Saturday, June 11, 2011

Saturday Night Song #5

Tonights SNS is "Bring Me To Life" by Evanescence.

Who: Evanescence are an award-winning American rock band founded in 1995 by Amy Lee (vocals) and Ben Moody (guitarist). The story goes, that Ben heard Amy give a performance of a Meatloaf song at a youth camp in 1994 and formed a band. Their songs were played on local radio, and there popularity gave rise to demand for a live gig. They released limited copies of their music - the Evanescence EP, the Sound Asleep EP, and a full-length demo, Origin. The lineup was completed in 2003 with the addition of John LeCompt, Rocky Gray, and Will Boyd - friends of Amy and Ben who had already worked on their early material.

What: After the addition of the 3 "new" members, the band signed to the Wind-up Records label and started work on their debut album. The album, Fallen, spent 43 weeks on the Billboard Top 10, and it was one of 8 albums in the history of Billboard to spend at least a year on the Billboard Top 50. It went 7 times Platinum in the U.S. alone. Ben left the band in October 2003, citing "creative differences". Amy later said of the departure: "I don't know...he's more about the pop influence sort of thing, about being commercial and selling albums. That's the part of him we often disagreed on. I wanted to do the more artistic weird thing and he'd wanna do the thing that people would want to hear." Amy is currently the only original member left in the band - Will, Rocky and John are no longer band members and have been replaced. The band released their second album, The Open Door in 2006 and reached #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Production for their third studio album was not rushed, and it has been scheduled for a release in Autumn of this year.

Image of Amy Lee from

When: Bring Me To Life was the first single from Fallen, released in 2003. The band had originally planned to release Going Under first, but as Bring Me To Life featured on the soundtrack of the 2003 movie Daredevil, it became the first single. It had guest vocals from Paul McCoy (12 Stones). The song went platinum that year, and topped the charts worldwide. You can read more about the story behind the song here.

Why: Bring Me To Life was probably the first modern rock song I'd heard on mainstream TV and radio in years, if ever. I know that this isn't every fans favourite track, but it was the first time I'd heard this type of music on the radio and it was the introduction to what has since become one of my favourite bands. The video is fantastic (the clown still frightens me) and I still lose my voice regularly trying to sing along to the entire album. Fallen is one of my favourite albums, and will remain so for many years.

S xx

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