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Bowling for Soup (also abbreviated BFS) is an Americanmarker pop-punk band which originally formed in Wichita Fallsmarker, Texasmarker in 1994. Now based in Denton, Texasmarker, the band is best known for its singles "Girl All the Bad Guys Want" (a 2003 Grammy Award nominee) "Almost", "High School Never Ends", and "1985".


Bowling for Soup was formed in Wichita Fails, Texas in 1994 by Jaret Reddick (vocals, guitar), Erik Chandler (bass, vocals), Chris Burney (guitar, vocals) and Lance Morril (drums, vocals). Morril left the band in 1998 (on good terms) and was replaced by Gary Wiseman of Gary and the Wisemen. The band's name was derived from a comedy act by Steve Martin. In 1998, the band relocated to Denton, Texas and recorded their second studio album, third overall, Rock on Honorable Ones!! (a reference to S.H. Rider's motto "ROHO"--Ride On Honorable Ones) in 1998 for Denton music label FFROE. Bowling for Soup released their first EP, Tell Me When to Whoa, through FFROE later that year. The album sold over 10,000 copies, prompting Jive Records to sign the band. Let's Do It for Johnny!! , Bowling for Soup's major label debut, was released on Jive in 2000. The album mostly contained re-recordings of their previous material along with a few new tracks and a cover of Bryan Adams' song "Summer of '69."

2002: Drunk Enough to Dance

Drunk Enough to Dance is Bowling for Soup's second album with Jive Records, released August 6, 2002. It was recorded at Tree Sound Studios and Sonica Recording in Atlanta and Big Time Audio in Dallasmarker, Texasmarker. One of the album's singles, (the other single was called Emily) "Girl All The Bad Guys Want", was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2003 in the "Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal" category.

A re-release in 2003 added "Punk Rock 101", a cover of 1980s new wave band A Flock of Seagulls' "I Ran (So Far Away)", and "Star Song". An acoustic version of the song "Belgium" exists at the end of the album, as well as at the very end of the initial release. The cover of "I Ran (So Far Away)" was used as the opening theme song of the anime television show Knights of the Zodiac in North America.

2004: A Hangover You Don't Deserve

A Hangover You Don't Deserve followed two years later, and has become the band's only Top 40 album. Sales of the album were driven in large part by the radio airplay of the single "1985", a song written by the band SR-71. Mitch Allan, lead singer of SR-71, contributed background vocals to the song and appeared in the music video. "1985" became Bowling for Soup's biggest hit in the U.S., reaching #23 on the Billboard Hot 100. A second single from A Hangover You Don't Deserve, titled "Almost", did chart on the UK Singles Chart, #46 on the U.S. Top 100, and #23 on U.S. Pop 100. Ohio, better known as "Come Back to Texas", was released as a radio single in the U.S., but was not as popular as "1985" or "Almost", reaching only #59 on the U.S. Pop 100.

Bowling For Soup appeared briefly in the 2005 film "Cursed". They appear at the start of the film, playing the song "Li'l Red Riding Hood".

Bowling for Soup Goes to the Movies, a compilation album of cover songs and contributions to movie soundtracks, was released by the band in 2005. Later that year, Jaret Reddick and Chris Burney made several appearances on VH1's "I Love the '90s: Part Deux".

2005: StarJam

They went on the Star 102.1 StarJam tour with Simple Plan in 2005 and were the opening act. Performing "Almost", "Trucker Hat", "Girl All the Bad Guys Want", "1985", "Punk Rock 101", "I Melt With You", and more. Their cover version of Modern English's I Melt With You was used in the Disney movie Sky High and was on the movie's soundtrack. A music video of the song was made for the movie, was aired on Disney Channel and can be found on the movie's dvd. Once more Bowling for Soup was at starjams 2007 with Quitedrive and Army of Freshmen.

2006: The Great Burrito Extortion Case

Following the release of their covers album, Bowling for Soup spent most of 2006 readying their seventh studio album, entitled The Great Burrito Extortion Case, which was released on November 7, 2006. They released the first single off of that album, "High School Never Ends", to iTunes on September 19, 2006. The UK release of the album was February 5, 2007.

