Puddle of Mudd
|Puddle of Mudd|
Wes Scantlin performing in Seattle, Washington in 2008
|Origin||Kansas City, Missouri, United States|
Puddle of Mudd is an American rock band formed in 1991. To date the band has sold over seven million albums, and has had a string of No. 1 mainstream rock singles in the United States. Their major-label debut Come Clean has sold over five million copies. They have released two independent and four major albums, with their latest being Volume 4: Songs in the Key of Love & Hate in December 2009, and their latest compilation album being re:(disc)overed, released in August 2011.
- 1 History
- 2 Lip syncing controversy
- 3 Connection with Fred Durst
- 4 Band members
- 5 Discography
- 6 Awards and nominations
- 7 Notes
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Early years (1991–2000)
Puddle of Mudd was formed on September 13, 1991 in Kansas City by Wes Scantlin (vocals/rhythm guitar), Jimmy Allen (guitar), Sean Sammon (bass), and Kenny Burkitt (drums).[Note 1] According to Wes Scantlin, the band name was inspired by practicing next to the Missouri river levy, which always inundated the band's practice space but never ruined their equipment since they were on the second floor. In order to get to their practice space, the band "had to walk through a pile of shit." The group's first album, Stuck, was released in 1994 on V&R Records. The album was produced by the band and E.J. Rose, and was recorded at Red House Studio in Lawrence, Kansas. It spawned two radio singles (the first was "You Don't Know", the second "Drift and Die").
Minus Jimmy Allen, the group released a second album, Abrasive, in 1997 on Hardknocks Records. It had eleven tracks, all written by the band, three of which would eventually make it on to Puddle of Mudd's first major label release. Differences of opinion and other factors led to the break-up of the original Puddle of Mudd by early 1999, leaving Scantlin as the only original member. Kenny and Sean were still in the band and Wes had gone out as a DJ for his girlfriend.
Come Clean (2001–02)
Scantlin's start in the music business came after a copy of his demo tape was delivered to Fred Durst. Durst contacted Scantlin, and after hearing that his band had broken up, decided to bring him to California to attempt to put a new band together.
One of the first people Scantlin met upon arriving in California was Doug Ardito, an intern at Interscope Records. When Scantlin found out about Ardito's bass playing, they decided to work together. They were still in need of a guitarist and drummer. Fred Durst decided to contact a guitarist he knew from his hometown of Jacksonville, Florida, Paul Phillips, who had formerly played in a local band there called Happy Hour. After getting the call from Durst, Paul decided to try out for Puddle of Mudd, and was accepted, choosing to leave college in order to join. The band held auditions for a new drummer, which produced Greg Upchurch, an ex-member of Eleven who had also toured with Chris Cornell.
Puddle of Mudd released its major-label debut album Come Clean on August 28, 2001. The lead single from the album, "Control" was successful. It was also the theme song for WWE's Survivor Series 2001 Which was critically acclaimed. The second single off the album, "Blurry", co-written with Sean Sammon, Kenny Burkitt, Jimmy Allen and Doug Ardito, turned out to be Puddle of Mudd's most successful single, reaching No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 8 in the UK Singles Chart. Also winning an ASCAP song of the year award for Ardito, Allen and Scantlin . The song Blurry was named Electron Moon that Jimmy Allen and Wes Scantlin wrote. This song was also used in the game Ace Combat 5, published by Namco. "Drift & Die" co-written by Jimmy Allen was also released as a single spending six weeks at the No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock Chart. The fourth single, "She Hates Me" co-written by Jimmy Allen was released in late 2002, and reached the No. 1 spot on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, as well as No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100. Winning Allen and Scantlin the ASCAP most played rock song of the year.
The group then embarked on a European and American tour as the opening act for Godsmack & Deftones and were also part of the Family Values 2001 tour, alongside Linkin Park, The Stone Temple Pilots and Staind.
The album was certified triple platinum in the U.S. by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on January 31, 2003, and as of late 2006 total sales worldwide were in excess of five million copies.
