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Fun. On World Cafe | March 23, 2012

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A New York pop-rock trio with a spunky and theatrical side, fun. began when singer Nate Ruess was coming off the breakup of his long-running band The Format. He invited Andrew Dost of Anathallo and Jack Antonoff of Steel Train to join him in creating a new project, and within a week the three were together on the East Coast, hashing out melodies and instrumentation. Just a few years later, fun. has released two full-length albums, collaborated with Janelle Monae and Panic at the Disco, and topped the charts with its infectious single "We Are Young."

Some Nights, fun.'s new album, is a worldwide left-field success, and "We Are Young," recorded with Monae, has already become one of 2012's signature anthems. The record was produced by Jeff Bhasker (Kanye West, Beyonce), who helped hone its bold mix of indie pop, theatrical rock and even hip-hop.

In this interview, the members of fun. discuss their use of AutoTune with host David Dye, while Ruess describes the trio's chemistry. And, of course, the band plays songs from Some Nights, including "We Are Young." (Show details)

Tracklisting

(( )) for interlude music

HOUR 1

Lyle Lovett "Isn't That So" Release Me
Edwarde Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros "Man On Fire" Here 
The Subdudes "Need Somebody" The Subdudes
Soul Asylum "Somebody To Shove" Grave Dancer's Union 
Craig Finn "Honolulu" Clear Heart Full Eyes
((fun. "All Alright" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
fun. "Carry On" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
fun. "We Are Young" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
fun. "All Alright" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((fun. "Carry On" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Amos Lee "Windows Are Rolled Down" Mission Bell
The Still Young Band "Long May You Run" Long May You Run
Neal Casal "Need Shelter" Sweeten the Distance
((Summer Fiction "By the Sea" Summer Fiction))

HOUR 2

Centromatic "All the Talkers" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
The War On Drugs "Brothers" Slave Ambient
Lou Reed "Sally Can't Dance" Sally Can't Dance
Cults "Go Outside" Cults
Elvis Costello "Radio Sweetheart" My Aim Is True
((Sunbears "Live! Don't Stop Trying!" You Will Live Forever))
Adele "Make You Feel My Love" Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan
Beck "Golden Age" Sea Change
Brandi Carlile "That Wasn't Me" Bear Creek
Oasis "Wonderwall" (What's the Story) Morning Glory
Archie Powell & The Exports "Metronome" Great Ideas In Action
((Laura Gibson "Shadows On Parade" Beast of Seasons)) 
Eels "Hey Man (Now You're Really Living)" Blinking Lights and Other Revelations
Los Lobos "Reva's House" Kiko
Wilco "Dawned On Me" The Whole World
Heartless Bastards "Parted Ways" Arrow
((He's My Brother, She's My Sister "Coattails" Escape Tonight))