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The Candy Butchers are an American pop-rock musical group headed by singer, songwriter and guitarist Mike Viola and featuring a rotating cast of musicians. The band plays upbeat Beatles-inflected guitar pop.

The group was formed in the 1990s in Boston, Massachusetts by Viola and drummer Todd Foulsham, with other performers. Viola and Foulsham moved to New York City and the pair began appearing as a stripped-down acoustic duo. Viola has since kept the band name alive with various lineups and recording projects. Foulsham left the group in the mid-90s when the band’s future was uncertain, but returned to perform on 2004’s Hang On Mike. The pair have also begun playing as an acoustic duo again in the mid-2000s.


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  • Timothy21121993

    hang on to your ego

    8 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Timothy21121993

    i'm here because of the Oneders

    8 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Trotters

    Read my detailed review of 'Hang On Mike' here:

    29 Jan 2011 Reply
  • misstiffany

    You belong to me now, you've been on the wrong side. They can't come between us belong to me. <3 (Ps - I love how the word "anyhow" is said. I skip back to it many times while I'm listening...seriously. The emphasis on the "h" in "how" is what gets me everytime!)

    5 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Trotters

    I want the Blue Thumb album :(

    17 Oct 2008 Reply
  • mel-opho-be

    We caught up with Mike Viola at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge. Anybody interested, might want to check out our The Major Labels photos/review that we posted on the site!

    3 Oct 2008 Reply
  • marisolace

    ♥. I knew there was something special back in That Thing You Do!; it's a shame he doesn't get more exposure. (Just wish I could see him live at least once!)

    1 Jun 2008 Reply
  • DanAbnrml9

    First Candy Butchers album (the 1996 Blue Thumb album) is commercially available for the first time ever via Mike's MySpace. It's only available in a download-only format but it's higher-quality than the boots that have been circulating for years.

    22 Dec 2007 Reply
  • DanAbnrml9

    Mike's one of the best songwriters of the past decade or so... shame so few people seem to have heard of him, even in spite of a tour on a major label (and the whole That Thing You Do! thing).

    12 Aug 2007 Reply
  • LittleTriggers

    Super underrated band.

    4 Aug 2007 Reply
  • mp3man

    Klasse Band, klasse Musik und Podsafe!

    10 Apr 2007 Reply

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