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Somewhere in Ontario, a twisted mixture of punk and pop was brewed up by a motley crew of hip-hop, funk, and Kraftwerk fans whose collective interests and influences bubbled over, demanding more than their homemade indie label could manage. Len's breakthrough LP, "You Can't Stop the Bum Rush," was born, buoyed by the strength of its bright-eyed single, "Steal My Sunshine."

Len co-founders (and siblings) Sharon and Marc Costanzo started off playing punk rock, but hip-hop fandom took over, inspiring them to exchange the instruments they could barely play for samples and beats. Rechristened The Burger Pimp ("It's the difference between Burger King, which you basically sell burgers, and Burger Pimp, which you make money from burgers," he explains), he and his sis hooked up with friends D. Rock, Planet Pea aka Kudu5, DJ Moves, and the Drunkness Monster and proceeded to release one EP and two LPs on their own Four Ways To Rock label.

Now, with "Bum Rush," Len has put together a "compilation of songs," as Sharon calls it, running the gamut from German electro ("The Hard Disk Approach") to '70s AM radio guitar rock ("Feelin' Alright), from '60s mod pop ("Cheekybugger") to soulful easy listening ("Junebug"), complete with Herb Alpert-esque trumpet. And then, there's that candy-coated single. "Some people bought the record and complained about the rest," The Burger Pimp explains. "They're saying, 'You guys really screwed us on this record. You made "Sunshine," the rest of it's not what I want to hear." I can't help those people."

MTV News caught up with Sharon and The Burger Pimp to shoot the shinola about the group's love for genre-hopping, its friendly, casual, and chemical approach to recording, and the siblings' unusually, uh, "close" brother-sister relationship.

Get ready to groove on the flow.




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