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Bowling for Soup is an American Grammy nominated, comedy influenced pop punk band who originally formed in Wichita Falls, Texas in 1994. Now based in Denton, Texas, the band is best known for their singles "Girl All the Bad Guys Want" (a 2003 Grammy Award nominee) and "1985," both of which were penned by other artists, "Girl All the Bad Guys Want" was written by artist and record producer Butch Walker and "1985" was written by SR-71 front man Mitch Allen. They have sold over a million copies of their studio albums, including a compilation of their covers and movie/TV soundtrack songs.
Bowling for Soup was formed in Wichita Falls, Texas in 1994 by Jaret Reddick (vocals, guitar), Erik Chandler (bass, vocals), Chris Burney (guitar, vocals) and Lance Morril (drums, vocals). Morril left the band in 1998 (on good terms) and was replaced by Gary Wiseman. The band's name is derived from comedian Steve Martin's "Bowling for Shit" routine from his 1978 comedy album, Wild and Crazy Guy, itself a reference to Bowling for Dollars. In 1998, the band relocated to Denton, Texas and recorded their first studio album Rock On Honorable Ones!!! in 1998 for Denton music label FFROE. Bowling for Soup released their second studio album, Tell Me When To Whoa!!!, through FFROE later that year. The album sold over 10,000 copies, prompting Jive Records to sign the band. Let's Do It for Johnny! , Bowling for Soup's major label debut, was released on Jive in 2000. The album mostly contained re-recordings of their previous material, but it also contained a few new tracks and a cover of Bryan Adams' song "Summer of '69."
2002: Drunk Enough to Dance:
In 2002, the band recorded their second major label album, Drunk Enough to Dance. The lead single from the album, "Girl All the Bad Guys Want", became a top 10 hit in the UK and a top 100 hit in the US. The next year, the single was nominated for the Grammy Award for "Best Pop Performance by a Group or Duo". The success of the single helped Drunk Enough to Dance reach #2 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers album chart, with a peak of #129 on the Billboard 200. The follow up single, "Emily" did not fare so well, climbing to a disappointing #67 in the UK Singles chart and not even charting in the US. Bowling For Soup's record label felt that a third single should be released, because of the success of "Girl All the Bad Guys Want" but did not feel any of the remaining songs on Drunk Enough to Dance were single material. So the band recorded a new song, "Punk Rock 101" to release as the third single. The song was included on a re-issue of the album Drunk Enough to Dance. The single was more successful than "Emily", climbing to #43 in the UK Singles Chart. In support of their album, Bowling For Soup embarked on a UK tour, being supported by such UK bands as [spunge].
2004: A Hangover You Don't Deserve:
A Hangover You Don't Deserve followed two years later, and has become the band's only top 40 album. Sales of the album were driven in large part by the radio airplay of the single "1985", a song written by the band SR-71. Mitch Allan, lead singer of SR-71, contributed background vocals to the song and also appeared in the music video. "1985" became Bowling for Soup's biggest hit in the US, reaching #23 on the Billboard Hot 100. A second single from A Hangover You Don't Deserve, titled "Almost", charted at #100 on the UK Singles Chart, #46 on the US Top 100, and #23 on US Pop 100. "Ohio", better known as "Come Back to Texas", was also released as a radio single in the US, but was not as popular as "1985" or "Almost", reaching only #59 on the US Pop 100.
Bowling for Soup Goes to the Movies, a compilation album of cover songs and contributions to movie soundtracks, was released by the band in 2005. Later that year, Jaret Reddick and Chris Burney made several appearances on VH1's "I Love the '90s: Part Deux".
2006: The Great Burrito Extortion Case:
Following the release of their covers album, Bowling for Soup spent most of 2006 readying their seventh studio album, entitled The Great Burrito Extortion Case, which was released on November 7, 2006. They released the first single off that album, "High School Never Ends", to iTunes on September 19, 2006. The UK release of the album was February 5th 2007.[Grammy's]
The Get Happy Tours:
Bowling For Soup toured the USA over the summer and autumn of 2006 with the Get Happy tour. This was followed by a UK tour in early February 2007. Coinciding with this UK tour was the UK release of Highschool Never Ends. The tour included Bowling For Soup as main headliners, Wheatus, Son of Dork and Army of Freshmen on the 12 date trek, which concluded at Hammersmith Pallais in London, on the 18th February.
Bowling For Soup confirmed during the Get Happy Tour that they will be performing another tour of the UK in October 2007, called the Get Happy Tour 2, also gracing the USA over the summer and featuring support Acts Melee, Quietdrive, and Army of Freshmen. The UK tour bands were confirmed at the Download Festival (Army Of Freshmen who played in the morning announced it first, and Bowling For Soup announced it later that afternoon), along with the lineup in Kerrang! on an advertisement poster for the new tour. The line up consists of Bowling For Soup, Bloodhound Gang, Zebrahead and Army of Freshmen. The dates can also be found on the Get Happy Tour myspace page.