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Puddle Of Mudd
American post-grunge band from Kansas City, Puddle of Mudd was formed in 1993 by Wes Scantlin (vocals), Kenny Burkett (drums), Jimmy Allen (lead guitar), and Sean Samon (bass guitar).Their breakthrough in the mainstream success came when they released its major-label debut album Come Clean on August 28, 2001. The lead single from the album, Control was successful and grabbed the attention of rock music audiences worldwide. It was also the theme song for WWE's Survivor Series 2001.
The name of the band was inspired by the Missouri River flood, which inundated the band's practice space, and left the floor a big puddle of mudd. The group's first album, 'Stuck', was released in 1994 on V&R Records. The seven-song album, of entirely original compositions, was produced by PoM and E.J. Rose, and recorded at Red House Studio in Lawrence, Kansas. The album did well but only in Kansas City.
With eleven tracks, all written by the band, three of which would eventually make it on to Puddle of Mudd's first major label release, the group released a second album, 'Abrasive', in 1997 on Hardknocks Records. Jimmy Allen's (lead guitar) left the band in 1997.
Meanwhile the band broke up due to differences and clashes of interests. After hearing that his band had broken up, Fred Durst decided to bring Scantlin to California to attempt to put a new band together. One of the first people Scantlin met upon arriving in California was Doug Ardito, an intern at Interscope Records. Ardito was also in a Boston-based band called Throat Culture. When Scantlin found out about Ardito's bass playing, they decided to jam together. They instantly clicked, but were stil in need of a guitarist and drummer. Fred Durst decided to contact a guitarist he knew from his hometown of Jacksonville, FL, Paul Phillips, who had formerly played in a local band there called Happy Hour.
After getting the call from Durst, Paul decided to try out for Puddle of Mudd, and was accepted, choosing to leave college in order to join. Puddle of Mudd found a drummer from Jacksonville, and Durst signed the group to another showcase, and this time all went well. Durst then recruited the band to his new record label, Flawless Records. Unfortunately, things did not work out with the Jacksonville drummer, and Josh Freese from A Perfect Circle and The Vandals did the drum tracks for Puddle of Mudd's next album instead. The band later held auditions for a new drummer, which produced Greg Upchurch, an ex-member of Eleven who had also toured with Chris Cornell.
The second single, Blurry, was released in early 2002 and became a massive hit reaching the #1 spot on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, as well as #13 on the Billboard Hot 100. Drift & Die was also released as a single and was very successful with rock audiences with the single spending 6 weeks at the #1 on the Mainstream Rock Chart. The fourth single off the album, She Hates Me turned out to be Puddle of Mudd's a successful single reaching #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #8 in the United Kingdom. Embarking on a European tour with Godsmack, the band were also part of the Family Values 2001 tour, alongside the Stone Temple Pilots, Linkin Park and Staind.
Copies of the debut album were selling well. It was certified Triple Platinum in the U.S. by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on January 31, 2003, and as of late 2006 total sales worldwide are in excess of 5 million copies. Their follow up, Life On Display spawned two hit singles Away From Me and Heel Over Head.
The album sold only 600,000 copies to date. This resulted in drummer Greg Upchurch's leaving for 3 Doors Down. Guitarist, Paul Phillips left the band later on due to creative differences between him and Wes Scantlin. The Puddle of Mud released a Famous EP on July 24, 2007 featuring Famous as well as Blurry (Acoustic) and a new track Merry Go Round. The band is currently working on the release of new tracks for the album.
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