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Ben Folds Five on the cover of their Naked Baby Photos album
Ben Folds Five on the cover of their Naked Baby Photos album

Backgrounds:Group Or Band

Origin Place:Chapel Hill · North Carolina

Years Active:1993 - 2000 · 2008

Categories:American Indie Rock Groups · Chapel Hill-Carrboro, North Carolina · Musical Instrument Destruction · North Carolina Musical Groups · Rock Trios

Labels:550 · Caroline · Passenger

Genres:Piano Rock

Current Members:Ben Folds · Darren Jessee

Associated Acts:Ben Folds · Fear of Pop · Fleming and John · Hotel Lights

Ben Folds Five

Ben Folds Five was a piano-based rock trio formed in 1993 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

The group comprised Ben Folds on vocals, piano, and principal songwriting; Robert Sledge played bass and provided backing vocals; and Darren Jessee played drums, sang backing vocals and co-wrote some of the songs.

The group achieved modest success in the alternative, indie and pop music scenes.

The band is perhaps best known for the hit single, "Brick" from their 1997 album Whatever and Ever Amen, which gained airplay on many mainstream radio stations.

Much of Ben Folds Five's work was influenced by jazz, evident in frequent improv-styled passages through bridge and/or ending.

During their seven years together, the band released three proper studio records, one retrospective album of B-sides & outtakes, and eight singles.

They also contributed to a number of soundtracks and compilations.

Ben Folds Five disbanded in October 2000, apparently under amicable circumstances.

The group reunited for a one-off concert on September 18, 2008, where they played their final album, The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner, in its entirety.

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