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Summer Girls LFO (Arista, 1999)

In the summer of 1999, a ditty entitled Summer Girls was all over the radio, as evidenced by the fact that it peaked at #3 in the U.S. If you haven’t the faintest idea of what I’m talking about, you were obviously not alive in the late 90s. (Or listen to a different genre of music.) Written by band member Rich Cronin (and Dow Brain and Brad Young), the song is full of inside jokes that the band never thought would be a success. In fact, this was a demo tape. But after being leaked to a Washington radio station, they added it into their rotation immediately and Summer Girls caught on like wildfire. Summer Girls was featured on the soundtrack for the film Longshot in which the trio that was LFO also appeared. (Longshot was a promotional movie that was to promote the acting debut of music producer Lou Perlman’s most famous clients.) Summer Girls was certified Platinum.

While life was rosy at the beginning of the new millennium for LFO, it didn’t stay that way for long. Unable to find another hit, LFO broke up quickly (in 2002). It gets worse: Frontman Rich Cronin died in 2010 (at the age of 36) from a stroke brought on by his medication for a rare form of leukemia. Devin Lima ended up a barber and Brad Fuschetti is an anti-abortion activist.

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