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Finger Eleven performing at the Hamilton Festival of Friends
|Also known as||Rainbow Butt Monkeys (1990–1996, 2018)|
|Origin||Burlington, Ontario, Canada|
|Labels||The Bicycle Music Company, Wind-up, Mercury|
Finger Eleven is a Canadian rock band from Burlington, Ontario, formed in 1990. They have released seven studio albums (six as Finger Eleven and one as Rainbow Butt Monkeys), with their album The Greyest of Blue Skies bringing them into the mainstream. Their 2003 self-titled album achieved Gold status in the United States and Platinum in Canada, largely from the success of the single "One Thing", which marked the band's first placing on the US Hot 100 Chart at number 16. Their 2007 album, Them vs. You vs. Me launched the single "Paralyzer", which went on to top the Canadian Hot 100 and both US rock charts, as well as reaching No. 6 on the US Hot 100 and No. 12 on the Australian Singles Chart. They won the Juno Award for Rock Album of the Year in 2008. The same album was later certified gold in the US and multi-platinum in Canada. They released their sixth studio album, Life Turns Electric, on October 5, 2010; it was nominated for a Juno Award for Best Rock Album of the Year. The first single off the album, "Living in a Dream", added a little bit of funk rock and dance rock, just like their hit song "Paralyzer". Five Crooked Lines, their 7th studio album, was released on July 31, 2015, with "Wolves and Doors" as the lead single.
Finger Eleven first formed at Lester B. Pearson High School in Burlington, Ontario as "Rainbow Butt Monkeys." One of their first shows was at a school Christmas concert in 1990. They released the album Letters from Chutney (1995) with money won from a rock band search contest on 97.7 CHTZ (Hits) HTZ FM's "Rocksearch" competition.
The group got signed by Coalition Entertainment in 1996, and changed their name to "Finger Eleven" in March, 1997. The name Finger Eleven came from a demo of their song "Thin Spirits".
The band's debut album, Tip, was released on Mercury Records in 1997 and re-released by Windup Records the following year. Tip was produced by Arnold Lanni (Our Lady Peace). Some of the band's first performances were as opening acts for Creed and Fuel.
In 2002, they covered and remixed the entrance theme song for the wrestler Kane, a song they called "Slow Chemical", which he used from 2002 to 2008. It was recorded and mixed at Metalworks Studios in Mississauga, Ontario and was re-released on future wrestling compilations as well as on the soundtrack for 2004's film The Punisher.
The band's 2003 self-titled album Finger Eleven was produced by Johnny K. This album, characterized by screamed vocals over repetitive rock guitar rhythms, included the hit single "One Thing", which earned them their first US Gold and Canadian Platinum albums. "One Thing" reached No.16 on the U.S charts, and received exposure on TV shows such as Scrubs, Smallville, and Third Watch. It was later used on World Wrestling Entertainment's 2007 edition of Raw during a tribute video for Chris Benoit, who had killed himself on June 25. A duet version with Amy Lee of Evanescence was also recorded that year.
Finger Eleven's fifth studio album, Them vs. You vs. Me, was released on March 6, 2007, with Johnny K returning as producer. The style on the album was more mellow than some of their previous work. The lead single "Paralyzer" became the band's biggest hit; it reached No. 6 on the U.S. Hot 100 in November 2007, as well as attaining the No. 1 spot in Canada and on U.S. rock charts. The album also featured the singles "Falling On", "I'll Keep Your Memory Vague", and "Talking to the Walls".
In December 2007, the DVD Us-vs-Then-vs-Now was released, with footage spanning the band's career up to that point.
Them vs. You vs. Me was certified Gold in the U.S. in March 2008. The album also won the 2008 Juno Award for Rock Album of the Year. The band performed live on national television with the Calgary Youth Orchestra at the ceremony.
In December 2008, the band returned to touring, opening for Kid Rock in Europe.
In early 2010, the band entered the studio to begin work on their sixth studio album. The album, titled Life Turns Electric, was released in October 2010. The first single from the album, "Living in a Dream", was released on iTunes in July that year. A music video for the second single, "Whatever Doesn't Kill Me", was released in January, 2011. The video was directed by Alon Isocianu and Rachelle Scarfo acted as art director. The remaining singles "Stone Soul" and "Pieces Fit" were released without music videos.
Finger Eleven toured in support of the album throughout 2011 and 2012.
At the end of 2013, drummer Rich Beddoe left the band. Steve Mollela joined the following year as his replacement. Finger Eleven recorded an album in November 2014 with Chris Powell on drums, with production in early 2015.
The band issued their seventh album, Five Crooked Lines, on July 31, 2015, and released the lead single "Wolves and Doors" to Canadian radio. They set out on their cross-Canada Fall of the Hammer Tour in support of the release; they also teamed up with radio stations and media partners to launch a contest to allow local bands to enter for the chance to perform as the opening act in their hometown. Finger Eleven most recently released a video for "Not Going to be Afraid" off the Five Crooked Lines album. They also performed at the 2016 CASBY Awards on October 20 in Toronto.
Finger Eleven scheduled three shows in southern Ontario to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Canadian release of Tip, on March 23 in Burlington, March 24 in St. Catharines, and March 31 in Toronto. All three of these shows had a similar format: There was an exclusively acoustic set, with Q&A before the show; for the main event, the band played Tip in its entirety; this was followed by an encore of 'Best Of The Rest', which was a selection of band favorites from their other albums.
On June 9, 2018, the band performed as "Rainbow Butt Monkeys" for the first time since 1997. They played at the Sound of Music Festival in Burlington, ON, showcasing the songs from their debut album Letters From Chutney.
|1996||Finger Eleven||Juno Awards||Breakout Group of the Year||Nominated|
|2001||The Greyest of Blue Skies||Juno Awards||Rock Album of the Year||Nominated|
|2004||Finger Eleven||Juno Awards||Group of the Year||Nominated|
|2005||"One Thing"||Juno Awards||Single of the Year||Nominated|
|2006||Finger Eleven||SOCAN Awards||International Achievement Award||Won|
|2008||Finger Eleven||Juno Awards||Group of the Year||Nominated|
|2008||"Paralyzer"||Juno Awards||Single of the Year||Nominated|
|2008||Them vs. You vs. Me||Juno Awards||Rock Album of the Year||Won|
|2011||Life Turns Electric||Juno Awards||Rock Album of the Year||Nominated|
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