The alternative group Len was formed in Toronto in 1991 by Marc "The Burger Pimp" Costanzo and his sister Sharon, initially growing out of Marc's basement demos and Sharon's singing. However, an outside interest in hip-hop gradually crept into the group's style over the course of an EP and two full-length independent albums they issued from 1992 to 1996 (including 1996's Get Your Legs Broke). As time passed, Len picked up new members, including D Rock, DJ Moves, and Planet Pea. National exposure of the bright, laid-back pop single "Steal My Sunshine" on the soundtrack of the 1999 film Go set the stage for Len's debut album, You Can't Stop the Bum Rush, later that year. "Steal My Sunshine" became a Top Ten hit, but it was a difficult hit to follow up, despite the release of singles "Feelin' Alright" and "Kids in America" during 1999 and 2000. Len signed to Dreamworks and recorded a follow-up, but the label soon folded; most of the album was eventually released in 2005 as The Diary of the Madmen. Len disbanded soon after, although Marc and Sharon came together for another Len album, 2012's It's Easy If You Try.
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Pop - Released May 25, 1999 | Work
The debut by the Canadian four-piece LEN is a set of old-school tracks indebted to Sugar Hill Records and Afrika Bambaataa as well as more recent indie-rap agitators like the Beastie Boys. While the rapping is a bit stilted, the production is excellent and best heard on the first track, the monster hit "Steal My Sunshine," a bright slice of indie-pop with an old-school guitar loop and a suitably bumping bassline. For all of the great tracks here, it's difficult to escape the feeling that You Can't Stop the Bum Rush is a low-rent version of the Beastie Boys' 1998 album Hello Nasty -- Biz Markie makes a few appearances as he did with the Beasties, and master turntablist Mr. Dibbs takes the role of Mix Master Mike with major contributions to one (very short) track. Still, the album's few derivative qualities never really get in the way of an enjoyable listen. © John Bush /TiVo
Pop - Released April 15, 2014 | Four Ways To Rock