December 7, 2004

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Artist: Moxy Früvous




Michael Ford (vocals, guitar, percussion)
David Matheson (vocals, guitar, accordion)
Murray Foster (vocals, guitar, bass)
Jian "Jean" Ghomeshi (vocals, percussion, drums)

Four-part a cappella/instrumental act from Toronto who met on an unlikely school trip that featured, among other things a hog-calling contest in Flesherton, Ontario. After splitting the prize for winning 'Most Promising Pig-Caller' the members met for the first time on the winners podium -- legend has it that the winning pigs were named "Moxy" and "Fruvous" (but the members of the band are just as likely to give a different definition of the band's name when asked).

Back at school they found common musical interests and began hanging out and writing material together. Two of the future members wrote 3 full length musicals for a nearby School Of The Arts and the other two future members created pop-funk act Tall New Buildings. TNB were signed to Sommersault Records and released the seminal MuchMusic hit "Breaking Down Her Walls".

Later the four would re-convene as neighbourhood buskers and eventually made their way down to Toronto's Harbourfront in 1990. In the fall of 1990 a CBC radio executive spotted them and brought them into the studio to appear on the prime-time drive show 'Later The Same Day'. The CBC brass were impressed with their penchant for political satire and commissioned the act to write 25 satirical tunes for such shows as 'Sunday Morning', Gzowski's 'Morningside' and CBC-TV's 'The Journal'.

By 1991 the four singers decided to make this comedy/satire routine a legitimate act. Their eponymous debut release was an independent 6 song cassette featuring the indie video "King Of Spain" in 1992. With their cassette topping the independent charts at HMV stores across Canada on a trend created by successful indie act The Barenaked Ladies (who signed to Warner) the band began getting interest from major labels who were impressed with the sale of 15,000 cassettes without the benefit of promotion. The cassette lasted on the national charts for over a year and by mid 1992 were opening for such acts as Bryan Adams and Bob Dylan. By the fall they won a CFNY-FM CASBY Award for 'Best New Central Canadian Group' and began a cross Canada tour. By the end of the year the tape had sold gold (50,000 copies) almost half of which were sold from the stage.

Warners soon signed Früvous and their debut album for the label, 'Bargainville', contained remakes of the act's best live favourites and 5 songs from the cassette including "King Of Spain". The first single from the album was the slice-of-life "Stuck In the '90's" which put Moxy Fruvous on radio stations nationwide.

Their sophomore effort, 'Wood', was released in 1995. Moxy Früvous released six more albums before the group foldedin 2001

Ghomeshi has gone on to some prominance as a TV journalist on CBC Newsworld and CBC TV.




Singles
1993 King of Spain (East-West/Warner)
1993 My Baby Loves A Bunch of Authors (East- West/Warner)
1993 Stuck In The '90's (East- West/Warner) YZ-816CD
1993 Fell In Love (East- West/Warner)
1995 Down From Above (Warner)
1995 Fly (Warner)
1997 Get In the Car (Warner)
1999 I Will Hold On (True North)
1999 Splatter (True North)

Albums
1992 Moxy Früvous [cassette] (independent)
1993 Bargainville (Warner) W2-93134
1995 Wood (Warner) W2-10616
1996 The ‘b’ Album (Warner Music) W2-15223
1997 You Will Go To The Moon (Bottom Line - US) VEL-97301
1998 Live Noise (Warner) W2-23269
1999 Thornhill (True North) TND-182
2000 The ‘c’ Album (Moxy Früvous) MF-500

Video


Compilation Tracks
1992 "King of Spain" on 'New Stuff'(MMS) NSCD-001
1992 "King of Spain" on 'Indie-Can ‘92'(Intrepid) CD-5
1993 "River Valley" on 'New Stuff Seven' (MMS) NSCD-007
1995 "Drinking Song/Goodnight Irene" on 'The Kumbaya Album 1995' (Warner) CD-11719
2001 "King of Spain" on 'Oh What a Feeling 2: A Vital Collection of Canadian Music' (CMC) 0885





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