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Fun (band)

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Fun (stylized as fun.) is an American indie pop band based in

New York City. It was formed by Nate Ruess, former lead
singer of The Format, with Andrew Dost of Anathallo and Jack


Antonoff of Steel Train.[2] Fun has released two albums: Aim

and Ignite in August 2009 and Some Nights in February 2012.
The band is best known for three hit singles from Some Nights:
Grammy Award-winning "We Are Young" (featuring Janelle
Mone), "Some Nights", and "Carry On". "We Are Young"
reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and Digital
Songs charts. It also peaked at number one in the United
Kingdom. "Some Nights" was released as the album's second
single in June 2012, peaking at number three on the Hot 100
chart and becoming Fun's second Top 10 single, as well as the
band's second song to reach platinum status in the United States.
On February 10, 2013, Fun won the Grammy Award for Best
New Artist and the Grammy Award for Song of the Year for
"We Are Young". Additionally, Fun was a nominee for four
other Grammy Awards: Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo or
Group Performance (both for "We Are Young") along with
Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album (both for Some

1 History
1.1 2008: Career beginnings and formation
1.2 200910: Aim and Ignite
1.3 201115: Some Nights and hiatus
1.4 Band members, touring members & guest
2 Discography
3 Awards
4 References
5 External links

2008: Career beginnings and formation

Fun in 2012
Background information

New York City, New York, United



Indie pop[1] alternative rock

indie rock baroque pop

Years active



Nettwerk Fueled by Ramen

Associated acts The Format Bleachers Steel

Train Anathallo

Past members (http://ournamei
Nate Ruess
Andrew Dost
Jack Antonoff

In February 2008, Nate Ruess's former band The Format split up. Immediately afterwards, Nate Ruess asked
Andrew Dost and Jack Antonoff to join his new project. Dost had toured with The Format and provided various
instrumentation, and Ruess met Antonoff after The Format toured with Steel Train.[4] The three began working
together in New Jersey within a week. Ruess sang melodies while the other two provided music for them.[5] The
rst demo song the band recorded was "Benson Hedges", which was made available free in Spin's August 20, 2008
article on the band.[6] In November of 2008, fun embarked on their rst tour opening for Jack's Mannequin. Their
rst show was played in Denver, Colorado on November 5th, 2008.[7] A couple of early demos and covers from
other bands were performed. Fun then approached Steven McDonald, who produced The Format's album Dog
Problems with Ruess, to produce their debut album. McDonald was enthusiastic about the project and stated, "I
cant believe what were working on here. This crushes anything Ive ever done."[5]

200910: Aim and Ignite

Recording took place in the fall of 2008. The band's rst single, 'At Least I'm Not as Sad As I Used to Be' was
made available as a free download on the band's Myspace page on April 6, 2009.[8] Aim and Ignite was released on
August 25, 2009 and received positive reviews.'s Drew Beringer praised the album, stating it was
"what a pop album 'should' sound like" and "the most essential pop album of 2009."[9] Allmusic called the album
"progressive, but in the best possible way" and admired Ruess's lyrics for "investigating the larger truths of
life...with a witty approach that keeps the songs bubbling merrily along on a positive note".[10] Dave de Sylvia of
Sputnikmusic wrote, "Aim and Ignite isnt the most consistent pop album around," but he ultimately commended
the album as "a superbly mixed and arranged album made by musicians who clearly understand the limits and
potential of pop music".[11] Estella Hung of PopMatters was less impressed with the album. She praised songs "Be
Calm" and "The Gambler", but criticized the lyrics and production of the album's early tracks. Hung concluded that
while Aim and Ignite is "pretty original to say the least", it "fails to live up to the Formats last outing."[12]
Popdose's Ken Shane called the album "an interesting and unusual listen." Shane applauded the album's
songwriting and said "many of the songs are really good," but he objected to the "cute" production, desiring to hear
the band "in a more stripped-down form." He ended his review with: "I have a similar problem with Dr. Dog, a
band that was recommended to me by a number of people. I think much of their recorded work is too fussed over,
but when I saw them live and their sound was more stripped down out of necessity, emphasizing their powerful
songwriting, I thought they were wonderful. Perhaps the same fate awaits me with Fun."[13] In reviewing the
album, The Washington Post called some of the arrangements "theatrical, much like those on Panic! at the Disco's
2005 debut".[14] The album reached number 26 on Sputnikmusic's top 50 albums of 2009. The album peaked at 71
on the US album charts.
Fun began its rst North American tour on November 8, 2008 opening for Jack's Mannequin,[15] as well as opening
for them again in February 2010, followed by their rst UK appearances in March. In April 2010, Fun supported
Paramore's headline tour.[16] The band then embarked on a full UK tour in May. On August 4, 2010, Fun
announced that they had signed with label Fueled by Ramen.[17] In 2010 Fun's single, "Walking the Dog", was used
in a commercial for the travel site[18] Will Noon (formerly of Straylight Run) played drums with Fun
on tour, according to Noon's Twitter page.[19] To celebrate the Paramore UK tour and the band's new single
"Walking the Dog", Hassle Records gave away a free download of an acoustic version of the track.[20]

