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Ben Folds Five is a band who started in 1994 Ben Folds Five is a trio nota quintet which it is often mistaken for The band originated in Chapel HillNorth Carolina Ben Folds Five is known for its half punk and half alternativesounds The famous band Styx and the famous band Journey have given BenFolds Five music the title of punk rock for sissies In the late 1980s Ben Folds played bass in a band called Majsha Theband was not very successful Majsha only cut one record not giving itself a bigname In the early 1990s he played drums in a group called Pots and Pans Folds then moved to New York after Pots and Pans broke up He did sometheater work and signed a publishing deal with Sony Music for his singingThis publishing deal allowed him three weeks to return to Chapel Hill andform a new band Ben Folds Five then originated The trio includes three bandmembers with much experience under their belts The lead singer and pianistBen Folds has been in many bands mentioned earlier The bassist Robert Sledgeformerly played with a band called The Toxic Popsicle The drummer DarrenJesse was a former member of Limbo Soon after the trio got together they released a single Jackson Cannerywhich lead to a deal with a New York based publishing company called Caroline Ben Folds states he feels more comfortable in littler towns like his own backhome So for their first year or two they only stayed in local towns and smallGetting the piano sound popular was not easy for this band The soundpopular then was the grunge distorted-guitar sound Ben Folds knew it wasgoing to be tough to become popular without that guitar sound But still persuedFolds states I wont compromise-we just dont play if theres no piano Ifyou compromise with people youre screwed in this industry Its like walkinginto class on the first day and if youre a geek kicking someones butt so
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