When Fun Lovin’ Criminals released their debut album ‘Come Find Yourself’ on February 20 1996, it was unlike anything that had gone before.
Detailing the unforeseen middle ground between the Beastie Boys and Frank Sinatra, it swaggered around the borders of blues and funk but also added a hefty dose of New York hip hop cool, a smattering of hardcore punk aggression and a considerable amount of latin heat. Put simply, ‘Come Find Yourself’ was a Quentin Tarantino movie cut to 45 minutes of wax.
Frontman Huey and the band’s keyboard player Fast talk about the genesis and recording of the album in the video below, as well as revealing what they spent their first record label cheque on (leather jackets and home theatre systems).
“It’s a very unique record for the times, and remains so today – it’s not dated,” says Huey – now a DJ on BBC Radio 6Music. “It burned a path for crossing genres that we now take for granted.”
To celebrate 20 years since the record’s release, on February 19 the band are releasing a 3CD collector’s edition of the album as well as a deluxe boxset, featuring rarities, live recordings and alternate mixes. They’ll also be touring the album across the UK, starting on January 29 at Dublin’s Vicar Street venue and playing 13 dates in total.