As Hemingway once said, “It takes a a big, big bull of a man to admit when he’s been el wrongo.” Today, that big, big bull of a man is Mark McGrath from late 90’s funk metal band Sugar Ray. In the band’s 1997 classic “Fly” frontman and creative powerhouse Mark McGrath croons, “I just wanna fly/Put your arms around me baby/Put your arms around me baby.” In a tearful sit down interview today with Above Average, McGrath admits he wanted to do so much more than just ‘fly’.
“It’s hard, you know,” McGrath wept. “I did want to fly, sure. I did. But I wanted to do other, more realistic things too. Visit Rome, have kids, eat a full pound burger at Cheeburger Cheeburger and get on the wall of fame. I had goals. But I made myself sound like an airhead and I got what I deserve.”
McGrath firmly believes that his flippant insistence on a single, joke goal is the reason his career has largely stalled. “You say stuff like ‘Oh, all I wanna do is smoke or kiss girls or whatever and people are like, that’s all that dude’s about. People think, ‘Who can replace Michael Strahan on Live,’ and first thought is ‘How about Mark McGrath from Sugar Ray?’ But then the second thought is ‘Nah he just wants to fly.’ It sucks butt, dude.”
Over the past few months years McGrath has undertaken a massive effort to re-manifest his true desires into the world. He’s written several new songs to the tune of “Fly” such as “Grammy”, “Nice Family” and “Debt Forgiveness” McGrath believes putting this new energy out in the world will make all the difference.
“Now people know what I really want — I’m not a dumb kid anymore, asking for the impossible,” McGrath says, his mouth dripping with ketchup and loose beef at a local Cheeburger Cheeburger. “It’s time for Mark to finally get all he really wants.”
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