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    311

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    Genre:Reggae, Alternative, Rock
    Rank:2773
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    3.0/5 from 22 users
    Albums:17
    Songs:190

    Most Popular Songs (more)

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    How Do You Feel? lyrics
    2Mind Spin lyrics
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    Silver lyrics
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    Tranquility lyrics
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    Right Now lyrics
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    From Chaos lyrics
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    Simple True lyrics
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    The Continuous Life lyrics
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    Beyond The Gray Sky lyrics
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    Taiyed lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

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    From Chaos [2001]
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    Grassroots [1994]
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    Transistor [1997]
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    311 [1995]
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    Soundsystem [1999]
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    Music [1993]
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    Archive
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    Dammit! [1990]
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    Hydroponic [1992]
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    Unity [1991]

    Biography

    311 (pronounced "three eleven") is a band from Omaha, Nebraska. Their musical structure incorporates a variety of musical styles including hip hop, alternative rock, punk, reggae, metal, and funk. Since their self-titled album in 1995, all but one of their albums (the exception being Live) have been in the top 15 of the Billboard 200. Nineteen of their singles have received significant radio airplay since Do You Right in 1993; five of those songs being top 3 hits on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart.

    Early 311 (1989–1994)

    In 1990 and 1991, 311 released three records on their own independent record label, What Have You Records. These records, titled Dammit, Hydroponic, and Unity, and alongside their energetic live shows, launched their career in the Midwest, after which they moved out to California in an attempt to be signed onto a major record label.

    Their first major CD, Music was released in 1993. The single Do You Right received airplay on modern rock stations and reached #27 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart. But the album failed to chart at the time. The following year, they released their second album, Grassroots. Although none of the singles charted, the album reached #8 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart and #193 on the Billboard 200.

    Mainstream breakthrough (1995–2000)

    In 1995, 311 released what was to be their biggest selling CD, the self-titled 311 (also known as The Blue Album). The first single Don't Stay Home was a modest success, reaching #29 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart. But the follow-up single Down was a major success receiving heavy airplay on mainstream radio and the accompanying music video was on MTV's rotation. The song hit #1 on the Modern Rock chart. The third single, All Mixed Up, enjoyed almost identical success, reaching #4 on the Modern Rock chart. The singles propelled the album to platinum status in 1996. The album eventually went triple-platinum.

    In the following years, 311 kept their mainstream success going strong. 1997's Transistor debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200. Transistor is known as a fan-favorite throughout the 311 community, and sports popular tracks such as Beautiful Disaster, Transistor, and Prisoner. All three enjoyed solid success on radio and MTV, though not as much as their previous singles. The album very quickly went platinum.

    In 1999, 311 released their fifth major album, Soundsystem. Come Original was the album's first single and had huge success on radio and MTV. The song reached #6 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart. The video was heavily requested on MTV's TRL, and was #60 on TRL's Top 99 of '99. The second single, Flowing, had American Pie's Eddie Kaye Thomas featured in the music video.

    The success of these albums helped the band's first two major albums, Music and Grassroots, reach certified gold status.

    Later albums (2001—present)

    In 1995, the band purchased a communal living space/recording studio in North Hollywood, California called The Hive. The band has recorded every album at The Hive since 2000, beginning with the sessions for From Chaos, 311's sixth major record release.

    From Chaos was released in late 2001 and debuted at #10 on the Billboard 200. You Wouldn't Believe featured basketball star Shaquille O'Neal in the video. It had solid success on MTV. The album is mostly known for the third single, Amber. The song reached out to a new crowd, different from the usual fanbase. The band also played tribute to another band with the song I'll Be Here Awhile, by lifting several lines from the 77s' 1987 The Lust, The Flesh, The Eyes and The Pride of Life.

    Their seventh major release, 2003's Evolver, was a very different album for 311, and fans' overall opinions of the album were mixed. Despite debuting at #7 on the Billboard 200, the album became their first major studio release not to reach gold status. The single Creatures (For A While) reached #3 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart.

    In 2004, 311 covered Love Song which became a #1 hit on the Modern Rock Tracks chart. It also reached #59 on the Hot 100, their first single to reach that chart. It was featured on the soundtrack for the motion picture 50 First Dates and then a few months later on their own Greatest Hits '93-'03. The compilation debuted at #7 on the Billboard 200 and was certified gold. The album also featured two new songs. One of these new tracks, First Straw, was released as a single and reached #14 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart.

    Also that year, 311 played a 68-song setlist during their concert on "311 Day", which the band has held in New Orleans every other year since 2000. "311 Day" occurs on March 11, also written as 3/11. The most recent 311 Day, in 2006, was held at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, due to the destruction from Hurricane Katrina. The band recorded the entire show in high definition. A pay-per-view version is in the works, along with another 311 Day DVD.

    On August 16, 2005, 311 released their eighth studio album, titled Don't Tread On Me. Don't Tread on Me, the first single, reached #2 on the Billboard Modern Rock chart and #1 at R&R. The video achieved massive success on MTV, Fuse TV, and VH1. The next single was titled Speak Easy, with a hook similar to such hits as Amber and Love Song. Despite the song's success, the album has not reached gold status. On June 13, 2006 the third single, Frolic Room, hit radio.

    In 2008, 311 ventured on a Spring Tour, highlighted by an epic 3-11 Day show in New Orleans; the show was sold out (14,000 tickets) at New Orleans Arena, selling tickets to fans across all 50 states and 12 other countries! 311 put on a legendary performance of 63 songs with fans on their feet and cheering for more after 5 hours straight!

    In May of 2008, 311 entered the studio with esteemed producer, Bob Rock (Metallica, Bon Jovi, Motley Crue, The Cult, etc) to begin work on the band's ninth studio album (planned for release in May 2009). The band will did the recording in two parts; first part before the 2008 summer tour, and the second part after the summer tour. Snoop Dogg was the support on the tour.

    The first single from 311's 10th studio album, Universal Pulse is Sunset In July, The song was inspired by the band's late evening summer gigs and was first aired June 3, 2011 on Los Angeles radio station KROQ.

    Aside from their currently released albums, the band has created three well documented videos (Enlarged to Show Detail, Enlarged to Show Detail 2, and 311 Day: Live in New Orleans) of their touring, friendship, positive messages, and of course, music.


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