Veruca Salt

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Veruca Salt
Origin Chicago, Illinois, United States
Genres Alternative rock, grunge, post-grunge
Years active 1993–2012, 2013–present
Labels Minty Fresh, DGC, Beyond Music, MGM, Embryo, Sympathy for the Record Industry
Associated acts American Hi-Fi, The Smashing Pumpkins
Members Nina Gordon
Louise Post
Jim Shapiro
Steve Lack
Past members Stephen Fitzpatrick
Kellii Scott
Nicole Fiorentino
Stacy Jones
Suzanne Sokol
Gina Crosley
Jimmy Madla
Solomon Snyder
Michael Miley
Eddie Livingston

Veruca Salt is an American alternative rock band founded in Chicago, Illinois, in 1993 by vocalist-guitarists Nina Gordon and Louise Post, drummer Jim Shapiro and bassist Steve Lack.[1]


1993–1998: Formation and Growth[edit]

Named after Veruca Salt, the spoiled rich girl from the children's book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, Veruca Salt was formed in Chicago by Louise Post (guitar/vocals) and Nina Gordon (guitar/vocals). Post and Gordon were introduced through mutual friend Lili Taylor, and began playing music together. They wrote songs for a year and a half before being joined by Gordon's brother, Jim Shapiro, on drums and Steve Lack on bass. Songwriting was shared between Gordon and Post, though the two seldom collaborated. Rather, each would typically submit a complete song to the group and sing the lead vocal on that song, while the other would record backing vocals.

The band had performed a handful of shows when Jim Powers of Minty Fresh Records asked them to sign to the independent label.[2] The band's first release was the single "Seether"/"All Hail Me" on Minty Fresh Records, in 1994. The single was a success and Veruca Salt accompanied Hole on a tour, before releasing their first full-length album, American Thighs, which eventually reached Gold status.

After signing to Geffen Records, the band quickly gained in popularity as "Seether" became an MTV hit. A stop-gap EP recorded by Steve Albini, Blow It Out Your Ass It's Veruca Salt, was released in 1996.

Their second album, Eight Arms to Hold You, was produced by Bob Rock and released in 1997. Lead single "Volcano Girls" gained exposure as the opening theme to the teen comedy film Jawbreaker. Veruca Salt performed another single, "Shutterbug", on Saturday Night Live; however, instead of the featured musical group performing two songs as had been tradition, the musical performances were split between Sting and Veruca Salt. Shapiro left the band soon after the release of Eight Arms and was replaced by Stacy Jones (of Letters to Cleo and American Hi-Fi). Jones toured with the band on the Eight Arms tour, but never recorded with them.[citation needed]

In 1996, Veruca Salt appeared as Pavement's replacement band in their video "Painted Soldiers".

In 1997, they opened for the band Bush in a North American Tour.[3]

1998–2005: Gordon's departure, reformation and Resolver[edit]

Louise Post (left) and Nicole Fiorentino (right) in 2006 with Veruca Salt

In 1998, Gordon left the band to pursue a solo career (her first album Tonight and the Rest of My Life, was released in 2000). The undisclosed dispute between Gordon and Post has been described as "one of the greatest rock soap operas since Fleetwood Mac or Hüsker Dü."[4]

Post, the only remaining original band member, recruited a new band, consisting of Stephen Fitzpatrick (guitar), Suzanne Sokol (bass guitar) and Jimmy Madla (drums), and continued to record and perform under the Veruca Salt name. The new band signed with Beyond Records. The first album with the new lineup was 2000's Resolver.

Suzanne Sokol left the band at the end of 2000. Post's friend, Gina Crosley, took her place. The new line-up toured in summer 2001, and spent time promoting Resolver in the UK. Crosley and Post then moved to Los Angeles, where they lived together and wrote songs that appeared on the Officially Dead EP. Crosley is credited with co-writing "Smoke & Mirrors", but left the band before the record was released. She also worked on songs that later appeared on IV, but no credit is officially given.

In December 2002, both Resolver and its lead single "Born Entertainer" were released, in Australia through Embryo Records/MGM. Following the release of "Born Entertainer", the label released the single "Officially Dead", which contained newly recorded tracks as well as a remix of "The Same Person".

