There are not many bands that I have had the pleasure of seeing in concert twice, and so The Fun Lovin' Criminals are in that glistening category of having the honour of receiving my private attention on two separate occasions. I paid good money for the privilege, and I would again.
100% Colombian to me is the album that created this passion for the slow, rhythmic soul of this unique breed of NYC art. The album feels like a smokey lounge in some high class hotel, clock watching and the occasional laugh at a joke, the album sends us through an introspective drive through the boulevard of manliness, admiration for life, and the pitfalls of love.
A few line up changes have created a modern band which feels different to the group that formed this classic album from the late 90s. Their story is interesting, as the guys in the band originally worked in a club and would jam together as pals. When a group failed to show up, Fun Lovin' Criminals would fill in, and after a while, EMI discovered their sound. Scooby Snacks made their name stick, as Quentin Tarantino was a big star at the time, the song featured samples of his work and became a big selling hit in many national charts. Colombian is the follow up from this initial phase of popularity, and their spirit of music is given more leeway, their album slows down, brings heart and sings into the eyes.
With a fusion of hard rock, jazz, rap, and blues, the FLC are able to move us in a gyroscope of musical sensations and even pivot from one side to the other, but like this physicist's toy, the base is exactly the same, and the spirit of the sound flows from the pin point source of their fused hearts and passion for delivery.
Now with side projects each, varying careers, and even a BBC Radio 6 spot for frontman Huey Morgan, the expansion of the Fun Lovin Criminals since this early work is significant and shows us that the initial roots can grow and spread, split into branches, and still remain connected and nurtured by the deep, grounded network of anchoring fibres.
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