McFly (band)

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McFly on their latest single Baby's Coming Back/Transylvania.
McFly on their latest single Baby's Coming Back/Transylvania.
Background information
Origin Flag of England London, England
Genre(s) Pop Rock
Years active 2004— present
Label(s) Island
Tom Fletcher
Danny Jones
Dougie Poynter
Harry Judd

McFly are an English pop rock band who were successfully launched into the music scene in early 2004 with their number one single, " 5 Colours in Her Hair". The band was founded by Tom Fletcher (born July 17, 1985) and also consists of Danny Jones (born March 12, 1986), Dougie Poynter (born November 30, 1987) and Harry Judd (born December 23, 1985). They are signed to the Island Records label and are managed by Prestige Management.

As of December 2006, McFly have had eleven top ten singles, six of which reached number one in the UK Singles Chart and two number one albums, their debut being Room on the 3rd Floor followed by Wonderland. Their third album, Motion in the Ocean, was released on November 6, 2006 and charted at number six. An announcement was made on their MySpace page in April 2007 that the band would be releasing a Greatest Hits so Far compilation in November 2007, and a fourth studio album in March 2008.


Early years

McFly's name was chosen by Fletcher, the band's founding member, based on his love for the American science-fiction comedy Back to the Future, films and Michael J. Fox's character Marty McFly. Fletcher had originally auditioned for Busted, but was rejected. He then started writing songs with Busted member James Bourne and was asked to come along to film auditions for a new band, V. Jones came along to the audition mistaking it for an audition for a Busted-like band. Fletcher spoke to Jones afterwards and Jones and Fletcher moved into the intercontinental hotel in london for 2 months, and the two began writing songs along with Bourne. To complete the band, they held auditions at London's Covent Garden for a drummer and a bass player. Coincidentally, Poynter and Judd both auditioned on the same day. Thus, McFly was formed.

Room on the 3rd Floor

McFly's early sound was a mixture of pop and punk. Their debut single, " 5 Colours in Her Hair", released March 29, 2004, entered the UK Singles Chart at number one in April 2004 and stayed there for two weeks. In July 2004 their second single, " Obviously", also topped the charts. This was followed by the album Room on the 3rd Floor debuting at number one in the UK Albums Chart. The album broke records, as McFly were the youngest band to have a debut album enter the charts in the top position, beating The Beatles. The third single, " That Girl", was released on September 6, 2004 and lost the battle for the top spot to Brian McFadden's " Real To Me". It went to number three, despite topping midweek sales charts. The fourth single, Room on the 3rd Floor (the album's title track), was released on November 15, 2004 and made number five. The idea for the album name "Room on the Third Floor" came from where Danny and Tom wrote most of the songs for the album. They wrote them while staying in a room on the third floor. This also gave them the idea for the song "Room on the Third Floor"


In March 2005, McFly released " All About You/You've Got a Friend", a double A-side of their sixth and seventh singles and the first release from their second album, Wonderland, which features a 60-piece orchestra. The single reached number one for a week on March 13, 2005 and the profits from the single were donated to Comic Relief. The video for "You've Got a Friend" was shot in Uganda, Africa, which McFly visited for the charity appeal. They completed their first arena tour in October 2005. The second single from Wonderland, " I'll Be OK", was released in the UK on the 15 August 2005 and scored them their fourth UK number one. The album itself was released on 29 August 2005 entering at number one. The third single from Wonderland, " I Wanna Hold You", was released October 17, giving them their sixth top three single, missing out on number one to the Arctic Monkeys. Their fourth single, " Ultraviolet/The Ballad of Paul K" was released on 12 December 2005 and reached number nine.

Motion in the Ocean

The first single from Motion in the Ocean was named, " Please, Please", released in the UK as a double A-side with the Queen hit " Don't Stop Me Now" on July 17, 2006 as the official song for Sport Relief 2006. The double A-side reached number one in the UK charts on July 23, 2006 making it the band's fifth number one single of their career. After losing a bet to the owner of G-A-Y, McFly had to appear naked on stage as they did in their "Please, Please" video. On 14 September 2006, it was confirmed via an email newsletter from McFly's official website, that the third album would be called Motion in the Ocean. The album was released on November 6, 2006, and reached number 6. The second release from the album, " Star Girl" was released on October 23, 2006, to promote the album. "Star Girl" reached number one in its first week with 54,802 copies sold. The third release from the album, " Sorry's Not Good Enough/Friday Night", was released on December 18, 2006, and reached number three in the UK singles charts. "Friday Night" is featured in the movie Night at the Museum, which was released on December 22, 2006, in Canada and the US and December 26, 2006, in the UK.. Their next single, Baby's Coming Back/Transylvania, was released on the 7th May 2007. The original single release date was due to be February 26th, but the band took up the offer to return at that time to the town of Kamwokya in Uganda, which they previously visited for Comic Relief 2005.

