“As Cruel As Schoolchildren” is an album which was popularized by the American alternative hip-hop band Gym Class Heroes. The group originated from Geneva, New York. Current members are “Travie McCoy” (lead vocals), “Matt McGinley” (drums, percussion) , “Disashi Lumumba-Kasongo” (guitar, backing vocals) and “Eric Roberts” (bass, backing vocals). Former members are “Ryan Geise”, “Milo Bonacci”, “Steve Decker”, “Jason Amsel”, “Sammy Shuffler” and “Joey Guise”.
The name Gym Class Heroes came from McGinley and McCoy who became friends during Physical Education classes when they were in high school in New York. The group started by performing in festivals, clubs and parties especially for birthday celebrations. Eventually, they started performing to wider audience all over the northeast.
“Hed Candy”, “Greasy Kid Stuff” and “For the Kids” are the band’s first three albums (1999-2004). It was followed by “Papercut Chronicles” in 2006. In September of 2008, “The Quilt” was also released. It composed of various collaborations with other performers like Daryl Hall, The Dream, Estelle and Busta Rhymes. It ranked number 14 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. In the summer of 2003 to 2006, the group appear on the Warped Tour and also completed tours with The All American-Rejects in November 2009.
The band is also known for the hit “Cupid’s Chokehold” which was included to Billboard Hot 100 top 10 single. While “Clothes Off” got number 3 spot in the UK top 40 charts. In 2007, they won as Best New Artist, given by MTV Video Music Awards. One of their songs, “It’s OK But Just This Once” was also presented on the “The Prince’s Bride”; an episode of the TV series “Entourage”. Their music was also featured on the Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2008 Sports game. Their other singles include, “The Queen and I”, “Shoot Down the Stars”, “Friend Request” and “Taxi Driver”.
The group’s most recent album was released 2011; “The Papercut Chronicles”. Its first promotional single is “Life Goes On”. Other singles include; “Ass Back Home”, “Stereo Hearts” and “The Fighter”. Gym Class Heroes has been noted for exhibiting the influence of hip-hop at the same time performing with artists who are primarily conceived to metal bands pop-punk and rock.
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