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.
. The song "Gone" has also received airplay on Christian radio stations but wasn't released as an actual single. This was not to be because he died when the car (a Mini) driven by his girlfriend hit a tree in Barnes, South West London, less than a Mile from his home in Richmond a few minutes before 5:00 am on September 16, 1977. A re-recorded version of "Dare You to Move" has been high on the charts as well. Bolan was talking of getting back to his roots and performing with his two original partners Mickey Finn and Steve Took. The hit single "Meant to Live" enjoyed widespread airplay on rock radio stations and transitioned into the top 40.
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Their latest album, The Beautiful Letdown, has been their most successful to date. His links were delivered in exquisite Campness and an example was his introduction for the Punk Rock band Generation X where he said the lead singer was supposed to be as "pretty as me" (as he finished delivering this line he sniffed a Carnation he had been delicately holding). Singer and actor Mandy Moore, who starred in the movie, sang Switchfoot's song "Only Hope" during a scene in the movie. Bolan looked fit although perhaps a little too thin and mimed through a number of old T.Rex songs with a group of disinterested session musicians as T.Rex. A number of Switchfoot's songs were included in the 2002 movie A Walk to Remember. In September 1977 he recorded six programmes for Granada Television to be screened during the Children's Tea-Time slot. It's about change and movement, a different way of approaching life and music.". In March 1977 he performed what would be his final tour with the Punk Rock band The Damned as support.

To switch your feet means to take a new stance facing the opposite direction. This is no doubt largely due to the birth of his only child - a son Rolan Bolan in September 1975. "We all love to surf and have been surfing all our lives so to us, the name made sense. Level-headedness? - By 1977 Bolan had hit rock bottom, much of his wealth had gone and he managed to lose weight. According to Jon Foreman, the name "Switchfoot" is a surfing term. Many of those who had suffered at the hands of his hard-nosed drive to become a Star took the opportunity for revenge and he was ridiculed in the Music Press. Switchfoot is a United States rock and alternative rock band that rose to mainstream prominence in the mid-2000s. No longer a vegetarian Bolan piled on the weight on a diet of hamburgers and alcohol (His 'Fat-Elvis phase').

+Stars+ Switchfoot fansite (http://www.shrimpdesign.com/sf/). Sadly, too much money, success, Cocaine and Brandy resulted in Bolan, always the fantasist with a Napoleon complex becoming more Narcissistic and Egotistical. His success made him isolated from the 'real world' and high UK Tax rates drove him and many other successful musicians into exile. Switchfoot lyrics (http://www.christianrocklyrics.com/switchfoot.php). The second bongo player to be sacked by Bolan. Columbia Records (http://www.columbiarecords.com/). Down - Original members of the band, began to leave in 1973, alienated by Bolan's increasingly egotistical behaviour which resulted in part from the absence of Bolan's regulating factor (his wife June Bolan) from 1973 onwards when he began his relationship with Gloria Jones. Finn left in the band in 1975. Switchfoot (http://www.switchfoot.com/). It was the "Electric Warrior" album that produced T.Rex' best-known hit, "Get It On", which hit number one on the British charts, while becoming a Top Ten hit in the U.S., where the song was retitled "Bang A Gong (Get It On)" (to avoid confusion with another song called "Get It On", released the same year of 1971 by the group Chase).

The Beautiful Letdown, Top Internet albums, #16. A couple of years of regular chart success followed, with hit singles such as Metal Guru and Telegram Sam pouring off what came to resemble a production line. The Beautiful Letdown, Top Christian albums, #1. The music press at the time coined the term 'T.Rextasy' to describe the audience reaction at their performances. The Beautiful Letdown, Billboard 200, #16. The second T.Rex album, Electric Warrior is considered by many to be their best and brought great success. The Beautiful Letdown, Top Contemporary Christian, #2. Chelita Secunda (wife of Tony Secunda manager to The Move and for a brief period T.Rex) added two spots of glitter under the eyes of Bolan and Glam rock was born! It would sweep the United Kingdom and many parts of Europe during 1971/1972 and result in various artists of differing merits (See the section on Glam rock for more information).

