Baha Men

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Baha Men
Baha Men performing in June 2010
Baha Men performing in June 2010
Background information
Also known asHigh Voltage, The Baha Boys
OriginNew Providence, The Bahamas
GenresJunkanoo, dance, pop, reggae fusion
Years active1977–present
Labels
Members
  • Rik Carey
  • Isaiah Taylor
  • Dyson Knight
  • Ivan Prosper
  • Anthony "Monks" Flowers
  • Leroy "Breaka" Butler
  • Patrick Carey
  • Jeffery Chea
  • Herschel Small
Past members
  • Nehemiah Hield
  • Fred Ferguson
  • Anwar Rolle
  • James "funky boi" Morrison
  • Cedric Poitier
  • Marvin Prosper Knowles
  • Omerit Hield
  • Ryan Andrews
  • Colyn Grant
  • Oliver Bridson

The Baha Men are a Bahamian band playing a modernized style of Bahamian music called junkanoo. They are best known for their Grammy Award winning hit song "Who Let the Dogs Out".

History[edit]

The Baha Men formed in 1977[1] as High Voltage, initially playing disco and funk.[2] They performed regularly in nightclubs and hotels in the Bahamas and self-released several albums.[2]

In 1991, one of their tapes found its way to Atlantic Records A&R man Steve Greenberg, who signed the band to the Big Beat subsidiary, at the same time getting the band to change their name to the Baha Men.[2]

The following year, the Baha Men released their first album, Junkanoo, which included the local hit "Back to the Island".[2] Kalik followed in 1994, including the international hit "Dancing in the Moonlight".[2] The band moved with Greenberg to Polygram for the 1997 album I Like What I Like and Doong Spank, released the following year.[2] The latter sold only 700 copies in the US and the band was dropped by the label.

Greenberg then started his own label, S-Curve, and signed the band.[2] Original vocalist Nehemiah Hield left in 1999, and was replaced by his nephew Omerit.[2] The band was most popular in the 1990s in Japan, and their 1999 album 2 Zero 0-0 was initially only released in that country.[2]

They achieved great, but short-lived, popularity with 2000's remake of "Who Let the Dogs Out" (originally composed by Anslem Douglas), produced by Greenberg and Michael Mangini.[2] The song was a chart success in many countries and also became a popular song at US sporting events.[2] "Who Let the Dogs Out" also earned the band several awards: a Grammy Award in 2000 for Best Dance Recording;[2] Billboard Music Awards for World Music Artist of the Year and World Music Album of the Year; and a Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award for Favorite Song. In 2002, they won another Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Band.

In June 2008, "Who Let the Dogs Out" was discussed on I Love the New Millennium. The Baha Men's most recent album was Ride With Me, released in 2015.

After releasing Night & Day in the summer of 2014, the Baha Men released a Christmas Medley mixing The Little Drummer Boy with Silver Bells. Their single "Off the Leash" was released digitally on July 1, 2015. On October 25, 2015, the band performed the halftime show for the New York Giants/Dallas Cowboys football game at MetLife Stadium.

In 2018, the group joined Our Last Night for a metal cover of their hit song "Who Let the Dogs Out".

In April 2019, the Baha Men released a new single, "Let's Go,"[3] dedicated to the teams playing in the Final Four.

Involvement in motion pictures[edit]

The Baha Men were one of the many artists to record a song on the album DisneyMania and two of its four sequels. On the first DisneyMania, they recorded "Hakuna Matata" from The Lion King. On Disneymania 2, they recorded the song "It's a Small World" from the Disney park attraction of the same name. They were absent from Disneymania 3, though they returned for Disneymania 4, recording their take on the song "Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride" from Lilo & Stitch entitled "Bahaman Roller Coaster Ride". They also recorded the theme song to the Disney TV show, Stanley. A number of their songs have been used in major motion pictures such as Rugrats in Paris: The Movie, The Little Vampire, Miss Congeniality, Rat Race, Around the World in 80 Days, and Garfield: The Movie. They also recorded a cover of Elton John's hit "Crocodile Rock" for the film The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course starring Steve Irwin and family. The band has even made an appearance on the big screen, when they starred as themselves in the 1994 romantic comedy My Father the Hero starring Gérard Depardieu and Katherine Heigl.[4] The Baha Men also were featured in the soundtrack of Shrek with their hit song "Best Years of Our Lives". "Who Let the Dogs Out" was also featured in the 2009 hit comedy The Hangover.

Other appearances[edit]

The Baha Men appeared in a special scene from Between the Lions where Leona meets them while reading some books inside the library.

