New album, tour confirmed

New York outfit Fun Lovin' Criminals are set to return in 2010 with a new album and a lengthy British tour.

The streets of New York have produced more than their fair share of important stories. Once among the most profitable businesses in the United States, the rise and fall of the Mafia is one of the most potent.

Yet the shady underworld of the Cosa Nostra has rarely been put down on tape. Sure, Frank Sinatra had a few friends in high (or perhaps low) places but it wasn't until the emergence of Fun Lovin' Criminals that the gritty street life of New York was truly represented.

Indebted perhaps to Quentin Tarantino, Fun Lovin' Criminals began life as a trio of friends who would jam in a local club. Snapped up by Columbia the band found fame in the UK with a series of hit singles.

Tracks such as 'Scooby Snacks' made a few none too subtle references to drugs, while second album '100% Columbian' left little to the imagination.

Since then the fortunes of Fun Lovin' Criminals have waned. Follow up albums such as 'Loco' were hailed by fans but made very little impression on the mainstream, with the trio taking a break after 2005's 'Livin' In The City'.

Now Fun Lovin' Criminals are back to spark the first party of the new decade. 'Classic Fantastic' is due to be released on March 1st, with singer Huey Morgan claiming the band just want to bring some good vibes.

“There’s this thing called Noetics,” he claimed in a statement. “Which says if everybody thinks the same good thoughts, good things will happen. Likewise, negative thoughts - it’s not rocket science. And we all want the same thing, to be a Fun Lovin’ Criminal. You have to go through hell to get to heaven and now we’re finally out from under a lot of our problems, it’s a brand new day. So let’s go out and do what we love to do.”

Fun Lovin' Criminals are set to release 'Classic Fantastic' on March 1st.

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