by Katie Marzullo

   
 
I’m in the mood for something happy and upbeat this week – how about you?
 
Back in 1999, Canadian alternative group Len briefly swept the airwaves with their peppy and infectious jam “Steal My Sunshine.” I was in college at the time, and I remember I would always hum the song to myself as I brushed my teeth in the morning to get myself psyched up for the day. Even now, I can’t help but just feel good whenever I hear it.
 
So what if the lyrics make no damn sense? It’s all about the vibe, and adorable bro and sis singers Marc andSharon Costanzo took an old disco hit (Andrea True’s “More, More, More”) and made it their own, shooting the accompanying music video in Daytona Beach, Florida, which is known worldwide for it’s party atmosphere.
 
Fun and not-at-all-offensive fact: The band is named after a Japanese exchange student named Ieru Ren, who played bass for the Costanzo siblings’ high school garage band, whom they nicknamed “Len” to play up the stereotypical mispronunciation of ‘R’s in Japanese. Cute! … right?
 
Anywhoozle, check out “Steal My Sunshine” below, and just smile:
 
 
 
Also of note, Len did a cover of Kim Wilde's 1981 hit "Kids In America" for the 2000 Digimon movie!
 
 
 
(Image via LenVEVO)
 
- Katie Marzullo, YH Staff Editor