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MEMBERS: Mark McGrath ~ Rodney Sheppard ~ Murphy Karges ~ Stan Frazier ~ Craig "DJ Homicide" Bullock
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BIRTHDAYS: Mark McGrath (March 15, 1968) ~ Rodney Sheppard (November 25, 1967) ~ Murphy Karges (June 20, 1968) ~ Stan Frazier (April 23, 1969) ~ Craig "DJ Homicide" Bullock (December 17, 1972)
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BIGGEST SINGLE: "Fly" (1997)
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BIGGEST LP: 14:59 (1999)
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GRAMMY AWARDS: 0
button.gif (123 bytes) "Critics have always hated this band. We're having fun, we're from a 'Baywatch' -esque town, we still like our parents and we don't hate everybody. We're juvenile and we're not the best players - I think we've learnt four chords, which is probably one too many." - Mark McGrath, Sugar Ray, 1998

 
TIMELINE

Sugar Raybutton.gif (123 bytes) Sugar Ray formed in 1992 with Mark McGrath on vocals, Rodney Sheppard on guitar, Murphy Karges on bass, Craig "DJ Homicide" Bullock, and Stan Frazier on drums. The boys all hailed from California with the dream of being rock n' roll stars but had to settle for various jobs before hitting the big time: McGrath was a truck driver, Karges was a pizza chef, Frazier was a paralegal, and Sheppard was a telemarketer and actor (appearing in Land Of The Lost). When they formed as Sugar Ray (emerging from a cover band called "Shrinky Dinks") they began playing around Orange County to larger and larger crowds. The band named Sugar Ray after the boxer Sugar Ray Leonard, and after Milton Bradley threatened a lawsuit over the name "Shrinky Dinks" (taken from a plastic toy name. Sugar Ray's sound of blended alternative-rock with hip-hop influences began to emerge as an eclectic sound that Sheppard describes as "schizophrenic."

1994...

button.gif (123 bytes) Sugar Ray signed with Atlantic Records.

1995...

April
Sugar Ray - Lemonade & Browniesbutton.gif (123 bytes) Sugar Ray released their first LP, Lemonade & Brownies with the favorites "Mean Machine" and "10 Seconds Down" and hidden track, "One Brave Cowboy."

button.gif (123 bytes) The band spent the rest of the year and most of 1996 touring in support of their debut LP and opening for the likes of Cypress Hill and Korn.

1996...

button.gif (123 bytes) Sugar Ray rented a run-down studio in New York City to begin work on their second LP. Karges called their space "...sketchy ...you could get Chinese food or cocaine delivered."

1997... # 24 Singles Artist of the Year

June
Sugar Ray - Flooredbutton.gif (123 bytes) Sugar Ray hit "mainstream" radio with the hit "Fly" that topped the pop and alternative charts.
button.gif (123 bytes) Floored, was released (the title reflected how the band felt when the LP was finished).
button.gif (123 bytes) The band was selected as the Best New Band in Circus magazine's reader's poll.
button.gif (123 bytes) Sugar Ray toured with the Warped Tour during the summer.

August
Sugar Ray - "Fly" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Floored was certified gold.
button.gif (123 bytes) Sugar Ray hit the Top 40 with "Fly."
button.gif (123 bytes) Sugar Ray topped the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart for 8 weeks with "Fly."

September
button.gif (123 bytes) Floored was certified platinum.
button.gif (123 bytes) Sugar Ray hit the Top 10 with "Fly."

October
Scream 2 soundtrackbutton.gif (123 bytes) "Fly" topped the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Airplay chart for 6 weeks.

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Sugar Ray hit #1 for 3 weeks with "Fly."

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Sugar Ray had a track on the soundtrack to
Scream 2 with the track "Rivers."

1998... # 207 Singles Artist of the Year

February
The Avengers soundtrackbutton.gif (123 bytes) Floored was certified 2x platinum.

