Seeing as how it is quite literally impossible to turn on a radio without hearing fun.’s “We Are Young,” and how the music video for “Some Nights” premiered this week, it seems an appropriate time to give frontman Nate Ruess a spotlight for this week’s 3 Of The Week.
While fans may have seen that not even Ruess could turn “Call Me Maybe” into a song of substance, not every fun. fan knows that Ruess was previously the frontman for The Format. The two bands have their clear similarities and differences, and the debate over “which band is better” is often held among fans. Check out the music videos below and make the call yourself.
1. “Some Nights” – fun.
*See full music video at MTV.com by clicking here.
With “We Are Young” charting at #1 and, over 8 months after its release, maintaining a spot at #4 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and iTunes Top 10, Some Nights is becoming one of the most popular albums in the nation. Though this infectious hit single has become an anthem of sorts, I find that the title track of the album is an even stronger song. With the music video released on MTV just yesterday, “Some Nights” is bound to become the band’s next big hit.
2. “All The Pretty Girls” – fun.
Before Some Nights, there was Aim And Ignite. With track after track of upbeat, catchy, feel-good pop, this album was a shiny example of how anything Ruess touches turns to gold. “All The Pretty Girls” is the perfect sample from this album, showing why so many fans and critics have considered fun. to be the modern-day Queen. While their second studio album is quite different than this, some tracks on Some Nights are very reminiscent of their debut. If you enjoy “Carry On”, “All Alright”, and “One Foot”, you’d love fun.’s first album.
3. “Dog Problems” – The Format
Forget Some Nights and Aim And Ignite – before fun., there was The Format. Formed in 2001, The Format put out two studio albums and five EPs before calling it quits in 2008. This is the title track from their second record, Dog Problems. With awesome horn-backed instrumentals, this track again encourages the Ruess/Freddie Mercury comparisons. With songs like this, it is no wonder that fans of The Format were heartbroken upon their split; luckily, our prayers have been answered in the form of fun.