Life on Display (2003–05)
Puddle of Mudd's follow up, Life on Display spawned three singles "Away From Me", "Heel Over Head", and "Spin You Around". The album sold below expectations. Although shortly after its release, the record was certified gold and to date has sold over 706,000 copies. Some suggested this was the primary cause of drummer Greg Upchurch's leaving the band to join 3 Doors Down. Marisa Miller appeared in the music video for "Spin You Around". "Away From Me" was featured in The O.C. in 2004. The song "Nothing Left to Lose" was the official theme song of WWE's 2004 Royal Rumble.
On October 9, 2007, the band released their third major label record, Famous. The first single, "Famous", was leaked through the band's Myspace and radio in July before the CD was released. Another track, "Merry Go Round", was released through iTunes before the official release. The following single, "Psycho", topped both the Mainstream Rock Tracks and Hot Modern Rock Tracks charts for nine weeks. "Livin' on Borrowed Time" and "We Don't Have To Look Back Now" were the final singles released.
Vol.4 Songs in the Key of Love and Hate (2009–10)
In 2009, former guitarist Paul Phillips rejoined the band after replacement Christian Stone was let go on good terms. Around this time the band recruited Famous producer Brian Howes to begin recording a new record in Vancouver. Prior to the new album's release, band members said the album's name would be called 'Jacket on the Rack'. However it was changed to Volume 4: Songs in the Key of Love & Hate. Released on December 8, it has gone on to sell around 100,000 copies. The first single "Spaceship" was released in October 2009.
On February 10, 2010, a new song, "Shook Up the World" was released. The song was written for Team USA, for use in the 2010 Winter Olympics. All proceeds from the song will go to TeamUSA. Although intended for release during the Olympics, the deadline was missed.
Re:(disc)overed, upcoming sixth studio album (2011–present)
The band released a cover album titled re:(disc)overed on August 30. The release featured covers of songs originally by The Rolling Stones, Bad Company, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC and others. According to original bassist Sean Sammon, it was confirmed that the band's first two albums, "Stuck" and "Abrasive", would be re-released sometime in late 2011. Ardito rejoined the band in 2011 and proceeded to tour with them. Ryan Yerdon was also replaced by Shannon Boone. The band posted several online updates across 2012 suggesting that they were writing and recording a new album. Wes Scantlin was interviewed about his latest arrest for vandalism on July 2013, where he was quoted saying "We have tons and tons of new hit songs, I write every single night and we record all the time. We're getting ready to go in and do the record, tour a little bit for the summer, and then do the full production and get back on the scene." 
On July 11, 2014 it was announced on the Puddle of Mudd Facebook page that a new album will be released "Very Soon....". Puddle of Mudd toured during 2014 featuring Wes Scantlin with an entirely different line-up.
On 17 July 2015, the band announced that they were finally recording their as yet untitled sixth studio album with Cameron Webb at Grandmaster Studios.
Lip syncing controversy
On April 16, 2014, Scantlin had an on-stage meltdown during a show at Trees Dallas, in which he threw a microphone and beer into the audience, as well as appearing to threaten and attempt to physically attack members of the audience. He also received criticism as he appeared to be lip-syncing during the performance.
On June 20, 2015, The band were booed off stage at a show in Versailles, Ohio after Scantlin was spotted lip syncing to the songs. In response to the social media backlash, the band subsequently deleted their Facebook page. With the Facebook URL available, the band Black Heart Saints took the address as an opportunity to promote their music using the title "Check This Band Out Instead", although Puddle of Mudd later regained control of the URL.
These events coincided with a silence on the band's Twitter page between 16 April 2014 and 6 July 2015. As of 19 July 2015, no statement was made by the band in response to these events, with continued tour dates promoted on their website. To date Scantlin has also not made any statement confronting or explaining these accusations.
