Baha Men

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Baha Men
BahaMenJun10.jpg
Baha Men performing in June 2010
Background information
Also known as Men of The Bahamas, Bahamian Ambassadors, Bahama Boys
Origin London, England
Genres Junkanoo, Dance music, Pop Music, World Music, Post-Punk, Deep House, Wall of Sound
Years active 1980–present
Labels EMI/S-Curve, Sony Music Entertainement/Latin America, Rough Trade Records
Members Rik Carey
Isaiah Taylor
Dyson Knight
Colyn "Moe" Grant
Anthony "Monks" Flowers
Leroy "Breaka" Butler
Patrick Carey
Jeffery Chea
Herschell Small
Dakota Bahney
Past members Nehemiah Hield
Anwar Rolle
Cedric Poitier
Marvin Prosper Knowles
Omerit Hield
Ryan Andrews (Deceased)

The 'Baha Men' are an English world music band playing a modernized style of Bahamian Music called Junkanoo.

Early career as High Voltage (1979–1991)[edit]

The group was formed in London, England in the late 1970s as High Voltage. In 1991, they changed their name to Baha Men.[citation needed]

The group renamed themselves as Baha Men in 1991, and released their first album under that name, Junkanoo, in 1992.[citation needed] The album was very traditional in its sound.[citation needed]

International success[edit]

In the 1990s they began aiming their music at a more mainstream audience, and achieved great, if short-lived, popularity with 2000's remake of "Who Let the Dogs Out?" (originally composed by Anslem Douglas), recorded with the help of Orlando Infante. The song was a chart success in many countries, and also became a popular song at US sporting events.

"Who Let the Dogs Out?" also earned the band several awards: a Grammy Award in 2000 for Best Dance Recording; Billboard Music Awards for World Music Artist of the Year and World Music Album of the Year; and a Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award for Favorite Song. In 2002, they won another Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Band.

Recent activity[edit]

In June 2008 "Who Let the Dogs Out?" was discussed on I Love the New Millennium. The Baha Men's most recent album was Holla! , released in 2004.

Through MySpace, the Baha Men released a cover version of the George Harrison hit "My Sweet Lord."[citation needed]

Involvement in motion pictures[edit]

The Baha Men were one of the many artists to record a song on the album DisneyMania and two of its four sequels. On the first DisneyMania, they recorded "Hakuna Matata" from The Lion King. On DisneyMania 2, famous song "It's a Small World" from the Disney park attraction of the same name. They were absent from DisneyMania 3, though they returned for DisneyMania 4, recording their take on the song "Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride" from Lilo and Stitch entitled "Bahaman Roller Coaster Ride." They also recorded the theme song to the Disney TV show Stanley. A number of their songs have been used in major motion pictures such as: Rugrats In Paris, Miss Congeniality, Rat Race, Around the World in 80 Days and Garfield: The Movie. They also recorded a cover of Elton John's hit "Crocodile Rock" for the film Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course starring Steve Irwin and family. In fact, the band has also made an appearance on the big screen, when they starred as themselves in the 1994 romantic comedy My Father the Hero starring Gérard Depardieu and Katherine Heigl.[1] The Baha Men also were featured in the soundtrack of Shrek with their hit song "Best Years of Our Lives". "Who Let the Dogs Out?" was also featured in the 2009 hit comedy The Hangover.

Other[edit]

The Baha Men appear in a special scene from Between the Lions where Leona meets them while reading some books inside the library.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US US World
Noo
  • Released: 1985
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: CD, cassette
High Voltage (as High Voltage)
  • Released: 1987
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: CD, cassette
Kick In The Bahamas
  • Released: 1990
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: CD, cassette
Junkanoo
  • Released: September 29, 1992
  • Label: Big Beat
  • Format: CD, cassette
Kalik
  • Released: September 6, 1994
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Format: CD, cassette
I Like What I Like
  • Released: June 10, 1997
  • Label: Mercury
  • Format: CD, cassette
Doong Spank
  • Released: June 16, 1998
  • Label: Mercury
  • Format: CD, cassette
Who Let the Dogs Out
  • Released: July 25, 2000
  • Label: S-Curve
  • Format: CD, cassette, digital download
5 1
2 Zero 0-0
  • Released: March 13, 2001
  • Label: Mercury
  • Format: CD, digital download
Move It Like This
  • Released: March 26, 2002
  • Label: S-Curve
  • Format: CD, digital download
57 1
Holla!
  • Released: June 1, 2004
  • Label: S-Curve
  • Format: CD, digital download

Compilation albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US World
Greatest Movie Hits
  • Released: November 5, 2002
  • Label: Capitol
  • Format: CD, digital download
1
10 Great Songs: Who Let the Dogs Out
  • Released: September 10, 2010
  • Label: Capitol
  • Format: CD, digital download
4

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
Album
AUS
[3][4]
AUT
[5]
CAN
[6][7]
GER
[8]
NZ
[9]
SUI
[10]
SWE
[11]
UK
[12]
US
[13]
1994 "Dancing in the Moonlight" 42 18 Kalik
1995 "(Just a) Sunny Day' 38
1997 "That's the Way I Get Down" I Like What I Like
2000 "Who Let the Dogs Out?" 1 26 14 6 1 6 3 2 40 Who Let the Dogs Out?
2001 "You All Dat" 8 59 62 21 86 49 14 94
  • ARIA: Platinum[16]
"The Best Years of Our Lives" 49 66 70 Move It Like This
2002 "Move It Like This" 76 13 76 11 65 16
"We Rubbin'"
2011 "Go!" Non-album song
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released to that country

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pop Entertainment Baha Men". Popentertainment.com. Retrieved 2010-10-07. 
  2. ^ http://riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?content_selector=gold-platinum-searchable-database
  3. ^ "australian-charts.com - Australian charts portal". Hung Medien. Retrieved January 12, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Pandora Archive". Pandora.nla.gov.au. 2006-08-23. Retrieved 2012-05-02. 
  5. ^ Austrian peaks
  6. ^ "Baha Men Top Singles positions". RPM. Retrieved 2011-02-01. 
  7. ^ "((( Baha Men > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". Allmusic. Retrieved January 12, 2011. 
  8. ^ German peaks
  9. ^ "charts.org.nz - New Zealand charts portal". Hung Medien. Retrieved January 12, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Die Offizielle Schweizer Hitparade und Music Community". Hung Medien. Retrieved January 12, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Swedish Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved January 12, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Chart Stats - Baha Men". chartstats.com. Retrieved January 12, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Baha Men Album & Song Chart History - Hot 100". Billboard. Archived from the original on 11 January 2011. Retrieved January 12, 2011. 
  14. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2000 Singles". ARIA Charts. Retrieved January 12, 2011. 
  15. ^ "British Phonographic Industry search results". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved January 12, 2011. 
  16. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2001 Singles". ARIA Charts. Retrieved January 12, 2011. 

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