"Sugar Ray" is a rock band from Orange County, California. The band formed in 1992 with the name "Shrinky Dinx", later changing it (upon threat of lawsuit from Hasbro, maker of the Shrinky Dinks toy) to Sugar Ray after the boxer Sugar Ray Leonard. Their debut album, ''Lemonade and Brownies'', was released in 1995, though it failed to produce a major hit. Their early work was strongly influenced by funk metal, punk, and alternative rock.
Sugar Ray's first mainstream hit came in the summer of 1997 with their song "Fly", which was released on the album ''Floored'' and featured notable reggae artist Super Cat. "Fly" was notable for not sounding anything at all like the rest of the tracks on the album and received frequent (some called it "constant") radio play. As a result of the success of "Fly", ''Floored'' sold extremely well and was certified double platinum. However, by the end of 1997, critics skeptical that Sugar Ray could put out another successful song labeled them a one-hit wonder.
Their 1999 album ''14:59'' was the sardonic reply to these accusations, with the title implying that their fifteen minutes of fame were not quite up—their "fame clock" reading...
|years active||1992 - present|
|country||Orange County, California, USA|
|music genre||Alternative Rock, Ska Punk, Punk Rock, Heavy Metal|
|current members|| Mark McGrath|
Craig "DJ Homicide" Bullock