Seven years before blossoming into pop music’s platinum-selling funkateers, four members of Maroon 5 played together in a garage band called Kara’s Flowers. The group signed with Reprise Records in 1997 and released a debut album, “The Fourth World,” and hit the road alongside ska-punk bands like Goldfinger and Reel Big Fish. To their chagrin, the album completely tanked, selling about 5,000 copies, and the band was dropped by Reprise. Freshly out of high school, the members regrouped, re-branded, reinvented their sound with a neo-soul edge and became one of the 2000s biggest success stories. —Jeff Royer
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