Birth and Early Bands:
Butch Walker was born Bradley Glenn Walker III in Georgia November 14, 1969. As a talented guitarist, Walker was a member of rock bands in the 1980s such as Bad Boyz and Bite the Bullet. The latter were signed to Virgin Records near the end of the decade. Changing their name to SouthGang, the group recorded as sort of a big-haired, Southern version of Guns 'n' Roses. 2 albums, Tainted Angel and Group Therapy, were released by the band.
Quote from Butch Walker:
From Butch Walker's MySpace blog:
"I love love love playing music for a living. It is the best job in the world."
Butch Walker, Jayce Fincher, and Mitch McLee, all members of SouthGang, moved on to form the bands Floyds Funk Revival and the Floyds in the '90's before they finally settled on an incarnation as the Marvelous 3. This trio released 3 albums, and, signed to Elektra Records, scored a top 5 Modern Rock single "Freak of the Week" in 1999. The band adopted a glam style and even appeared in fashion spreads. The Marvelous 3 fell apart in the wake of an acrimonious split with Elektra in April, 2001.
Undaunted, Butch Walker began pursuing a solo career in 2002 with the release of the album Left of Self-Centered. The album featured Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx as a guest musician. A second album, Letters, appeared in 2004 and edged its way onto the Billboard album chart. Walker received wider exposure opening some concert dates for Avril Lavigne.
Along with his work as a solo artist, Butch Walker began writing and producing music for a wide range of other performers. He wrote the Grammy-nominated song "Girl All the Bad Guys Want" for Bowling for Soup. The top 10 hit single "My Happy Ending" by Avril Lavigne was co-written and co-produced by Butch Walker. Soon Walker was working with artists ranging from All-American Rejects to Pink.
Top Tracks Written and Produced by Butch Walker:
- 2002 - "Girl All the Bad Guys Want" by Bowling For Soup - #38 Modern Rock
- 2003 - "Enemy" by Sevendust - #30 Modern Rock
- 2004 - "Fall Behind Me" by the Donnas - #29 Modern Rock
- 2004 - "My Happy Ending" by Avril Lavigne - #9 Pop
- 2004 - "Mixtape" by Butch Walker
- 2005 - "Geeks Get the Girls" by American Hi-Fi
- 2005 - "Good Times" by Tommy Lee - #54 Pop
- 2005 - "I Want You to Want Me" by Lindsay Lohan
- 2006 - "Leave Me Alone (I'm Lonely)" by Pink
- 2007 - "We've Got a Big Mess on Our Hands" by The Academy Is...
- 2007 - "The Best Damn Thing" by Avril Lavigne
Butch Walker Trivia Fact:
Butch Walker appeared as a guest judge on the TV reality show contest Rock Star: Supernova and produced the resulting band's first album as well as co-writing many of the songs.
More Solo Work and the Future:
In July, 2006, Butch Walker released his 3rd solo album The Rise and Fall of Butch Walker and the Lets-Go-Out-Tonites. It was admittedly modeled after David Bowie's classic The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars. Sales were weak despite continued critical acclaim for Butch Walker's clever brand of power pop and rock.
Butch Walker continues to bask in the spotlight as a producer and songwriter. He contributed to some of the top songs on Avril Lavigne's 2007 smash hit album The Best Damn Thing. Walker also produced the album Santi by post-hardcore band The Academy Is...