G. Love & Special Sauce
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|G. Love & Special Sauce|
Garrett Dutton in Pittsburgh, 2007.
|Past members||Mark Boyce
G. Love & Special Sauce is an alternative hip-hop band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They are known for their unique, "sloppy", and "laid back" blues sound that encompasses classic R&B. The band features Garrett Dutton, better known as G. Love, Jeffrey Clemens on drums, and Timo Shanko on bass.
The band formed in January 1993 when Dutton was performing at a Boston bar, The Tam O'Shanter. Here he met drummer Jeffrey Clemens. Dutton and Clemens began working as a duo, and were joined a few months later by bassist Jim Prescott and became the house band at The Plough and Stars in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 1994, they released their self-titled debut album on Okeh Records. On the strength of the single "Cold Beverage", due in part to the song's rotation on MTV, the album nearly went gold. After which, trying to capitalize on the success of the album, the group toured heavily, eventually landing a spot on the H.O.R.D.E. tour.
In 1995, they released their follow-up album Coast to Coast Motel. Although it did not sell as well as the first album, it is considered by many critics as the stronger of the two. On tour following the release of the second album, the group nearly broke up, due to disagreements about the group's finances. Deciding on a hiatus the three members went their separate ways, working on various side projects.
By October 1997 the group had reconciled their differences and released their third album, Yeah, It's That Easy, which along with their own work, showcased their collaboration with several other bands and musicians, including All Fellas Band, Philly Cartel, King's Court, and Dr. John. This soul-influenced album was more similar to their debut album than their previous release.
Soon after G. Love & Special Sauce set out on another world tour, returning to Philadelphia in 1999 for the release of their fourth album, Philadelphonic. Philadelphonic was followed up with Electric Mile in 2001, an album that shows the wide-ranging influences of the trio, incorporating hip-hop, funk, psychedelica, blues, and soul in equal and ambitious measure. Ever the road band, Mile was followed by extensive touring. During this time they performed as the house band for Comedy Central's show Turn Ben Stein On, which ran from 1999-2001.
In summer 2005, the band featured in an advertisement for the launch of Coca-Cola Zero, featuring the group's own unique version of the noted Coca-Cola advertising song "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing". On June 24, 2008, Superhero Brother was released. On January 15, 2009, G. Love announced on the band's website that bassist Jimi "Jazz" Prescott is no longer a member of the band.
G. Love has released three solo albums. His first, The Hustle, was the first G. Love release under Jack Johnson's Brushfire Records banner. Johnson had been a guest on the Special Sauce album Philadelphonic. G. Love did a series of shows in 2004 with Jack Johnson and fellow Brushfire Records artist Donavon Frankenreiter, and the trio also found time to issue a brief live EP. His solo albums include:
- Garrett Dutton as G. Love (vocals, guitar, harmonica)
- Jeffrey Clemens as Houseman (drums, vocals)
- Timo Shanko (string bass)
- Randy Grosclaude - Lighting Designer for The Hustle tour
The first five albums are demos or early versions of songs released on later albums.
- In the Kings Court
- Oh Yeah
- Back in the Day (1993)
- G. Love Has Gone Country (1998)
- Front Porch Loungin' (2000)
- G. Love and Special Sauce (Okeh - 1994) #32 Heatseekers
- Coast to Coast Motel (Okeh - 1995) #122 US #3 Heatseekers
- Yeah, It's That Easy (Okeh - 1997) #120 US #3 Heatseekers
- Philadelphonic (550 Music - 1999) #113 US #1 Heatseekers
- Electric Mile (550 Music - 2001) #138 US #4 Heatseekers
- The Best of G. Love and Special Sauce (Sony - 2002)
- The Hustle (Brushfire Records - 2004)
- A Year and a Night with G. Love and Special Sauce CD/DVD (2007)
- Superhero Brother (Brushfire Records - 2008) #63 US
- Long Way Down (Philadelphonic Records) (2009)
- Fixin' to Die (Brushfire Records - 2011)
- Playlist: The Very Best of G. Love & Special Sauce (The Okeh Years) (Epic/Legacy - 2013)
|U.S. Modern Rock|
|1994||"Cold Beverage"||-||G. Love & Special Sauce|
|"Baby's Got Sauce"||-|
|1995||"Kiss and Tell"||-||Coast to Coast Motel|
|"Sweet Sugar Mama"||-|
|1997||"Stepping Stone"||30||Yeah, It's That Easy|
|2001||"Free at Last"||-||Electric Mile|
|2008||"Peace, Love, and Happiness"||-||Superhero Brother|
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