Fun Lovin’ Criminals - Scooby Snacks - 1996/1997
[I apologize for slacking lately guys]
Oooh, this is a fun one. Another band in the hip-hop / alt-rock crossover category (though it seems that every band that did this, did it in completely different ways). If you can’t remember the song off the top of your head, maybe it will help you if I said, “You know, that song that sampled Tarantino films.” I had never bothered to find out how it went over with Tarantino, and this interview provided me with the answer: not well. He apparently made them give him a songwriting credit and 40% of the song profits. I imagine that that meant after Tarantino’s cut and the record company’s cut, they sure didn’t make much money off their one and only US hit. Like every other teenager my age, I had seen and loved Pulp Fiction, but it wasn’t until after the song came out that I bothered with Reservoir Dogs. I sat through that movie mostly just to find out what scene the sample came from. So, like it or not, Tarantino may have had a point. His shit was big at the time, and I kind of wonder if they’d have even had this hit without the attachment to his films. I also learned in my research that Scooby Snacks is actually Valium.
Fun Lovin’ Criminals is from New York, and apparently most of their music deals with gritty city life. Two of the band members met while working at a club together. The band started doing fill-in gigs at the club when the scheduled bands failed to show. A record company exec happened to be at one of these gigs, and gave them his card. A total rags-to-riches band story, eh?
They never had much success in the US. The first release of “Scooby Snacks” in 1996 only found minor success in the US, but did pretty well in the UK. They re-released it in 1997, and this time it made it a little higher on the US charts. They never charted again in the US, but their subsequent albums, particularly their third album “Loco,” did well in the UK.
I like this video, but you all know if you’ve been reading my posts for any amount of time now that I am partial to videos with a story line. It’s got scenes of them essentially acting out the song, the story of a bank robbery, interspersed with scenes of them playing a gig/telling the story to a club full of old people. I like it. And they are totally wearing suits, which is appropriate considering the Tarantino sampling. Though, my compatriot, Zole, pointed out the samples don’t really work well with the video.