In the late 1990s The Supertones achieved wide popularity in the Christan Rock community. Their second album, 1997's release Supertones Strike Back, was a surprise smash hit, peaking on both Billboard's Heatseekers and Top Christian Albums charts at #3 and #2 respectively.
Beginning with a more traditional ska sound, The Supertones moved next to a harder rock sound, which eventually changed again with more of a pop-rock influence. Their next two albums, 1999's Chase the Sun and 2000's Loud and Clear, each charted on the Billboard 200 chart.
They continued to release albums until 2005, when they announced plans to break up. The band released Unite, a greatest hits compilation, and played their last show at Biola University in La Mirada, California on October 7, 2005. former members Jason Carson, Darren Mettler and Tony Terusa re-joined the band on stage for three songs. Kevin "Slim" Chen was on hand but did not play with the band. The Supertones played for 2 1/2 hours at their final show, playing close to 30 songs.
On March 11, 2008 BEC Recordings, Inc. released "The Ultimate Collection," a sort of greatest hits album with select songs from each of the bands studio albums, with the exception of "Revenge of the O.C. Supertones," which has no tracks represented.
On February 12, 2008 former Supertones guitarist Ethan Luck became the newest member playing drums for the Christian Punk Pop band, Relient K.
|Year||Album||US Hot 200||US Heatseekers||Top Contemporary Christian|
|1996||The Adventures of The O.C. Supertones||-||-||36|
|1997||The Adventures of The O.C. Supertones||-||-||35|
|1997||Supertones Strike Back||117||3||2|
|1999||Chase the Sun||95||-||2|
|2000||Loud and Clear||168||9||10|
|2002||Live! Vol. 1||-||-||20|
|2004||Revenge of the O.C. Supertones||-||-||17|
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