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Finger Eleven is a Canadian rock band from Burlington, Ontario, formed in 1989.[1] They originated in Burlington, Ontario, as the Rainbow Butt Monkeys. They have currently released five studio albums, with their album The Greyest of Blue Skies bringing them into the mainstream. The 2003 self-titled album achieved Gold status in the United States and Platinum in Canada, largely from the success of the single "One Thing", which marked the band's first placing on the US Hot 100 Chart at number 16. Their 2007 album Them vs. You vs. Me launched the single "Paralyzer", which went on to top numerous charts including the Canadian Hot 100 and both US rock charts, as well as reaching #6 on the US Hot 100 and #12 on the Australian Singles Chart. They won the Juno Award for Rock Album of the Year in 2008.[2]


Letters from Chutney and Tip (1995–1999)

Finger Eleven first formed in their high school, but then achieved a devoted Canadian following throughout their time as a band. Formed in high school one of their first shows was at a school Christmas concert in 1990. They were originally called Rainbow Butt Monkeys. They released their first full album Letters from Chutney (1995) with money won from a rock band search contest on 97.7 CHTZ (Hits) HTZ FM's "Southern Ontario's Best Rock".

The group found a new management team in Coalition Entertainment (Rob Lanni & Eric Lawrence with Sarah Parham) in 1996. Once they had realized their music changed and wanted to be taken more seriously, "Rainbow Butt Monkeys" became "Finger Eleven". The name Finger Eleven comes from an earlier version of the song "Thin Spirits" from the album Tip. Scott Anderson explains: "when everything is pushing you in one direction and your instinct drives you in another that's finger eleven, I couldn't get it out of my head."

Their breakthrough album, Tip, was released on Mercury Records in Canada in 1997 and re-released by Windup Records in the United States in 1998. This marked a change in the band's sound. Tip was produced by Arnold Lanni (Our Lady Peace). By then, they managed to tour alongside bands such as Creed and Fuel.

The Greyest of Blue Skies and Finger Eleven (2000–2006)

Following the release of Tip, drummer Rob Gommerman left the band and was replaced by Rich Beddoe whom James Black had met coincidentally at an Alice in Chains concert several years earlier in Toronto.

In 2000, Finger Eleven released The Greyest of Blue Skies, again produced by Arnold Lanni. They had success in their home country with this album going gold (50,000 units sold).

Their 2003 release, self-titled album Finger Eleven was produced by Johnny K. This album includes the sleeper hit single "One Thing" which pushed the band into the mainstream. The song was a hit on rock, pop, and adult radio charts; the success of the single earned the band its first US Gold Album (500,000 copies) and Canadian Platinum (100,000 copies). "One Thing" reached #16 in the U.S., and had exposure on TV series such as Scrubs, Smallville and Third Watch. It was used on World Wrestling Entertainment's (WWE's) June 25, 2007 edition of Raw during a tribute video featuring Chris Benoit who had killed himself on June 25. In 2007, a duet version with Amy Lee of Evanescence was also recorded.

The band toured throughout Europe, Australia and North America from 2003 to 2005. They have won a MuchMusic Video Award.

Them vs You vs Me and Living in a Dream (2007–present)

Finger Eleven's most recent album titled Them vs. You vs. Me was released on March 6, 2007, again produced by Johnny K. The first single was "Paralyzer" which gradually became the band's most successful single to date, becoming their first career Top Ten hit on the U.S. Hot 100 in November 2007, as well as reaching #1 in Canada, and both U.S. rock charts. The album features the singles "Falling On", "I'll Keep Your Memory Vague" and "Talking to the Walls".

The band played "Paralyzer" on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on March 14, 2007 and again almost exactly ten months later on January 9, 2008, in a testament to the longevity of the single's success. They played at the 2007 NHL awards show on June 14, 2007.

On August 24, 2007, they performed a concert on the retired battleship USS New Jersey in Camden, NJ for the "Band on a Battleship" promotional concert sponsored by Philadelphia radio station WMMR.

On December 4, 2007 the DVD Us-vs-Then-vs-Now was released, with footage spanning their whole career.

Them vs. You vs. Me was certified Gold in the U.S. in March 2008. The band has toured extensively since the release of Them vs. You vs. Me, playing mostly new material. Additionally, they have added a medley to the end of their shows that consists of Paralyzer, Franz Ferdinand's Take Me Out, Led Zeppelin's Trampled Under Foot and Pink Floyd's Another Brick in the Wall.

They performed "Paralyzer" at the Miss USA 2008 pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 11, 2008.[3]

Them vs. You vs. Me won the 2008 Juno Award for Rock Album of the Year. The band performed live with the Calgary Youth Orchestra at the Juno Awards on April 6, 2008 in Calgary, Alberta. The performance was broadcast on national television.

They have performed Talking to the Walls, One Thing & Paralyzer on the end of the Steve Wilkos Show Tour in NY.

The band was planning a European tour in the summer, including Download Festival 2008 in England, Rock Am Ring, and Rock Im Park in Germany. However, these were canceled after Scott sprained his neck.

In December 2008, the band toured Europe supporting Kid Rock including one date at London Hammersmith Apollo.

The band is now in the studio working on their upcoming sixth studio album,[4] which will be titled "Living in a Dream." The album will be released on Oct 5, 2010. The first single "Living in a Dream" was released on iTunes on July 20, 2010.[5]

In popular culture

  • "Paralyzer" is featured in the rollercoaster "Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit" at Universal Studios Florida.


Film and television

  • In 2002, the band recorded the song "Slow Chemical" for WWE superstar Kane. "One Thing" has been used several times by World Wrestling Entertainment on several shows and DVDs and in a tribute video to Chris Benoit.
  • Several of the band's songs have featured on the soundtracks to Marvel films. "Slow Chemical" appeared on the soundtrack to The Punisher, "Sad Exchange" was on 2003's Daredevil soundtrack and an Elektra mix of "Thousand Mile Wish" was featured in the credits of the 2005 movie Elektra.
  • "First Time", "Stay and Drown", and "Drag You Down" were all featured in the Dragon Ball Z MoviesLord Slug and Cooler's Revenge.
  • "One Thing" was featured in the Scrubs episode "My Fault", as well as in episodes of Smallville and Third Watch. The short-lived TV series Life As We Know It featured "One Thing" at the end of the sixth episode, "Natural Disasters".
  • "Drag You Down" was featured in an episode of the television series John Doe.
  • "Paralyzer" was featured in the 16th episode of the first season of "Gossip Girl" entitled "All About My Brother".
  • "Paralyzer" also featured in the pilot episode of Greek playing in the background at the Kappa Tau rush party.
  • "Suffocate" appeared on the "Scream 3" soundtrack.
  • "Stay in Shadow" appeared on the soundtrack of the 2003 remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, wrongly listed as "Stand in Shadow". Additionally, it is listed as track number 16, but it is actually the 15th track on the album.
  • "Complicated Questions" appeared in the 16th episode of the second season of CSI: Miami entitled "Invasion", playing distinctly in the background of the surfboard shop when a suspect was being questioned.



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