Ben Folds Five

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Ben Folds Five are an alternative rock trio formed in 1993 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The group's members are Ben Folds (lead vocals, piano, keyboards, melodica, principal songwriting), Robert Sledge (bass, contrabass, synthesizer, backing vocals), and Darren Jessee (drums, percussion, backing vocals, songwriter). The group achieved mainstream success in the alternative, indie and pop music scenes. Their single "Brick" from the 1997 album Whatever and Ever Amen gained airplay on many mainstream radio stations. During their seven years together, the band released three proper studio records, one retrospective album of B-sides and outtakes, and eight singles. They also contributed to a number of soundtracks and compilations. Ben Folds Five disbanded in October 2000.

The group reunited for a one-off concert on September 18, 2008, where they played their album, The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner, in its entirety. In 2011, Ben Folds Five reunited to record three tracks for Ben Folds' The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective. It was announced on Folds' Twitter in January 2012 that the band had reunited to record a new album, released on September 18, 2012, titled The Sound of the Life of the Mind. As of March 1 of the same year, at least three tour dates have been added, including the Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, Tennessee, DeLuna Festival in Pensacola, Florida, and the Mountain Jam Festival in Hunter, NY. In July 2012 the band announced US and European tour dates for Fall 2012.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 Ben Folds Five Ben Folds Five 5 6
1997 Naked Baby Photos Ben Folds Five 2
1997 Whatever and Ever Amen Ben Folds Five 4 7
1999 The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner Ben Folds Five 4 4
2012 The Sound of the Life of the Mind Ben Folds Five 7

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2009 Ben Folds File: Complete Best of Ben Folds Five & Ben Folds Ben Folds Five & Ben Folds 2

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 The Complete Sessions at West 54th Ben Folds Five 1
2013 Live Ben Folds Five 1
Ben Folds Five Live Ben Folds Five 1
Ben Folds Live II Ben Folds Five 1

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 Brick Ben Folds Five 4
1996 Where's Summer B? Ben Folds Five 1
1996 Underground Ben Folds Five 2
1997 Battle of Who Could Care Less Ben Folds Five 3
1997 Kate Ben Folds Five 2
1997 One Angry Dwarf and 200 Solemn Faces Ben Folds Five 1
1998 Air Ben Folds Five 1
1998 Song for the Dumped Ben Folds Five 1
1999 Army Ben Folds Five 6
1999 Don't Change Your Plans Ben Folds Five 2

EP

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Summer EP Ben Folds Five 1

Other

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Truth and Rumors With Ben Folds Five Ben Folds Five 1

Other + Interview

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 Reinhold Messner Ben Folds Five 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Girls, Girls, Girls Ben Folds Five 1

Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Live at U. Scranton 4/29/00 Ben Folds Five 1

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