Ginger (band)

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Ginger
Origin Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
Genres alternative rock
Years active 1992–1997
Labels Nettwerk
Associated acts The Grapes of Wrath
Past members Vincent Jones
Tom Hooper
Chris Hooper
Lanny Hussey
Sean Ashby

Ginger was a Canadian rock band in the 1990s. The band initially consisted of Tom Hooper on vocals,guitar and bass, Chris Hooper on drums and Vincent Jones on keyboards, following the departure of Kevin Kane from their earlier band The Grapes of Wrath. Lanny Hussey and Sean Ashby added extra guitars working as session players.

With the Grapes of Wrath name and song catalogue tied up in legal wrangling between Kane and the remainder of the band, Jones and the Hooper brothers adopted the name Ginger, and released a self-titled EP under that name in 1993.

In 1994, Ginger released Far Out. Both Far Out and the self-titled EP were noted for their strong similarity to the classic Grapes jangle-pop sound.

In 1996, Jones left the band and Lanny Hussey was promoted to full membership. Ginger then made a more conscious effort to develop its own distinctive sound, adding some trip-hop and electronic elements to their album Suddenly I Came to My Senses. Jones played keyboards on the album, billed as a "special guest"; long-time session sideman Ashby was also a special guest performer. Sarah McLachlan (billed merely as an "additional musician") performed some of the backing vocals on the album. The song, "Come To Me" was featured in the film Kissed, and was included on the soundtrack album as well.

The members of Ginger went their separate ways following that recording. Jones, Ashby and Chris Hooper became session musicians — Jones and Ashby appear on McLachlan's live albums Mirrorball and Afterglow Live. Meanwhile, Tom Hooper reunited with Kane for a new Grapes of Wrath album, Field Trip, in 2000. Jones and Chris Hooper did not participate in that reunion; Chris Hooper did, however, reunite with Tom Hooper and Kevin Kane for the band's 2013 album High Road.

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Release Date Title Chart positions Album
Canada
RPM 100
August 1994 "Solid Ground" #46 Far Out
January 1995 "Far Out" #76
October 1996 "Everything You're Missing" #23 Suddenly I Came to My Senses
March 1997 "Here With Me" #27

Albums[edit]

  • Ginger (1993)
  • Far Out (1994)
  • Suddenly I Came to My Senses (1996)

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