LFO (American band)

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OriginFall River, Massachusetts, U.S.
GenresPop, R&B, hip hop
Years active1995–2002, 2009
LabelsArista, J
Past membersDevin Lima
Brad Fischetti
Rich Cronin
Brian Gillis
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This article is about the American band. For the British band, see LFO (British band).
OriginFall River, Massachusetts, U.S.
GenresPop, R&B, hip hop
Years active1995–2002, 2009
LabelsArista, J
Past membersDevin Lima
Brad Fischetti
Rich Cronin
Brian Gillis

Lyte Funkie Ones (LFO) were an American trio popgroup consisting of Rich Cronin (August 30, 1974 – September 8, 2010), Devin Lima (born Harold Lima, March 18, 1977), and Brad Fischetti (born September 11, 1975). Before Lima joined the group in 1999, the third member was Brian Gillis (known as "Brizz"), who was with the group from its start in 1995. The band is best known for their hit songs "Summer Girls", "Girl on TV", and "Every Other Time". The band sold over 5 million records worldwide.


Origins (1995–1998)[edit]

In 1995, in Fall River, Massachusetts, Rich Cronin met Brian "Brizz" Gillis.[citation needed] LFO had marginal success with the remake of the Yvonne Elliman song, "If I Can't Have You", which missed the Top 40, reaching No. 54 on the UK Singles Chart.[1] In 1997, they released a cover of New Kids on the Block's "Step By Step" as a single. In 1999, Gillis was frustrated with the lack of progress that the group had made so he left to pursue a solo career, which led him to multiple college tours and a job in the music industry, with a radio promotion position in Florida with BMG.

Success (1999–2002)[edit]

After Gillis left, Fischetti and Cronin still wanted to continue to pursue their dreams of making it big, so they headed back to the United States and had an open audition. Devin Lima, an employee of a hardware store at the time, was chosen in place of Gillis. Devin decided that the group should discontinue being called Lyte Funkie Ones and use the name LFO exclusively instead.[citation needed] In the UK, however, they were unable to use the abbreviated name of LFO due to an IDM act on the Warp Records label, who had been using the name since 1988.

Still signed with Trans Continental and now with Arista Records, LFO recorded some new material with Dow Brain, Brad Young and Danny Wood of New Kids on the Block, at Underground Studios second location, the basement of a 200+ year old house in Needham, MA. Wood had been a long-time friend of original member Brian Gillis. Among the songs LFO had recorded in an attempt to make a demo was a song called "Summer Girls". It was produced by Dow Brain and Brad Young of Underground Productions. This song gave LFO their path to success. "Summer Girls" made its way to the Top 10, eventually reaching the number 3 position on the Billboard Hot 100, and the number 1 position on the Billboard single sales chart. New York City radio station Z100 (WHTZ 100.3FM-MHZ), part of the Clear Channel network, also helped LFO's popularity through frequent promotion and airings of the song "Summer Girls" before the song's national Top 10 status.

Their debut album, LFO, sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide, and scored two Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100: "Summer Girls" and "Girl on TV". In 1999, "Summer Girls" was nominated for a Billboard Music Award for Top Selling Single of the Year; the song sold over 1.5 million copies in the U.S. The song itself contained numerous non sequiturs, such as "You're the best girl that I ever did see/The great Larry Bird, jersey 33" and "Fell deep in love, but now we ain't speakin'/Michael J. Fox was Alex P. Keaton". This album featured many vocals from original member Brian. The label loved the original versions of the records so much that they left all of the vocals from Brian, including leads on "Can't have you" The group was a part of a TV film sow called LFO Live from Orlando(1999)

The year 2000 was a busy year for LFO, featuring nonstop tours, performing at over 230 concerts that year. They also served as opening act for Britney Spears, and co-headlined Nickelodeon's All That Music & More summer tour. They also found success in the UK at the same time when second single, the Dow Brain and Brad Young co-written "Girl on TV", entered the UK chart at #6. In 2000, the band won the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Group of the Year. Play Along Toys made dolls of the group in 2001.

They appeared on The Amanda Show as guest stars, singing a song while Amanda danced in the background with the show's signature 'dancing lobsters'. At the end, LFO described Amanda as 'the most beautiful girl in the world'. The episode has been repeated on Nickelodeon since its creation.

In the summer of 2001, the group released their sophomore and final album, Life Is Good, with the release of only two singles "Life Is Good" and "Every Other Time", which was the only commercial release from the album. After lackluster record sales of the album and the late-1990s/early-2000s boyband craze coming to an end, LFO officially decided to part ways in February 2002.

Reunion and end of LFO (2009)[edit]

On June 3, 2009, LFO posted a blog entitled "LFO is Back" on their unofficial MySpace page which announced that they have reunited and are going on the Malcolm Douglas Tribute tour beginning September 23, 2009, with Rookie of the Year, Go Crash Audio, and Kiernan McMullan.[2] A new song titled "Summer of My Life" was also announced in association with the reunion.[3]

There had no chance of recording a third studio album because of the passing of Rich Cronin. Nearly four months later, on September 28, 2009, LFO announced through their YouTube page LFOVIDEOS that they had permanently broken up. However, the individual members of the band planned to continue making music with their various side projects.[4]

After LFO (2009-present)[edit]

In an attempt to form a pop group without having it labeled as a boy band, Cronin founded Bad Mood Mike in 2003.[citation needed] The project failed, as it never produced an album, and ended after a few months. Cronin was later in a group called Loose Cannons with Toothpick (Doug Ray). He was also part of the TV show Mission: Man Band, which aired on VH1.