August
button.gif (123 bytes) Sugar Ray could be heard on The Avengers soundtrack with "Burnin' Dog (Don't Pet A)."
button.gif (123 bytes) The band also won a Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Best Modern Rock Band.

1999... # 9 Singles Artist of the Year

January
Sugar Ray - 14:59button.gif (123 bytes) The 3rd LP by Sugar Ray called 14:59 was released with the Top 40 single "Every Morning" and a cover of the Steve Miller Band's "Abracadabra." McGrath said of the LP: "It's a totally collaborative effort. Someone will write a verse, someone will write a chorus. It's amazing because we each take our influences, what we were raised on, and then we throw it in the mix and it just seems to come together... We're starting to write about what's real in our life. When we first came to L.A., it was all about beer and chicks and cars, that's where our mentality was. Now we're not afraid to say 'I miss you' or 'I love you' in a song. We've done a lot of living in the last 4 years, and I think that we've grown from those experiences."

February
Sugar Ray - "Every Morning" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) 14:59 was certified gold.
button.gif (123 bytes) Sugar Ray hit the Top 10 with "Every Morning" which topped the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart for 6 weeks.

March
button.gif (123 bytes) As "Every Morning" hit #1, Sugar Ray and the Goo Goo Dolls announced they would be teaming up and touring together in the summer.
button.gif (123 bytes) 14:59 was certified platinum.

April
Sugar Ray - "Someday" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) The single "Every Morning" was certified gold and topped the Billboard Adult Top 40 for 10 weeks and the Billboard Top 40 Tracks chart for 4 weeks.

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Sugar hit the Top 40 with "Someday."

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Sugar Ray performed at Woodstock '99 in Rome, New York.
button.gif (123 bytes) Sugar Ray hit the Top 10 with "Someday."

September
Sugar Raybutton.gif (123 bytes) Sugar Ray was nominated for a MTV Video Music Award for Best Group Video ("Every Morning").
button.gif (123 bytes) McGrath was nominated for a VH1 Fashion Award for Most Fashionable Artist (Male).

October
button.gif (123 bytes) 14:59 was certified 2x platinum.

2000... # 61 Singles Artist of the Year

January
Sugar Ray - "Falls Apart" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Sugar Ray hit the Top 40 with "Falls Apart."

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Sugar Ray was nominated for a Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Band.
button.gif (123 bytes) Sugar Ray hit the Top 10 for the 4th time with with "Falls Apart."
The Beach soundtrackbutton.gif (123 bytes) Sugar Ray could be heard on the soundtrack for The Beach with "Spining Away."

April
button.gif (123 bytes) Sugar Ray appeared on the soundtrack for Jailbait with "Personal Space Invader."

June
button.gif (123 bytes) 14:59 was certified 3x platinum.

2001... # 30 Singles Artist of the Year

June
Sugar Ray - Sugar Ray LPbutton.gif (123 bytes) Sugar Ray hit the Top 40 with "When It's Over" which also went Top 10 by month's end.
button.gif (123 bytes) Sugar Ray's next LP, Sugar Ray, was released. The LP was their first Top 10 LP, but failed to go platinum.

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Sugar Ray hit the road for 5 weeks with Uncle Kracker.

2002...

June
Sugar Ray - "When It's Over" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Sugar Ray could be heard on the Scooby-Doo soundtrack with "Words To Me."

September
button.gif (123 bytes) Sugar Ray ranked # 39 on VH1: 100 Sexiest Artists.

2003... # 147 Singles Artist of the Year

April
Sugar Ray - In Pursuit Of Leisurebutton.gif (123 bytes) Sugar Ray started touring North America with Matchbox 20.

May
button.gif (123 bytes) Sugar Ray hit the Top 40 with "Mr. Bartender (It's So Easy)."
button.gif (123 bytes) Sugar Ray performed on the Today Show.

button.gif (123 bytes) Sugar Ray released a new LP, In The Pursuit Of Leisure.

