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Hootie & The Blowfish

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Columbia, South Carolina, United States (1986 – present)

Hootie & The Blowfish is a band which formed in 1986 in Columbia, South Carolina, United States at the University of South Carolina. The band consists of Darius Rucker (vocals, guitar), Mark Bryan (guitar, vocals), Dean Felber (bass, keyboards) and Jim Sonefeld (drums). The band has released five albums, “Cracked Rear View” (1994), “Fairweather Johnson” (1996), “Musical Chairs” (1998), “Hootie & The Blowfish” (2003) and “Looking for Lucky” (2005). Their debut album Cracked Rear View” is currently the 15th best selling album of all time in the United States, and was for several years the best selling debut album of all time.

Hootie & the Blowfish formed in 1986. The quartet met when they were freshmen at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. Bryan heard Rucker singing in the showers of the dorm they shared and was impressed by his vocal ability. They began playing cover tunes as The Wolf Brothers; eventually they collaborated with Felber, a former high school bandmate of Bryan’s, and Jim “Soni” Sonefeld as Hootie & the Blowfish.

Brantley Smith was the original drummer for the band. He left the group to pursue music ministry, but he has made scattered guest appearances with the band (he played cello on their MTV Unplugged performance in 1996, and played drums at Gruene Hall in Gruene, Texas, on June 27, 2008).

The group independently released two cassette demo EPs in 1991 and 1992. In 1993, they pressed 50,000 copies of a self-released EP, Kootchypop. Their mainstream debut album was Cracked Rear View (1994). It was an instant success, ultimately going platinum 16 times in the U.S. and becoming the best-selling album of 1995.

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  • StankDank

    I, too, have really come to respect their work as of late. Long Live Hootie!!!

    13 Dec 2:20pm Reply
  • Antonionii

    Hate them? who could hate a band that preaches nothing but love, tolerance, and compassion? It would be foolish to deny such a message, or accuse the band of doing it for the green (dollars). Any one else feel like this band is totally timeless? (2)

    3 Nov 7:48pm Reply
  • friendsweetc

    hold my hand is my favorite

    29 Sep 2:21pm Reply
  • menswear2112

    Chief Wiggum: 'We'll use this to record' (handing a cassette to Bart) Bart Simpson: 'Hootie and the Blowfish?' Chief Wiggum:' Meh. It's cheaper than blank tape' Classic,

    21 Jun 4:47pm Reply
  • JustAKayee

    'Only Lonely' is such a good song.

    20 Mar 12:18pm Reply
  • OrdealByFire

    Cracked Rear View is great.

    5 Mar 10:47pm Reply
  • Ryan_Swindall

    Always loved this band. I went to the same high school as Darius Rucker in South Carolina. Saw them live in 1997 at a USO tour while I was deployed - they rocked!

    23 Feb 1:57am Reply
  • alias093001

    Used to hate them when I was younger. Looking back on that choice, I realize how stupid I was. Rather fond of them now.

    14 Sep 2013 Reply
  • bloody72

    pozdrowienia ze Ślaska dla fanów Hootie & The Blowfish

    14 Aug 2013 Reply
  • JustAKayee

    @palanwen Agree. This band was rad.

    27 Mar 2013 Reply
  • XenonPx

    Cracked Rear View, Musical Chairs and Looking For Lucky = Best albums! Listened HATB when i was 6-7 years old and after 20 years they rock! Too bad theyre not playing anymore :(...

    1 Mar 2013 Reply
  • jrs1991

    Great band.

    11 Feb 2013 Reply
  • palanwen

    Wow, reading over these comments. Are there really that many idiots in the world? Dolphins make hootie cry? Seriously, it's that confusing? This world is going to take a shit any day now. Hootie was an amazing band with intellect and compassion. That doesn't even exist these days if any one hasn't noticed. Disappointing.

    30 Dec 2012 Reply
  • palanwen

    Hate them? who could hate a band that preaches nothing but love, tolerance, and compassion? It would be foolish to deny such a message, or accuse the band of doing it for the green (dollars). Any one else feel like this band is totally timeless?

    30 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Fantria

    this may sound strange/dumb/weird/f'ed up but i sooooo wanna hate this band.....but i enjoy them

    3 Dec 2012 Reply
  • JustAKayee

    Well that's a mainstream thing to say.

    21 Nov 2012 Reply
  • TheDarkSide73

    I never really liked these guys..Well them and Matchbox 20..I just think they both sound more pop and less rock..

    13 Nov 2012 Reply
  • MathianSim

    Hating Hootie & The Blowfish is so pathetically mainstream

    8 Sep 2012 Reply
  • JustAKayee

    Don't diss this band, lol, this band was my childhood.

    28 Jul 2012 Reply
  • u2theedge

    pitiful garbage

    18 Jul 2012 Reply
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