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The Fugees

The Fugees are an American music group, popular during the mid-1990s, whose repertoire includes primarily hip hop, with elements of soul, and Carribean music (particularly reggae). The members of the group are leader/rapper/producer Wyclef Jean, rapper/singer Lauryn Hill, and rapper Pras Michel. Both Jean and Michel are of Haitian heritage; Hill is an African American native of South Orange, New Jersey. Deriving their name from the term "refugee", the group is noted for the integration of soul and reggae into their work, and recorded two albums--one of which, The Score, was a multi-platinum and Grammy-winning success--before going their separate ways after 1997. Hill and Jean each went on to successful solo recording careers, while Michel focused mainly on soundtrack recordings and film acting.

The trio released their first LP, Blunted on Reality, after a long period of performing, but the album failed to live up the expectations of fans who attended their concerts. Despite the relative failure of their first album, The Score became one of the biggest hits of 1996 and was one of the first hip hop albums to incorporate reggae in a major way. The Fugees were known for their unusual choice of covers and sampling sources on both albums; The Score, for example, included covers of "No Woman No Cry" (Bob Marley & the Wailers) and "Killing Me Softly (With His Song)" (Roberta Flack), which was their first and only #1 pop hit. The album also included a re-interpretation of The Delfonics' "Ready or Not Here I Come (Can't Hide From Love)" in their hit single "Ready or Not". The Fugees won two 1997 Grammy Awards: The Score won for Best Rap Album, and "Killing Me Softly With His Song" won for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group.

After 1997, the Fugees all began solo projects: Hill started work on her critically acclaimed The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Jean began producing for a number of artists (including Destiny's Child and Carlos Santana) and recorded his debut album The Carnival, and Michel, with Mya and Ol' Dirty Bastard, recorded the single "Ghetto Superstar" for the soundtrack to the Warren Beatty/Halle Berry film Bulworth. After each member found success in other ventures, the Fugees failed to reform. Though the Fugees remain tight-lipped about the exact reasons, most fans believe that a serious personality conflict between Hill and Jean contributed to their breakup following The Score.

In September 2004, it was announced that The Fugees have settled their differences and are currently working on a new album. They appeared onstage together at an exclusive block party in New York City that month, hosted by Dave Chappelle.

Discography

Albums

  • 1994: Blunted on Reality
  • 1996: The Score

Singles

  • 1994: "Nappy Heads" (US #49)
  • 1994: "Vocab"
  • 1995: "Fu-Gee-La" (US #29)
  • 1996: "Killing Me Softly (With His Song)" (US #1)
  • 1996: "Ready or Not"


External Links

  • Fugees Fansite (http://user.aol.com/Snicka/fugee2.htm)
  • Fugees Lyrics (http://www.lyricscafe.com/f/fugees.htm)

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. They appeared onstage together at an exclusive block party in New York City that month, hosted by Dave Chappelle. Steven Adler tours with his band Adler's Appetite (formerly Suki Jones) and has plans to record with this band. In September 2004, it was announced that The Fugees have settled their differences and are currently working on a new album. Izzy Stradlin continues to release solo albums and occasionally collaborates on songs with Velvet Revolver. Though the Fugees remain tight-lipped about the exact reasons, most fans believe that a serious personality conflict between Hill and Jean contributed to their breakup following The Score. The band toured briefly before the release of the album and in the winter of 2004/2005.

After each member found success in other ventures, the Fugees failed to reform. Contraband debuted at #1 on the music charts. After 1997, the Fugees all began solo projects: Hill started work on her critically acclaimed The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Jean began producing for a number of artists (including Destiny's Child and Carlos Santana) and recorded his debut album The Carnival, and Michel, with Mya and Ol' Dirty Bastard, recorded the single "Ghetto Superstar" for the soundtrack to the Warren Beatty/Halle Berry film Bulworth. Slash, Duff McKagan, and Matt Sorum formed the band Velvet Revolver with Scott Weiland (formerly of Stone Temple Pilots) in 2003. The band contributed a song to the Hulk's soundtrack before releasing their first album, Contraband, in June 2004. The Fugees won two 1997 Grammy Awards: The Score won for Best Rap Album, and "Killing Me Softly With His Song" won for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group. In March 2004 Buckethead left the band, causing Rose to cancel their May 30th appearance at Rock in Rio 4 in Lisbon, Portugal. The album also included a re-interpretation of The Delfonics' "Ready or Not Here I Come (Can't Hide From Love)" in their hit single "Ready or Not". In 2002, Q magazine named Guns N' Roses in their list of the "50 Bands To See Before You Die", although this was as part of a sub-list of "5 Bands That Could Go Either Way".

