30 Odd Foot of Grunts

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30 Odd Foot of Grunts/Russell Crowe & The Ordinary Fear of God
Also known as TOFOG
Origin Sydney
Genres Rock
Years active 1992–2005 (30 Odd Foot of Grunts)
2005–present (Russell Crowe & The Ordinary Fear of God)
Labels Gruntland PTY LTD/Model 101 Records
Associated acts Great Big Sea
Website Official MySpace page

30 Odd Foot of Grunts and The Ordinary Fear of God are bands formed by actor Russell Crowe and friends.

30 Odd Foot of Grunts[edit]

In the 1980s Russell Crowe and friend Billy Dean Cochran formed a band, "Roman Antix", which later evolved into the Australian rock band 30 Odd Foot of Grunts (TOFOG for short). Crowe performed lead vocals and guitar for the band, which formed in 1992.

The band released 1995's The Photograph Kills EP as well as three full length records: 1998's Gaslight, 2001's Bastard Life or Clarity and 2003's Other Ways of Speaking. Bastard Life or Clarity and Other Ways of Speaking were both mixed by Mike Fraser.

In 2000 TOFOG performed shows in London and Los Angeles, as well as a run of shows at Stubbs in Austin, Texas which were recorded and released as the live DVD Texas in 2001. In 2001 the band came to the US for major press, radio and TV appearances for the Bastard Life or Clarity release and returned to Stubbs in Austin, TX to kick off a sold-out US tour with dates in Austin, Boulder, Chicago, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, New York City and the last show at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey.

The Ordinary Fear of God[edit]

In early 2005, 30 Odd Foot of Grunts as a group "dissolved/evolved", with Russell Crowe feeling his future music would take a new direction, and he began a collaboration with Alan Doyle of the Canadian band Great Big Sea, and with it a new band: The Ordinary Fear of God. This band kept the "TOFOG" acronym from the previous band, and also involved some members of the old line-up. A new single, "Raewyn", was released in April 2005, and an album entitled My Hand, My Heart released for download on iTunes. The album includes a tribute song to actor Richard Harris, who became Crowe's friend during the making of Gladiator. Russell Crowe & the Ordinary Fear of God performed a successful sold out series of dates of Australia in 2005 and then in 2006 returned to the US to promote their new release My Hand, My Heart with another sold-out US tour and major press, radio and television appearances.

In March 2010 Russell Crowe & The Ordinary Fear of God's version of the John Williamson song "Winter Green" was included on the compilation album The Absolute Best of John Williamson: 40 Years True Blue, commemorating the singer/songwriter's 40 years in the Australian music industry.

In May 2011 there were plans to release a new Russell Crowe & The Ordinary Fear of God record (co-written with Alan Doyle) and for a US tour, which would be the band's first live dates in the US since 2006.

Band members[edit]

30 Odd Foot of Grunts[edit]

  • Russell Crowe – vocals, guitar
  • Dean Cochran – lead guitar
  • Dave Kelly – drums, background vocals
  • Stewart Kirwan – trumpet, flugelhorn, background vocals
  • Garth Adam – bass
  • Dave Wilkins – guitar, background vocals

Russell Crowe & The Ordinary Fear of God[edit]

  • Russell Crowe – vocals, guitar
  • Alan Doyle – guitar, vocals
  • Dave Kelly – drums, background vocals
  • Stewart Kirwan – trumpet, flugelhorn, background vocals
  • Bones Hillman – bass
  • Stuart Hunter – keys
  • Paul Berton – guitar

In popular culture[edit]

In 2003 the band and Crowe were parodied by fellow Australian band Frenzal Rhomb on their track "Russell Crowe's Band". The subsequent film clip of the single featured animated portrayals of both bands and some well-documented Russell Crowe incidents.

The Australian podcast TOFOP (Thirty Odd Foot of Pod), featuring Wil Anderson and Charlie Clausen, parodies the band's nomenclature.

Discography[edit]

30 Odd Foot of Grunts[edit]

  • The Photograph Kills EP (1995)
  • Gaslight (1998)
  • Bastard Life or Clarity (2001)
  • Texas DVD (2001)
  • Other Ways of Speaking (2003)

Russell Crowe & The Ordinary Fear of God[edit]

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