Len (band)



Len is a Canadian
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duo based in
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, Ontario. The band consists of siblings Marc Costanzo (vocals, guitar) and Sharon Costanzo (vocals, bass) and a revolving lineup of touring and studio musicians.


Marc Costanzo began recreationally recording music at the age of 13 years old. These recordings were predominately helmed by Marc, although his older sister Sharon sometimes contributed vocals to the recordings. In 1991, Marc began to produce music under the pseudonym of Len as a solo project. The name was taken from a high school friend of Marc's named Lenny. Sharon officially joined this project a year later, thus marking Len's first iteration as a duo. Len began as a punk rock band, with
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influences. Between 1992 and 1997, the brother-sister duo independently released a self-titled extended play and two studio albums, ''Superstar'' (1995) and '' Get Your Legs Broke'' (1997). Marc estimated both albums sold around 10-15,000 units each. While these two albums received minimal attention in Canada, the duo found difficulty in attracting attention from major record labels. The band had their first taste of success when they received retroactive acclaim for the song "Candy Pop". Len released a more hip-hop oriented album, '' You Can't Stop the Bum Rush'', in 1999; a song from the album, " Steal My Sunshine", based on the old disco hit " More, More, More" by the Andrea True Connection,Brunner, Rob.
"'Steal' this hook"
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'', issue 501, page 69. September 3, 1999. Retrieved October 2, 2008.
was also released that year, and climbed the popular charts both in Canada and the United States and became Len's biggest hit. Len was nominated for a 2000
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as best new group, and the album was nominated as Best Alternative Album. After the song, Len's fame dropped, but they continued to release albums until 2005, followed by a seven-year hiatus. In 2008, Marc announced the group's disbandment in a MySpace message. He stated: " looks like we e not gonna make another n record. Just couldn't get it ( and everyone ) together." He still, however, announced he and Sharon would still record another album together. Despite this, Len returned with Marc and Sharon in October 2012, in which they released their fifth studio album ''It's Easy If You Try''. The album was promoted with one single, "It's My Neighborhood", which had a music video featuring scenes of Toronto residents lip syncing to the song. In 2016, Marc announced it is unlikely Len will record another album.


Studio albums

Extended plays




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