Learning to Breathe, Top Contemporary Christian, #23. A band was hastily formed and began to tour to increasing audiences, with teenage girls (teeny boppers) replacing the hippies of old. Learning to Breathe, Heatseekers, #34. Ride a White Swan was quickly followed with a second, Hot Love. New Way to Be Human, Top Contemporary Christian, #21. When Bolan first noticed he was furious, but later claimed it was his idea.) The sound was altogether poppier and the first single, Ride a White Swan, provided the first hit reaching #2 in the UK chart in late 1970. New Way to Be Human, Heatseekers, #31. (Legend has it the Tony Visconti got fed up with writing the name out in full on studio chitties and tapes and began to abbreviate it.

"Dare You to Move," Top 40 mainstream, peaked at #29 (as of writing). Rex continued the process of simplification by shortening the name and completed the move to electric guitars. "Dare You to Move," Modern rock tracks, peaked at #9 (as of writing). The next album, entitled simply T. "Meant To Live," Top 40 tracks, peaked at #9. This purple patch also saw the publication of The Warlock of Love, Bolan's book of poems, derided by critics but which nevertheless became the best-selling poetry book of its time. "Meant To Live," Top 40 mainstream, peaked at #6. The breakthrough with this was in King of the Rumbling Spires (recorded with Steve Took) which used a full rock band and which, despite the lyrical content, is a long way removed from the first couple of albums.

"Meant To Live," Hot 100, peaked at #18. As well as progressively shorter titles, the albums show increasing production values, more accessible song writing from Bolan and experimentation with electric guitars and a rock sound. "Meant To Live," Modern rock tracks, peaked at #5. Finn had no song writing aspirations. "Meant To Live," Mainstream rock tracks, peaked at #36. The final album under the name Tyrannosaurus Rex was A Beard Of Stars (1970) featured Mickey Finn who would remain with Bolan until 1975. "Meant To Live," Adult Top 40, peaked at #5. As soon as he returned to the UK Bolan replaced Took with bongo player Mickey Finn which genuinely was his real name.

Don't Be There. The tour was poorly promoted and planned and because the acoustic duo were billed along side loud electric acts Took commented later that the audience often didn't even notice they'd started so in an Iggy Pop manner he stripped to the waist and whipped himself. Ode to Chin. Bolan sacked Took after Unicorn, prior to their first ever US tour, although Took was contractually obliged to go through with the tour. You. Probably the final straw for Bolan was when Took 'donated' two songs to Twink's Think Pink album and ignored warnings by the management to stop seeing members of the UK Underground. Life and Love and Why. Bolan, seeing himself as the creative force behind the duo refused.

Concrete Girl. By now Took was writing his own songs and wanted the duo to perform some of them. Might Have Ben Hur. Took was also attracted to the most anarchistic elements such as Mick Farren/Deviants and members of the Pink Fairies Rock 'n' Roll and Drinking Club. Home. Bolan and his girlfriend June Child (ex-girlfriend of Syd Barrett) were living a quiet life, while Took was fully embracing the anti-commercial/community spirited/drug taking ethics of the UK Underground scene centred around Ladbroke Grove. The Edge of My Seat. By 1969 there was a clear rift between the two halves of Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Underwater. The photo sums up Bolan's earnest playfulness and the duo's position as both typical within their scene and a unique proposition, and the music on Unicorn, with its melancholic grandeur, marks the high water mark for pixie-rock. Chem 6a. These range from the modish to the obscure – Lamb's Tales from Shakespeare, The Bible, works of William Blake, a Muddy Waters LP, tabla drums and toy cymbals etc. Bomb. The reverse cover of Unicorn follows a convention begun by Dylan with Bringing It All Back Home: the pair are pictured lurking in a Bayswater flat surrounded by influences – LPs, books and objets d'art. Legend of Chin (1997)

