The Verve Pipe

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The Verve Pipe
Verve Pipe.jpg
The Verve Pipe, 2007.
Background information
Origin East Lansing, Michigan, US
Genres Alternative rock, post-grunge[1]
Years active 1992 (1992)–present
Labels RCA
Website www.thevervepipe.com
Members Brian Vander Ark
Scott Stefanski
Joel Ferguson
Randall Sly
Craig Griffith
Lou Musa
Past members Donny Brown
A.J. Dunning
Brad Vander Ark
Brian Stout
John Connors

The Verve Pipe is an American rock band from East Lansing, Michigan. It was formed in 1992 by Brian Vander Ark, Brian Stout and Donny Brown.[2]

History[edit]

In November 1992, working with producer/engineer Jonathan Frazer, they released their first album, I've Suffered a Head Injury. The original 10-song version of the CD is no longer available. A 7-song version, without the original recording of "The Freshmen" was later released as an EP. The band, known for its energetic live performances, built strong followings during its early years, especially in the college towns of Kalamazoo and East Lansing.

In the fall of 1993, the band released a second album, Pop Smear again working with Frazer that helped them gain a devoted following in their native state of Michigan and their eventual signing with RCA Records in 1995. A.J. Dunning replaced Stout on guitar for the recording of Pop Smear and remained in the band for their three RCA records. This album featured the popular tracks "Spoonful of Sugar" and "Victoria".

Their first major label release was 1996's Villains, which was a minor hit and launched two respectably selling singles, first "Villains" then the No. 5 Billboard Hot 100 hit "The Freshmen", which was their one and only hit. They came back with a new album, The Verve Pipe, in 1999. The album, however, failed to contain the commercial appeal of its predecessor.

The band's 2001 release Underneath, contained the song "Colorful", which was featured on the soundtrack of the film, Rock Star and "Happiness Is" featured on the soundtrack of the film "Joe Somebody".

On September 15, 2009, Brian Vander Ark announced on his website that the band will be releasing a new album called A Family Album in October, 2009. The band had been approached to contribute a song for a compilation album called Calling All Kids, which led to them creating an "entire album of family friendly songs". It was also noted in the announcement that a new album of rock material would follow the family album.[3] Immediately after the release of the family album, the band undertook a series of small-venue performances, mostly around Michigan and the East Coast.[4]

Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums
EPs
Compilation albums

Singles[edit]

Year Song Chart peaks Album
US
[5]
US Alt
[5]
US M. Rock
[5]
US Adult
[5]
CAN Rock
[6]
CAN
[6]
1996 "Cup of Tea" 35 Villains
"Photograph" 6 17 5
"The Freshmen" 5 1 9 7 6
1999 "Hero" 17 32 The Verve Pipe
"Television"
2001 "Never Let You Down" 20 Underneath
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

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Compilation appearances[edit]

  • Yikes! Records: So This Is East Lansing Vol. 1 - "Spoonful of Sugar" (original mix) (1993)
  • Aware Vol. 2 - "Spoonful of Sugar" and "What You Wanted" (1994)
  • Jensen International Sampler - "Spoonful Of Sugar"
  • Westwood One Entertainment Play Station Sampler (PSX)- "Drive You Mild" (remix) (1995)
  • Yikes! Records Vol. 5...So This is a Compilation...Best of Michigan - "Blue Beret" (XTC) (1995)
  • A Testimonial Dinner — The Songs of XTC - "Wake Up!" (XTC) (Thirsty Ear Records) (1995)
  • CMJ New Music Monthly Sampler - "Photograph" (1996)
  • WGRD RadioactivII - "Veneer" (live)
  • EdgeFest 1996 (Dayton, Ohio) - "Photograph" (live) and "Cup of Tea" (live)
  • LAUNCH CD-ROM (vol. 8) - Interview & "Villains" (live)
  • WKLQHometown Music Search III - "Villains" and "Reverend Girl" (live) (1996)
  • Aris' Big Disc 3 - "Villains" and "Reverend Girl" (live) (1996)
  • SuperSnax Summer '96 - "Cup of Tea"
  • SuperSnax Winter '96 - "Photograph"
  • Singles Mix 1 Volume 33 - "Photograph"
  • FMBQ Modern Rock Sampler 3/96 - "Photograph"
  • Pulse Cuts Vol.1 - "Cup of Tea"
  • Groove Wallet - "Cup of Tea"
  • Album Network's Rock Tune-Up No. 151 1996 - "Cup of Tea"
  • Virtually Alternative 70 - "Cup of Tea"
  • Virtually Alternative - "Villains"
  • 81 Disc A - "Villains"
  • RCA Summer/Fall 1996 Sampler - "The Freshmen" (album version) and "Penny is Poison"
  • FMBQ Vol. 25 Morning Sickness '96 - "The Freshmen" (mix 1) and "The Freshmen" (album edit)
  • All-Star Cover Songs 4/28/97 - "Strawberry Fields" (live)
  • Hit Zone (BMG) - "The Freshmen"
  • Hits Post Modern Syndrome - "The Freshmen"
  • Airwalk Sno-Core Tour '97 - "The Freshmen"
  • WBCN Naked Disc - "The Freshmen" (acoustic live in studio performance) (1997)
  • WGRD RadioActiv3 - "Cup of Tea" (acoustic live in studio performance) (1997)
  • KNDD The End Sessions - "The Freshmen" (acoustic live in studio performance)
  • Sam Goody/Musicland Class Of '97 - A Year In Review Sampler - "Photograph"
  • MuchMusic Big Shiny Tunes Vol. 2 - "The Freshmen"
  • Y-100FM Sonic Sessions - "The Freshmen" (live in studio performance) (1997)
  • Sweet Digizine CD-ROM Vol. 1, Issue 2 (retail version)
  • Great Expectations (soundtrack) - "Her Ornament" (1998)
  • MTV 120 Minutes Live - "Villains" (live) (1998)
  • The Avengers (soundtrack) - "Blow You Away" (1998)
  • Clay Pigeons (soundtrack) - "1229 Sheffield" (1998)
  • Best Of Rockline - "Drive You Mild" (live in studio performance) (1999)
  • Rock Star (soundtrack) - "Colorful" (2001)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Woodstra, Chris. "Villains Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-02-16. 
  2. ^ a b c d Strong, Martin C. (2000). The Great Rock Discography (5th ed.). Edinburgh: Mojo Books. p. 1035. ISBN 1-84195-017-3. 
  3. ^ Brianvanderark.com
  4. ^ Thevervepipe.com
  5. ^ a b c d Allmusic.com Retrieved on April 14, 2009.
  6. ^ a b Collectionscanada.gc.ca

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