Puddle of Mudd

  • Alternative metal rock band formed in 1991 from Kansas City Missouri. There have been numerous band members – frontman, vocalist, songwriter and rhythm guitarist Wes Scantlin has been there from the beginning. During their most popular period in the 00s, the other members were Paul Phillips on lead guitar/backing vocals, Doug Ardito on bass guitar/backing vocals and Greg Upchurch on drums.
  • Scantlin and the other original members formed the band soon after Scantlin graduated from high school. They came up with the name of the group because their practice space was next to a levee on the Missouri River which frequently flooded the first floor of the building. They were influenced by the grunge rock sound of the early 90s, and as they evolved, they played their songs with rage, like other metal rock bands of that time.
  • In 1993, the band won a battle-of-the-bands competition, and their prize was recording sessions with a local independent label. The EP that came from that was titled Stuck, released in 1994. The grunge album contained 7 songs, including Drift and Die, which would be re-recorded and released on their breakthrough album 7 years later.
  • Their debut studio album, Abrasive, was released in 1997 by another independent label, with limited distribution. After this, only Scantlin remained from the original group, as the others moved on to other things.
  • Scantlin got his break when a copy of his demo tape was heard by Fred Durst, lead vocalist of Limp Bizkit, who had formed his own record label in 1999 and was looking for talent. Durst brought Scantlin to Los Angeles to help him put Puddle of Mudd back together with new musicians. Phillips, Ardito and Upchurch auditioned and were selected to join the band.
  • They recorded their first major label album, Come Clean, which was released in 2001. It was a huge success, selling over 3 million copies in the U.S. and reaching #9 on the album chart. All 4 singles from the album were top 5 on the Alternative Songs chart and the Mainstream Rock chart, with Blurry also peaking at #5 on the Hot 100 chart, and She Hates Me reaching #13 on that chart. She Hate Me won an award for being the most played rock song of the year, and Blurry won Rock Track and Modern Rock Track of the Year from Billboard Music Awards. The band was chosen as Rock and Modern Rock Artist of the Year by Billboard Music Awards.
  • Puddle of Mudd’s follow-up album was Life On Display. It was less successful and basically was panned by the critics. The single Away From Me did reach #1 on the Mainstream Rock chart. Albums in 2007 and 2009 – Famous and Volume 4: Songs in the Key of Love & Hate – were even less successful. The only song that had some impact was Psycho, which reached #1 on the Mainstream Rock and Alternative Songs chart, but only reached #67 on the Hot 100. Psycho ultimately became the band’s second best selling song. The video is pretty funny – an homage to classic horror flicks, with cameo appearances by Michael Myers (Halloween movies), Leatherface (Texas Chainsaw Massacre), and the Bates Motel (Psycho). 
  • Their most recent release was a 2011 album of cover songs – titled Re:(disc)overed. They covered 11 classic rock songs from the 70s, including songs by Elton John, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC and Led Zeppelin. The cover of Rolling Stones’ Gimme Shelter was released as a single. While Scantlin claims to have tons of new songs, they’ve not gotten another album out since 2011, though they actively tour today.
  • Scantlin has had many run-ins with the law, for everything from public intoxication to domestic violence to non-payment of taxes to vandalism to trying to board a plane with a BB gun. He also has been heavily criticized for lip syncing at concerts. Sound like Mr. Scantlin has some anger management issues.
  • I liked Blurry and She Hates Me enough to purchase the CD. Here’s the video to their biggest hit, Blurry – really a great song from the early 00s.

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