Frickin' A

Frickin' A

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Frickin’ A creates music that reflects the world we live in today -- power pop rock full of mischief, melody and heartache. The band prefers to call their music ‘Snot Rock’.

Biography

Frickin’ A creates music that reflects the world we live in today -- power pop rock full of mischief, melody and heartache. The band prefers to call their music ‘Snot Rock’.

On their debut CD on Toucan Cove, BIG EGOS…NO IDEAS, “Frickin’ A mix the brightness of the best power pop with the energy of punk and an attitude that's all fun, all the time." according to Cosmik.com. With a tour that’s taking them across the country playing to enthusiastic fans, a hit single with a cover of Rick Springfield’s mega-hit “Jessie’s Girl”, and the band’s website (www.frickina.com) receiving 1.7 million hits last December alone, the fun is only beginning.

What made them choose to cover Rick Springfield’s “Jessie’s Girl”, their second single off the disc? "The first time I ever got lucky, “Jessie's Girl” was playing”, says singer Jason Phelps. “I had borrowed my older brother’s car and a cassette of WORKING CLASS DOG was jammed in the cassette deck. Ever since that night I've always loved the song – even if I was finished before the first chorus! I'm hoping that luck comes back around...with our version of the song.”

No luck needed. Frickin’ A’s “Jessie’s Girl” is a hit. Twenty-four years after the original made it to #1 and became an 80’s pop classic, the remake has already sold over 20,000 copies, after being rushed into stores last November when early feedback from all radio formats including Top 40, Hot AC and Alternative pegged it as a hit. In December, the single peaked at #2 on the Billboard Single Sales chart, staying there for the entire month. When the single was released to radio in January, it zoomed to #2 Most Added song at Top 40 Radio in its first week. Less than two weeks later, Billboard Magazine’s ‘Hit Predictor Billboard Radio Monitor’ named it as a ‘Future Hit’ on Mainstream Radio.

Currently “Jessie’s Girl” is getting airplay across the country, and the song was chosen for a coveted spot on NOW That’s What I Call Music! 18, the latest disc in the multi-million selling series of hit singles, solidifying it as a smash success. The first and only independent label band to land a spot on a NOW compilation, Frickin’ A are in good company on the CD with artists such as U2, Gwen Stefani and Snoop Dog. Robert Evanoff, VP of Artist Development & Relations for Toucan Cove Entertainment comments, “We’re absolutely thrilled to have one of our artists on NOW 18. It’s an incredible statement for Universal to make, choosing an indie artist for inclusion on their mega-seller series that chronicles pop culture.”

In the video for “Jessie’s Girl”, being released in mid-March, Rick Springfield shows up for a cameo -- and takes off with the object of Jason’s desire. “This time”, says Rick of the video, “I get the girl.”

Before “Jessie’s Girl”, the band’s first single “Trend” made an impression with a song and video full of pop culture references, poking fun at everything from piercings to reality TV, and lyrics like: ““I should paint myself green/ Walk around in a red g-string/ Cuz I just don’t fit in/ Turn my hat sideways/ Put a band aid on my face/ You know that I…/ Wish I could start a trend.” If you were in Boston around the holidays, you may remember “Merry Merry Merry Frickin’ Christmas”, Frickin’ A’s Red Sox anthem, which got heavy spins on Top 40 radio.

Based in Cincinnati, Frickin’ A was formed by lead singer Jason Phelps (Frickin' A) and guitarist Dave Harris (Frickin' B). The two had played together in other bands but were never quite satisfied with the energy and direction. A and B began experimenting as they played acoustic shows around the Midwest before adding the rhythm section anchored by bassist Jason Short and drummer Scott McCann. "We just want to do something fun," says J. "This isn't rocket science."

The band got their name while getting a feel for the new members during the recording process of their first demo. While struggling to come up with a sound and a name, Harris blurted out "FRICKIN' A man -- do these songs suck". Well the name stuck and so did the new members.

