Switchfoot

Switchfoot is a United States rock and alternative rock band that rose to mainstream prominence in the mid-2000s. According to Jon Foreman, the name "Switchfoot" is a surfing term. "We all love to surf and have been surfing all our lives so to us, the name made sense. To switch your feet means to take a new stance facing the opposite direction. It's about change and movement, a different way of approaching life and music."

A number of Switchfoot's songs were included in the 2002 movie A Walk to Remember. Singer and actor Mandy Moore, who starred in the movie, sang Switchfoot's song "Only Hope" during a scene in the movie.

Their latest album, The Beautiful Letdown, has been their most successful to date. The hit single "Meant to Live" enjoyed widespread airplay on rock radio stations and transitioned into the top 40. A re-recorded version of "Dare You to Move" has been high on the charts as well. The song "Gone" has also received airplay on Christian radio stations but wasn't released as an actual single. In 2005, Switchfoot received five Dove Award nominations, including Artist of the Year.

Members

  • Jon Foreman: vocals, guitar
  • Tim Foreman: bass
  • Chad Butler: drums
  • Jerome Fontamillas: guitar, keyboard
  • Drew Shirley: guitar

Discography

  • The Beautiful Letdown (2003)
    • Meant to Live 3.25 min
    • This Is Your Life 4.18 min
    • More Than Fine 4.15 min
    • Ammunition 3.45 min
    • Dare You to Move 4.11 min
    • Redemption 3.07 min
    • The Beautiful Letdown 5.21 min
    • Gone 3.43 min
    • On Fire 4.39 min
    • Adding to the Noise 2.50 min
    • Twenty-Four 4.52 min
  • Learning To Breathe (2000)
    • I Dare You to Move 4.08 min
    • Learning to Breathe 4.35 min
    • You Already Take Me There 2.43 min
    • Love Is the Movement 5.10 min
    • Poparazzi 3.20 min
    • Innocence Again 3.28 min
    • Playing for Keeps 3.44 min
    • The Loser 3.39 min
    • Economy of Mercy 3.56 min
    • Erosion 3.23 min
    • Living Is Simple 5.17 min
  • New Way to Be Human (1999)
    • New Way to Be Human
    • Incomplete
    • Sooner or Later
    • Company Car
    • Let That Be Enough
    • Something More
    • Only Hope
    • Amy's Song
    • I Turn Everything Over
    • Under the Floor
  • Legend of Chin (1997)
    • Bomb
    • Chem 6a
    • Underwater
    • The Edge of My Seat
    • Home
    • Might Have Ben Hur
    • Concrete Girl
    • Life and Love and Why
    • You
    • Ode to Chin
    • Don't Be There

Billboard Chart Positions, by song

  • "Meant To Live," Adult Top 40, peaked at #5
  • "Meant To Live," Mainstream rock tracks, peaked at #36
  • "Meant To Live," Modern rock tracks, peaked at #5
  • "Meant To Live," Hot 100, peaked at #18
  • "Meant To Live," Top 40 mainstream, peaked at #6
  • "Meant To Live," Top 40 tracks, peaked at #9
  • "Dare You to Move," Modern rock tracks, peaked at #9 (as of writing)
  • "Dare You to Move," Top 40 mainstream, peaked at #29 (as of writing)

Billboard Chart Positions, by album

  • New Way to Be Human, Heatseekers, #31
  • New Way to Be Human, Top Contemporary Christian, #21
  • Learning to Breathe, Heatseekers, #34
  • Learning to Breathe, Top Contemporary Christian, #23
  • The Beautiful Letdown, Top Contemporary Christian, #2
  • The Beautiful Letdown, Billboard 200, #16
  • The Beautiful Letdown, Top Christian albums, #1
  • The Beautiful Letdown, Top Internet albums, #16

External Links

  • Switchfoot (http://www.switchfoot.com/)
  • Columbia Records (http://www.columbiarecords.com/)
  • Switchfoot lyrics (http://www.christianrocklyrics.com/switchfoot.php)
  • +Stars+ Switchfoot fansite (http://www.shrimpdesign.com/sf/)

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In 2005, Switchfoot received five Dove Award nominations, including Artist of the Year. These are the highest rated compilations on All Music Guide. The song "Gone" has also received airplay on Christian radio stations but wasn't released as an actual single. One of Tosh's personal friends was sentenced to hang following the murder trial. A re-recorded version of "Dare You to Move" has been high on the charts as well. Only one of the three men was caught. The hit single "Meant to Live" enjoyed widespread airplay on rock radio stations and transitioned into the top 40. He died on September 11, 1987.

