fun is an American alternative rock band formed by Nate Ruess with Andrew Dost and Jack Antonoff. fun has released two albums: their debut Aim and Ignite in 2009 and their latest Some Nights in February 2012.They have a great youthful sound, and very fun like their namesake. Lead singer-Nate Rouss’ voice is reminiscent of Freddy Mercury‘s of Queen when he was in his middle register with a hint of, don’t laugh, Garth Brooks as Chris Gaines. He has a great voice, and they have a great alternative sound dipping their toes in a large number of musical styles on their albums.
The band is best known for its hit single “We Are Young” featuring Janelle Monáe. “We Are Young” reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and Digital Songs charts, becoming the first alternative song to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart since Coldplay’s “Viva la Vida” in 2008. “We Are Young” , has since been saturating all media including the Chevy Sonic Super Bowl XLVI commercial “Stunt Anthem”, also featuring American pro-skater Rob Dyrdek and rock band OK Go. I would argue that launched them into the awareness of mainstream music listeners. They are touring now and you can catch them at venues such as Bonnaroo in Tennessee, Summerfest in Milwaukee, and Lollapalooza
Their second single from Some Nights -the title track-has caught on like wild-fire. I wouldn’t call their songs happy, but they are like their name says fun. The band formed after the breakup of the band Format. I am happy that they formed under the fun name because as far as I am concerned fun is swell.
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- Fun Tease Us With Battle-Themed “Some Nights” (amp.cbslocal.com)