I recently tried to request Fitz and the Tantrums’ "MoneyGrabber" at a wedding reception in Rhode Island, and the DJ blew me off. Two likely reasons why:
1. "MoneyGrabber" sounds like "MoneyGrubber," which is the last thing a new bride wants to hear at a wedding. Exception to the rule: Kanye West’s "Gold Digger."
2. The six-piece LA soul band isn’t as recognizable as a Gaga, Spears, or Perry—yet. Front man Michael Fitzpatrick and his crew have been packing clubs in Southern California with their dance-friendly ‘60s retro since 2008, but it wasn’t until the release of their 2010 debut album, Pickin’ Up the Pieces, that they started picking up steam. This year they were late-night regulars (Jimmy Kimmel, Conan, and Leno) and did a tour of summer festivals that would have exhausted James Brown. Hopefully by 2012, they’ll be in rotation with "Edge of Glory" and "Billie Jean" at a wedding reception near you.
Until then, see Fitz and the Tantrums at Showbox at the Market on January 20 and 21. Tickets ($20-$25) are on sale Saturday, November 19, at 10am at showboxonline.com.