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McFly are an English pop rock band who first found fame in 2002/2003. The band consists of Tom Fletcher (lead vocals and guitar), Danny Jones (lead vocals andguitar), Dougie Poynter (backing vocals and bass guitar) and Harry Judd (drums). They were signed to the Island Records label from their 2004 launch until December 2007, before creating their own label, Super Records. The band rose to fame after fellow boyband Busted helped launch them by inviting them to tour in March 2004. The band's name originates from Marty McFly, the protagonist of the Back to theFuture film trilogy
McFly were named by frontman Tom Fletcher after he auditioned for Busted, but lost out on the place to Charlie Simpson (who later went on to co-found post-hardcore band Fightstar). Originally, Fletcher was accepted as part of Busted's line-up; however, the Island record label went on to reassess the situation, eventually deciding to have the band as a threesome rather than afoursome. Fletcher then apparently stated that "I was in the band for approximately four minutes." He later denied this, saying "I was never in this band. Anyone who says I was is an idiot." Though the record label decided against offering Fletcher a place in Busted, they were intrigued by his songwriting talents and later offered him a place on the Busted's songwriting 'team', alongside bandmember (and already accomplished songwriter) James Bourne; Fletcher has since stated that it was Bourne who taught him how to "properly" structure songs, and how to "come up with good, poppy melodies"
McFly's early sound was surf/pop rock. Their debut single, "5 Colours in Her Hair", released 29 March 2004, entered the UK Singles Chart at number 1 in April 2004 and stayed there the following week.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 1 in the UK Albums Chart. It would go on to be certified double platinum by the British Phonographic Industry. The album broke records, as McFly earned an award from Guinness World Records for being the youngest band to have a debut album enter the charts inthe top position, a distinction previously held by The Beatles. The idea for the album name came from where Jones and Fletcher wrote most of the songs for the album: room 363 in the InterContinental Hotel in London. The third single, "That Girl", was released on 6 September 2004, placing at number 3. The fourth single, Room on the 3rd Floor, the album's title track, was released on 15 November2004 and reached number 5. McFly supported Busted on their nationwide arena tour along with V in February 2004 and then had their first headlining tour in September 2004.
In March 2005, McFly released a double A-side of "All About You/You've Got a Friend" from their second album, Wonderland, which featured a 60-piece orchestra. The single reached number 1 for a week on 13 March 2005, with allprofits donated to Comic Relief. The video for "You've Got a Friend" was shot in Uganda, Africa, which McFly visited for the charity appeal
In 2006, McFly turned their attentions to America, appearing in the Lindsay Lohan movie Just My Luck, released on 12 May, three days after the soundtrack of the movie, which comprised McFly songs taken from both Room on the Third Floor andWonderland, as well as a new version of "Five Colours In Her Hair". The band played several gigs in Los Angeles and New York, as well as attending the American premiere of Just My Luck in Hollywood.
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 6 November...