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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… read more

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  • hang on to your ego
  • i'm here because of the Oneders
  • Read my detailed review of 'Hang On Mike' here: [url]http://realgonerocks.blogspot.com/2011/01/candy-butchers-hang-on-mike.htm[/url]
  • You belong to me now, you've been on the wrong side. They can't come between us anyhow...you 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!)
  • I want the Blue Thumb album :(
  • We caught up with Mike Viola at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge. Anybody interested, might want to check out our [url=http://mel.opho.be/index.php/show-reviews/mike-viola-and-the-major-labels-air-traffic-controller-lizard-lounge-cambridge-sept-27-2008.html]The Major Labels photos/review[/url] that we posted on the site!
  • ♥. 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!)
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Super underrated band.

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