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Better Than Ezra are an art rock, punk rock, progressive rock trio based in New Orleans, Louisiana. The band was formed in 1987 by Kevin Griffin whilst he was at college. By 1988 Better Than Ezra had released a demo cassette tape, Chime Street Studio Demo Tape. In 1989 the band released their first full-length album, Surprise. In 1995 the album Deluxe was released. That same year, "Good" became a major pop hit.

Along with such similarly styled outfits as the Goo Goo Dolls, the New Orleans trio Better Than Ezra helped open the floodgates for countless chart-topping mainstream alt-pop acts of the late '90s (Sugar Ray, Semisonic, Matchbox Twenty, Third Eye Blind, etc.) by merging rock with melody and creating a more easily digestible form of alternative music for the masses. Better Than Ezra began as a roots rock outfit with slight elements of both country and punk; originally formed in 1988, the band consisted of members Kevin Griffin (vocals, guitar), Joel Rundell (guitar), Tom Drummond (bass), and Cary Bonnecaze (drums) while all were attending Louisiana State University. Their first gigs were expectedly at college bars and fraternity houses, which was followed by a debut cassette-only release in 1990, Surprise, which received positive press and comparisons to such alt-punk stalwarts as the Replacements and Dinosaur Jr. But despite the accolades, the group's future was suddenly thrust into doubt when Rundell committed suicide on August 8, 1990.

In addition to vocalist and guitarist Kevin Griffin, the members of Better Than Ezra are bass guitar player Tom Drummond and drummer Travis McNabb.
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When Better Than Ezra hit in 1995, a lot of critics unthinkingly dismissed "Good" as yet-another pre-fab modern-rock radio hit, while others lumped the trio in with the wave of "Baby Dead" jam bands just because it happened to be from the South.

In fact, the group had been slogging away in the do-it-yourself world of indie rock since first coming together at Louisiana State University in 1987. The band's 1990 debut, Surprise, and the follow-up, Deluxe, were both released on its own label, but the success of the latter finally convinced Elektra Records to sign the group, and it was rewarded with "Good."

On its first two releases, BTE's sound had more in common with the murky mysteries of Creedence Clearwater Revival, Murmur-era R.E.M. and Big Star than the Grateful Dead or most cookie-cutter alternative rock. But something happened to BTE on its way up the charts: it parted ways with drummer and driving force Cary Bonnecaze before Friction, Baby; hired Don Gehman for a slick, radio-friendly production, and started playing up singer Kevin Griffin's poster-boy good looks. To say that the music suffered is to be guilty of grotesque understatement. Luckily, the band's latest platter, How Does Your Garden Grow, has been critically heralded as BTE's best album yet.

Year Title Label
1988 Chime Street Studio Demo Tape Swell Records
1989 Surprise Swell Records
1995 Deluxe Elektra Records
1996 Friction, Baby Elektra Records
1998 How Does Your Garden Grow? Elektra Records
2001 Closer Beyond Music
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