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Better Than Ezra

  • Better Than Ezra is an American alternative rock trio based in New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • The band was formed in 1987 by Kevin Griffin while he and the other original members were attending college at Louisiana State University.
  • In 1989 the band released a cassette-only album, Surprise. Shortly thereafter, original lead guitarist Joel Rundell passed away of an apparent suicide. After taking some time off to re-assess its future, Better Than Ezra re-grouped as a trio, playing house parties and frat shows all over the south.
  • The band released its first nationally-distributed album Deluxe in 1993. It was released on 2 different labels, the independent Swell Records first, in 1993, and later national label Elektra Records, in 1995. That same year, "Good" became a major pop hit, reaching the #1 position on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart which helped push the album to platinum status by the end of 1995.
  • Though many theories abound, the band refuses to disclose the origin of its name.
  • In 2005, Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry used the band's song "Juicy" as the background music for the second season of the show's promotional advertisement. The song "Juicy" has also been heard in the background in commercials for Applebee's restaurants.

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