Fun Lovin’ Criminals’ infectious blend of cinematic hip-hop, rock ‘n’ roll, blues-jazz , latin-soul burst onto the New York music scene in 1996 with the release of the worldwide multi-platinum debut album ‘Come Find Yourself’ on EMI Records. Their debut single ‘Scooby Snacks’, famed for sampling Tarantino movies such as Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, spent 17 weeks on the Billboard chart, quickly achieving gold status in the US.
The band became an international hit, settling down in the UK, where their debut album spent over two years in the UK album chart. FLC performed an infamously raucous set on the famous Pyramid main stage at Glastonbury ’99 and the rest - as they say - is history.
In a time where Europe was dominated by the ‘Brit-pop’ invasion, FLC were a refreshing blend of American music past, present, and future. Taking a blend of rock and rap and crossing boundaries by sampling AOR and covering Louis Armstrong songs. For Europeans at the turn of the millennium, Fun Lovin’ Criminals were the sound of New York City. FLC Frontman Huey (born and raised on E 6th St in the 70s, swiftly became a celebrity across the pond through his customary New York charm and forthrightness.
To many critics, FLC remain the worlds’ finest and only purveyors of this ‘sound’. FLC are Europe’s best-loved “cousins from New York”, whip-smart story-tellers in smarter Saville Row suits who, through comically tall tales of living large in the neon metropolis via music, drugs, crime and existential ennui, launched a career in music that saw three ordinarily New Yorkers who met working at the legendary Limelight on W 20th St, swap glass collection for world tours with their pals U2 and studio collaborations with the late-great BB King.
Despite being a mainstay on the UK & European festival circuit, the May 31 performance at Highline Ballroom (431 W 16th St) marks the first Fun Lovin’ Criminals performance in NYC for 10 years.