Musical Musings A to Z: B is for Ben Folds Five

Last week I started my alphabet journey through some of the artists that I love, kicking off with A is for Rick Astley.

This week I’m going for a change of pace and embracing one of my favourite acts from my short-lived Triple J phase, Ben Folds Five.

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Before we go further, you should know that there weren’t actually five members in the band, only  three – Ben Folds himself, Darren Jessee and Robert Sledge.

They made the piano cool and combined alternative rock with jazz and soul influences with a big dash of humour thrown in for good measure.

Their biggest hit was Brick in 1997 which made it big on the mainstream charts, but I prefer their more upbeat numbers, like the two I’m going to share with you today.

One Angry Dwarf and 200 Solemn Faces

I love this song on so many levels. The piano work is amazing – Ben Folds is a genius – and the actual lyrics are just so out there that I can’t help singing them at the top of my lungs as I drive in the car. Classic Ben Folds Five.



This song is like an anthem to those like me who grew into adulthood in the early 90’s. It was fun to think that there was a place where we could all belong, regardless of interests and taste and inclination. In an age dominated by grunge rock, dance anthems and poppy R&B, this was like a call to arms for lovers of alternative music – again, a really great song.

So here’s to B for Ben Folds Five – make sure you come back next week to continue on my musical alphabet quest!


As usual, I’m linking up with Cass Can Sew for the Sunday Session – go on and check out the other music posts linked up there this week. Have a great Sunday everyone!

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8 Responses

  1. Trish says:

    Haha a clever idea . Very interesting songs.
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  2. Thea says:

    So nice to hear Ben Folds Five again! 🙂
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  3. cate says:

    great idea to travel through the alphabet! I don’t think I could identify any song but I know the name Ben Folds Five.

    Hope to see you for sunday sessions next week!
    cate recently posted..sunday sessions | a trip into childhood

    • Kirsty says:

      Thanks Cate – I have been thinking about it for a while so it was good to finally start it up. Definitely planning on moving onto my ‘C’ artist on Sunday!

  4. Liked a bit of BFF back in the day. Bought “Whatever and Ever Amen” on import vinyl back then. Their next LP “The Unauthorised Biography…”, or whatever the hell it was called, was a complete trainwreck of an album, after which they faded into obscurity.

    I always loved the fact they called themselves “Ben Folds Five” despite being a three piece.
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    • Kirsty says:

      I have to admit I didn’t like all their songs but I’m a sucker for fancy piano playing and for bands with a sense of humour. And yes, the name was cool too!

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