'Motion In The Ocean, Mcfly's third album will be re-released as double disc edition with the new song 'Baby's coming back' and DVD from the Wembley tour, 2006.

Disc One - Live From Wembley 2006 (DVD) 1. Please Please 2. I Wanna Hold You 3. All About You 4. We Are The Young 5. Surf Medley 6. Star Girl 7. I'll Be OK 8. Sorry's Not Good Enough 9. Fight For Your Right 10. Not Alone 11. Harry's Drum Solo 12. Room On The 3rd Floor 13. Ghostbusters 14. I've Got You 15. Obviously 16. Don't Stop Me Now 17. Five Colours In Her Hair Disc Two 1. We Are The Young 2. Star Girl 3. Please, Please 4. Sorry's Not Good Enough 5. Bubble Wrap 6. Transylvania 7. Lonely 8. Don't Stop Me Now 9. Little Joanna 10. Friday Night 11. Walk In The Sun 12. Home Is Where The Heart Is 13. Baby's Coming Back / Silence Is A Scary Sound 14. You've got a friend

Musical style

McFly's style has been dubbed by themselves and others in the music business as "Nu-Pop" but is possibly more commonly considered pop or pop rock. Despite the band's pop image and reputation, there are musical differences from other contemporary boybands. Influence is apparent from bands such as The Raspberries (particularly Eric Carmen-penned material), The Beach Boys, and The Beatles (particularly Paul McCartney-penned material). Lyrically, however, their style is closer, though not quite similar, to other contemporary guitar pop bands such as Busted . McFly are often considered similar in style to the now defunct Busted, with whom they shared a record label and were generally considered to be friends. Indeed, James Bourne of Busted and Son of Dork, has had a hand in writing several of McFly's biggest hits, and Tom Fletcher had also written tracks for bands James Bourne has been involved with including Busted's hit single 'Crashed the Wedding'. However, though similar, Busted evidence greater influence from pop punk bands such as Blink 182 and Sum 41 than 1960s rock, in addition to their clear pop overtones.

Cover songs

McFly have recorded and performed a variety of officially released and unreleased cover versions of well-known songs.


McFly collaborated with Busted for a cover of the Kinks' song "Lola" (which was a B-side on the " 5 Colours in Her Hair" single) and a version of " Build Me Up Buttercup" by The Foundations from Busted's " Crashed The Wedding" single. Their cover of " Help!", originally by The Beatles, was featured on the " Obviously" single while " She Loves You", also by The Beatles, was featured on the " That Girl" single. " Crazy Little Thing Called Love", originally by Queen, was featured on the " Room on the Third Floor" single.


McFly released " You've Got a Friend", originally by Carole King, which they recorded as part of the official 2005 Comic Relief song, along with " All About You", where the video sees the band visiting children in Uganda affected by AIDS. McFly also recorded the 2004 hit " Mr Brightside", originally by The Killers, which is featured on the " I Wanna Hold You" single, and " I Predict a Riot", originally by the Kaiser Chiefs, which they performed at BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge session and is also featured on the " Ultraviolet" single. McFly also teamed up with Roger Daltrey of The Who in September, 2005 to re-record the 1965 hit, " My Generation" to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust and to launch HMV Digital's new download service. They also released covers of songs as singles such as The Who's " Pinball Wizard", which they performed on Movie Music Mania on November 12, 2005. McFly also performed a version of The Used's "On My Own" on December 15, 2005 at a Harrods Winter Signing.


