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    Sick Of It All

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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1Friends Like You lyrics
    2For Now lyrics
    3Paper Tiger (Fakin' The Punk) lyrics
    4Step Down lyrics
    5Desperate Fool lyrics
    6Falter lyrics
    7Trenches lyrics
    8Cease Fire lyrics
    9Now It's Gone lyrics
    10No Apologies lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    Scratch The Surface [1994]
    2Just Look Around [1992]
    3Call to Arms [1999]
    4Built To Last [1997]
    5Life on the Ropes [2003]
    6Yours Truly [2000]
    7Sick of it All [1987]
    8Last Act Of Defiance
    9Blood Sweat and No Tears [1989]
    10Outakes for Outcasts [2004]


    [edit] Early career (1984-1992)
    Hailing from Queens in New York City, Sick of It All was formed alongside New York hardcore bands Straight Ahead, and Rest In Pieces which both featured Majidi and current Sick Of It All bass player Craig Setari. Majidi joined up with the Koller brothers and Rich Capriano to record the Sick Of It All demo in 1986, after original bass player Mark McNielly and drummer David Lamb left. The band began to play Sunday afternoon matinees at renowned Hardcore venue CBGB's, and soon after released a self-titled 7" on Revelation Records (which was later re-issued on the tenth anniversary of its release, in 1997).

    The band signed to Relativity Records in 1988 and released their first full-length, Blood, Sweat And No Tears, in the following year. Their follow-up full-length Just Look Around was released in 1992.

    Isotype of the band
    [edit] Increasing popularity (1993-1997)
    Although accused of selling out[citation needed], Sick Of It All released their heaviest record to date on major label EastWest Records, titled Scratch The Surface. The record was a surprise to those who assumed the band would create a more radio-friendly sound[citation needed]. They also recorded a video for "Step Down" and the titletrack "Scratch The Surface". The record was also the first recorded with long-time friend and former Straight Ahead, Rest In Pieces, Youth of Today and Agnostic Front bass player Craig Setari, who had replaced Rich Capriano in early 1993.

    The band received bad publicity in December 1992 when Wayne Lo, a mentally-ill student wearing a Sick Of It All shirt, shot and killed two people and wounded several others at Simon's Rock College in Massachusetts. After being inundated with claims that they initiated violence at shows and through their music, the band defended themselves in the press (particularly The New York Times).

    The fair success of Scratch The Surface allowed the band to tour worldwide, and it was not until 1997 that they released their second record on the EastWest label, Built To Last. More punk-inspired than their previous effort, Built To Last produced a number of live staples for the band, including "Us vs. Them," "Busted" and "Good Lookin' Out." The album also marked the end of Sick Of It All's contractual agreement with EastWest!

    [edit] The Fat Wreck Chords years (1998-2004)
    In 1998, Sick of It All signed to independent record label Fat Wreck Chords, owned and run by Fat Mike of Californian band NOFX. After releasing the "Potential For A Fall" single - for which another video was filmed, Call To Arms was released in February 1999. The album featured relatively few traditional Hardcore tracks, as the intensely personal lyrics of songs like "Let Go," "The Future Is Mine," "Morally Confused" "Hindsight," and "Martin" shone through.

    The 2000 follow-up was Yours Truly was less critically acclaimed. Despite containing some of the bands favored live tracks, including "Blown Away," "The Bland Within," "District" and "America," some fans felt alienated by the album's progressive nature and in a recent interview, frontman Lou Koller claimed that the album's cover art probably contributed to its poor reception. 1

    In 2001, Sick Of It All released their home video The Story So Far, and a year later a live record was released as part of Fat Wreck's Live In A Dive series. The album showcased tracks from Sick Of It All's entire career up to that point in time.

    2003 saw Sick Of It All release their seventh studio album: Life on the Ropes. In 2004, the band also released an album of b-sides, covers and rare tracks entitled Outtakes For The Outcast, which contains some Sick Of It All recordings.

    [edit] Recent activity and the future of the band (2005-present)
    In early 2005, Sick Of It All signed on to metal/hardcore label, Abacus Recordings to record the follow-up to Fat Wreck's Life on the Ropes. The new album, titled Death to Tyrants, was released on April 18, 2006. The band is currently on tour with AFI and The Dear & Departed as of early 2007.

    A tribute to the band, titled Our Impact Will Be Felt, was released on April 24, 2007, and includes covers from artists such as Bane, Bleeding Through, The Bouncing Souls, Hatebreed, Himsa, Madball, Most Precious Blood, Napalm Death, Pennywise, Rise Against, Sepultura, Stretch Arm Strong, Unearth, and Walls of Jericho.

    Sick of It All has begun writing new material for their next album, which is possibly due for release sometime in 2008.

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