The Fugees were known for their unusual choice of covers and sampling sources on both albums; The Score, for example, included covers of "No Woman No Cry" (Bob Marley & the Wailers) and "Killing Me Softly (With His Song)" (Roberta Flack), which was their first and only #1 pop hit. Again, Rose failed to stop its release. Despite the relative failure of their first album, The Score became one of the biggest hits of 1996 and was one of the first hip hop albums to incorporate reggae in a major way. Similarly, Cleopatra records released "Hollywood Rose: The Roots of Guns N' Roses" in early summer. The trio released their first LP, Blunted on Reality, after a long period of performing, but the album failed to live up the expectations of fans who attended their concerts. Despite Rose's protests, legal and otherwise, Geffen released a greatest hits album on March 23rd. Hill and Jean each went on to successful solo recording careers, while Michel focused mainly on soundtrack recordings and film acting. It is set to release in 2005.

Deriving their name from the term "refugee", the group is noted for the integration of soul and reggae into their work, and recorded two albums--one of which, The Score, was a multi-platinum and Grammy-winning success--before going their separate ways after 1997. Reports issued by the band in 2001 and 2002 claimed that Chinese Democracy was to be released later that year by Interscope/Geffen Records, with whom they had apparently patched up their differences (if any). Both Jean and Michel are of Haitian heritage; Hill is an African American native of South Orange, New Jersey. As of February 2005 the band has not played a show since their December 5, 2002 concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The members of the group are leader/rapper/producer Wyclef Jean, rapper/singer Lauryn Hill, and rapper Pras Michel. Due to a no show by Axl in Philadelphia and the resulting riot by fans, Clear Channel, the tour's promoter, cancelled all remaining shows of the tour. The Fugees are an American music group, popular during the mid-1990s, whose repertoire includes primarily hip hop, with elements of soul, and Carribean music (particularly reggae). Some concerts in smaller markets did not sell out, while shows in larger markets such as New York and Boston sold out in minutes.

Fugees Lyrics (http://www.lyricscafe.com/f/fugees.htm). The tour was met with mixed results. Fugees Fansite (http://user.aol.com/Snicka/fugee2.htm). Subsequent shows went on as planned. 1996: "Ready or Not". A riot ensued. 1996: "Killing Me Softly (With His Song)" (US #1). The tour got off to a bad start. The opening show in Vancouver was cancelled by the venue due to Axl not showing up in a timely manner.

1995: "Fu-Gee-La" (US #29). tour, the band's first since 1993, was planned. 1994: "Vocab". A U.S. 1994: "Nappy Heads" (US #49). The band then played several shows in August of 2002, headlining festivals and concerts in Asia and Europe, and then making their way to New York for a surprise appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards. 1996: The Score. During 2002, guitarist Paul Huge left the band and was replaced by Richard Fortus, formerly of the band Love Spit Love.

1994: Blunted on Reality. The new lineup played two shows in Las Vegas at the end of 2001. Consisting of Axl Rose, guitarists Buckethead, Robin Finck, and Paul Huge, bassist Tommy Stinson, keyboard players Dizzy Reed and Chris Pittman, and drummer Brain (formerly of Primus), the band played a mixture of old hits as well as new songs from their forthcoming album. The revised lineup returned to the stage in January of 2001 with two well-received concerts, one in Las Vegas and one in Rio de Janeiro. In 2000, avant garde guitarist Buckethead joined Guns N' Roses.

Later that year, Finck returned to Nine Inch Nails briefly to record "The Fragile.". GNR also released Live Era 87-93, which was a collection of songs the original lineup recorded on the road between 1987 and 1993. This song was intended to be a prelude for a new album: Chinese Democracy. In 1999, the band released one new song, Oh My God, which was included on the soundtrack of End of Days.

In 1998 Axl Rose returned to the studio accompanied by drummer Josh Freese (of the Vandals), bassist Tommy Stinson (formerly of The Replacements), guitarist Robin Finck (formerly of Nine Inch Nails), guitarist Paul Huge (aka Paul Tobias), and keyboardist Dizzy Reed. Within the following year, Duff and Matt also left the band, which left Axl as the sole original member. In 1996, Slash quit the band, citing creative differences with Axl. Several members started up their side projects (such as Slash with Slash's Snakepit and Duff McKagan in the Neurotic Outsiders).

That same year, a cover version of The Rolling Stones' Sympathy for the Devil was recorded by the band, joined by Paul Huge (replacing Gilby Clarke), for the movie Interview with the Vampire. In 1994 Axl fired Gilby Clarke. This album did not match the success of the Illusion albums and tensions were ever increasing in the band. In 1993, Guns N' Roses released a collection of mostly punk covers entitled The Spaghetti Incident?.

