Following the '08 breakup of The Format, Nate Ruess bounced to New York City where he founded fun. with Andrew Dost and Jack Antonoff. Both Dost and Antonoff had been in bands that had toured with The Format. Continuing to bring the past into the present, Ruess approached Steven McDonald, who had also worked with The Format, to produce fun.'s debut. "I can't believe what we're working on here," McDonald stated during the sessions. "This crushes anything I've ever done."
The single "At Least I'm Not As Sad (As I Used To Be)" was released prior to '09 debut album "Aim And Ignite."
On August 4th, '10, fun. announced that they had signed with Fueled By Ramen. Ten days later, news dropped that fun. would open for Paramore, who were also on the Fueled By Ramen imprint, for the latter's U.K. trek. That might look like labelmate synergy but actually fun. had opened for Paramore earlier in the year - before signing with Fueled By Ramen.
As happens with so many bands, fun.'s songs found ancillary audiences. The single "Walking The Dog" was used in a commercial for Expedia.com, the travel site. Another single "We Are Young," featuring R&B/Soul singer Janelle MonŠe, was heard in a Chevy Super Bowl XLVI commercial. That's pretty standard stuff. A twist came when the TV show Glee did a version of "We Are Young," it went to #1 on iTunes the night the episode aired.
Sophomore set, "Some Nights" dropped in early '12. It contained the original version of "We Are Young," That proved to be a smart decision.
"We Are Young" topped the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and Alternative Songs. Later, it won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year.
The title track peaked at #3 on Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on Alternative Songs.
Adding to their Song of the Year Honor, fun. also picked up the Grammy Award for Best New Artist.
With fun. on hiatus, Ruess made his solo debut in '15 with the album "Grand Romantic."
2009 Aim And Ignite
2012 Some Nights
2010 fun. Live At Fingerprints