“Long Way Down”
Sam Means - “Long Way Down” (NONA EP)
Everyone is still complaining that The Format isn’t a band anymore. It seems that for some reason, some folks begrudge fun. their success because The Format was “better.” Yes, I think they were better too (Interventions and Dog Problems are two of my absolute favorite records of all time) and I would have loved for them to find more success than they did and stick around longer than they did, but none of that matters.
Nate has found unbelievable success with fun., selling records and setting records with a ubiquitous hit single and I’m happy for him more and more by the day. (I got a little choked up watching this video of their MTV Movie Awards performance last night.)
Sam Means was the other half of the Format duo, and he just put out a 5-song EP called Nona. (His daughter Lola can’t quite say her own name, hence the name of the record.) If you’re missing that fun, solid indie-pop of The Format, pick it up right now for $4.99 on Amazon or his site.
TL;DR: Some nights Nate Ruess is on top of the pop charts, some nights that other dude from The Format releases new music.
May 12, 2004, Fitchburg State College, the first time I saw The Format.
I was thinking about this today after hearing that fun.’s Some Nights sold 70,000 copies last week, debuting at #3 on the Billboard 200 behind only Adele (who now has the longest running album at #1 since Purple Rain in 1984-85) and Whitney Houston’s Greatest Hits. Nate’s come a long way, and is still making great music.
I couldn’t be happier that they have the #6 song in the country and #3 record in the country.