2004...

February
button.gif (123 bytes) McGrath contributed the remake of "Ghost In You" to the soundtrack for 50 First Dates.

September
button.gif (123 bytes) Mark McGrath became the co-host of the syndicated entertainment series Extra.

button.gif (123 bytes) # 117 on the Top Pop Artists of the Past 25 Years chart.

2005...

June
Sugar Ray - The Best Of Sugar Raybutton.gif (123 bytes) Sugar Ray released The Best Of Sugar Ray.

2007..

December
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VH1: 100 Greatest Songs of the 90's included "Fly" at # 52.

2009...

June
Sugar Ray - 'Music For Cougars'button.gif (123 bytes) Sugar Ray released Music For Cougars.







LPs
Sugar Ray - Lemonade & Brownies Lemonade & Brownies
Released: April, 1995
Tracks: "Snug Harbor" - "Rhyme Stealer" - "Iron Mic" - "Hold Your Eyes" - "The Greatest" - "Big Black Woman" - "Mean Machine" - "Dance Party USA" - "10 Seconds Down" - "Danzig Needs A Hug" - "Drive By" - "Caboose" - "Scuzzboots" - "Streaker"
Sugar Ray - Floored Floored
Released: June, 1997
US: 2x Platinum
Billboard peak: # 12
Tracks: "RPM" - "Breathe" - "Anyone" - "Fly" (with Super Cat) - "Speed Home California" - "High Anxiety" - "Tap, Twist, Snap" - "American Pig" - "Stand And Deliver" - "Cash" - "Invisible" - "Right Direction" - "Fly"
Sugar Ray - 14:59 14:59
Released: January, 1999
US: 3x Platinum
Billboard peak: # 17
Rolling Stone review: 4 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "New Direction" - "Every Morning" - "Falls Apart" - "Personal Space Invader" - "Live & Direct" - "Someday" - "Aim For Me" - "Ode To The Lonely Heart" - "Burning Down" - "Even Though" - "Abracadabra" - "Glory" - "New Direction"
Sugar Ray - Sugar Ray LP Sugar Ray
Released: June, 2001
Billboard peak: # 6
Rolling Stone review: 4 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Answer The Phone" - "When It's Over" - "Under The Sun" - "Satellites" - "Waiting" - "Ours" - "Sorry Now" - "Stay On" - "Words To Me" - "Just A Little" - "Disaster Peice"
Sugar Ray - In Pursuit Of Leisure In The Pursuit Of Leisure
Released: June, 2003
Billboard peak: # 29
Rolling Stone review: 2 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Chasin' You Around" - "Is She Really Going Out With Him?" - "Heaven" - "Bring Me The Head Of..." - "Mr. Bartender (It's So Easy)" - "Can't Start" - "Photograph Of You" - "56 Hope Rd." - "Whatever We Are" - "She's Different" - "In Through The Doggie Door" - "Blues From A Gun"
Sugar Ray - The Best Of Sugar Ray The Best Of Sugar Ray
Released: June, 2005
Billboard peak: # 136
Tracks: "Shot Of Laughter" - "Answer The Phone" - "Fly" (with Super Cat) - "Someday" - "Under The Sun" - "Every Morning" - "Mean Machine" - "Falls Apart" - "Life's Been Good" - "Rhyme Stealer" - "When It's Over" - "RPM" - "Is She Really Going Out With Him" - "Pychedelic Bee" - "Chasin' You Around"
Sugar Ray - 'Music For Cougars'
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Music For Cougars
Released: July, 2009
Billboard peak: # 80
Rolling Stone: 2 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Girls Were Made To Love" - "Boardwalk" - "She's Got The (Woo-Hoo)" - "Love Is The Answer" - "Rainbow" - "Closer" - "When We Were Young" - "Going Nowhere" - "Love 101" - "Last Days" - "Morning Sun" - "Dance Like No One's Watchin'"
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