The Canadian alternative rock band finger Finger Eleven started out with an even stranger name. Formed by founding members Scott Anderson, James Black, Rick Jackett, Sean Anderson, and Rob Gommerman in 1994, the band originally billed itself as The Rainbow Butt Monkeys and sported a unique psychedelic funk-metal sound. As the band began gaining exposure throughout Canada, they began to believe that they could be more successful if they changed their name to something less...well, something that didn't include the words "butt monkey".The band changed their name to Finger Eleven and began recording new material, sporting a harder and edgier sound. They released their first album as Finger Eleven in 1997, Tip, which was released on Mercury Records and sold well in both Canada and the United States. Thanks to the popularity of their new album, Finger Eleven managed to snag tour dates with such rock heavyweights as Fuel and Creed. Finger Eleven's success in the alt-rock genre continued with the release of their second album, The Greyest of Blue Skies, in 2000. Notable tracks include "Drag You Down" and "Stay In Shadow". Finger Eleven's greatest commercial success came with the release of their third and self-titled album in 2004. The album reached #96 on the Billboard 200 and the coveted #1 spot on the Canadian Albums chart. Thanks to singles "Good Times" and "One Thing", the album sold over 600,000 copies worldwide. The group released their fourth and most current album Them vs. You vs. Me in early 2007. The album's first single, "Paralyzer", has become their most successful to date, reaching the top 10 of the Billboard Top 100. Finger Eleven is still touring in support of Them vs. You vs. Me, and recently performed "Paralyzer" at the 2008 Miss USA beauty pageant in April.
Best known for their songs One Thing and Paralyzer, Finger Eleven is an alternative rock band that has earned a devoted following. Their first album, Letters From Chutney, was recorded under the name Rainbow Butt Monkeys, with money won from a rock band search contest on local radio. They changed their name to Finger Eleven for their breakthrough Tip, released on Mercury Records in Canada and re-released by Wind-Up Records in the United States in 1998. The name Finger Eleven comes from an earlier version of the song Thin Spirits from the album Tip.
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Finger Eleven is a Canadian rock band from Burlington, Ontario, formed in 1989. They have currently released six studio albums, with their album The Greyest of Blue Skies bringing them into the mainstream. The 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 numerous charts including 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 It was later certified gold status in the U.S and multi platinum in Canada.