Sugar Ray flying high with new hit
September 9, 1997
Web posted at: 10:05 p.m. EDT (0205 GMT)
From Correspondent Michael Okwu
NEW YORK (CNN) -- The members of the Los Angeles-based band
Sugar Ray could hardly have come up with a better title for
their current hit if they tried: "Fly," a Carribbean-tinged,
dance hall-flavored tune, has helped them soar right into the
top of the charts.
"We're a rock band that likes to experiment a lot in the
studio and have some fun with things like hip-hop sounds and
sort of reggae or any kind of fusion we want to put
together," said Mark McGrath, Sugar Ray's lead singer.
Their style -- called schizophrenic, even by their record
company -- hasn't hurt their career. After a world tour for
their first album, "Lemonade and Brownies," Sugar Ray was
hand-picked to record songs for the Robin Williams-Billy
Crystal movie "Father's Day."
Their second album, "Floored," which includes the single,
"Fly," looks poised to keep them in the public eye for at
least a little longer.
Sugar Ray takes its name from the sport of boxing. McGrath
says it was a lucky one-two punch that helped the band score
First, he said, the song was created "equally by five guys.
It's one of the only songs where all five of us really got to
it, massaged it and took it to another place."
Then the band connected with Supercat, the Jamaican dance
hall artist. McGrath mentioned Supercat's name to his
producer at Atlantic Records, David Kahne, on a whim.
"He goes, 'Did you say Supercat?' And I go, 'Yeah, you
probably don't know who he is,'" McGrath recalled.
His assumption was far from the truth. It turned out that
when Kahne worked at Columbia Records, he produced a couple
of tracks for Supercat, and the artist owed him a few favors.
"To make a long story short, he was in the studio five days
later with us, recording the song," McGrath said. "He just
came in and did his job and took the song to the next level."
The album title, "Floored," was originally a reference to the
band's state of exhaustion after finishing the album. With
time, however, it's taken on a whole new meaning.
"I look at it now as us being on all cylinders," McGrath
said. "Right now, like, everything's floored."
Tours and festival appearances are already planned for the
United States and Europe, with the band also scheduling in
some dates as openers on the KISS reunion jaunt. As it
conquers the world with its knockout, "Fly," Sugar Ray may
successfully become one of the new musical heavyweights.