Music Seen: Fitz And The Tantrums Bring Motown Flavor To VH1 (PHOTOS)


You Oughta Know artist Fitz and the Tantrums‘ music could be described just like its fashion — Motown roots with a pop twist. Frontman Michael “Fitz” Fitzpatrick embraces this fusion by pairing skinny suits a la the 1960s with new sneakers and a hairdo reminiscent of New Wave. The rest of the six-piece Tantrums, mostly guys who make up the group’s tight horn section, share Fitz’ penchant for sporting skinny suits on stage. And the group’s lone gal, knockout co-singer Noelle Scaggs, favors vintage dresses and a retro bob. For our inaugural Music Seen feature, VH1 photographer Zev Schmitz spent time with the Fitz and the Tantrums as they dropped by VH1 to perform a You Oughta Know Live set in our lobby. After the jump, photos and commentary by the band members themselves. — Matt Muro

“Fitz and the Tantrums has turned me into a fashion whore.” — Jeremy Ruzumna

“Always need a good dress shoe if you wanna look sharp. Slippery Elm the secret elixir of any singer on tour!” – Fitz

“Sunglasses are a must for post-late-night parties!” – Fitz

Ah yes, Still life with bari sax harness. People always think it’s either a gun holster or a bondage device. It’s really nothing as sinister as all that. Now, the iPhone on the other hand…” — James King

“Three of my new favorite accouterments from my favorite LA boutique. I never wear bracelets cause they get in the way when I perform but these Little gems made the cut! ” — Noelle Scaggs

“Gimme a break, I’m a product of the 80’s! In my opinion, pink stripes never go out of style, nor do penny loafers!” — John Wicks

“Stick Control is the drummer’s Bible, has been since the 30’s. My skull bracelets carry a secret personal reminder to me and give my grooves voodoo.” — John Wicks

“This jewelry box was a gift from one of our Die Hard Fans, Zowie. I never leave town with out my bling in it.” — Noelle Scaggs

“I also never leave home with out a ring on, this one is by Jessica Elliot.” — Noelle Scaggs

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