Summer Girls Hitmaker
"When you listen to the record, close your eyes and open your ears. You’ll be glad you did.” Brad Fischetti (of LFO).
First gaining attention for their 1999 chart topping smash "Summer Girls," LFO would come to prominence once again with their another hit, “Girl on TV.” Unfortunately, the band that has released two albums announced their split in 2002, ending their short-span of succesfull career.
Lyte Funkie One's
Childhood and Family:
In 1996, a new band called Lyte Funkie One's was formed. It consisted of Rich Cronin, Brad Fischetti, and Brian "Brizz" Gillis. After lead singer Brian left the band in 1999, they recruited Devin Lima, and Lyte Funkie One's has since become LFO.
Life is Good
After meeting pop impresario Lou Pearlman, the mastermind of prefab groups N’Sync and Backstreet Boys, LFO (they were Lyte Funkie One at the time) began touring in Germany with boy bands Backstreet Boy's and NSync and performed songs such as “Sex You Up” which gathered media attention but weren't so succesfull in the US. After lead singer Brian left the band in 1999, they hired a new singer, Devin Lima and changed their name into LFO.
With a new identity, LFO scored their first hit, “Summer Girls,” the 1999 chart topping smash written by the group's founder Rich Cronin that went straight to number one and sold over 1.000.000 copies. And after releasing a self-titled album in 1999, they split with Pearlman, and began developing new musical influences, ranging from pop, soul, and hip-hop to psychedelic '60s rock, for their second record, “Life is Good.” Their second effort spawned another hit single, “Girl on TV,” and also featured guest appearances from the likes of Kelis, MOP, and De La Soul.
"The hits from the first record were very simple, pretty much just acoustic guitars, some keyboards, and drums. And that was the magic to those songs. But if you can have a good song and incorporate a lot of layers of ear candy, that's even better." Rich Cronin (of LFO).
In fact, the boys essentially made “Life is Good” by themselves, as they wrote all the songs, found their own producers, and spent their own money. Devin described the satisfaction by saying, "It’s like a meal with your family at a table. It ain’t no fast food."
LFO disbanded in 2002 with Rich is now in a new band called Bad Mood Mike and Brad has started his own record label 111 Records.