Luckily the writing and recording process continued to improve, and the original demo turned into the beginnings of their first full length CD. Midwest Beat Magazine calls BIG EGOS…NO IDEAS, “a well-rounded disc that gets better with every play… the songs are chock-full of sarcastic lyrics hidden behind radio-friendly melodies.”

Mixing the sound from today with influences from the oversexed, fun-loving Hair Bands of the 80s, FRICKIN' A dares to be dumb. They play music for one purpose -- to have fun -- with songs about awkward love and tongue in cheek views on life.

"We spent countless hours in the garage writing and rehearsing, refining our show before we had the balls to take it out on the road to see what would work with our audience," admits Harris. "We want to write and play music with a sense of humor -- we may be drunk but we're not depressed. We refuse to be just another depre

Lyrics

Trend

Written By: J. Phelps, A. Sanger, M.Liggett

Woke up today
Looking through my email
It’s all triple x - explicit sex
But I’m not horny

Can’t make it stop, the different colored soda pops
Striped toe socks, call the cops
I can’t take anymore

I’ve got the perfect cel plan with nights and weekends free
All the ringtones that I need
But no one ever calls me

I should paint myself green
Walk around in a red g-string
Cause I just don’t fit in
Turn my hat sideways
Put a band aid on my face
You know that I....
Wish I could start a trend

Checkin’ out and in of the Paris Hilton
Joe Millionaire - he’s a “has been”
Flippin’ through a hundred million channels
But I still watch Road Rules
Lose the pounds FLIP
You gotta buy now FLIP
Here’s the number to save your soul FLIP
Breaking news...another Michael Jackson scandal

I’ve got the perfect cel plan with nights and weekends free
More on-peak than I need
But no one ever calls me

I’ll wear low rider jeans
Put a barbell through my dingaling
Cause I just don’t fit in
Turn my hat sideways
Put a band aid on my pretty face
Cause I wish, I know, I could....
I would start a trend

Nana nana na, Nana nana na, Nana nana na

Then there’s my girlfriend
She’s such a cutie
She’d be a beauty
If she could get an extreme makeover on that booty
I could bend her over and she let me spank it

Take off my jeans
The zipper pinched my dingaling
And I don’t really fit in
Throw my hat away
Take that stupid band aid off my face
And I...I wish there were
One more way to tan your skin
A reality show where no one wins
If I would be myself
Then I would start a trend

If I’d just be myself

Drive

Written By: J. Phelps, D. Harris

We stood there, by your front door
And I felt stupid when you said
I think I need some time
I was hoping that we could talk about it
Why you feel like you’ve been missing out
But then you went inside

I thought I could get over you
But as I pulled away
I looked around my car...no way

Because your cigarettes are in my back seat
And I can’t get very far listening to the cd mix you made me
There’s your lipstick on my floorboard
Your footprints on the dashboard
You’re everywhere but by my side
And I can’t drive

Now I’m passing all the places
That we used to go like the road
We used to make out on
And that girl’s house
Who threw the party
Where we finished all the alcohol
And passed out on the lawn

Now I’m staring at my phone
Afraid in the unknown
It’s hard to just let go...when your

Cigarettes are in my back seat
And I can’t get very far listening to the cd mix you made me
There’s your lipstick on my floorboard
Your footprints on the dashboard
You’re everywhere but by my side
And I can’t drive

And my video camera
Holds all the memories
I wish we could rewind

But your cigarettes are in my back seat
And I can’t get very far listening to the cd mix you made me
I can’t drive

Your cigarettes are in my back seat
Your footprints on the dashboard
You’re everywhere...everywhere
And I can’t drive

I can’t drive

Discography

Big Egos...No Ideas - release 2004
Now 18 - "Jessie's Girl" - released March 2005 - certified Platinum
Merry Merry Merry Frickin Christmas - #2 nationally selling single - December 2004
"Trend" single - released June 2004

Set List

Usually the show is one 75 minute set.

Trend, Drive, Jessie's Girl, She Dumped Me, Just Friends, Party Like A Rock Star. Covers include Everybody Wants You, Summer Of 69, Hit Me Baby One More Time.