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The Verve Pipe

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East Lansing MI, United States (1991 – present)

The Verve Pipe is an band from East Lansing, Michigan. It was formed in 1991 by Brian Vander Ark, Brad Vander Ark, Donny Brown and Brian Stout, releasing their first album, I’ve Suffered A Head Injury later that year. They released a second album Pop Smear helping to gain a devoted following in their native state of Michigan, which led to signing with RCA Records in 1995.

Despite the similarity in name to the band The Verve, there is no relation between the two.

In 1992, working with producer/engineer Jon Frazer, they released their first album, I’ve Suffered a Head Injury, which featured an acoustic version of the band’s calling-card hit, “The Freshmen.” The original 10-song version of the CD is no longer available. A 7-song version, without the original recording of “The Freshmen” and two songs written by Stout, 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. AJ 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” among others. While Doug Corolla played on Pop Smear, he was not a full member of the band until 1994.

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