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Benjamin Scott Folds, 12 September 1966, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA. Singer-songwriter and pianist Folds rose to cult status as leader of the oddly named trio Ben Folds Five, one of the most appealing acts to emerge from the US alternative scene of the 90s. Also featuring bass player Robert Sledge and drummer Darren Jessee, Ben Folds Five made their mark as a scintillating live act and purveyors of beautifully crafted power pop over the course of three excellent albums, most notably 1997s Whatever And Ever Amen, which featured the minor pop hits The Battle Of Who Could Care Less and Brick.
Shortly after the release of Ben Folds Fives third album, 1999s clumsily titled but endearingly charming The Unauthorized Biography Of Reinhold Messner, the trio decided to go their separate ways. Folds had already indulged his talents in a side project during the bands heyday, collaborating with...