It was in 1996 when Fun Lovin’ Criminals released the album, Come Find Yourself. It peaked at number 7 in the charts and became the soundtrack to the summer for many. Now 20 years later, the trio have re-released the album with tons of extras, with a UK headline tour to boot. Huey Morgan gave us the low down…
Did you feel that now was the perfect time to re-release your album? We were actually approached by a bunch of our fans to release a box set with a bunch of instrumentals and remixes. When we put it out it was the first record we produced as a band and on a major label. It was a pretty big deal for us back in the day and in the UK it spent 102 weeks in the charts. That’s a long time and 10 million records – it set me up to be financially secure for the rest of my life. We wanted to give back to the people that bought our record.
Your fans will love the collectors’ edition release of the album which includes rarities, mixes, live recordings and more. How did you go about selecting things? It took a while and we had to get back into the studio and listen to a whole bunch of tapes that we hadn’t really listened to for 20 years. It was good to get back and listen to all this stuff and as we were going through all of it, we messaged each other and thought it would be really cool to get some of this out. We talked to Demon about putting a box set together without it costing as much. We thought this would be a great way to celebrate 20 years of it.
You have a lot of diversity within your songs with influences from all over the place. Where would you say your main influences stem from when writing music? I think it all stems from NYC. It’s just so diverse and we grew up there. You hear all these kinds of music and the way you kind of have emotional attachments to this kind of stuff. In the UK it was all Brit Pop 20 years ago. It was all uniquely derivative of the Stones and the Beatles, we just happened to be different. When it came out people just found it really refreshing that we had our own sound. Just doing what we felt inside was really good for us.
Essentially we’re playing for all our fans – not at them or to them, but for them. If it wasn’t for them I don’t know what we’d be doing
Soon you’ll be heading out on tour to perform the album in its entirety for the first time. Are you excited about getting on the road to perform the tracks to your fans? Essentially we’re playing for all our fans – not at them or to them, but for them. If it wasn’t for them I don’t know what we’d be doing. We’re gonna go all around the world with this record, we’re doing Europe starting in Dublin, Australia and New Zealand, then to South America, Asia and back to America. In between we’ll be doing lots of festivals and stuff.
Are you worried at all that you’ve forgotten some of the words, or are they etched on your brain? I ain’t that old dude, ha ha, but yeah, they’re all there.
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