The band released "I'm Gay" as the second UK single in early 2007. The release was on Cd and 7" vinyl. A music video for the single was released in the UK, made up of live performances of the song from the "Get Happy Tour", of which the band had performed on in the UK during February 2007. On September 25, 2007 it was announced on the official Bowling for Soup forums that "When We Die" would be released as a download only single in the UK on the 22 October 2007 as the third single. Following this, the music video was added to the Kerrang television playlist, and was played on Scuzz TV.

2007: DirecTV and Download Festival 2007

Bowling for Soup produced an hour-long special that airs on DirecTV's concert series and made an appearance at the Download Festival at Donington Park, England. Bowling for Soup co-wrote and sang the theme song for Disney's Phineas and Ferb,"Today Is Gonna Be A Great Day,They briefly appear in one episode of Phineas and Ferb,"Today Is Gonna Be A Great Day" was the opening song to the Nickeleodeon film "The Last Day of Summer."

2008: Bowling for Soup: Live and Very Attractive

The band's first live DVD, filmed over the course of the UK Get Happy Tour October 2007, premiered at the AFI Dallas International Film Festival. Advanced screenings took place on March 31 and April 2, with the DVD being released in the summer. The release date for the two disk uncensored, and the single disk censored edition for the UK is set to be the 7th of July. There is currently a limited edition pre-order deal for the DVD which includes a T-shirt, drinks mug, exclusive poster and more besides the DVD. Jaret sang lead vocals and Erik sang backing vocals for the song "Endless Possibility" for the video game Sonic Unleashed.

2009: Sorry For Partyin' and Bowling for Soup: My Home Town

On January 20, 2009, Jaret released a video onto the web via their Myspace page and both Youtube accounts about their new album. According to him, the band's eighth full length album is set to be released in September 2009, and that the band has very recently started recording. He has released the name of the album, saying that it is to be titled Sorry for Partyin'. The video was the first of a few that will be released during the recording process of the album. Also in one of their youtube and myspace videos you can hear part of one of the songs on the album called "I Don't Wish You Were Dead Anymore". Two more songs were revealed on the bands website called "I Can’t Stand L.A" and "America (Wake Up Amy)." Another song is called "Choke." On February 25, Jaret Reddick posted a blog on Myspace announcing they were almost out of the studio and the album would be released soon.

Bowling for Soup decided to give out a new song titled 'Amateur Night' for free on their street team site for a limited time, it is unknown whether it will make it on the new album. However, when opened with iTunes the album comes up as "Sorry For B-sides"

Sorry For Partyin' is set for release on October 12, 2009 according to a phone call by Jaret Reddick. "My Wena" is the first single from the album. The single was first previewed on May 5, 2009 on the Lex and Terry show. A music video for the song was filmed and the video was released on July 21, 2009. The song was released to iTunes on July 28, 2009.

The band is also set to film a three-part documentary titled Bowling for Soup: My Home Town.

Bowling for Soup released their first holiday album, Merry Flippin' Christmas , digitally on November 26, 2009.

The Get Happy Tour

Bowling for Soup (2008)
The Get Happy Tour was set up as a joint venture with Bowling for Soup and Army of Freshmen. The original tour was planned with Bowling for Soup headlining, Army of Freshmen opening and two other bands (Punchline and Lucky Boys Confusion) playing between. The tour kicked off in Austin, TX on June 23, 2006 with The Vanished taking Lucky Boys Confusion's spot for the first three dates. They toured the U.S. over the summer and autumn of 2006 with the Get Happy Tour and ended on August 27, 2006 in Amarillo, TX. This was followed by a UK tour in early February 2007. Coinciding with this UK tour was the UK release of "High School Never Ends". The tour included Bowling for Soup as main headliners, Wheatus, Son of Dork and Army of Freshmen on the 12 date trek, which concluded at Hammersmith Palaismarker in London, on the 18 February.

