PCU-Puddle of Mudd Bio My Script-by Me

Puddle of Mudd

Honestly one of the best new rock bands out there Puddle of Mudd has gained world recognition for their first smash hit 'Control'. Control had monster riffs, killer lyrics, and a message most people didn't get by just hearing the song on the radio, but by watching the video on MTV X. Control was about people who control others and the person who is getting controlled finally realizes it and stops it in its tracks.

Now with their new song 'Blurry' jumping out of the gates and onto air waves across America Puddle of Mudd's already big fan base will grow even greater. I think Puddle of Mudd will surpass all predictions and serge heavily into mainstream American and make an impact like no other rock band has ever done. With Fred Durst and Limp Bizkit firlmy behind Wes and the rest of Puddle of Mudd will release hits after hits and not stopping until they run out of things to say.

I didn't hear of Puddle of Mudd until just three or so months ago when I was listening to one of the MTV shows and seen their video for 'Control'. Right there I was hooked. I liked the band only after hearing their music once. Everytime I heared 'Control' I kranked up the volume and jammed not having a care because I knew that this band, Puddle of Mudd, will be the next big thing. I couldn't have been more right. Then I heard they came out with a new single called 'Blurry' and I waited adn waited to hear it then one day while driving to my mom's house I heard it and I think 'Blurry' is better than 'Control'. The riffs the lyrics, everything is positive and has meaning. The video, like Controls, shows you what the song is about and that waht makes the song even more popular and positive.

Below is Puddle of Mudd's Biography. I didn't know much about the band so I uncovered this and it will tell you more about the bands start, and association with Fred Durst.

Puddle of Mudd Biography

Eight Years Ago, Armed with a fake backstage pass, some cunning and a buttload of self-belief, Wes Scantlin managed to finagle a tape for Fred Durst into the hands of a Limp Bizkit security guy after a concert in his hometown of Kansas City, MO for the Family Values Tour 99. Fully expecting nothing to come of a demo hand-off how many tapes must get thrust on Durst, after all one year later Scantlin excitedly finds his band Puddle of Mudd the first release for Flawless Entertainment, the label owned and presided over by Durst.

"I only had one tape left and wanted to hang onto it," says Scantlin. "I looked at the tape on the counter and thought, ‘No, I’m not taking that tape. That’s my tape. I walked out, got in the car and then jumped back out and grabbed it. Just in case."

Two weeks after the fateful show Wes received a call from Durst who had flipped out over the songs and quickly signed Puddle of Mudd to a recording deal. The problem was that the band drifted apart. Wes tried to get previous members to re-join the group for a showcase but that didn't happen.  Fred still listened to Wes and he liked his voice, so he flew him to LA where they recruited new band mates.
      Paul Phillips(26), formerly of the  punk band "Happy Hour" got a call from Durst about auditioning for the band.  Since he was originally from Jacksonville he had already known Fred for a while.  He immediatly went to try out for guitars and got the spot.
     Doug Ardito(27), a past member of the band "Cellophane" was interning at Interscope Records when Fred Durst asked him to try out.  He now plays bass for the band. 
     They had a drummer that was from Jacksonville too, and they played together on some of the bands older songs and did some new ones.  Durst had them do another showcase and this time all went well.  He signed the band to his new record label, Flawless.  Things didn't work out with the drummer the band had, so Josh Freese from "A Perfect Circle" and "Vandals" did the drum tracks on the album.  Later they held auditions for a new drummer.  Greg Upchurch(28) was the "hands down favorite" and is now with the band.  He was previously in the band "Eleven" and toured with Chris Cornell. Now some might expect the first release on Durst’s label to sound a bit like, well, Limp Bizkit, but Puddle of Mudd is no baby Bizkit. What caught Durst's attention was the anthemic riffs and rousing hooks of the guitar-driven band. Fueled by Scantlin’s jagged, aggressive delivery and the unwavering straightforwardness of the lyrics, cuts like "Control" "She Hates Me" and "Out of My Head" are stirring and unabashedly catchy. Producer John Kurtzweg (Creed) and renowned mixer Andy Wallace (Alice in Chains, Faith No More, Nirvana) were duly impressed, too, and signed on to oversee the technical responsibilities of recording Puddle of Mudd’s debut album, Come Clean.

