You Can't Stop the Bum Rush

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You Can't Stop the Bum Rush
Len - You Can't Stop The Bum Rush Album 300px.jpg
Studio album by Len
Released May 25, 1999
Recorded 1997–1998
Genre Indie pop, hip hop
Label Work
Len chronology
Get Your Legs Broke
You Can't Stop the Bum Rush
The Diary of the Madmen

You Can't Stop the Bum Rush is the third studio album and major label debut of Canadian Pop group Len, released on May 25, 1999 by Work Records. The album consists of a number of songs of different genres.

The album featured the top ten hit "Steal My Sunshine", which was previously featured on the soundtrack to the 1999 comedy thriller Go. It also managed to peak at No. 46 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and go Gold in the U.S. The album had a mostly positive response from critics as well. Unfortunately, the smashup that followed killed the combo's momentum and "Sunshine" became remembered through '90s compilation albums.[citation needed] One track on the album, "The Hard Disk Approach" features lyrics entirely in German and uses a motorik beat to emulate the style of krautrock bands.

The album also featured Buck 65 on the cover of the album, although he reportedly declined an offer to join the band. Despite this, he provides record scratches on the track "Cold Chillin'".

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
The New York Times (positive)[2]
Q 3/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau (1-star Honorable Mention)[4]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[5]

You Can't Stop the Bum Rush received a mildy positive reception from music critics who praised the genre-hopping in the tracks and the light-hearted delivery used for them. John Bush of AllMusic found the rapping offbeat and the album a lesser version of the Beastie Boys' Hello Nasty but said that the production was "excellent" and the tracks "enjoyable", concluding that "the album's few derivative qualities never really get in the way of an enjoyable listen."[1] Tony Scherman of The New York Times credited the album for offering more than just "Steal My Sunshine" by dabbling into different genres, highlighting the four hip-hop songs for being injected with a sunny demeanor, concluding that: "Any unheralded group that cuts an album with at least a half-dozen memorable songs, and two addictive ones, deserves special attention."[2] Karen Schoemer of Rolling Stone praised Marc Costanzo for his versatile production on the album and for being an alternative to Fred Durst by being goofy and less serious, concluding that: "Twelve years ago, these guys might have been Camper Van Beethoven, taking the piss out of college rock. Today, another genre needs them more."[5]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Steal My Sunshine"   Marc Costanzo, Gregg Diamond Mumble C 4:25
2. "Cryptik Souls Crew"   M. Costanzo, P. Rae, Tony Camillo Mumble C 4:24
3. "Man of the Year"   M. Costanzo, Derek Mackenzie, Brian Higgins Mumble C 5:07
4. "Beautiful Day" (featuring Biz Markie) M. Costanzo, B. Higgins, D. Mackenzie, Felix Cavaliere, Eddie Brigati Fisher and Big King 2:46
5. "The Hard Disk Approach"   M. Costanzo, Felix Wittholz, Brendan Canning Mumble C 3:04
6. "Hot Rod Monster Jam"   M. Costanzo, Luigi Creatore, George David Weiss, Hugo Peretti, Berry Gordy, William Robinson, Sylvia Robinson, Melvin Glover Mumble C 4:06
7. "Cold Chillin'" (featuring Kurtis Blow) M. Costanzo, D. Mackenzie, K. Walker Mumble C 3:26
8. "Feelin' Alright"   M. Costanzo, D. Mackenzie, Sharon Costanzo, Michael Bruce, Spencer Lynn Kirkpatrick Mumble C 3:59
9. "Cheeky Bugger"   M. Costanzo Mumble C 1:44
10. "Big Meanie"   M. Costanzo, Grover Washington Jr. Mumble C 4:07
11. "June Bug"   M. Costanzo Mumble C 3:59
12. "Crazy 'Cause I Believe (Early Morning Sunshine)"   M. Costanzo, D. Wilson, F. Werner Mumble C 3:00

Japanese version[edit]

13. "Drunc'n Moves" (Bonus Track)

  • "Cryptik Souls Crew" and "Hot Rod Monster Jam" features cuts by Buck 65 and Mr. Dibbs.
  • "Cold Chillin'" features cuts by Mr. Dibbs and DJ Moves.
Sample credits


  • "Steal My Sunshine"
  • "Feelin' Alright"
  • "Cryptik Souls Crew"


Adapted from the You Can't Stop the Bum Rush inlay notes.[6]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
US Billboard 200[7] 46


Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[8] Gold 50,000^
United States (RIAA)[9] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ a b Bush, John. "You Can't Stop the Bum Rush - Len". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved August 15, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Scherman, Tony (August 8, 1999). "RECORDINGS; High-Quality Bubble Gum". The New York Times. Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr. Retrieved June 17, 2013. 
  3. ^ "LEN - You Can't Stop The Bum Rush CD Album". CD Universe. Retrieved June 17, 2013. 
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Len". Retrieved June 17, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Schoemer, Karen (September 2, 1999). "Recordings: Len, You Can't Stop the Bum Rush, 3 Stars". Rolling Stone: 110. Archived from the original on November 12, 2003. Retrieved June 17, 2013. 
  6. ^ You Can't Stop the Bum Rush (inlay cover). Len. Work. 1999. 
  7. ^ "Len – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Len. Retrieved August 29, 2015.
  8. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Len – You Can't Stop the Bum Rush". Music Canada. Retrieved August 29, 2015. 
  9. ^ "American album certifications – Len – You Can't Stop the Bum Rush". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved August 29, 2015.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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