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Sugar Ray is Sugar Ray's fourth album released on 2001. It features the hit single, "When It's Over." The album peaked at #6 on the Billboard 200 and has reached Gold status since its release.


# "When It's Over" (July 17, 2001) - U.S.: #13 UK: #32

# "Answer the Phone" - (April 2, 2002) U.S.# 40

# "Ours" - (Did not chart)

# "Under the Sun" - (Did not chart)


*The song "Disasterpeice" was featured on the Osmosis Jones Sampler CD.

*The song "Words to Me" was featured on the Scooby-Doo movie soundtrack.

*The song "Sorry Now" is heard during the beginning of Scary Movie 2.


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Artist/Band Information

:This article is about the band Sugar Ray. For the boxers, see Sugar Ray Leonard or Sugar Ray Robinson.

Sugar Ray is a rock band from Orange County, California. The band gained fame in the late 1990s with such hits as "Someday," "Every Morning," "Fly," and "When It's Over."


Early years

Sugar Ray started in the late 1980s as a group of friends at Corona del Mar High School, initially comprising Rodney Sheppard and Stan Frazier (under the name The Tories). Later additions Murphy Karges and Mark McGrath changed the band's name to Shrinky Dinx. After signing with Atlantic Records, the name was changed to Sugar Ray upon threat of lawsuit from the Milton Bradley Company (maker of the Shrinky Dinks toy).

The band's debut album, Lemonade and Brownies, was released in 1995 and though it failed to produce a major hit single it did earn them recognition in alternative circles. Their early work was strongly influenced by funk metal, punk, and alternative rock. This first album leaned on experimenting with those many influences, combining genres.

After they gained fame with the 1997 album Floored in 1998, the single "Mean Machine" off Lemonade and Brownies was featured as one of the soundtracks of the popular PlayStation game Road Rash 3D, as well as the Nintendo 64 (Road Rash 64) version of the game. The song appeared randomly both in-game as well as in the menus. Tracks from the first two albums remained popular in rock clubs for some time until they lost their popularity due to a change of style on subsequent albums.


Sugar Ray's first mainstream hit came in the summer of 1997 with their song "Fly," which was released on the album Floored and featured reggae artist Super Cat. "Fly" was notable for not sounding anything at all like the rest of the tracks on the album and received frequent radio play, resulting in a number one rank on the Billboard's Hot 100 List. As a result of the success of "Fly," Floored sold well and was certified double platinum. However, by the end of 1997, critics were skeptical that Sugar Ray could put out another successful song and labeled them a one-hit wonder. The same year, Sugar Ray was featured in the movie Father's Day, starring Billy Crystal and Robin Williams. Floored featured a strong nu metal influence and was the band's last "heavy" album before they moved into a more adult contemporary direction.


Their 1999 album 14:59 was the reply to these accusations, with the title implying that their 15 minutes of fame were not quite up — their "fame clock" reading 14:59. "Every Morning," which received widespread comparisons to "Fly," rose to similar success during the spring of 1999, reaching No. 3 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. Their follow-up single "Someday" received extensive airplay later that year as well and reached No. 7 in the U.S. 14:59 outsold its predecessor and was certified triple platinum. Another Billboard hit, "Falls Apart," gained popularity as well.

Sugar Ray, In the Pursuit of Leisure, and Greatest Hits

In 2000, Sugar Ray did a cover version of John Cale and Brian Eno's "Spinning Away" for the soundtrack to "The Beach." Their 2001 self-titled album Sugar Ray produced another hit with "When It's Over," which failed to reach the same level as their previous singles. Sugar Ray's 2003 effort In the Pursuit of Leisure, and the first single from that album, "Mr. Bartender (It's So Easy)," received a lukewarm reception. Also, the band covered Joe Jackson's famous "Is she really going out with him," which is played at many of their concerts. In 2005, Sugar Ray released a greatest hits album, with three new songs ("Shot of Laughter," "Time After Time," and "Psychedelic Bee").

Music for Cougars

In January 2006, Sugar Ray was released from their recording contract with Atlantic Records. "Into Yesterday" on the Surf's Up movie soundtrack was released in June 2007. The band has been touring Asia, most recently in Singapore in August 2007 where they headlined SingFest, the nation's first international music festival.

In May 2008, Sugar Ray hinted in a Myspace blog that they were going to make an announcement that would "make all fans very, very happy." The announcement came on May 19, 2008, that the band would be entering the studio to record their first album of new material since 2003. It was also announced that the band signed a new record deal with Pulse Recordings and that the new album should be released in the summer of 2009.

Sugar Ray appeared on the May 18, 2008, on the season 3 finale of American Dad, titled "Spring Break-Up," as themselves, playing "Fly" at a Spring Break party. They also starred in the first live-action Scooby-Doo movie as themselves performing the song "Words to Me."

On March 6, 2009, Mark McGrath posted an update on Facebook announcing that a new album, titled Music for Cougars, was on the way. It was released on July 21, 2009. The name came about when the band was playing at an outdoor mall in Hollywood when singer Mark McGrath's friend described many of the shoppers as "cougars." The first single was "Boardwalk."

On August 22, 2010, Sugar Ray's Twitter page announced that Craig 'DJ Homicide' Bullock has left the band.

Sugar Ray released on their blog a song called "Down With Whatever" that was previously unreleased. Also on their blog, they make mention of new music before planning another tour.

Current Band members

* Mark McGrath - Vocals, guitar

* Rodney Sheppard - Guitar, vocals

* Murphy Karges - Bass guitar, vocals

* Stan Frazier - Drums, percussion, vocals

Former Band members

* Craig 'DJ Homicide' Bullock - Turntables, keyboards, vocals


Studio albums

Compilation albums



*A. "Fly" peaked on the US Radio Songs chart.

*B. "Answer the Phone" peaked outside of the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, therefore it is listed on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.

*C. "Shot of Laughter" peaked on the US Adult Contemporary Songs chart.


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