music is atrocious. but i have to say, i was pleasantly surprised, both at how much ben folds rocks and at the fact that for once the majority of ppl my age actually liked someone who was a GOOD musician.
chwoodiv
Being from NC just adds to his awesomenocit y . you think he has monster truck?
Mr Five does a good job, doesn't he?
Awesome band.
great
proplus1
Ben...underr a t e d . . . unappreciate d . . . just brilliant!

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