Their latest album, The Beautiful Letdown, has been their most successful to date. Shortly after the release of his 1987 album, No Nuclear War, Tosh was murdered at his own home during a burglary. Singer and actor Mandy Moore, who starred in the movie, sang Switchfoot's song "Only Hope" during a scene in the movie. After the release of 1983's Mama Africa, Tosh went into self-imposed exile, seeking the spiritual advice of traditional medicine men in Africa, and trying to free himself from recording agreements that distributed his records in South Africa. A number of Switchfoot's songs were included in the 2002 movie A Walk to Remember. Released on the Rolling Stones' personal label, Tosh tried to gain some mainstream success while keeping his militant views, but was largely unsuccessful, especially compared to Marley's achievements. It's about change and movement, a different way of approaching life and music.". Bush Doctor (1978), Mystic Man (1979), and Wanted: Dread or Alive followed.

To switch your feet means to take a new stance facing the opposite direction. His lyric "I don't want no peace, I want equal rights and justice!" would become a rallying cry for the world's downtrodden masses. "We all love to surf and have been surfing all our lives so to us, the name made sense. Always taking the militant approach, he released Equal Rights in 1977. According to Jon Foreman, the name "Switchfoot" is a surfing term. He proudly wore his scars that he had received from the beatings he endured. Switchfoot is a United States rock and alternative rock band that rose to mainstream prominence in the mid-2000s. As Marley preached his "One Love" message, Tosh railed against the hypocritical "shitstem," and became a favorite target of the Jamaican police.

+Stars+ Switchfoot fansite (http://www.shrimpdesign.com/sf/). The title track soon became an anthem for the marijuana movement and was a favorite at Tosh's concerts. Switchfoot lyrics (http://www.christianrocklyrics.com/switchfoot.php). McIntosh began recording under the name Peter Tosh, and released his solo debut, Legalize It, in 1976 on CBS Records. Columbia Records (http://www.columbiarecords.com/). When Marley was eventually told the whole story he allegedly laughed and responded: "Petah? Fussin'? You don't say!" - suggesting like many other sources that some of Tosh's personal relationships were stormy and complicated but not necessarily mean spirited. Switchfoot (http://www.switchfoot.com/). Later that day Bob casually walked into a room where Peter was relaxing with some of their mutual friends but mysteriously McIntosh seemed happy to see him and made no mention of any misgivings about the controversial relationship.

The Beautiful Letdown, Top Internet albums, #16. He talked big and threatened both physical violence and damnation and hellfire for his friend, vowing to track him down and take him to task. The Beautiful Letdown, Top Christian albums, #1. Many biographies focusing on members of the Wailers relate a specific incident where several people alleged that Tosh became enraged upon hearing that Marley was seeing a well known white woman in Kingston. The Beautiful Letdown, Billboard 200, #16. McIntosh became bitter with his ex-bandmate, claiming that the only reason Marley was so successful was that his father was white, although it should be noted that Peter was known for having a big mouth and was not always to be taken too seriously in his pronouncements. The Beautiful Letdown, Top Contemporary Christian, #2. After Island Records president Chris Blackwell refused to issue his solo album in 1974, the volatile McIntosh and Bunny Wailer left the Wailers citing the unfair treatment they received from Blackwell, who Tosh often referred to as 'Whiteworse'.

Learning to Breathe, Top Contemporary Christian, #23. He survived, but became even harder to deal with. Learning to Breathe, Heatseekers, #34. In 1973, McIntosh accidentally drove his car off a bridge, killing his girlfriend at the time and severely fracturing his own skull. New Way to Be Human, Top Contemporary Christian, #21. The band earned a record contract with Island and released their debut, Catch a Fire, in 1972; following it up with Burnin' the following year. New Way to Be Human, Heatseekers, #31. The Wailers penned several songs for American singer Johnny Nash before teaming up with production wizard Lee Perry to record some of reggae's earliest hits including "Soul Rebel," "Duppy Conqueror" and "Small Axe." With the addition of bassist Aston "Family Man" Barrett and his brother, drummer Carlton in 1970, the Wailers became Caribbean superstars.