And for Puddle of Mudd, the song is the thing. Scantlin spent years learning to craft songs that are airtight, not just a catchy chorus with some lines in between. "You want the verse to be just as good as the chorus, and the bridge just as good as the verse and the chorus," says Wes. "You have to make sure that every part is hooky, like you could listen to the song and, the next thing you know, start humming it."

"We try to make every song as if it's going to be The Song, every time," adds bassist Doug Ardito. "That's how we all work. There's no point in writing a mediocre song."
But while humming along, don't expect many rosy sentiments, but rather a candid show of feeling. "I have to be miserable if I'm writing a good song; none of 'em come from happiness," says Scantlin. "I don't think a lot of songwriters write from a happy moment."

Though he grew up surrounded by music and absorbing FM radio, Scantlin's family didn't have cash to burn on guitar lessons, so he taught himself. "I wasn't that great," he recalls. But necessity is the mother of invention. "I couldn't play anything Eddie Van Halen was playing, so I started writing songs at a really early age." Along with the melodies, he penned his own lyrics, and pushed himself as a singer. "At this point in my life, I see it was beneficial to have that burden, not having money to take lessons.'"

Guitarist Paul Phillips' style would eventually prove a perfect complement to Scantlin's originals. "I've never had big guitar heroes," recalls Phillips, who cut his teeth with Jacksonville, FL act Happy Hour before joining Puddle of Mudd. "I'm not into solos or finger dexterity; I'm more into people who wrote riffs." Likewise, hard-hitting drummer Greg Upchurch - who as a member of longtime LA vets Eleven backed Chris Cornell on his 1999 Euphoria Morning album and tour - was a natural addition to round out the quartet.

It's frightening how well the songs on COME CLEAN stick with the listener immediately. "Control" couples a sleaze-meets-Tool middle eight with STP-flavored guitar crunch. The single-worthy offerings "Nobody Told Me" and "Blurry" burn their way into one's consciousness with the soon-to-be-signature octave-unison vocals of Wes Scantlin.

Former Eleven/Chris Cornell drummer Greg Upchurch brings seasoned chops to the table, especially in "Basement" and "Out Of My Head." The lovesick parody of "She Hates Me" is destined for movie soundtrack infamy, even if it owes a great debt to early Suicidal Tendencies material (the chord progression could have been lifted from "I Saw Your Mommy"). COME CLEAN closes with the Soundgarden-meets-Jane's Addiction "Piss It All Away," the clearest evidence that Puddle Of Mudd are disciples of 90's rock, to great compliment.

You can see this biography and more at www.puddleofmudd.fr.st

Heres my favorite song Blurry's Lyrics:

Blurry

Everything's so blurry
and everyone's so fake
and everybody's so empty
and everything is so messed up
pre-occupied without you
I cannot live at all
My whole world surrounds you
I stumble then I crawl

You could be my someone
you could be my sea
you know that i'll protect you
from all of the obscene
I wonder what your doing
imagine where you are
there's oceans in between us
but that's not very far

Can you take it all away
can you take it all away
when ya shoved it in my face
explain again to me

Can you take it all away
can you take it all away
when ya shoved it my face

Everyone is changing
there's noone left that's real
to make up your ending
and let me know just how you feel
cause I am lost without you
I cannot live at all
my whole world surrounds you
I stumble then I crawl

You could be my someone
you could be my sea
you know that i will save you
from all of the unclean
I wonder what your doing
I wonder where you are
There's oceans in between us
but that's not very far

[Chorus]

Nobody told me what you thought
nobody told me what to say
everyone showed you where to turn
told you where to runaway
nobody told you where to hide
nobody told you what to say
everyone showed you where to turn
showed you where to runaway

[Chorus]

Explain again to me

you take it all
you take it all away...
explain again to me
you take it all away
explain again to me
take it all away
explain again

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