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Thursday 28 June 2018

Multi-Platinum New York Trio Fun Lovin Criminals Return With New Album & Date In Sussex

Fun Lovin' Criminals burst onto the music scene in 1996, gate crashing the euphoric Brit-pop party with unforgettable finesse.
credit Tom Barnes

Heralded for their generation defining blend of styles and effortless Lower East Side charm, FLC's refreshing cocktail of rock n" roll, funk, blues, soul, hip hop, jazz and latin, gave the Crims a unique timelessness that is still apparent three decades on.
 
FLC's debut single Scooby Snacks, famed for sampling Tarantino movies such as Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction launched a career that saw the debut Come Find Yourself remain in the UK album chart for over two years. 

Come Find Yourself is a record where, as frontman Huey Morgan recalls, each and every track you remember within the first few notes, and so many memorable lyrics;

 

"Means with the green, murder on your spleen living in a dream do you know what I mean?", 'Smoke 'em, smoke 'em, smoke 'em if you got 'em, if you ain't got 'em, then you hit rock bottom", "Everything is cool and everything is schmoove." 

A long lasting and unforgettable cocktail of music with a nod to hip hop, rock, blues, jazz, funk and soul; with Huey's extensive knowledge and collection of music it's hardly surprising that this seminal album has such a wide foundation of influence. 

Huey continues: "Our debut album burned a path for crossing genres that we now take for granted. 

"The music is now part of our collective lexicon and we are very proud to be able to play it live and share our love of diversity which we have always, as a band, championed."

FLC then performed an infamously raucous set on the legendary Pyramid main stage at Glastonbury "99 and the rest - as they say - is history.

The band are Europe's best-loved "cousins from New York", whip-smart story-tellers in smarter Saville Row suits who, through comically tall tales of living large in the neon metropolis, launched a career in music that saw three ordinarily New Yorkers who met working at the legendary Limelight on W 20th St, swap glass collection for world tours with their pals U2 and studio collaborations with the late-great BB King.

The Lower East side trio consists of frontman turned Sony Award winning BBC broadcaster Huey Morgan, his founding partner Brian 'Fast' Leiser on bass, trumpet and samples and the groups longest-standing drummer Frank 'The Rhythm Master' Benbini. 

FLC returned to the studio this year with Grammy award winning engineer Tim Latham to make forthcoming new album Another Mimosa, their first studio abum since 2010. 

The album is thought to be a variation on the theme of the 1999 album Mimosa, which became a cult classic with Crims fans for featuring clever re-imaginings of classic covers and an impromptu guest appearance from Ian McCulloch of Echo & the Bunnymen fame.

Fun Lovin" Criminals play Worthing Pavilion Theatre on the 7th March 2019.

by: Mike Cobley




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