The tour included The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert. During this time, November Rain became the most requested video on MTV, eventually winning a VMA for best cinematography. After the release of the Use Your Illusion albums Guns N' Roses went on a 28-month-long world tour, during which Izzy Stradlin quit the band and was replaced by Gilby Clarke. On September 17, 1991 they released Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II, which debuted as #2 and #1 on the charts. In 1990 Guns N' Roses returned to the studio with new drummer Matt Sorum and keyboardist Dizzy Reed to begin work on the band's most ambitious undertaking yet.

Other members addressed their addiction after Axl Rose spoke up about them "dancing with Mr. Brownstone" during their opening set for the Rolling Stones. Shortly after the release of "Lies", drummer Steve Adler was dismissed from the band, reportedly due to his unwillingness to address his heroin addiction. Because of the incident, subsequent American Music Award shows have been broadcast using a five second delay. At the televised annual award show in 1989, Duff McKagen and Slash appeared intoxicated and used strong language while accepting the award for Best Heavy Metal Album for Appetite For Destruction, and Best Heavy Metal Song for Paradise City.

In 1989, Guns N' Roses were presented with the American Music Award for favorite Pop/Rock single for Sweet Child O' Mine. Contributing Welcome to the Jungle to the soundtrack of movie The Dead Pool (in the Dirty Harry series) gave the band a couple of seconds onscreen in the movie. The album was also a source of controversy when one song, "One In A Million" featured Axl Rose using the words "niggers" and "faggots", resulting in many accusing the band (or Axl) of racism and homophobia, which Axl denied citing the fact that his (then) lead guitarist was half black and that he was a big fan of homosexual singers such as Freddie Mercury and Elton John. Guns N' Roses' next release was the acoustic cd G N' R Lies in 1988 which hit #2 on the music charts.

Appetite For Destruction remains one of the best selling debut albums of all time. The album sold 20 million copies, had three top 10 singles, and hit #1 on the charts. Appetite for Destruction, GNR's Geffen debut, was released on August 21, 1987. Copies of the EP reached Geffen Records executives who soon signed the band.

The band released a self-produced EP, Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide, in 1986. The two agreed and the band's original line-up was finalized. When Tracii and Robbie could not attend the Guns N' Roses' first show (in Seattle), Axl called guitarist Slash and drummer Stephen Adler who he had met recently and asked if they would play. Fans often shorten the name to the "Gunners".

The name was derived from a combination of Guns and Rose's pseudonymous last names, while earlier band names in the same vein had been Rose and Hollywood Rose. The band was formed by singer Axl Rose, guitarist Tracii Guns, guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Robbie Gardner. Originating in Los Angeles in June 1985, Guns N' Roses' unique style incorporated punk, blues, thrash, and other genres of music into what was popular at the time: hair metal. The band's 1987 major label debut, Appetite for Destruction, gained them world notoriety with its infamously self-destructive attitude while their 1991 second major effort, the simultaneous album releases of Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II, and subsequent tour cemented the band's place as a heavily influential and permanent member of rock and roll history.

Guns N' Roses is an American hard rock band whose dangerous reputation, controversial front man, and technical prowess have made them one of the most popular rock and roll bands ever. Since I Don't Have You from The Spaghetti Incident?. Yesterdays from Use Your Illusion II. You Could Be Mine from Use Your Illusion II.

Estranged from Use Your Illusion II. November Rain from Use Your Illusion I. Live And Let Die from Use Your Illusion I. Garden Of Eden from Use Your Illusion I.

The Garden from Use Your Illusion I. Don't Cry from Use Your Illusion I. Dead Horse from Use Your Illusion I. Welcome To The Jungle from Appetite for Destruction.

Sweet Child O' Mine from Appetite for Destruction. Paradise City from Appetite for Destruction. It's So Easy from Appetite for Destruction. Patience from G N' R Lies.

Chinese Democracy (2005). Greatest Hits (2004) Compilation. Live Era: '87-'93 (1999) Live Album. The Spaghetti Incident? (1993) Covers.

Use Your Illusion II (1991). Use Your Illusion I (1991). G N' R Lies (1988) Mini-Album; Includes tracks from Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide. Appetite for Destruction (1987) Debut Album.

Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide (1986) EP, Live. Buckethead, guitar (2000-2004). Josh Freese, drums (1997-2000). Paul Huge, guitar (1994-2002).

Matt Sorum, drums (1990-1997). Steven Adler, drums (1985-1990). Gilby Clarke, guitar (1991-1994). Izzy Stradlin, guitar (1985-1991).

Duff McKagan, bass (1985-1997). Slash, guitars (1985-1996). Robbie Gardner, drums (1985). Tracii Guns, guitar (1985).

Dizzy Reed-Keyboards (1990). Robin Finck- Guitars (1998-). Richard Fortus- Guitars (2002-). Brian Mantia - Drums (2000-).

Tommy Stinson- Bass (1997-). Axl Rose-vocals (1985-).

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