"Dare You to Move," Top 40 mainstream, peaked at #29 (as of writing). Veering away from the up-tempo dance of ska, the band slowed down to a rock-steady pace, and infused their lyrics with political and social messages. "Dare You to Move," Modern rock tracks, peaked at #9 (as of writing). Soon afterwards, they renamed the group the Wailers. "Meant To Live," Top 40 tracks, peaked at #9. McIntosh and Bunny were already rastafarians when Bob returned from the USA and the three became heavily involved in the Rastafarian movement. "Meant To Live," Top 40 mainstream, peaked at #6. Marley spent much of 1966 in America with his mother, but he returned to Jamaica in early 1967 with a renewed interest in music and a new spirituality.

"Meant To Live," Hot 100, peaked at #18. The Wailing Wailers had a huge ska hit with their first single, "Simmer Down," and recorded several more successful singles before Braithwaite, Kelso and Smith left the band in late 1965. "Meant To Live," Modern rock tracks, peaked at #5. In 1962 he was the driving force behind the trio's formation of the Wailing Wailers with Junior Braithwaite and back-up singers Beverly Kelso and Cherry Smith. "Meant To Live," Mainstream rock tracks, peaked at #36. In the early 1960s he met Bob Marley and Bunny Livingston through his guitar teacher, Joe Higgs and taught Bob to play the guitar. "Meant To Live," Adult Top 40, peaked at #5. Although his short-fuse temper usually kept him in trouble, earning him the nickname Stepping Razor, he began to sing and learn guitar at a young age, inspired by the American stations he could pick up on his radio.

Don't Be There. Born Winston Hubert McIntosh, young Peter grew up in the Kingston, Jamaica slum of Trenchtown. Ode to Chin. Militant, well-read and trailblazing, Tosh was the Malcolm X to former bandmate Bob Marley's Martin Luther King, Jr. You. Peter Tosh (October 9, 1944 – September 11, 1987) was a pioneer reggae musician. Life and Love and Why. The Essential Peter Tosh - the Columbia Years (2003).

Concrete Girl. Arise Black Man (1999). Might Have Ben Hur. Scrolls Of The Prophet: The Best of Peter Tosh (1999). Home. Honorary Citizen (1997). The Edge of My Seat. Collection Gold (1994).

Underwater. No Nuclear War (1987). Chem 6a. Captured Live (1984). Bomb. Mama Africa (1983). Legend of Chin (1997)

    . Wanted Dread And Alive (1981).

    Under the Floor. Mystic Man (1979). I Turn Everything Over. Island Zorro (1979). Amy's Song. Bush Doctor (1978). Only Hope. Equal Rights (1977).

    Something More. Legalize It (1976). Let That Be Enough. Company Car. Sooner or Later.

    Incomplete. New Way to Be Human. New Way to Be Human (1999)

      . Living Is Simple 5.17 min.

      Erosion 3.23 min. Economy of Mercy 3.56 min. The Loser 3.39 min. Playing for Keeps 3.44 min.

      Innocence Again 3.28 min. Poparazzi 3.20 min. Love Is the Movement 5.10 min. You Already Take Me There 2.43 min.

      Learning to Breathe 4.35 min. I Dare You to Move 4.08 min. Learning To Breathe (2000)

        . Twenty-Four 4.52 min.

        Adding to the Noise 2.50 min. On Fire 4.39 min. Gone 3.43 min. The Beautiful Letdown 5.21 min.

        Redemption 3.07 min. Dare You to Move 4.11 min. Ammunition 3.45 min. More Than Fine 4.15 min.

        This Is Your Life 4.18 min. Meant to Live 3.25 min. The Beautiful Letdown (2003)

          . Drew Shirley: guitar.

          Jerome Fontamillas: guitar, keyboard. Chad Butler: drums. Tim Foreman: bass. Jon Foreman: vocals, guitar.

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