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Fun Lovin' Criminals - Come Find Yourself (20th Anniversary Edition) Album Review


New York trio Fun Lovin' Criminals first made an impact back in 1996 with the release of their since acclaimed debut LP Come Find Yourself. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the monumental debut album, which catapulted three New Yorkers into British stardom, with their hip-hop, rock, blues combination. It was unlike anything that preceded it, and to be honest nothing's really come close to replicating their vibe since, the FLC trio are a truly unique bunch of musicians. 

Fun Lovin' Criminals - Come Find Yourself (20th Anniversary Edition) Album Review

The hillbilly rock/NY hip-hop combination is immediately showcased with the anthemic The Fun Lovin' Criminal. Huey Morgan's charismatic, witty vocals have kept a continuing draw to FLC's work, and Steve Borgovini's (who was replaced in 2003 by the equally fantastic drummer Frank Benbini) ultra-solid percussion is the backbone to the LP's success. Multi-instrumentalist Brian Leiser (aka Fast) lays his eclectic, virtuosic touch across Come Find Yourself too; the chemistry between the three original Criminals was key to the success when it was first released, and it sounds just as fresh two decade's on. From the subtle, soulful The Grave & The Constant to the powerful, modern classic Scooby Snacks to the somber Methadonia, the album shows a versatile, polished skill set, and it's easy to see why British audiences took to it so readily.

The second disc of the four features a selection of clean versions and various mixes (or remixes) of various tracks on the original tracklist. We also get the excellent well known b-side Blues For Suckers. Stephen Lironi's 12" mix of The Grave & The Constant is a great find for the hardcore fan, with his funky organ, and more danceable drum sound making it stand out from, but remain on-par with, the original LP version. The latin, hazy 20MG version of Scooby Snacks is excellent too, and the Dub gives it yet another new life. A countrified switch-up of The Fun Lovin' Criminal serves as another example of the versatility the three piece show; even when altering the vibe of their well known tracks it's refreshingly entertaining, and it's certainly not like there's a drop in quality. 

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London Gigs Called Off Over Venue Roof Troubles


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The O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire in west London was shut in December (15) after a safety inspection found damage to the historic building's roof, prompting venue bosses to axe a gig by rockers The Courteeners and relocate upcoming shows to allow repair work to take place.

The building had been expected to reopen in January (16), but venue bosses have now called off a slew of upcoming concerts to allow repairs to continue until March (16).

Tina Arena's up show at Shepherd's Bush Empire on 26 January (16) has been relocated to the O2 Forum, Kentish Town in north London, and gigs by Fun Lovin' Criminals, Jamie Lawson, Joshua Radin, Jason Isbell, and Walk The Moon have also been moved. A number of other shows have been cancelled.

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GuilFest 2014 - Day 1

Huey Morgan and Fun Lovin' Criminals - GuilFest 2014 - Day 1 - Performances - Guildford, Surrey, United Kingdom - Friday 18th July 2014

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Huey Morgan Pens Spy Novels In Secret


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Fun Lovin' Criminals star Huey Morgan can add writer to his resume - he is penning his third novel.

The Scooby Snacks hitmaker is already a singer, songwriter, Dj and philanthropist but also writes spy books in his spare time, and he's now on the lookout for a publisher.

He tells BBC Breakfast, "I have written books about espionage that are yet to be published. I'm on my third book."

Huey Morgan's 'Ladykiller' Son


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Huey Morgan thinks his baby son will be a "ladykiller" when he is older.

The Fun Lovin' Criminals frontman and wife Rebecca became parents to a boy last month and the 'Scooby Snacks' hitmaker says the infant is already a hit with his female friends and relatives.

He said: "Fatherhood is a lot of fun, he's a cool character, girls are already loving him - he's going to be a ladykiller, he's already showing some moves."

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Huey Morgan Over Record Companies


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Huey Morgan thinks record companies are "the past".

The Fun Lovin' Criminals frontman made the decision for his band to release their recent live album 'Fun, Live, and Criminal' through website Pledge.com because he doesn't think official releases by record companies use the internet in the right way.

He said: "Record companies are the past. When we released our album 'Loco' in 2001 we were like, 'OK, how are people going to hear it?' And the record company were like 'Well, look we'll have some billboards.' And I said,' But yes, how will they hear it? People don't buy CDs any more, there's a thing called the internet now and Napster and downloads and things like that.

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Adele Doesn't Need To Win Mercury Prize.


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Adele "doesn't need" to win the Barclaycard Mercury Prize.

The Grammy award-winning singer's latest album '21' is up for the coveted honour next month, but Fun Lovin' Criminals frontman Huey Morgan thinks it would be better going to a lesser-established artist.

He said: "I don't know who the panel is, they do a good job of keeping them secret, but they've done a hell of a job of picking a broad range of music, a lot of people will go out and buy all the CDs or listen to them on Spotify and it's not just about sticking to that one type.

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T In The Park 2011 Music Festival - Day 2

Fun Lovin Criminals Saturday 9th July 2011 T In The Park 2011 Music Festival - Day 2 Balado, Scotland

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Morgan Tells Of Alleged Stalker


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Fun Lovin' Criminals star Huey Morgan was surprised to receive "scary" letters from an overeager fan because he is convinced he's too ordinary to obsess over.

The rocker-turned-radio host has allegedly been bombarded by messages from an unnamed female devotee who has a huge crush on him, but Morgan insists she wouldn't be interested if she really knew him.

He tells Britain's Daily Mirror, "I've got a stalker who sends me letters and stuff. But if she met me she'd probably realise there was no point.

"They're romantic letters but also a little bit scary at the same time."

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Morgan To Host Bbc Radio Show


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Fun Lovin' Criminals star Huey Morgan is giving up his weekends to host a radio show in Britain.

The rocker will present the midnight to 3am slot on BBC Radio 2 in the early hours of Saturday mornings from April (11).

But despite the unsociable hours of his show, Morgan is delighted to be working for the revered radio station.

He says, "Radio 2 is the most listened-to radio station in the land, and it's a huge honour to be given three hours a week to kick back and play some of the hottest tunes, both new and old, with a disregard of genre.

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Morgan Lands Tv Cameo


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Fun Lovin' Criminals star Huey Morgan is set to add actor and author to his resume - he's landed a cameo role in British teen drama Skins and written a series of spy books.

The rocker has already branched out into TV work by appearing on several panel shows in the U.K., and he also presents a radio programme on the BBC's 6 Music station.

Now he is trying out acting - he will play a record shop owner in the popular British TV series. He's also written several spy novels, a good-versus-evil screenplay, and a story about a Vietnam war veteran.

Morgan tells Britain's Seven Days magazine, "I'm going to be on Skins. I'll play a guy who owns a heavy metal record store. It's a small cameo role. I've written a series of espionage novels. There's also a book that is probably going to be a screenplay. It's about the Devil going to New York and trying to pick a fight with God.

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