Sick Puppies achieved mainstream success largely thanks to the overwhelming popularity of the video for their first single, "All the Same." Produced independently by the band, the video chronicles the experiences of a man, Juan Mann, carrying a "Free Hugs" sign around a mall. By 12.5 million views, the band had been signed to Virgin and released their major label debut.
Following the success of the video, Mann's "Free Hugs" experiment went on to become a veritable social movement, with a "Free Hugs Day" being held for several years afterward.
The band hails from Australia. After losing original drummer Chris Maleski, remaining members Shimon Moore and Emma Anzai decided to relocated to Los Angeles in pursuit of broader success. They found replacement drummer Mark Goodwin shortly after their arrival via Craigslist.
They appear in the award-winning documentary Rock Prophecies. It chronicles some of the band's struggles before their mainstream breakthrough - director Robert M. Knight saw potential in the band, the fostered them through the early stages of their career.
Shimon Moore and Emma Anzai were classmates in high school.
According to Shimon Moore, the origin of the band's came from a literally sick dog intruding on an early-era garage jam session. The dog wandered into the garage, vomited, and left - inspiration struck, and the group became "Sick Puppies."
Mark Goodwin once went 22 shows in a row without washing his pants, because the cleaning process made them too tight.
"St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)" was not written for the movie, but for Rick Hanson, a wheelchair athlete whose 1985 "Man In Motion" tour logged 24,856 miles on his wheelchair in 34 countries while raising $26 million for spinal cord research.