In July, 2003, LFO went on an indefinite hiatus, so that the members could work on solo projects.

Lima released his first solo track back in 2006.It is a cover of the Sly & the Family Stone song of the same name “If You Want Me To Stay” for the tribute album Different Strokes by Different Folks.It led to him performing in a tribute to Stone on the 2006 Grammy Awards alongside Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Maroon 5, Joss Stone, John Legend and will.i.am.[5]

Lima, along with his new band The Cadbury Diesel, has released their debut record Mozart Popart in July 2008. Lima is performing music under the alias Live From Orlando.[6][7][8] The disc helped push Lima past the bubblegum tunes of his past, thanks to the rock and roll feel of songs like “Hangin’ With You” and the soulful R&B tune “Me Veda.”

Rich Cronin launched his first solo-studio album named Billion Dollar Sound.

Brad Fischetti is now[when?] a pro-life activist. He tweets about it from time to time. In a statement to E! News, Fischetti, denies harassing any women outside the clinic, but he adamantly stands by his anti-abortion views and says he regrets not speaking out more when LFO was at the height of its fame. He is also is a musical director for a church [9]

Fischetti and Lima are right now currently collaborating on a new hip-hop project called The Xiles. They released a Christmas EP last year and revealed in December that they’d already begun recording their debut album, American Genie: Volume 1.They announced through their YouTube username that they were working on it.

Devin and Brad both live in separate house in Florida

Live performances on TV[edit]

They group has been on numerous TV shows and episode as performers. This included on All That and The Amanda Show

Rich Cronin's death (2010)[edit]

Cronin passed away on the afternoon of September 8, 2010 after a long battle with Leukemia, at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston Massachusetts.[10]

He is survived by his parents, Richard and Doris (Eddy) of Kingston; his brother, Michael of Kingston; his sister, Cassandra of Plymouth; his aunt and uncle, John and Cornelia Noonan of West Roxbury; and his cousins, Katie, Jack and Patrick, all of West Roxbury - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/wickedlocal-kingston/obituary.aspx?pid=145229975#sthash.mHx3vRVC.dpuf[11]


Brad Fischetti
(1995–2002, 2009)
Rich Cronin
(1995–2002, 2009; died 2010)
Brian Gillis
Devin Lima
(1999–2002, 2009)



YearAlbumPeak chart positionsCertifications
(sales threshold)
2001Life Is Good75
  • US sales: —
  • Canada sales: —
  • Worldwide sales: —


YearSingleChart PositionsAlbum
1997"(Sex U up) The Way You Like It"Non-album singles
"Step by Step"
1998"Can't Have You" (feat. Kayo)7054LFO
1999"Summer Girls"3161814
"Girl on TV"10639
2000"I Don't Wanna Kiss You Goodnight"61
"West Side Story"84
2001"Every Other Time"4424*18Life is Good
2002"Life Is Good"
"—" denotes the single failed to chart or was not released.

Music videos[edit]

1997"(Sex U up) The Way You Like It"UnknownDebut-Single
"Step by Step"UnknownCover version of boy band New Kids On The Block
1998"Can't Have You" (feat. Kayo)UnknownYvonne Elliman cover version. Features the Swedish singer Kayo.
1999"Summer Girls"Marcus Raboy
"Girl on TV"Gregory DarkFeatures a guest appearance by Rich Cronin's ex-girlfriend and actress Jennifer Love Hewitt
2000"I Don't Wanna Kiss You Goodnight"Gregory Dark
"West Side Story"Unknown
2001"Every Other Time"Marcus Raboy
2002"Life Is Good"Unknown


  1. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 335. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ "LFO IS BACK". LFO via Myspace Blogs. 06-03-2009. Retrieved 2009-06-14.  [dead link]
  3. ^ "LFO Update June 9, 2009". LFO via Myspace Blogs. June 9, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-14. 
  4. ^ "The End of LFO". LFO via YouTube Video. 2009-09-28. Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
  5. ^ http://www.mtv.com/news/1647524/rich-cronins-former-lfo-bandmates-continue-their-music-careers/
  6. ^ https://arena.com/article/lfos-summer-girls-15-years-later
  7. ^ Top40-charts.com
  8. ^ cduniverse.com
  9. ^ "LFO's Brad Fischetti Defends Anti-Abortion Tweets, Says He's Never Harassed Clinic Patients | E! Online UK". Eonline.com. 2012-05-25. Retrieved 2014-05-09. 
  10. ^ "LFO Singer Rich Cronin, 35, Dies of Cancer", Billboard, retrieved 2010-09-09 
  11. ^ http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/wickedlocal-kingston/obituary.aspx?pid=145229975

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