2005–2012: VSIV and hiatus[edit]

In 2005, the band went through another line-up change with Crosley and Madla leaving, replaced by Solomon Snyder on bass guitar and Michael Miley on drums for the recording of the EP Lords of Sounds and Lesser Things (LOSALT). The band went on tour with Post, Fitzpatrick, drummer Kellii Scott of Failure, and bassist Nicole Fiorentino. LOSALT was released independently by the band and included six new songs. The title of the EP is an extract from Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God. This preceded the full-length album, IV, released in September 2006, accompanied by a U.S. tour. IV failed to chart in the US. The lead single, "So Weird", was released to radio at the end of October 2006; however, a video was not produced and the single failed to receive significant radio play.

In 2007, the band recorded a cover of Neil Young's song "Burned" for a 2007 Breast Cancer Benefit album.

On March 14, 2012, the band announced on their official website that they were on indefinite hiatus. Louise Post took time to have a child while Fiorentino went on to play bass with the Smashing Pumpkins.

2013: reunion[edit]

On March 15, 2013 the band announced the reunion of its original line-up (Nina Gordon, Louise Post, Jim Shapiro, and Steve Lack) with a message on the band's official Facebook page which read, "for now let's just say this: hatchets buried, axes exhumed." The members, including Post, have gone on to refer to the Resolver/IV era as "Veruca Starship" in reference to the convoluted evolution of the band Jefferson Airplane[5]

On September 29, 2013, it was announced that they were working on new material, set to be released in 2014. On April 19, 2014, for Record Store Day, the band released a 10-inch vinyl disc containing two new songs, "It's Holy" and "The Museum of Broken Relationships".

As of mid 2014 the band are currently on a tour of the USA and will follow it up with a tour of Australia late September.

Band members[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Louise Post – guitar, vocals (1993–present)
  • Nina Gordon – guitar, vocals (1993–1998, 2013–present)
  • Jim Shapiro – drums (1993–1997, 2013–present)
  • Steve Lack – bass (1993–1998, 2013–present)

Former members[edit]

  • Stacy Jones – drums (1997–1998)
  • Stephen Fitzpatrick – lead guitar (1999–2012)
  • Nicole Fiorentino – bass, backing vocals (2005–2008)
  • Kellii Scott – drums (2005–2012)
  • Jimmy Madla – drums (1999–2004)
  • Suzanne Sokol – bass, backing vocals (1999–2000)
  • Gina Crosley – bass, backing vocals (2000–2005)
  • Solomon Snyder – bass (2004-2005)
  • Michael Miley – drums (2004-2005)

Touring Members[edit]




Year Album Title Label
1994 American Thighs Minty Fresh

DGC/Minty Fresh (re-release)

1997 Eight Arms to Hold You Outpost/Geffen
2000 Resolver Beyond
2006 IV Sympathy For The Record Industry (US) and on Shock Records (AUS)
Year EP Title Label
1996 Blow It Out Your Ass It's Veruca Salt DGC/Minty Fresh
2003 Officially Dead Embryo Records
2005 Lords of Sounds and Lesser Things Velveteen
2014 MMXIV Minty Fresh
Year Single Title Album taken from
1994 "Seether" / "All Hail Me" American Thighs
1995 "Number One Blind"
1997 "Volcano Girls" Eight Arms to Hold You
"The Morning Sad" (Promo Only)
"Straight" (Promo Only)
2000 "Born Entertainer" Resolver
"Only You Know" (Promo Only)
2003 "Born Entertainer" (Australian Release)
"Officially Dead" (Australian tour EP)
"Yeah Man" (Australian Promo)
2006 "So Weird" IV
2014 "The Museum of Broken Relationships" / "It's Holy" MMXIV

Chart performance[edit]

Album U.S. Billboard 200 UK Albums Chart[6]
American Thighs 69 47
Eight Arms To Hold You 55 DNC
Resolver 171 DNC
Single U.S. Hot Modern Rock Tracks U.S. Mainstream Rock Tracks UK Singles Chart[6] Australia Triple J Hottest 100 Australia Triple J Net 50
"Seether" 8 61 6
"Number One Blind" 20 68
"Volcano Girls" 8 9 56
"Shutterbug" 38
"Benjamin" 75
"Straight" 39
"Born Entertainer" 192 1
"Yeah Man" 13
"Officially Dead" 5

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