Whiteout in 1994 (from left to right): Paul Carroll, Eric Lindsay, Andrew Caldwell, Stuart Smith
|Origin||Greenock, Scotland, Great Britain|
|Genres||Indie rock, Britpop, folk rock|
|Labels||Angel Town, Silvertone, Yoyo|
|Past members||Paul Carroll
Whiteout was a short-lived UK rock group from Greenock in Scotland, who were most famous for their hit "Jackie's Racing". Although they had existed in a different incarnation since the very early 1990's, the band, whose classic line-up consisted of Andrew Caldwell (vocals), Paul Carroll (bass), Eric Lindsay (guitar) and Stuart Smith (drums) since 1993, 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 in 1996, after Bite It (replaced briefly by Warren McIntyre) and by the time the (now three piece of Carroll, Lindsay & McDermott) 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. Original drummer Mark Fairhurst ('Fudge') had replaced McDermott on drums in 1997, appearing on two of "Big Wow"'s tracks, but Whiteout split soon after, around 1999, shortly after becoming a 4-piece again with Eric Russell on keys.
The only recorded material since has come from Eric Lindsay's outfit 'Eli', and the album 'Dreams Are The Foundations of Reality' (2009), though there have been brief outings by combinations of Lindsay, Carroll and Russell since the split in various acoustic and electric incarnations. Eric can currently be found playing guitar with ex-Superstar frontman Joe McAlinden's band Linden.
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|