They performed onstage for a Season 14 episode of The Bachelorette, which took place in the Bahamas.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US US World
Electrifying (as High Voltage)
  • Released: 1985
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: CD, cassette
High Voltage (as High Voltage)
  • Released: 1987
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: CD, cassette
Kick in the Bahamas (Doge Farm)
  • Released: 1990
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: CD, cassette
Junkanoo
  • Released: September 29, 1992
  • Label: Big Beat
  • Format: CD, cassette
Kalik
  • Released: September 6, 1994
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Format: CD, cassette
I Like What I Like
  • Released: June 10, 1997
  • Label: Mercury
  • Format: CD, cassette
Doong Spank
  • Released: June 16, 1998
  • Label: Mercury
  • Format: CD, cassette
2 Zero 0-0
  • Released: May 25, 1999[5][6]
  • Label: Mercury (Japan)
  • Format: CD, digital download
Who Let the Dogs Out
  • Released: July 25, 2000
  • Label: S-Curve
  • Format: CD, cassette, digital download
5 1
Move It Like This
  • Released: March 26, 2002
  • Label: S-Curve
  • Format: CD, digital download
57 1
Holla!
  • Released: June 1, 2004
  • Label: S-Curve
  • Format: CD, digital download
Ride with Me
  • Released: October 9, 2015
  • Label: Sony Music Latin
  • Format: Digital download

Compilation albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US World
Greatest Movie Hits
  • Released: November 5, 2002
  • Label: Capitol
  • Format: CD, digital download
1
10 Great Songs: Who Let the Dogs Out
  • Released: September 10, 2010
  • Label: Capitol
  • Format: CD, digital download
4

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
Album
AUS
[8][9]
AUT
[10]
CAN
[11][12]
GER
[13]
NZ
[14]
SWI
[15]
SWE
[16]
UK
[17]
US
[18]
1994 "Dancing in the Moonlight" 42 18 Kalik
1995 "(Just a) Sunny Day" 38
1997 "That's the Way I Get Down" I Like What I Like
2000 "Who Let the Dogs Out" 1 26 14 6 1 6 3 2 40 Who Let the Dogs Out
2001 "You All Dat" 8 59 62 21 86 49 14 94
"Best Years of Our Lives" 49 66 70 Move It Like This
2002 "Move It Like This" 76 13 76 11 65 16
"We Rubbin'"
2011 "Go!" Non-album single
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released to that country

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Baha Men Are Still Going Strong, Even if They Can't Remember All the Words to 'Who Let the Dogs Out'". Vice.com. 10 January 2015. Retrieved 25 April 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Thompson, Dave (2002) Reggae & Caribbean Music, Backbeat Books, ISBN 0-87930-655-6, pp.28–29
  3. ^ "The Baha Men Returns With Surprise New Single, "Let's Go"". Top40-Charts.com. 6 April 2019. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Pop Entertainment Baha Men". Popentertainment.com. Archived from the original on 19 December 2010. Retrieved 7 October 2010.
  5. ^ March 13, 2001 in the US and elsewhere. Thompson, Dave (2002). Reggae & Caribbean Music. San Francisco: Backbeat Books. p. 29. ISBN 0-87930-655-6. Retrieved 1 February 2016. Their 1999 album 2 Zero 0-0 was released only in the band's traditionally loyal stronghold of Japan. … Finally released in the US in 2001 (Universal)…
  6. ^ Exact release date from: "Baha Men – 2 Zero 0-0". Discogs.com. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  7. ^ "Gold & Platinum Searchable Database - June 03, 2015". RIAA.com. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
  8. ^ "australian-charts.com - Australian charts portal". Hung Medien. Archived from the original on 17 October 2012. Retrieved 12 January 2011.
  9. ^ "Pandora Archive" (PDF). Pandora.nla.gov.au. 23 August 2006. Archived from the original on 27 June 2002. Retrieved 2 May 2012.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  10. ^ Austrian peaks, Austraincharts.at
  11. ^ "Baha Men Top Singles positions". RPM. Archived from the original on 21 October 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2011.
  12. ^ "( Baha Men > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 January 2011.
  13. ^ German peaks, Officialcharts.de
  14. ^ "charts.nz - New Zealand charts portal". Hung Medien. Retrieved 12 January 2011.
  15. ^ "Die Offizielle Schweizer Hitparade und Music Community". Hung Medien. Archived from the original on 20 March 2012. Retrieved 12 January 2011.
  16. ^ "Swedish Charts". Hung Medien. Archived from the original on 12 December 2012. Retrieved 12 January 2011.
  17. ^ "The Official Charts Company - Baha Men". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 12 January 2011.
  18. ^ "Baha Men Album & Song Chart History - Hot 100". Billboard. Archived from the original on 11 January 2011. Retrieved 12 January 2011.
  19. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2000 Singles". ARIA Charts. Archived from the original on 20 April 2009. Retrieved 12 January 2011.
  20. ^ "British Phonographic Industry search results". British Phonographic Industry. Archived from the original on 15 January 2013. Retrieved 12 January 2011.
  21. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2001 Singles". ARIA Charts. Archived from the original on 5 February 2014. Retrieved 12 January 2011.

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