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30 Odd Foot of Grunts

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30 Odd Foot Of Grunts was actor Russell Crowe’s musical band before he began a solo career in 2005. The name of the band comes from a phrase heard by Russell Crowe during post-production on the movie Virtuosity. Apparently, some dubbing was required for a fight scene; since time is sometimes measured by length of film in the movie industry, Crowe was asked to provide the eponymous “30-odd foot of grunt”. Another published story (Melbourne Herald Sun) of the name’s origin, is that the combined height of the band members (literally 30 odd feet) and grunt referring to the ‘grunt’ in the band’s music.

The band has achieved neither critical nor popular success during its time. Perhaps their only claim to fame, other than Crowe’s celebrity status, is the Frenzal Rhomb song “Russell Crowe’s Band”, in which it is described as “a fucking pile of shit”.

In 2005, Crowe changed the band’s name from “30 Odd Foot Of Grunts”, to “The Ordinary Fear Of God” (still TOFOG, admittedly to save on costs of remaking the band’s monogrammed items).

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