Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch

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Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch
Origin Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Genres Hip hop, Eurodance
Years active 1989–1993
Labels Interscope, Atlantic
Associated acts Loleatta Holloway, Da Bulldogs
Past members Marky Mark
Ashey Ace
Scottie Gee
Hector the Booty Inspector
Dan-o Fresh
DJ-T

Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch was an American hip-hop group led by Mark Wahlberg. The Funky Bunch consisted of Wahlberg (alias Marky Mark), Donnie Wahlberg, Scott Ross (alias Scottie Gee), Hector Barros (alias Hector the Booty Inspector), Terry Yancey (alias DJ-T), Dan Hartzman (alias Dan-o Fresh), and Anthony Thomas (alias Ashey Ace). The group's best known song is "Good Vibrations", which made it to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1991.

Career[edit]

Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch released their debut album, Music for the People on July 23, 1991. The album was a huge success for the group, making it to No. 1 on the Top Heatseekers chart and No. 21 on the Billboard 200. The album's success was fueled by two top-10 singles, both of which were certified gold, "Good Vibrations", which went to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and "Wildside" which went to No. 10 on the Hot 100. The album itself first went gold on November 15, 1991 before being certified platinum on January 14, 1992.

At the height of the group's success, they also had a video game released by Digital Pictures entitled Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch: Make My Video, but the game was not a success and has been considered one of the worst video games ever made.[1][2]

After the success of Music for the People, the group quickly recorded a follow-up entitled You Gotta Believe that was released on September 15, 1992. However, the album achieved little success, only making it as high as No. 67 on the Billboard 200, as did the album's lone single also titled "You Gotta Believe" which went to 49 on the Hot 100. The group disbanded in 1993 with their last appearance being "I Want You", which was featured on the Super Mario Bros. movie soundtrack.

After the group disbanded, Marky Mark continued his music career by teaming with reggae musician Prince Ital Joe. The duo released two albums in Europe and had a No. 1 hit in Germany with "United". Marky Mark continued to release music until retiring in 1998 and becoming a successful actor in the United States.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US
[3]
US R&B
[3]
US Heat
[3]
AUT
[4]
SWE
[5]
UK
[6]
1991 Music for the People 21 1 35 35 61
1992 You Gotta Believe
  • Release date: September 15, 1992
  • Label: Interscope Records
67 66
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
Album
US
[9]
AUS
[10]
AUT
[11]
CAN
[12]
GER
[13]
IRE
[14]
NOR
[15]
NZ
[16]
SWE
[17]
UK
[6]
1991 "Good Vibrations" 1 4 15 7 3 16 2 8 1 14 Music for the People
"Wildside" 10 28 26 30 33 26 10 22 42
1992 "On The House Tip" (GER only)
"I Need Money" 61
"Peace" (US only)
"You Gotta Believe" 49 34 54 You Gotta Believe
"Gonna Have a Good Time"
1993 "Loungin'" (US promo only)
1995 "No Mercy" 44 Non-album songs
1996 "Hey DJ" 58
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released

Marky Mark singles with Prince Ital Joe[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications Album
AUT
[19]
BEL
(Vl)

[20]
DEN
[21]
FIN
[22]
GER
[23]
NED
[19]
SUI
[19]
SWE
[19]
1993 "Happy People" 23 8 4 22 24 Life in the Streets
1994 "Life in the Streets" 8 11 5 36
"United" 6 23 7 10 1 7 9 6
1995 "Babylon" 11 17 35
"Rastaman Vibrations"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Awards and nominations[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result
1993 You Gotta Believe Best Rap Solo Performance Nominated

MTV Video Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result
1992 Good Vibrations Best Dance Video Nominated
1992 Good Vibrations Best Rap Video Nominated

American Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result
1992 Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop New Artist Nominated

Smash Hits Poll[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result
1992 Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch Best Dance Act Lost

References[edit]

  1. ^ Townsend, Emru (2012-03-14). "The 10 Worst Games of All Time - Page 6". PCWorld. Retrieved 2012-03-29. 
  2. ^ "Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch: Make My Video for Sega CD". GameRankings. Retrieved 2012-03-29. 
  3. ^ a b c "allmusic ((( Marky Mark > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". AllMusic. Retrieved 2010-07-09. 
  4. ^ "austriancharts.at - Austria Top 40". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 2010-07-09. 
  5. ^ "swedishcharts.com - Swedish charts portal". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2010-07-09. 
  6. ^ a b "Chart Stats - Search for: Marky Mark". chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 2013-01-19. Retrieved 2010-07-09. 
  7. ^ Canada certification
  8. ^ "RIAA - Gold & Platinum - July 09, 2010: Marky Mark certified albums". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2010-07-09. 
  9. ^ "allmusic ((( Marky Mark > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". AllMusic. Retrieved 2010-07-09. 
  10. ^ "australian-charts.com - Australian charts portal". australian-charts.com. Retrieved 2010-07-09. 
  11. ^ "austriancharts.at - Austria Top 40". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 2010-07-09. 
  12. ^ *For Good Vibrations: Peak *For Wildside: Peak
  13. ^ Marky Mark German peaks
  14. ^ Search for Irish peaks
  15. ^ "norwegiancharts.com - Norwegian charts portal". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 2010-07-09. 
  16. ^ "charts.org.nz - New Zealand charts portal". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 2010-07-09. 
  17. ^ "swedishcharts.com - Swedish charts portal". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2010-07-09. 
  18. ^ a b "RIAA - Gold & Platinum - June 09, 2010: Marky Mark certified singles". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2010-07-09. 
  19. ^ a b c d International peaks
  20. ^ Belgian peak
  21. ^ Danish peak
  22. ^ Finnish peak
  23. ^ German peaks
  24. ^ a b c "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Prince Ital Joe)" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 2011-06-09.