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Staind is a rock band that had its beginnings in Springfield, Massachusetts. They were formed in November, 1995 and are made up of four musicians. It was this band that gave us "It’s Been Awhile" and "Outside", both strikingly good songs.
Staind’s big break as a band was in 1997, in which they were invited by their friends from the band Sugarmilk to play in a gig with Limp Bizkit. Backstage before the performance, the band had a disagreement with Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst over the cover art of their self-released album Tormented. Fortunately for the band, the disagreement worked in their favor because Durst had to sit and listen to their intense live show side stage, and he actually liked them so much that he exchanged phone numbers with the band right then and there.
Fred Durst urged the band to move to Jacksonville, his hometown, so they can work together on the material they’d sent him. While they were at it, they performed during Limp Bizkit’s tours as well. By February 1998, the band had made a record deal under Flip Records. In 1999, the band finally released its second album entitled Dysfunction. In this album, the band took a different perspective of their music, and took advantage of Aaron’s impressive vocal talent. Tracks such as “Mudshovel,” “Home,” and “Just Go” received substantial airing over the radio. The band also went into more tours with Limp Bizkit, and also with Kid Rock and Korn. They also became a part of the Family Values Tour. As such, they were fortunate not only because of the great bands they toured with, but also because they got a chance to perform in front of a lot of people, and so they were able to build a name for themselves.
In 2001, Break the Cycle was released, containing such tracks as “Outside,” “It’s Been Awhile,” and “Fade.” The album came in at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart, and was a certified triple-platinum record.
In two years time, the band managed to release another album, 14 Shades of Grey, and again another album, Chapter V, in 2005. This latest album signifies a new phase of their journey, consisting of songs from forceful to quiet ones. According to vocalist Aaron Lewis, "it's the fifth chapter of feelings in a six-year long book; a narrative of feelings. The title makes people go, wait a second; DYSFUNCTION, BREAK THE CYCLE, 14 SHADES OF GREY, CHAPTER V that's only four? So it will make people look for the fifth one." [The fifth is actually their first, self-released album TORMENTED.]
Even up to their latest album, Staind continues to leave a lasting mark not because of their chart toppers or their record sales, but because of the original music and incredible message that reaches out to millions of people around the globe, something only a few bands can do.
Awards & Certifications
|2001||Break the Cycle||3x Platinum|
|Year||Title||Mainstream Rock||Modern Rock||Billboard Hot 100||Pop 100||Album|
|2006||"Everything Changes"||22||32||-||-||Chapter V|
|2006||"King of All Excuses"||27||-||-||-||Chapter V|
|2005||"Right Here"||1||3||55||19||Chapter V|
|2004||"How About You"||10||10||-||-||14 Shades of Grey|
|2003||"Price to Play"||2||6||66||-||14 Shades of Grey|
|2004||"Far Away"||1||1||24||-||14 Shades of Grey|
|2002||"Epiphany"||22||28||-||-||Break the Cycle|
|2002||"For You"||3||3||63||-||Break the Cycle|
|2001||"Fade"||3||4||62||-||Break the Cycle|
|2001||"It's Been Awhile"||1||1||5||-||Break the Cycle|
|2001||"Outside"||11||16||-||-||Break the Cycle|
(No tours to date)
- Upon learning about the tremendous success of their third album Break the Cycle, Aaron, Mike and Jon brought themselves Rolexes to celebrate.
- During a January 2006 Episode of WWE RAW, a tribute video to then WWE Champion Edge featured the band's song Right Here.