On September 26, 2015, Scantlin also lip-synced at the TNL Onstage concert in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Scatlin appeared intoxicated as he struggled to mime along the words to their popular tracks including "Blurry", "Psycho" and "She Hates Me". Some audience members proceeded to abandon the concert after it became obvious the band wasn't playing live - Scatlin sang while standing away from the mic, looking up at the sky without any change in vocals. According to organizers, the band conducted a full sound check pre-event, before using an audio connection to play vocal tracks off an iPod during the show. The organizers released a statement apologizing to unhappy fans, as well as offering refunds on their tickets.
Connection with Fred Durst
Due to the notoriety surrounding how the band was signed with Durst, the band is often asked regarding their relationship with him. Scantlin criticised Durst in an interview in 2004 with Canada's Chart magazine. He stated, "He doesn't write our songs, he doesn't produce our songs, he doesn't do anything for us. He doesn't do our videos anymore. He doesn't do anything for this band. I don't know what he's doing, I don't know what the guy's like. All I know is that he's like Mr. Hollywood guy, Mr. Celebrity. Like, 'I don't hang out with anybody except Hollywood celebrities'. Every single fucking interview I've ever fucking done, I get asked about that fucking guy..." He added, "And for me to do interviews all the time and be asked about this certain individual... People think he writes music with me or something. He does not do that. I just don't get it. We have nothing in common. He doesn't even call us, he has his assistant call us to congratulate us on our record. Yeah, that's how pathetic he is."
On January 6, 2011, Durst attempted to get back in touch with Scantlin via a tweet on his official Twitter page, which read "Who knows Wes from puddle of mudd? I wanna connect [with] him again. Let me know." Scantlin's reaction to this is not yet known, but both Limp Bizkit and Puddle of Mudd played together on Epicenter 2011, along with another one of Durst's former proteges, Staind.
- Current members
- Wes Scantlin – lead vocals (1992–present), rhythm guitar (1992–2011, 2014–present)
- Matt Fuller – lead guitar, backing vocals, rhythm guitar (2012, 2014–present)
- Dave Moreno – drums, backing vocals (2005; 2014–present)
- Michael John Adams – bass guitar, backing vocals (2014–present)
- Former members
- Christian Stone – lead guitar, backing vocals (2006–2009, 2011–2014)
- Shannon Boone – drums (2011–2014)
- Doug Ardito – bass guitar, backing vocals, guitars (1999–2010, 2011–2014) 
- Sean Sammon - bass (1992–2000)
- Kenny Burkitt - drums (1992–2000)
- Jimmy Allen – lead guitar (1992–1996, 2005–2006)
- Greg Upchurch – drums, backing vocals (2000–2005, 2011 [studio only]) 
- Paul Phillips – lead guitar (1999–2005, 2009–2011) 
- Ryan Yerdon – drums (2005–2011)
- Damien Starkey – bass guitar, backing vocals (2010–2013)
- Adam Latiff – rhythm guitar, backing vocals (2011–2012)
- Michael Grajewski – bass guitar, backing vocals (2010; 2014)
- Studio albums
- Abrasive (1997)
- Come Clean (2001)
- Life on Display (2003)
- Famous (2007)
- Volume 4: Songs in the Key of Love & Hate (2009)
- re:(disc)overed (2011)
- Stuck (1994)
- Compilation albums
- Icon (2010)
Awards and nominations
MTV Video Music Awards
|2002||Blurry||Best New Artist||Nominated|
MTV Europe Awards
|2002||Blurry||Best New Hard Rock Act||Nominated|
American Music Awards
|2003||Puddle of Mudd||Favorite Pop/Rock New Artist||Nominated|
Other awards and nominations
|2002||Billboard Music Awards||Puddle of Mudd (Band)||Modern Rock Artist of the Year||Won|
|2002||Billboard Music Awards||Puddle of Mudd (Band)||Rock Artist of the Year||Won|
|2002||Billboard Music Awards||Blurry||Modern Rock Track of the Year||Won|
|2002||Billboard Music Awards||Blurry||Rock Track of the Year||Won|
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