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Canton, Ohio's Relient K formed in 1998 and joined the parade of Christian punk-pop artists (MxPx, Ghoti Hook, Slick Shoes) with their self-titled 2000 debut, mixing catchy melodies and snotty attitude with spiritual concerns. The record was produced by dc Talk guitarist Mark Townsend, and the band was comprised of vocalist/guitarist/pianist Matt Thiessen, guitarist Matthew Hoopes, bassist Brian Pittman, and drummer Stephen Cushman. David Douglas joined up in place of Cushman by the year's end, and Relient K followed up in August 2001 with The Anatomy of the Tongue in Cheek. The album sold 300,000 copies and Relient K's momentum continued to build as they played nearly 200 shows in North America before the year closed out. A third full-length, Two Lefts Don't Make a Right... But Three Do, debuted at number 38 on Billboard's Top 200 album chart upon its release in spring 2003. The band didn't waste any time recording a fourth album; MMHMM, produced by lead singer Thiessen and dc Talk's Townsend and mixed by Tom Lord-Alge, was released in November 2004 by Gotee/Capitol. MMHMM scanned over 51,000 copies sold during its first week, hitting number 15 on the Top 200 and number one for Christian albums. It eventually went gold, Relient K's third consecutive album to do so, and the band's mainstream crossover was in full swing with singles "Be My Escape" and "Who I Am Hates Who I've Been" doing very well on modern rock radio and MTV. Pittman left the group after MMHMM's release (later going on to play with Inhale/Exhale), and John Warne (ex-Ace Troubleshooter) filled in on bass for touring purposes, becoming a permanent member in 2005. Relient K further added Jonathan Schneck as a third guitarist (who also played banjo and bells) that year, bumping them up to quintet status. With Relient K touring constantly in support of MMHMM, Apathetic EP followed in November 2005 as another treat to hold over fans as the guys readied their next album. Five Score & Seven Years Ago (as in their fifth album in seven years), largely produced by Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, Less Than Jake), was released in early March 2007. True to form, Relient K set out on a full round of nationwide dates, including spring shows with Mae and Sherwood, before releasing the Christmas-themed album Let It Snow Baby... Let It Reindeer (containing several tracks from the band's previous holiday release, Deck the Halls, Bruise Your Hand) later that fall. In October, Douglas announced that he would be leaving Relient K to dedicate himself full-time to his side project Gypsy Parade. He was replaced in early 2008 by Ethan Luck, who would accompany the group during its appearances on that year's Warped Tour. In July, the group released the B-side album The Bird and the Bee Sides, which was packaged with The Nashville Tennis EP. The band released its sixth studio album, Forget and Not Slow Down, in 2009. Two seven-song covers EPs, titled K Is for Karaoke, Pt. 1 and Pt. 2, appeared in 2011. Later combined into one single LP release, K Is for Karaoke included their takes on hits from the likes of Cyndi Lauper, the Wallflowers, Cake, Toto, and Stone Temple Pilots. Their next set of original music wouldn't arrive until 2013. During recording, Luck parted ways with the band, his vacated slot filled a couple months later by the very drummer he replaced, David Douglas. The band's seventh LP, Collapsible Lung, was released that summer, peaking at number 16 on the Billboard 200. Their eighth effort would also fair well. Produced by Mark Lee Townsend, Air for Free featured the single "Look on Up" and debuted at number 44 on the Billboard 200, topping the Christian chart. ~ Steve Huey
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Albums by
Relient K

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    16 songs

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    Air for Free

    1 song

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    Bummin'

    23 songs

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    Mmhmm10

    11 songs

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    Collapsible Lung

    15 songs

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    Forget and Not Slow Down

    17 songs

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    Let It Snow Baby...Let It Reindeer

    14 songs

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    Five Score & Seven Years Ago

    17 songs

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    The Anatomy of the Tongue in Cheek

    14 songs

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    MMHMM

    17 songs

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    Two Lefts Don't Make a Right... But Three Do

    14 songs

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    Relient K

    1 song

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    Look On Up

    26 songs

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    The Bird and the Bee Sides

    7 songs

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    Apathetic EP

    14 songs

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    K Is for Karaoke

    10 songs

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    Deck the Halls, Bruise Your Hand

    17 songs

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    The Anatomy of the Tongue in Cheek

    3 songs

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    Holiday Trio

    2 songs

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    Must Have Done Something Right

    51 songs

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    The First Three Gears (2000-2003)

    36 songs

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    Double Take: Relient K

    17 songs

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    Let It Snow Baby...Let It Reindeer

    14 songs

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    Five Score and Seven Years Ago [CD/DVD]

    23 songs

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    The Anatomy of the Tongue in Cheek

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Top Songs by
Relient K

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  2.   12 Days of Christmas
  3.   Must Have Done Something Right
  4.   The Best Thing
  5.   We Wish You a Merry Christmas
  6.   I Hate Christmas Parties
  7.   Look On Up
  8.   Be My Escape
  9.   Getting into You
  10.   Wake Up Call
  11.   I So Hate Consequences
  12.   Softer to Me
  13.   High of '75
  14.   Pressing On
  15.   Falling Out
  16.   Faking My Own Suicide
  17.   I'm Taking You With Me
  18.   Everything Will Be
  19.   When You're Around
  20.   Therapy
  21.   Sadie Hawkins Dance
  22.   My Girl's Ex-Boyfriend
  23.   College Kids
  24.   Bummin'
  25.   Crayons Can Melt On Us For All I Care
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Relient K

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    A Very Rockin Misfit Christmas

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    Rock The Halls

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    Punk Rock Love Songs

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    New Holiday Hits

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    Alt. Country

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    Eclectic Rock


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