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Crazy Town (also known as CxT) is an American rap metal band, formed in 1995 by Bret Mazur and Seth Binzer. The band is best known for their 2000-2001 single, "Butterfly", which reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. As a group, they have released two studio albums, The Gift of Game and Darkhorse.

History

Formation (1995–1999)

Mazur and Binzer, who go by the names of Epic and Shifty Shellshock, respectively, started collaborating under the name of "The Brimstone Sluggers" in 1995 in Los Angeles, California, along with Adam Bravin (aka DJ Adam 12) who was preceded by DJ AM. However they did not become serious about releasing any material until much later. By early 1999, Crazy Town consisted of Mazur, Binzer, Rust Epique, James Bradley Jr (aka.JBJ)., Doug Miller, Adam Goldstein (aka DJ AM), and Antonio Lorenzo "Trouble" Valli. Their debut album, The Gift of Game, was released in November 1999, having been recorded earlier that year.

The Gift of Game and "Butterfly" (1999–2001)

The release of The Gift of Game was followed by a tour support slot for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Guitarist Rust Epique left the band while the album was being mixed, and Crazy Town was joined by Kraig Tyler shortly after. The first two singles from The Gift of Game, "Toxic" and "Darkside", were released but failed to chart.

In 2000 Crazy Town was signed to tour with Ozzfest, however they were forced to withdraw after only two weeks when Binzer was arrested after he threw a chair through a window while he was drunk. Turntablist DJ AM left at this point. Crazy Town then released their third single in 2001, "Butterfly" (which uses samples from Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Pretty Little Ditty"). It reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. After this, DJ AM returned. Soundscan reports 100,000 album sales of The Gift of Game prior to the release of Butterfly, after Butterfly reached number 1 sales exceeded 1.5 million.

Crazy Town toured with Ozzfest in 2001, however without DJ AM. They were received with mixed reviews, many people in the Ozzfest crowd mockingly called them "The Butterfly Boys". A fourth single, "Revolving Door", was released with limited success. In 2001 Crazy Town also made a cameo appearance in the music video Bad Boy for Life by P. Diddy, Black Rob and Mark Curry.

Darkhorse (2001–2003)

Their second album, Darkhorse, was produced by Howard Benson and released on November 12, 2002. Benson's influence resulted in a more rock oriented sound. Prior to recording the album, drummer James Bradley Jr was replaced by Kyle Hollinger. The album achieved little commercial success, spawning only two singles: "Drowning", which became a minor hit in the US, UK, Austria and Germany, and "Hurt You So Bad", which failed to chart at all. Shortly after the release of Darkhorse the band broke up in 2003, citing amongst other things, pressure from their record company for a "Butterfly" follow-up.

Hiatus and comeback (2003–2012)

During Crazy Town's hiatus, Bret Mazur went on to form The Pharmacy, a record-producing company.

Shortly after leaving Crazy Town, Rust Epique formed a band which would eventually go by the name pre)Thing. He died of a heart attack shortly before their debut album 22nd Century Lifestyle was released in 2004.

Binzer contributed vocals to Paul Oakenfold's 2002 single Starry Eyed Surprise. He released his first solo album in 2004, Happy Love Sick, under his alias Shifty Shellshock.

After Crazytown Kraig Tyler joined up with Eric Powell in the side project 16Volt.

In late 2007, Crazytown announced that the remaining members had reformed and were working on a new studio album, tentatively titled Crazy Town is Back, which would be released sometime in 2008. The album has not been released.

On August 26, 2009, Crazy Town performed at Les Deux, in Hollywood, California, on stage together for the first time in five years. The event was to promote their upcoming album and celebrate the late August birthdays of lead singers Mazur and Binzer.

On August 28, 2009, former member Adam Goldstein was found dead in his apartment, of an accidental drug overdose.

On August 7, 2010, Crazy Town played together at the festival SRH FEST 2010 in California. They played a new track titled "Come inside".

Throughout 2011 Crazy Town released a new song, "My Place", on YouTube, as well as two new songs, "Hard to Get" and "Hit That Switch", on their Myspace page.

The Brimstone Sluggers (2013–present)

In a 2013 interview with New Metal 4U, Shifty and Epic said that Crazy Town were currently in the studio recording a new album.[citation needed]

On July 22, 2013, Crazy Town created a new Facebook and Twitter pages for the band.[citation needed] Later, on July 31, 2013, they had posted an image in their Facebook page saying "Crazy Town The Brimstone Sluggers [Dropping Soon]". They released the song titled "Lemonface" on December 17, 2013 as a free download.[citation needed] In March 30, 2014 they shared new photo on Facebook with the new members of the band- Ahmad Alkurabi, Nick Diiorio and Kevin Kapler.

Band members

Current members
  • Bret "Epic" Mazur – vocals, rapping, bass guitar, keyboards, piano, turntables, beatboxing (1995–present)
  • Seth "Shifty" Binzer – rapping, lead vocals, (1995–present)
  • Ahmad Alkurabi – lead guitar (2014–present)
  • Nick Diiorio – bass guitar, back up vocals (2014–present)
  • Kevin Kapler - drums, percussion (2014–present)
Former members
  • Adam "DJ Adam 12" Bravin - turntables, samples, programming, keyboards (1995–1996)
  • Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein – turntables, samples, programming, keyboards (1997–2001, 2001-2003, 2007-2009)
  • Antonio Lorenzo "Trouble" Valli - lead guitar (1999–2003, 2007-2010)
  • James "JBJ" Bradley Jr. – drums, percussion (1999–2001, 2007-2010)
  • Charles "Rust Epique" Lopez - guitars (1999–2000)
  • Kraig "Squirrel" Tyler - rhythm guitar (2000–2003, 2007-2010)
  • Doug Miller - bass guitar (1999-2003, 2007-2010)
  • Kyle Hollinger - drums, percussion (2001-2003)

Discography

Albums

Studio albums

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
AUS
AUT
CAN
FIN
FRA
GER
NLD
SWI
UK
The Gift of Game
  • Released: November 9, 1999
  • Label: Columbia
  • Formats: CD, CS
9 27 4 7 2 133 6 40 11 15
  • RIAA: Platinum
  • ARIA: Gold
  • BPI: Silver
  • MC: Platinum
Darkhorse
  • Released: November 12, 2002
  • Label: Columbia
  • Formats: CD, CS
120 139 52 90 164
The Brimstone Sluggers
  • Released: TBA
  • Label: Independently
  • Formats: CD, digital download
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Singles

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
US Alt.
US Main. Rock
AUS
AUT
FIN
GER
NLD
SWI
UK
"Toxic" 1999 The Gift of Game
"Darkside" 2000
"Butterfly" 1 1 21 4 1 2 1 8 1 3
"Revolving Door" 2001 76 29 19 26 71 43 23
"Drowning" 2002 24 24 45 45 50 Darkhorse
"Hurt You So Bad" 2003
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Promotional singles

List of promotional singles, showing year released and album name
Title Year Album
"B-Boy 2000"
(featuring KRS-One)
1999 The Gift of Game

References

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