Whiteout (band)

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For other uses, see Whiteout (disambiguation).
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Whiteout in 1994 (from left to right): Paul Carroll, Eric Lindsay, Andrew Caldwell, Stuart Smith
Background information
Origin Greenock, Scotland, Great Britain
Genres Indie rock, Britpop, folk rock
Years active 1991 (1991)–1999
Labels Angel Town, Silvertone, Yoyo
Associated acts Eli
Members Paul Carroll
Eric Lindsay
Mark Fairhurst
Past members Andrew Caldwell
Stuart Smith
Eric Russell
Jim McDermott
Warren McIntyre

Whiteout was a short-lived UK rock group from Greenock[1] 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[1] 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[1] 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.

On 11 October 1994 Whiteout performed at BBC Radio 1's Peel Sessions. They played four songs: "Everyday", "Time and Again", "Get Me Through", and "Higher".

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.


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Chart positions[2]
UK Albums Chart
1995 Bite It 71
1998 Big Wow

Extended plays[edit]

Year Album Chart positions
1994 No Time
1995 Maximum Whiteout
1995 Young Tribe Rule
1997 Kickout


Year A-Side B-Side(s) Chart positions[2]
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


  1. ^ a b c Perry, Andrew. "Review: Whiteout - Big Wow, Yo-Yo". Select (EMAP Metro) (August, 1998): 97, 98. 
  2. ^ a b Zywiet, Tobias. "Chart Log UK". Retrieved 2009-08-31. 

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