McFly performed a version of Thin Lizzy's " The Boys Are Back in Town" at The Prince's Trust on May 20, 2006. They released a cover of " Don't Stop Me Now", originally by Queen, which was recorded to raise money for Sport Relief 2006 as the official song along with " Please, Please". When performing this cover on their Motion In The Ocean tour 2006, they were joined onstage by Queen guitarist Brian May at Wembley Arena, who also performed the opening riff to " 5 Colours in Her Hair". Matt Willis also performed "Don't Stop Me Now" with the band at Wembley Arena and Manchester Evening News Arena. Also on the tour, they performed " Fight for Your Right (To Party)", originally by the Beastie Boys and the " Ghostbusters" theme tune, originally by Ray Parker Jr. A few weeks later, they opened Children in Need 2006 with " I Wanna Hold Your Hand" by The Beatles. The song " Rockin' Robin", originally by Bobby Day, was featured on the " Sorry's Not Good Enough/Friday Night" single, and the band also performed it at the Top Of The Pops Christmas Special.


On the 23 February 2007, McFly performed Primal Scream's "Rocks" with Charlotte Church on The Charlotte Church Show. They also covered "Baby's Coming Back", originally by Jellyfish, which is the double A-side to "Transylvania", out May 7, 2007.

Television and film appearances

In 2005, the band guest-starred in an episode of the long-running British drama series Casualty. They also starred in the teen comedy film Just My Luck with Lindsay Lohan and Chris Pine, which was released in the US on May 12, 2006 and in the UK on June 30, 2006 and was critically panned. They play themselves in the film, the soundtrack features a variety of their songs from both albums plus their latest song "Just My Luck" at the time. McFly held a concert at the London Hammersmith Apollo on May 19, 2005 which was used in the film. The Just My Luck UK premiere took place on June 28, 2006 in London.


Harry Judd performs at The Point, Dublin, in October 2006 as part of the Motion in the Ocean tour.
Harry Judd performs at The Point, Dublin, in October 2006 as part of the Motion in the Ocean tour.

McFly have played four major tours to date:

  • 2004 - Supporting Busted on their nationwide UK arena tour with V.
  • 2004 - UK Theatre Tour (also known as McFly: The Tour)
  • 2005 - Wonderland Arena Tour (supported by The Famous Last Words and Tyler James)
  • 2006 - Motion in the Ocean Arena Tour (supported by Click Five and Nylon)
  • 2007 - McFly Up Close and Personal: thirty four locations not covered by their arena tours, (a further 10 dates were later added). Tickets sold out in 2 hours. (supported by Lil Chris)
  • 2007 - The Greatest Hits Tour in November/December. Tickets on sale 28th April (dates and info on their myspace)



Cover Album Information
Room on the 3rd Floor
  • Released: 5 July 2004 (UK)
  • Charts: #1 UK
  • BPI Cert: 2x Platinum
  • Singles:
    • 5 Colours in Her Hair (April 2004) - #1 UK #7 IRL
    • Obviously (July 2004) - #1 UK #14 IRL
    • That Girl (September 2004) - #3 UK #13 IRL
    • Room On The 3rd Floor (November 2004) - #5 UK #27 IRL
  • Released: 29 August 2005 (UK)
  • Charts: #1 UK
  • BPI Cert: Platinum
  • Singles:
    • All About You/You've Got a Friend (March 2005) - #1 UK #1 IRL
    • I'll Be OK (August 2005) - #1 UK #8 IRL
    • I Wanna Hold You (October 2005) - #3 UK #15 IRL
    • Ultraviolet/Ballad of Paul K (December 2005) - #9 UK #25 IRL
Just My Luck
  • Released: 12 May 2006 (US debut)
  • Charts: #25 US (TOP Heatseekers)
Motion in the Ocean
  • Released: 6 November 2006 (UK)
  • Charts: #6 UK
  • BPI Cert: Gold
  • Singles:
    • Please, Please / Don't Stop Me Now (July 2006) - #1 UK #15 IRL
    • Star Girl (October 2006) - #1 UK #14 IRL
    • Sorry's Not Good Enough/Friday Night (December 2006) - #3 UK #29 IRL
    • Baby's Coming Back/Transylvania (May 2007) - #?


  • The Wonderland Tour 2005 - #1 UK


In 2004, McFly won five Smash Hits Awards including Stars of the Year, Best UK Band, Best Album (Room on the 3rd Floor), Best Video (That Girl), Best Stars of the Year and Danny Jones won Most Fanciable Male. McFly beat their number of awards in the 2005 Smash Hits Awards by winning Stars of the Year, Best UK Band, Best Single (All About You), Best Album (Wonderland) while Danny Jones won Most Snoggs by grace Male and Dougie Poynter won Top flower power. Also in 2005, McFly won Best Pop Act at the BRIT Awards. The band won Best Group and Dougie Poynter won Most Fanciable Male in the Music Awards for 2006.

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