The Verve Pipe

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The Verve Pipe
Verve Pipe.jpg
The Verve Pipe, 2007.
Background information
OriginEast Lansing, Michigan, US
GenresAlternative rock, post-grunge[1]
Years active1992 (1992)–present
LabelsRCA
Websitewww.thevervepipe.com
MembersBrian Vander Ark
Scott Stefanski
Joel Ferguson
Randall Sly
Craig Griffith
Lou Musa
Past membersDonny Brown
A.J. Dunning
Brad Vander Ark
Brian Stout
John Connors
 
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Not to be confused with The Verve.
The Verve Pipe
Verve Pipe.jpg
The Verve Pipe, 2007.
Background information
OriginEast Lansing, Michigan, US
GenresAlternative rock, post-grunge[1]
Years active1992 (1992)–present
LabelsRCA
Websitewww.thevervepipe.com
MembersBrian Vander Ark
Scott Stefanski
Joel Ferguson
Randall Sly
Craig Griffith
Lou Musa
Past membersDonny Brown
A.J. Dunning
Brad Vander Ark
Brian Stout
John Connors

The Verve Pipe is an American rock band from East Lansing, Michigan. It was formed in 1992 by Brian Vander Ark, Brian Stout and Donny Brown.[2]

History[edit]

In November 1992, working with producer/engineer Jonathan Frazer, they released their first album, I've Suffered a Head Injury. The original 10-song version of the CD is no longer available. A 7-song version, without the original recording of "The Freshmen" was later released as an EP. The band, known for its energetic live performances, built strong followings during its early years, especially in the college towns of Kalamazoo and East Lansing.

In the fall of 1993, the band released a second album, Pop Smear again working with Frazer that helped them gain a devoted following in their native state of Michigan and their eventual signing with RCA Records in 1995. A.J. Dunning replaced Stout on guitar for the recording of Pop Smear and remained in the band for their three RCA records. This album featured the popular tracks "Spoonful of Sugar" and "Victoria".

Their first major label release was 1996's Villains, which was a minor hit and launched two respectably selling singles, first "Villains" then the No. 5 Billboard Hot 100 hit "The Freshmen", which was their one and only hit. They came back with a new album, The Verve Pipe, in 1999. The album, however, failed to contain the commercial appeal of its predecessor.

The band's 2001 release Underneath, contained the song "Colorful", which was featured on the soundtrack of the film, Rock Star and "Happiness Is" featured on the soundtrack of the film "Joe Somebody".

On September 15, 2009, Brian Vander Ark announced on his website that the band will be releasing a new album called A Family Album in October, 2009. The band had been approached to contribute a song for a compilation album called Calling All Kids, which led to them creating an "entire album of family friendly songs". It was also noted in the announcement that a new album of rock material would follow the family album.[3] Immediately after the release of the family album, the band undertook a series of small-venue performances, mostly around Michigan and the East Coast.[4]

On March 28, 2014, the band announced on their Facebook page that their first studio album since 2001, titled "Overboard", would be released on June 17, 2014, and will be followed with a tour. The first single from the album, titled "Crash Landing", was released on April 1, 2014.[5]

Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums
EPs
Compilation albums

Singles[edit]

YearSongChart peaksAlbum
US
[6]
US Alt
[6]
US M. Rock
[6]
US Adult
[6]
CAN Rock
[7]
CAN
[7]
1996"Cup of Tea"35Villains
"Photograph"6175
"The Freshmen"51976
1999"Hero"1732The Verve Pipe
"Television"
2001"Never Let You Down"20Underneath
2014"Crash Landing"Overboard
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

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Compilation appearances[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Woodstra, Chris. "Villains Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-02-16. 
  2. ^ a b c d Strong, Martin C. (2000). The Great Rock Discography (5th ed.). Edinburgh: Mojo Books. p. 1035. ISBN 1-84195-017-3. 
  3. ^ Brianvanderark.com
  4. ^ Thevervepipe.com
  5. ^ The Verve Pipe (March 28, 2014). "The Verve Pipe - Timeline Photos - Facebook". The Verve Pipe on Facebook. Facebook. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c d Allmusic.com Retrieved on April 14, 2009.
  7. ^ a b Collectionscanada.gc.ca

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