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311 - Transistor

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From their very first show in their native Omaha, NE in June 1990 (opening for Fugazi), 311 have been on an incredible, unstoppable journey, fueled by an instantly recognizable, genre-defying sound, non-stop touring, and a fiercely loyal fan base. The band's ingenious fusion of rock, reggae, hip-hop and funk – and tireless work ethic - saw them build an undeniable grassroots following. Alternative radio and MTV soon followed. 1995's self-titled third album proved 311's breakthrough, earning 3x platinum certification while catapulting them to the forefront of alternative music. Since then, nine consecutive 311 studio releases – from 1997's Transistor to 2014's Stereolithic – have peaked within the Top 10 of the Billboard 200. 311 is of course also responsible for a rightly renowned streak of radio hits, with nine singles reaching the Top 10 on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart, including the No. 1 classics, "Down," "Love Song," and "Don't Tread On Me."

Fourth full-length overall, Transistor, has been described as the band's Sgt. Pepper - a diverse, multi-faceted departure which found the band embracing reggae more so than hip-hop and rapping much less than on prior efforts. Produced by Skotch Ralston, it's as unique as it is revered in the band's discography, debuting at No. 4 on Billboard Top 200 Album Chart on the strength of trio of singles "Transistor," "Prisoner" and "Beautiful Disaster." Nick Hexum reflects, "I think that it was defying expectations and really taking a big step into the unknown. We had a lot of confidence so there was an "anything goes" kind of attitude. We were coming off such a commercial breakthrough and it was really about being totally artistic. Honestly, it's great that that album has had such a long second wind because at the time, I guess there really were people that wanted a Blue album part two. They wanted more rap-rockers all the way through. The fact that the album was 21 songs long...it was a very prolific time because we felt such momentum. It was really just about making a creative step forward."

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