Butterfingers (Australian band)

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Butterfingers
Origin Brisbane, Australia
Genres Hip hop, Alternative rock
Years active 2001–2009
Labels Valley Trash, Festival Mushroom, Warner
Website http://www.butterfingers.info
Members Eddie Mark Jacobson
Olly Thomas
Dave Crane
Damien Green

Butterfingers were an Australian hip hop group from Brisbane, Queensland. Most of their releases are on their own label, Valley Trash Records.

History[edit]

The group was formed when lead vocalist 'Evil' Eddie Mark Jacobson booked himself in for a gig at The Zoo, a bar in Brisbane, without a band or any intentions of performing solo. The venue held Jacobson's booking to him and after two weeks of panic and a sloppy debut performance, a backing band was assembled featuring DJ/percussionist Olly Thomas, bassist Dave Crane, and drummer Damien Green.

Their first two singles "Everytime" and "I Love Work", reached No. 38 and No. 15 respectively in the Triple J Hottest 100 of 2003.[1]

Their next single "Yo Mama" also receiving airplay on Triple J with the group's debut album, Breakfast at Fatboys, on its national release, 3 May 2004, awarded Triple J 'Album of the Week'. The album debuted at No. 15 on the ARIA Album charts and was also nominated for the 'Best Independent Release' at the 2004 ARIA Music Awards[2] "Yo Mama" charted at No. 17 in the Triple J Hottest 100 of 2004.[3] In October 2004 Butterfingers scored a Guest Programming spot on rage.[4]

In March 2005 Butterfingers aligned themselves with Festival Mushroom Records through a licensing deal between FMR and Valley Trash, the bands in-house label. Their first (and last) co-release was in June 2005 with the release of the single, "Figjam (Fuck I'm Good, Just Ask Me)". The song peaked at No. 50[5] and in October 2005, "Figjam" was nominated for 'Best Urban Release' at the 2005 ARIA Music Awards.[2] "Figjam" and the preceding single, "Jesus I Was Evil" (a Darcy Clay cover) charted at No. 11 and No. 69 respectively in the Triple J Hottest 100 of 2005.[6]

The band released a new album, The Deeper You Dig... on 27 May 2006, which peaked at No. 14 on the album chart.[7] A single from the album, "Get Up Outta the Dirt", was released on 3 June 2006. The single peaked at No. 36,[8] and charted at No. 83 in the Triple J Hottest 100 of 2006.[9]

In June 2007 the band won an APRA award - 'Most Performed Urban Work' for "Get Up Outta the Dirt".[10] The group then released "Nothin Much Happens" as a single in October 2007,[11] which landed on Triple J's "hit list" of songs receiving medium to high rotation.[12] A music video was produced for this song and was played on jtv,[13] and on rage,[14] and also Video Hits.[citation needed]

With the band on a presumed hiatus, lead vocalist Eddie Jacobson began performing with Brisbane-based punk band, SpitFireLiar.[15] Jacobson has also gone onto a solo single under the name Evil Eddie, entitled "Queensland".[16][17]

To be honest, I’m really gonna focus on the solo thing as much as possible, the other things are all collaborative; the solo thing is gonna be similar to what Butterfingers has previously sounded like. I was submitting a lot of the music for Butterfingers, I haven’t finished it all yet.

—Eddie Jacobson[15]

Jacobson's debut solo album was released in November 2012.[18]

Members[edit]

Appearances[edit]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Title Chart peak positions
AUS
Certifications
(sales thresholds)
ARIA Charts AIR Charts
2004 Breakfast at Fatboys
  • Released: 3 May 2004
  • Label: Valley Trash Records (VTCD004)
  • Producer: Magoo
61 2
2006 The Deeper You Dig...
  • Released: 20 June 2006
  • Label: Valley Trash Records (VTCD008)
  • Producer: Magoo & Butterfingers
14
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that country.

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart peak positions
AUS
Album
ARIA Charts AIR Charts Hottest 100
2003 "Everytime" 16 38 Breakfast at Fatboys
"I Love Work" 15
2005 "Everybodys Jesus" 7 69 non-album single
"Figjam" 50 11 The Deeper You Dig...
2006 "Get Up Outta the Dirt" 36 83
"I Like Em When They're Trouble
2007 "Nothin' Much Happens" non-album single
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that country.

Awards and nominations[edit]

ARIA Awards[edit]

The ARIA Music Awards are presented annually since 1987 by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA).

Year Recipient Award Result
2004 Breakfast at Fatboys Best Independent Release[19] Nominated
2005 "Figjam" Best Urban Release[20] Nominated

APRA Awards[edit]

The APRA Awards are presented annually from 1982 by the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA).[21]

Year Recipient Award Result
2007 "Get Up Outta the Dirt" – Eddie Jacobson Most Performed Urban Work[22] Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ Triple J Hottest 100 of 2003
  2. ^ a b Butterfingers at the ARIA Music Awards website
  3. ^ Triple J Hottest 100 of 2004
  4. ^ Rage Guest Programmers - Butterfingers (25 September 2004)
  5. ^ "Figjam" at Australian-charts.com
  6. ^ Triple J Hottest 100 of 2005
  7. ^ The Deeper You Dig... at Australian-charts.com
  8. ^ "Get Up Outta the Dirt" at Australian-charts.com
  9. ^ Triple J Hottest 100 of 2006
  10. ^ 2007 APRA Award winners
  11. ^ "Butterfingers & Warners split". The Scoop. The Blurb Magazine. October 2007. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  12. ^ 2007 Triple J hitlist, access date: 7 January 2008.
  13. ^ jtv playlist (October 2007)
  14. ^ rage playlist (November 2007)
  15. ^ a b Millman, Audrey (20 July 2009). "Eddie Jacobson: Butterfingers and beyond". TheDwarf.com.au. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  16. ^ Lendrum, Tony (11 November 2010). "Former Butterfingers front-man Evil Eddie releases new single 'QUEENSLAND'". The AU Review. Retrieved 2012-12-13. 
  17. ^ http://www.evileddie.com/
  18. ^ Strange, Jason (28 November 2012). "Album Review: Evil Eddie - Welcome To Flavour Country (2012 LP)". The AU Review. Retrieved 2012-12-13. 
  19. ^ "2004 Winners - ARIA Music Awards". Australasian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 1 November 2013. 
  20. ^ "2005 Winners - ARIA Music Awards". Australasian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 1 November 2013. 
  21. ^ "APRA History". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  22. ^ "2007 Winners - APRA Music Awards". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 3 May 2010. 

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