Bowling for Soup confirmed during the Get Happy Tour that they would be performing another tour of the UK in October 2007, called the Get Happy Tour 2, gracing the U.S. over the summer and featuring support acts Melee, Quietdrive, and Army of Freshmen. The UK tour bands were confirmed at the Download Festival (Army Of Freshmen who played in the morning announced it first, and Bowling for Soup announced it later that afternoon), along with the line-up in Kerrang! on an advertisement poster for the new tour. The line up consisted of Bowling for Soup, Bloodhound Gang, Zebrahead and Army of Freshmen.

The Party In Your Pants Tour

To promote the release of Sorry for Partyin', Bowling For Soup embarked on a headline tour of the UK in October 2009 under the title of The Party in Your Pants Tour. Main support on the tour came from Zebrahead, with additional support coming from MC Lars (who is signed to Jaret Reddick's Crappy Records) and The Leftovers. During the last show of this tour at the Camden Town Roundhousemarker in London Jaret Reddick announced to the crowd that Bowling For Soup would return to the UK for the festival season in 2010. He also announced that they would return for a new headlining tour of the UK in the autumn of 2010.


The members of Bowling for Soup are good friends with the band SR-71. In fact, Bowling for Soup's hit song "1985" was originally written by SR-71's Mitch Allan. According to Reddick, Allen showed the song to him and instructed him to take it as his own, as it seemed more of a Bowling for Soup song than an SR-71 song. Bowling For Soup are good friends with the members Army of Freshmen. In the video for "High School Never Ends" the boy clapping can be seen wearing an Army of Freshmen t-shirt, and Army of Freshmen themselves can be seen as part of the BHS Marching Band. Reddick does guest vocals on four tracks on Army of Freshmen's album Under the Radar.

In 2003, fellow Texan punk rockers Junior opened for Bowling for Soup when they played the club Trees in Deep Ellum. Reddick later co-wrote the song "She's So Amazing" for the band's album Are We Famous Yet?, and lends vocals as well. The Irish pop rock singer Lesley Roy lend her vocals for Bowling for Soup's song "Much More Beautiful Person" from the The Great Burrito Extortion Case album. Both Roy and Bowling for Soup are assigned to the same record label. Reddick is friends with MC Lars. Reddick has lent his vocals for MC Lars' single "Download This Song", and MC Lars is a part of Reddick's label Crappy Records. In 2009, Bowling for Soup cameoed in the music video "Telephone Operator" by The Leftovers, who are also a part of Crappy Records.

In 2001, Bowling for Soup performed the theme song for the Nickelodeon movie Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. Their version of the theme was based on the previously written TV series theme song written by Brian Causey of Man Or Astro-man?. Bowling for Soup performed the theme "Today is Gonna Be a Great Day" for the Disney Channel cartoon Phineas and Ferb, Reddick stars in the episode "Dude We're Getting The Band Back Together" where he is the lead singer of a fictional band called "Love Handel". The band itself also appeared in animated form in the episode "Phineas and Ferb's Quantum Boogaloo" in which they performed an alternate version of the show's theme with Phineas and Ferb for their futuristic nephews. On Cartoon Network, Reddick and Erik Chandler both played an acoustic show in 2006. And in August 2008 Reddick and Chandler filmed an exclusive video for Total Guitar magazine in the UK called "How To Write A Song In 5 Minutes." In 2008, Reddick teamed up with SEGA to work on the theme song for Sonic Unleashed, entitled "Endless Possibility".

New Zealandmarker band 48May ran into legal issues and decided to take their song "Leather and Tattoos" off their debut album. The album was replaced with a "tour edition" of the CD with the questionable song missing. The melody was very similar to Punk Rock 101.

Music videos

It has become a running gag in Bowling for Soup's music videos to feature previous songs of theirs as an introduction for the video. This can be seen in "Girl All the Bad Guys Want", "Emily," and "High School Never Ends," which each feature music from "The Bitch Song," "Girl All the Bad Guys Want," and "1985" respectively.


Current members

Former members

  • Lance Morrill — drums, vocals (1994–1998)



  2. Bowling for Soup - Virgin Radio
  5. Review of the Party In Your Pants Tour London, England

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