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Broken Social Scene

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Toronto, Canada (1999 – 2011)

Broken Social Scene was an group formed in 1999 in Toronto, Canada.

The band’s core members were Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning. This duo recorded and released the band’s debut album Feel Good Lost, in 2001, with contributions from Ohad Benchetrit (also known as Years), Evan Cranley, Leslie Feist, Justin Peroff, Bill Priddle, and Charles Spearin. All of these musicians would emerge as key members of Broken Social Scene in future endeavors.

After the release of Feel Good Lost (an almost entirely album), Drew and Canning decided to transition the band into a more energetic sound reflective of the Toronto music scene of the early 2000’s. As a result, they brought in a number of local artistic and musicial friends — the Apostle of Hustle Andrew Whiteman, Jason Collett, Metric’s Emily Haines, and Leslie Feist — to flesh out their live show with lyrics and vocals. Over time, the band also came to include contributions from James Shaw, John Crossingham, Lisa Lobsinger, Julie Penner, Sam Goldberg, and StarsAmy Millan.

Many of the later guest musicians joined with Drew, Canning, Peroff and Spearin to record the band’s second album You Forgot It In People in 2002 on the label Arts & Crafts. This album, an eclectic, restlessly creative collection of yet accessible songs, became the band’s critical and breakthrough — it was greeted with widely positive reviews, and landed on many music critics’ year-end Best-Of lists.

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  • oedipalmass

    a band i dont listen to nearly enough...not a bad song in their catalogue

    24 Jun 7:18pm Reply
  • glass_pijama

    it's kind of a funny story

    2 Jun 10:13am Reply
  • EslamMagdi

    I think I found a new favourite band. Thank you life, you're amazing as fuck!

    29 May 7:39pm Reply
  • Smirnon

    i don't listen to this kind of music anymore for a good 8 years or so, but YFIIP is still one of the best records that ever came out of the indie rock scene. such gems on that album

    15 May 8:20pm Reply
  • BDogDaRapStar

    Can we make the song instrumental? - Charles Spearin Yea - Ohad Benchetrit

    24 Apr 4:43am Reply
  • pointpleasant

    they lost their lives in backyards

    16 Apr 7:36pm Reply
  • jobygiada

    this movie is broken. just that! watch it people is great!

    8 Apr 9:12am Reply
  • farizbjorn

    wish i could live in Feel Good Lost [4] wish i could live in Feel Good Lost [4] wish i could live in Feel Good Lost [4] wish i could live in Feel Good Lost [4] wish i could live in Feel Good Lost [4] wish i could live in Feel Good Lost [4] wish i could live in Feel Good Lost [4] wish i could live in Feel Good Lost [4]

    25 Mar 12:19pm Reply
  • PinkFloydrulez

    wish i could live in Feel Good Lost [3] wish i could live in Feel Good Lost [3] wish i could live in Feel Good Lost [3] wish i could live in Feel Good Lost [3] wish i could live in Feel Good Lost [3] wish i could live in Feel Good Lost [3] wish i could live in Feel Good Lost [3] wish i could live in Feel Good Lost [3] [2]

    6 Mar 5:13pm Reply
  • WS9167

    Why did they break up? Look what happened to Arcade Fire. It could've well happened to Broken Social Scene.

    19 Feb 3:46pm Reply
  • bigbadapplejax

    Come back guys. Please?

    15 Feb 7:01pm Reply
  • BDogDaRapStar

    wish i could live in Feel Good Lost [3] wish i could live in Feel Good Lost [3] wish i could live in Feel Good Lost [3] wish i could live in Feel Good Lost [3] wish i could live in Feel Good Lost [3] wish i could live in Feel Good Lost [3] wish i could live in Feel Good Lost [3] wish i could live in Feel Good Lost [3]

    15 Feb 2:57am Reply
  • placebo_molko

    i like how sweetest kill is the most listened one. They have plenty of good songs but that one is simply magical

    12 Feb 9:26pm Reply
  • Dead-Disnee

    wish i could live in Feel Good Lost [2]

    31 Jan 11:43am Reply
  • alin1

    "Anthems For a Seventeen-Year-Old Girl" live at Ottawa Folk Fest 2004: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2Yc55056DU Emily Haines is singing, of course.

    16 Jan 1:33am Reply
  • g3red

    alive?

    7 Jan 6:36pm Reply
  • yasmiingab

    i love them, I love them SO MUCH

    4 Dec 2013 Reply
  • pointpleasant

    this band can cure depression/bad thoughts like no other...

    27 Nov 2013 Reply
  • barcon73

    a great band be good to see them reform for a few more shows.

    7 Sep 2013 Reply
  • agnesxsaboia

    Oh you lucky people in Toronto...[14]

    4 Sep 2013 Reply
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