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    Under the Floor. Another key pairing was with the record producer Tony Visconti who went on to produce all of their albums well into their second phase. I Turn Everything Over. The combination of Bolan's guitar and cat-like wail with Steve Took's bongos and assorted percussion (which often included children's instruments such as the Pixiephone) gained them a devoted following on a thriving underground scene that included the Incredible String Band and DJ John Peel, who befriended them and ferried them to and from gigs in his mini and eventually read stories written by Bolan on two of their albums. Amy's Song. Bolan retained the services of Steve Peregrin Took and the duo began producing eccentric pastoral and folk tinged ditties steeped in Tolkienian mythology, with spiritual homages to Gene Vincent thrown into the whimsical mix for good measure. Only Hope. The band was founded by Marc Bolan in 1967 and gave one performance as a five piece rock band at the Roundhouse before immediately breaking up in disarray.

    Something More. Rex began life as Tyrannosaurus Rex, darlings of the hippy/lighter weight end of the UK Underground scene in 1960s London. Let That Be Enough. Before finding teenybopper adulation as a 1970s pop group T. Company Car. Notable posthumous releases include the reissue of the expanded The Beginning of Doves, in 2002 which is a very interesting collection of early songs and demos recorded in between John's Children and Tyrannosaurus Rex, and The Children of Rarn, demos for the sub-Tolkien concept album that Bolan and Visconti had been talking about for years as the project that would re-establish Bolan as a creative force to be reckoned with. Sooner or Later. Bolan's girlfriend Gloria Jones survived and returned to her native America with their son Rolan Bolan shortly after the crash.

    Incomplete. Dandy in the Underworld (1977). New Way to Be Human. Futuristic Dragon (1976). New Way to Be Human (1999)

      . Zinc Alloy and the Hidden Riders of Tomorrow (1975). Living Is Simple 5.17 min. Bolan's Zip Gun (1974).

      Erosion 3.23 min. Tanx (1973). Economy of Mercy 3.56 min. The Slider (1972). The Loser 3.39 min. Electric Warrior (1971). Playing for Keeps 3.44 min. Rex (1970).

      Innocence Again 3.28 min. T. Poparazzi 3.20 min. Best Chart Position: #44 ~ Weeks in Chart: 1. Love Is the Movement 5.10 min. King of the Rumbling Spires/Do You Remember? 25/7/69. You Already Take Me There 2.43 min. Pewter Suitor/Warlord of the Royal Crocodiles 14/1/69.

      Learning to Breathe 4.35 min. Best Chart Position: #28 ~ Weeks in Chart: 7. I Dare You to Move 4.08 min. One Inch Rock/Salamanda Palaganda 23/8/68. Learning To Breathe (2000)

        . Best Chart Position: #34 ~ Weeks in Chart: 7. Twenty-Four 4.52 min. Debora/Child Star 19/4/68.

        Adding to the Noise 2.50 min. Best Chart Position: #12. On Fire 4.39 min. Steve Peregrin Took bongos, African drums, kazoo, pixiephone, Chinese gong. Gone 3.43 min. Marc Bolan Vocals, guitar. The Beautiful Letdown 5.21 min. Credits:.

        Redemption 3.07 min. UNICORN 18/5/69. Dare You to Move 4.11 min. Steve Peregrin Took bongos, African drums, kazoo, pixiephone, Chinese gong. Ammunition 3.45 min. Marc Bolan Vocals, guitar. More Than Fine 4.15 min. Credits:.

        This Is Your Life 4.18 min. PROPHETS, SEERS AND SAGES, THE ANGELS OF THE AGES 14/10/68. Meant to Live 3.25 min. Best Chart Position: #15. The Beautiful Letdown (2003)

          . John Peel story reader. Drew Shirley: guitar. Steve Peregrin Took backing vocals, drums, pixiephone, percussion.

          Jerome Fontamillas: guitar, keyboard. Marc Bolan Vocals, Acoustic guitar. Chad Butler: drums. Credits:. Tim Foreman: bass. BUT NOW THEY'RE CONTENT TO WEAR STARS ON *THEIR BROWS 7/7/68. Jon Foreman: vocals, guitar. MY PEOPLE WERE FAIR AND HAD SKY IN THEIR HAIR ..

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