Fun Lovin' Criminals

Genres: Pop / Rock
Tags: rock alternative Hip-Hop seen live indie alternative rock Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1990s 2000s


This US hip-hop/funk crossover outfit was formed in New York City in 1993 by Huey Morgan (8 August 1968, USA; vocals/guitar), Steve Borovini (drums/programming) and Fast (b. Brian Leiser; bass/keyboards/harmonica). Assimilating a variety of local music influences - predominantly hip-hop but also funk, rock and blues - as well as cult cinema references, in October 1995 the trio released the four track Original Soundtrack For Hi-Fi Living on Silver Spotlight Records. With samples drawn from movies such as Pulp Fiction as well as records by obscure British gothic band Tones On Tail, and lyrical narratives describing New York’s criminal underclass, they soon drew comparisons to the Beastie Boys, as well as other urban east coast hip-hop crews such as Lordz Of Brooklyn and Young Black Teenagers. In common with both those outfits, Fun Lovin’ Criminals initially struggled to establish a singular identity outside of the Beastie Boys comparisons. The excellent...

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