Fastball is an American rock band that formed in Austin, Texas in the 1990s. The band originally called themselves "Magneto U.S.A" but changed their name after signing with Hollywood Records.
Fastball arrived on the rock scene during an era when the classic, straightforward melodic style of bands like the Beatles had become music history. But the group didn't let that stop them. They filled a niche that had no competition when they released their debut, Make Your Mama Proud. Critics often compared them to such artists as the Beatles, Cheap Trick, and Elvis Costello. Their next release in 1998, All The Pain Money Can Buy, was far from a sophomore slump. The album reached platinum sales within six months of its release, and stayed on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart for a year.
The group was nominated for two Grammy Awards -- Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for "The Way," and Best Long Form Music Video for "The Way." They also received an MTV Video Music Award nomination as Best New Artist.
As of summer 2006, the band is in the planning stages for a new album tentatively slated for a 2007 release.