Whiteout in 1994 (from left to right): Paul Carroll, Eric Lindsay, Andrew Caldwell, Stuart Smith
|Origin||Greenock, Scotland, Great Britain|
|Genres||Rock, indie rock, Britpop|
|Labels||Angel Town, Silvertone, Yoyo|
|Past members||Andrew Caldwell
Whiteout was a short-lived UK rock group from Greenock in Scotland, who were most famous for their hit "Jackie's Racing". The band, comprising Andrew Caldwell (vocals), Paul Carroll (bass), Eric Lindsay (guitar) and Stuart Smith (drums) took their name from a slang term for the disorientating effects of alcohol. They were the first guitar band to sign to the Silvertone label after their enormous success with the Stone Roses. Whiteout's principal recordings were the albums Bite It (1995) and Big Wow (1998). Their music was influenced by the country rock and glam rock of the early 1970s, as well as the aforementioned Stone Roses.
Whiteout achieved minor success during the Britpop era in the UK, co-headlining a tour with Oasis and supported The Charlatans and Pulp. They opened both the Glasgow Sound City event and the Phoenix festival in 1994 before releasing their second single, "Starrclub" (which included the line, "Look at me, i'm on TV"). The singles "Detroit" and "Jackie's Racing" followed and the group began to achieve a growing reputation in Japan.
Andrew Caldwell left the group after Bite It and by the time the (now three piece) band reemerged with their second album "Big Wow" in 1998 (The last track of which included the refrain "We'll all go down in history") it was to a largely dismissive reception from the music media and Whiteout split soon afterwards.
UK Albums Chart
|1995||Young Tribe Rule||—|
UK Singles chart
|1991||"The Next Big Thing"||"Orange Overdrive"||—|
|1994||"No Time"||"U Drag Me" (version) · "Get Me Through"||83|
|1994||"Starrclub"||"Higher" · "And I Believe"||80|
|1994||"Detroit"||"Just Passin' Through, Kid" · "Dee Troyt"||73|
|1994||"Van Song"||"Rocks Off" (Rolling Stones cover)||—|
|1995||"Jackie's Racing"||"Cousin Jane" · "So Confused"||72|