201115: Some Nights and hiatus

On May 17, 2011, the band released "C'mon" as a joint single with Panic! at the Disco, for whom they opened on
their 2011 Vices & Virtues Tour. On November 7, 2011, the band announced that their next album would be titled
Some Nights. Its rst single, called "We Are Young" featuring Janelle Mone, has since been used in several other
media including television series Gossip Girl,[21] 90210,[22] Glee, and Chuck;[23] commercials for Chevrolet[24]
and Apple,[25] and in the trailer for Judd Apatow's lm This Is 40.[26]
On December 12, 2011, the band's song "One Foot" was available for instant streaming and free download on
Nylon's website.[27] On February 13, 2012, the band released an album stream of Some Nights on their website
along with a note from Ruess thanking fans for their ongoing support. Ruess states he is "over the moon about what
you're about to hear and falling asleep knowing that as soon as I wake up, this will no longer be a dream."[28] (It
was released on February 21, 2012 through Fueled by Ramen).[29]
On February 17, 2012, Fun played to a room full of Music Industry executives, Radio Programmers and Music
Supervisors at Michele Clark's Sunset Sessions event, held at the Rancho Bernardo inn in San Diego.[30]
On February 29, 2012 the band kicked off the start of their North American tour in support of Some Nights.[31]
On March 7, 2012, Fun's single "We Are Young" reached the No.1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. This
makes Fun the rst multi-member rock band to have a No.1 Billboard debut on the Hot 100 since Nickelback's
"How You Remind Me" in December 2001/January 2002.[32] On April 11, 2012, announced that
Fun's "We Are Young" also made Digital Sales history. As the song was at the No.1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100
for a sixth consecutive week, it has become the rst, and at this time only, song that has ever gained 300,000+
downloads for seven weeks straight.[33] The group performed "We Are Young" on the 2012 MTV Europe Music
Awards on November 11, 2012.[34]
The song "We Are Young" made an early appearance during the 2011 Pac-12 Football Championship Game. The
chorus played underneath a montage of highlights featuring University of Oregon players.
Jimmy Fallon recalled the band performing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on June 22, 2012: "They did Some
Nights and just hit a homer, it was incredible. People who didn't even really know them were like, 'Oh, that's those
We Are Young guys? I love them!'"[35]
On October 24, 2012, the music video for the album's third single, "Carry On", was released.[36] "Carry On" is the
third song from Some Nights to enter the Billboard Hot 100.
On November 3, 2012 Fun performed the songs "Some Nights" and "Carry On" on Saturday Night Live.[37]
The group performed at the 55th Grammy Awards, held February 10, 2013. Entertainment Weekly predicted that
"We Are Young" would bring home the Grammy in the categories "Record of the Year" and "Song of the Year"
(writing, of the latter, "'We Are Young' is the kind of anthem this category is made for"), and that Some Nights
would win for "Best Pop Vocal Album." "We Are Young" won the Grammy for the "Song of the Year" category.
Fun also won the Grammy for "Best New Artist". They were nominated for "Record of the Year".[38] Nate Ruess,
after winning for We Are Young, jokingly said, "I don't know what I was thinking, writing the chorus for this song.
If this is in HD, everybody can see our faces, and we are not very young."[39]
In September 2013 the band joined British rock legends Queen for a special version of Queen's hit "Somebody to
Love" then as a duet with the more modern version of the band in the form of Queen + Adam Lambert for "Fat
Bottomed Girls" at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas.[40]

On February 26, 2013 Fun released the music video for "Why Am I the One", the fourth single from the album.
On December 17, 2013 Fun digitally released Before Shane Went To Bangkok: Live in The USA, a live EP with
songs from both Aim and Ignite and Some Nights, as well as a recording of "What the Fuck", previously
unreleased by the band. A vinyl release of the EP was released in March 2014.[41]
In 2014, the band announced they are working on writing new material for an upcoming and unnamed album,
however there was no time frame. On June 18, 2014, Fun. performed a new song "Harsh Lights" on The Tonight
Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
On February 4, 2015, the band announced on its Facebook page that they are not splitting up, but are taking some
time off to pursue other projects.
"First and foremost to answer the question that has been raised most often: Fun is not breaking up. Fun was
founded by the 3 of us at a time when we were coming out of our own bands. One thing that has always been so
special about fun is that we exist as 3 individuals in music who come together to do something collaborative. We
make fun records when we are super inspired to do so. Currently Nate is working on his rst solo album, Andrew is
scoring lms and Jack is on tour and working on Bleachers music. The 3 of us have always followed inspiration
wherever it leads us. Sometimes that inspiration leads to fun music, sometimes it leads to musical endeavors
outside of fun. We see all of it as part of the ecosystem that makes fun, fun."[42]
Ruess' debut solo album, Grand Romantic, was released on June 15, 2015.

Band members, touring members & guest musicians

Band member

Years active


Jack Antonoff


Vocals, lead guitar, drums, percussion, piano

Andrew Dost


Piano, guitar, keyboards, ugelhorn, trumpet, glockenspiel, vocals,

drums, bass guitar

Nate Ruess


Lead vocals, sampler

Touring member

Years active


Nate Harold


Bass guitar

Emily Moore


Guitar, vocals, keyboards, saxophone, maracas

Will Noon






Maggie Malyn



Will Yates


Bass Guitar

Am Wheeldon


Bass Guitar

Ryan Mann Jr.


Bass Guitar

Lee Wilkinson



Alex Townley



Ian Hare


Bass guitar[43]

Liam O'Keefe



Ryan Mann


Bass guitar

Queen +



Event appeared at

Song or songs appeared



Vocals, Guitar, Bass Guitar,

Keyboards, Percussion,
iHeartRadio Festival 2013 Somebody to Love[44]


Vocals, Guitar, Bass Guitar,

Keyboards, Percussion,
iHeartRadio Festival 2013 Fat Bottomed Girls [45]

Aim and Ignite (2009)
Some Nights (2012)

Fun is the winner of two Grammy Awards, two Teen Choice Awards, and one Billboard Music Award.
In 2010, they won Best Pop/Rock Song at the Independent Music Awards for "All the Pretty Girls".[46]

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19. willnoon. "will noon (willnoon) op Twitter". Retrieved 2011-08-13.
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Girls" at iHeartRadio Festival 2013 ( Retrieved 31 August 2015
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UU2rE) Retrieved 31 August 2015
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