Two alternative rock bands who cranked out hits in the 90’s, Sugar Ray and Fastball, energized a medium-sized crowd at the Variety Playhouse Wednesday night in Little 5 Points. Sugar Ray started in the late 1980s as a group of high school buddies from Newport Beach, California. Initially comprised of Rodney Sheppard and Stan Frazier and called The Tories, later additions Murphy Karges and singer Mark McGrath changed the band’s name to Shrinky Dinx. After signing with Atlantic Records, the name was changed to Sugar Ray upon threat of lawsuit from the Milton Bradley Company (maker of the Shrinky Dinks toy).
When Fastball first started out in 1994 in Austin, Texas, the 3-piece band tried out several names, such as Star 69, Magneto, Magneto USA, and Starchy, before finally deciding to adopt the name Fastball. They share the name with the group’s favorite pornographic film. “It’s a typical porno movie,” Miles Zuniga told Entertainment Weekly, “but it’s about baseball. It’s like a really raunchy Bull Durham.” What did you like and dislike about the show? Who stole the thunder? (Photo Credit: Matt Alexandre/ www.robbsphotos.com)
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