OK Go Biography
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The band's bio by Ira Glass, producer and host of the public radio show This American Life:
A couple years ago, OK Go performed at some live shows This American Life was doing onstage in several cities. I and the other writers on the program would do our thing, tell our little stories, and in between our bits, the lads would come out and sing their loud, catchy songs. It was like traveling with living catnip. We had huge crowds and people of every age—high school sophomores to senior citizens—just LOVED them, couldn't get enough, couldn't stop talking about OK Go. I wish I could describe what was so special about it; suffice it to say that the band simply overwhelmed the audience with this exuberant buzz of fun and happiness and youth and rock 'n roll. They were sexy in a way that had a kind of well-scrubbed pop innocence to it, but also was able to move a friend into murmuring backstage, "I want to fuck all four of them." This seemed to be a common response.
Another thing the audience liked about OK Go: they seemed smart, in a self-deprecating sort of way. Their songs were cleverly put together—part indie rock, part stadium rock, part straight up pop with the occasional whiff of the Pixies or The Cars or Elliott Smith. They're like a boy band that got seduced by Queen and wound up in college instead of Orlando. Listening to their music, I wasn't surprised to learn that their lead singer, Damian Kulash, was a semiotics major at Brown. Semiotics, after all, is just a bunch of theorists stripping down pop culture to its wiring and piping and component parts, to figure out the mechanics of how it gives pleasure. OK GO is all about pleasure.
The band's message seems to be: rock 'n roll can be fun without being dumb. It can be a pleasure without being a guilty pleasure. It can be accessible without pandering. It can be sexy without being trendy. This is a grand, old vision of what it means to be a rock star, and a very different vision from most of the music we get today. It's neither ironic, nor filled with a wistful sadness, nor superficially testosterone-aggressive. They seem like people who just love rock music and want to indulge in all the amusing, thrilling things it can do.
Some basic bio info about them: It's Damian Kulash on lead vocals and guitar, Tim Nordwind on bass, Dan Konopka on drums and Andy Duncan playing keyboards and guitar. Median height: 5' 11". Total weight of the band (without equipment): 624 pounds.
Damian and Tim met at summer camp when they were eleven and promptly formed a band called The Greased Ferrets that featured folding chairs played as drums. They claim not to remember any of the songs they wrote at the time but I don't believe them. They met Andy in high school and Dan in college, but somehow didn't form into OK Go until 1999, even though they all believed that someday they'd play in a band together. Figure.
When OK Go performed with This American Life, the band ended each of our shows with a dance routine they'd concocted. It was simultaneously a parody of a boy-band dance number and the best one ever choreographed, bringing down the house. People leapt to their feet. Half the moves in it, I swear, came from cheerleading squad. It was amazing to see these indie-rock boys pull it off and every time they performed it, I couldn't believe how lucky I was, how sweet life was, that I got a chance to witness it over and over. It was rocking, it was brainy, it was brainless. It was pure pleasure.
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AWESOME! | Reviewer: Reina | 12/24/10
I have been to 2 of their concerts so far and they're amazing! they're so good with their fans since they interact with us.I also got to be in their back from kathmandu parade and got to meet everyone in the band and when i met and chatted with them i knew that they're really nice and not faking it at all.
love OK Go!!! | Reviewer: jher! | 2/13/09
i listened this band in the soundtrack of a corean serie!! and i fall in love of the song: 1000 miles per hour...was awesome!!!...nOw i have the album!!...great to Know that is people who like this boys too :D
i just wanna go to a concert of them!!! that will be the best!!!
Very lovely. | Reviewer: Christin "Turdlock" | 2/26/08
I love this band. Every song I hear is even better than the last. I am currently obsessed with the song "Oh Lately It's Been So Quiet" They seem like really fun guys, too. They've got a little bit of everything for all people. I am so glad that I bought the "Oh No" CD. I listen to it in my car all of the time. I'm also looking for their other songs/CD as well.
Listen to them!! I know you'll love them. :D
Great songs with better videos | Reviewer: Matt | 12/7/07
after watching this band i think they love the loads they make ( have they ever watched their selfs on television though ??? ) great videos make great music
OK Go! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/9/06
Awesome. They rock my world. The Fix is In, Bye Bye Baby, A Million Ways... awesome.
ok, go get this album! | Reviewer: ** it up | 12/13/05
OK Go is a hip band with catchy tunes. They've got slow and fast songs and songs with both in them. All in all, they're AMAZING and I definetly reccomend Do What You Want. oh my god, AMAZING.
Your so damn hot! | Reviewer: Esjay | 1/13/05
After listening to this wonderful band on My Queer eye album... Fallen in love... absolutely.
The songs are slightly slashy *not as in the person, something else* and are awesome!
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