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. In 1999 Varese Sarabande released Happy Together: The Best of White Whale Records, which included many of the Turtles' singles. The song "Gone" has also received airplay on Christian radio stations but wasn't released as an actual single. Sundazed Records re-released all of The Turtles' non-Greatest Hits albums in 1994. A re-recorded version of "Dare You to Move" has been high on the charts as well. Music Club Records released a greatest hits album in the UK in 1991, Happy Together: The Best of the Turtles. Repertoire Records in Germany also released a greatest hits album, titled Elenore, in 1993, and the same year, re-released Happy Together. The hit single "Meant to Live" enjoyed widespread airplay on rock radio stations and transitioned into the top 40. Also in 1984, they released a new greatest hits cd on Rhino Records, 20 Greatest Hits, and in 1988, released another, Turtle Wax: The Best of The Turtles, Vol.2.

Their latest album, The Beautiful Letdown, has been their most successful to date. Featuring Flo and Eddie. Singer and actor Mandy Moore, who starred in the movie, sang Switchfoot's song "Only Hope" during a scene in the movie. In 1984 (see 1984 in music), Kaylan and Volman regained the use of The Turtles and began touring as The Turtles.. A number of Switchfoot's songs were included in the 2002 movie A Walk to Remember. Kaylan and Volman joined the Mothers of Invention as Phlorescent Leech & Eddie, since the use of The Turtles was prohibited by their contract with White Whale. Flo & Eddie, as they soon became known, also recorded for children's movies like The Care Bears and Strawberry Shortcake and began hosting their own radio show on KROQ in Los Angeles and WXRK in New York City. It's about change and movement, a different way of approaching life and music.". With the demise of The Turtles, White Whale Records was left with few, if any, commercially viable bands, and soon folded.

To switch your feet means to take a new stance facing the opposite direction. In 1970, The Turtles released More Golden Hits, which contained the singles Sound Asleep and The Story of Rock and Roll, and in 1971, a B-sides and rarities album, Wooden Head, their last album. "We all love to surf and have been surfing all our lives so to us, the name made sense. In spite of Turtle Soup's critical success, commercial acclaim was low and the band soon began disintegrating. According to Jon Foreman, the name "Switchfoot" is a surfing term. Kaylan and Volman then rebelled against White Whale's attempts to push The Turtles towards Monkees-style studio chicanery, and they recorded Turtle Soup, a critically well-received album that was inspired by The Kinks' Village Green Preservation Society. Switchfoot is a United States rock and alternative rock band that rose to mainstream prominence in the mid-2000s. Elenore may be the only Top Ten single to contain the lyrics et cetera.

+Stars+ Switchfoot fansite (http://www.shrimpdesign.com/sf/). "Elenore" and "You Showed Me" were Top Ten singles. Switchfoot lyrics (http://www.christianrocklyrics.com/switchfoot.php). Later in the year, The Turtles released a concept album called The Turtles Present the Battle of the Bands, in which the group pretended to be eleven different bands, each with a song. Columbia Records (http://www.columbiarecords.com/). 1968 was a fairly successful year: The next two singles, Sound Asleep and The Story of Rock and Roll charted in the middle of the top 100, but were never received quite as well. Switchfoot (http://www.switchfoot.com/). Golden Hits was released later that year, charting in the top 10.

The Beautiful Letdown, Top Internet albums, #16. Two other top-15 singles followed, You Know What I Mean, and She's My Girl, which marked a shift by the band towards psychedelic music as the genre became more popular. The Beautiful Letdown, Top Christian albums, #1. 1967 became The Turtles' most successful year in the charts, with another song written by Bonner and Gordon, She'd Rather Be With Me, which reached #3 on the US charts in the late spring, and actually outcharted Happy Together overseas. The Beautiful Letdown, Billboard 200, #16. The album by the same name was released in April and charted at a high of #25. The Beautiful Letdown, Top Contemporary Christian, #2. With its tongue-in-cheek atmosphere, incessant background guitar riff, addictive chorus and backing vocals, simple drum and organ lines, and even an oboe playing along during the second chorus, it spent three weeks at #1 on the American charts in 1967, the only Turtles record to do so.

Learning to Breathe, Top Contemporary Christian, #23. Their biggest hit and signature song, "Happy Together", considered 1960s pop at its best, provided a turning point for The Turtles. Learning to Breathe, Heatseekers, #34. It occurred to the band that, for eight months, they had been performing a certain song on stage that was moderately popular with the fans, but had yet to be recorded; originally written by songwriters Garry Bonner and Alan Gordon, Happy Together seemed almost a parody of itself, and had been rejected already. New Way to Be Human, Top Contemporary Christian, #21. In the beginning of 1967, a heavy touring schedule combined with a lack of recent chart success were cited by Don Murray (drums) and Chuck Portz (bass), who left the group to be replaced by John Barbata and Chip Douglas, respectively. New Way to Be Human, Heatseekers, #31. However, their second album You Baby never entered the top 200, and of several singles released that year only two (Grim Reaper of Love, Can I Get to Know You Better) entered the top 100.

"Dare You to Move," Top 40 mainstream, peaked at #29 (as of writing). Their third single, You Baby charted in the top 20 in early 1966. "Dare You to Move," Modern rock tracks, peaked at #9 (as of writing). Their second single, Let Me Be also appeared in the top 30 that fall. "Meant To Live," Top 40 tracks, peaked at #9. Similarly to The Byrds' career, The Turtles' first break was with a Bob Dylan cover, It Ain't Me Babe, which was a Top Ten hit in summer 1965 (see 1965 in music) and the title track to their first album. "Meant To Live," Top 40 mainstream, peaked at #6. With the help of DJ and club owner Reb Foster, The Crossfires signed to White Whale Records, and, adjusting to the prevailing musical trends of the time, became a folk-rock group known as The Tyrtles, the misspelling an ode to The Byrds that was soon dropped.

"Meant To Live," Hot 100, peaked at #18. The band was formed by Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman in Westchester, California in the 1965, as a surf rock group called The Crossfires. "Meant To Live," Modern rock tracks, peaked at #5. The Turtles are an American bubblegum pop, psychedelic and folk-rock band, best known for 1967's "Happy Together" (see 1967 in music). "Meant To Live," Mainstream rock tracks, peaked at #36. "Meant To Live," Adult Top 40, peaked at #5.

Don't Be There. Ode to Chin. You. Life and Love and Why.

Concrete Girl. Might Have Ben Hur. Home. The Edge of My Seat.

Underwater. Chem 6a. Bomb. Legend of Chin (1997)

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    Under the Floor. I Turn Everything Over. Amy's Song. Only Hope.

    Something More. 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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