Whiteout (band)

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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
Past members Paul Carroll
Eric Lindsay
Mark Fairhurst
Andrew Caldwell
Stuart Smith
Eric Russell
Jim McDermott
Warren McIntyre
Sandy Manson

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


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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