Every once in a while the punk rock geniuses here at Dying Scene unleash a tasty little nugget of punk rock trivia in an effort to blow our readers’ minds. Also, we like to make ourselves feel smart. Today’s fun factoid is about the early days of Sugar Ray, who were known under two different names, way before they even became famous with many hits like “Fly“, “Every Morning“, “Falls Apart“, “Someday” and “When It’s Over“.
Sugar Ray’s roots go back to the late 1980s, when guitarist Rodney Sheppard and drummer Stan Frazier were in a band called The Tories. The band eventually hired bassist Murphy Karges and vocalist Mark McGrath and changed their name to Shrinky Dinx. They were highly influenced by funk metal, hip-hop, punk, and alternative rock; Sugar Ray would use almost all of those genres on their future records. Unlike Sugar Ray, however, The Tories and Shrinky Dinx have both never released any full-length studio albums or even had hits. After signing to Atlantic Records in 1994, Shrinky Dinx was changed to Sugar Ray upon threat of lawsuit from the Milton Bradley Company, maker of the Shrinky Dinks toy. The rest was history.