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It has been said that first impressions last a lifetime. Luckily for Staind, some only last for about 45 minutes. After a volatile disagreement with Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst over some of Staind's early cover art, it seemed their big break had walked out the door. Fortunately, by the time Durst had witnessed Staind's intense live show, he was ready to exchange phone numbers. Staind's story began in the New England area when vocalist Aaron Lewis and guitarist Mike Mushok met at a Christmas party in 1993. Mushok was able to bring drummer Jon Wysocki into the fold, and Lewis' connection with a bass player (who later left) completed the early lineup. Establishing themselves took time, and extensive touring of the Northeast with other established metal acts helped them sell over 2,000 copies of their self-released debut in just over a year. They were primed for their big break, and on October 23, 1997, the hard work paid off. At a show in Hartford, Connecticut, Staind were all set to open for Limp Bizkit when Bizkit singer Durst raised a stink over cover art on Staind's self-released CD. After a heated conversation over whether or not Staind were Satan worshipers, Durst forcefully returned the disc to the band, and walked away. But 45 minutes later Durst was back, not to further the argument, but to make sure he kept in contact with Staind. Blown away by their live show, Durst exchanged phone numbers, and loved their demo tape when they gave it to him. He convinced them to travel to Jacksonville, Florida, to work on the new songs. After reworking the new material and a successful live show, Durst contacted the head of Flip Records and arranged a meeting for Staind with the label. While in Los Angeles, a three-song sampler was recorded, and by the time February rolled around in 1998, the band had a record deal. After playing the Vans Warped Tour, they began work on their first album, Dysfunction. The album was produced by Terry Date (Deftones, Pantera, Soundgarden) and was released April 13, 1999. A tour with Kid Rock followed that spring and later the band reunited with good friends Limp Bizkit for a summer tour. Their follow-up, Break the Cycle, enjoyed a prolonged visit at the number one spot on U.S. charts in 2001. Smash hits like "It's Been a While," "Fade," "For You," and "Epiphany" catapulted Staind into the mainstream, leaving their 2002 DVD MTV Unplugged to go gold. Staind released 14 Shades of Grey in spring 2003, and after a two-year break returned with the chart-topping Chapter V, named to include their self-released debut in the Staind canon. A Singles and Videos compilation arrived in 2006, followed by the all-new studio album Illusion of Progress in 2008, the latter of which debuted at number three on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart. The band's eponymous seventh studio album, which saw the departure of longtime drummer Jon Wysocki, arrived on September 13, 2011. Later that year, the band recruited drummer Sal Giancarelli and hit the road, documenting the tour with 2012's Live from Mohegan Sun, which captured the tour's first show. ~ Chris True
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Stations Featuring

    Power Ballads

    Power Ballads
    6 songs

    '00s Alternative

    '00s Alternative
    6 songs

    Metal Mosh Pit

    Metal Mosh Pit
    2 songs

    Late Night Mix

    Late Night Mix
    1 song

    Shuffle Hits

    1 song

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Top Songs by

  1.   Song
  2.   It's Been Awhile
  3.   So Far Away
  4.   Right Here
  5.   Mudshovel
  6.   Outside
  7.   Fade
  8.   Not Again
  9.   Just Go
  10.   Home
  11.   Suffocate
  12.   Comfortably Numb
  13.   For You
  14.   Epiphany
  15.   Believe
  16.   Price to Play
  17.   Spleen
  18.   Crawl
  19.   Zoe Jane
  20.   Nutshell
  21.   Rainy Day Parade
  22.   Sober
  23.   Everything Changes
  24.   Tangled Up in You
  25.   Something to Remind You
  26.   Falling
  27.   All I Want
  28.   Raining Again
  29.   Save Me
  30.   Change
  31.   Open Your Eyes
  32.   Me
  33.   Eyes Wide Open
  34.   Pressure
  35.   Break Away
  36.   Please
  37.   Waste
  38.   Suffer
  39.   This Is It
  40.   Open Wide
  41.   Now
  42.   Excess Baggage
  43.   Lost Along the Way
  44.   Pardon Me
  45.   Blow Away
  46.   How About You
  47.   Failing
  48.   Schizophrenic Conversations
  49.   Nothing Left to Say
  50.   The Bottom
  51.   Raw
  52.   The Way I Am
  53.   Take This
  54.   Devil
  55.   Cross to Bear
  56.   Paper Jesus
  57.   Could It Be
  58.   Tonight
  59.   Reality
  60.   Yesterday
  61.   Take It
  62.   Safe Place
  63.   A Flat
  64.   Paper Wings
  65.   Reply
  66.   Run Away
  67.   Falling Down
  68.   Can't Believe by Aaron Lewis
  69.   Throw It All Away
  70.   Take a Breath
  71.   The Corner
  72.   King of All Excuses
  73.   Intro
  74.   Layne
  75.   Warm Safe Place
  76.   Come Again
  77.   Fill Me Up
  78.   Fray
  79.   Wannabe
  80.   Intro: A New Wave of Misery
  81.   Early Stirrings of Dissent
  82.   In the Presence of Greatness
  83.   Going All the Way
  84.   Keeping It Dysfunctional
  85.   The Rise of the New Kids on the Block
  86.   On Top of the World
  87.   A Diverse Palette of Heaviosity
  88.   Behind the Venom
  89.   A New Era Beckons