Caroline's Spine

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Caroline's Spine
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Jimmy Newquist
Background information
Origin Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Genres Post-grunge, Alternative rock, Grunge (early)
Years active1993–Present
LabelsAnza Records, Hollywood Records
Past membersScott Jones
Mark Haugh
Luis Moral
Jason Gilardi

Caroline's Spine is an alternative rock band based in Phoenix, Arizona. The group's touring schedule in the mid-1990s landed them a record deal with Hollywood Records. [1] They have released several studio albums and shared billings with such bands as Aerosmith, Kiss, and Queensrÿche. [2] Songs by the group include "Sullivan," [1] "Wallflower," and "The Light Inside."

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History

ANZA Records

Caroline's Spine was created by lead singer/primary songwriter Jimmy Newquist. [3] Under the direction of producer Dan Calderone and ANZA Records, Newquist performed virtually all of the instruments recorded for the Caroline's Spine self-titled debut album in 1993.[ citation needed ]

Jimmy Newquist American musician

James P. Newquist is the American primary song writer, guitarist, and lead singer for the alternative rock band Caroline's Spine. Born in Boston, Massachusetts and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, he is one of eight children. Newquist started song writing at an early age and moved to Los Angeles, California to further his music career. In 1993, he formed Caroline's Spine with college friend Mark Haugh - the band's name being a reference to a character in a story Newquist wrote about a comatose girl whose doctor nonchalantly inquires, "How's Caroline's spine today?"

<i>Carolines Spine</i> (album) 1993 studio album by Carolines Spine

Caroline's Spine is the eponymous debut album of the American hard rock band of the same name. It was released in 1993 before the band was entirely formed. The lead singer/primary song writer Jimmy Newquist wrote all the songs and played most of the instruments for the recording. Many of the tracks on this album were later re-recorded with the full band for future Caroline's Spine albums.

Jimmy along with his college friend, Mark Haugh, won the 'Best Unsigned Band' in the 1994 Yamaha sponsored 'Soundcheck' contest.[ citation needed ] To make ends meet, they sold all their furniture and went on the road with Jason Gilardi (from Los Angeles) on drums and Luis Moral on bass. They went on to release three more albums with ANZA Records before signing with Hollywood Records. Since 2007 Jimmy has continued the band including a new CD released in 2008.

Yamaha Corporation Japanese multinational corporation and conglomerate

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Hollywood Records

Backed by Hollywood Records the band released two national albums ( Monsoon [4] and Attention Please [5] ) and made appearances on two motion picture soundtracks ( An American Werewolf In Paris and Varsity Blues ). They also toured around the world, opening for such acts Kiss and Aerosmith. Even without national promotion or television exposure, Caroline's Spine continued to make a name for themselves around the country. Word of mouth and extensive, nightly performances helped keep the band on the road for most of 1998 to 2000.[ citation needed ]

<i>Monsoon</i> (Carolines Spine album) album by Carolines Spine

Monsoon is the fifth studio album and first major label album by American alternative rock band Caroline's Spine. It featured almost entirely songs that can be found on their previous independent releases but were re-recorded or remastered for this album. The single "Sullivan" climbed to #23 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart, as well as #14 on R&R’s Active Rock Chart. The success of this album also earned them a gig playing on board the United States Navy aircraft carrier USS Enterprise.

<i>Varsity Blues</i> (film) 1999 film by Brian Robbins

Varsity Blues is a 1999 American comedy-drama-sports film directed by Brian Robbins and starring James Van Der Beek, Jon Voight, Paul Walker, Ron Lester, and Scott Caan. It follows a small-town 3A high school football team and their overbearing coach through a tumultuous season. The players must deal with the pressures of adolescence and their football-obsessed community while having their hard coach on their back constantly. In the small (fictional) town of West Canaan, Texas, football is a way of life, and losing is not an option.

Kiss (band) American band

Kiss is an American rock band formed in New York City in January 1973 by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss, and Ace Frehley. Well known for its members' face paint and stage outfits, the group rose to prominence in the mid-to-late 1970s with their elaborate live performances, which featured fire breathing, blood-spitting, smoking guitars, shooting rockets, levitating drum kits, and pyrotechnics. The band has gone through several lineup changes, with Stanley and Simmons the only remaining original members. The original and best-known lineup consisted of Stanley, Simmons, Frehley, and Criss.

After Hollywood

Eventually Caroline's Spine decided to part ways with Hollywood Records in 2000. The band quickly released Like it or Not later that year. The disc was a compilation of old songs from the ANZA Records releases as well as four new songs. This was helpful to the fans that could not afford the scarce, early albums which had become highly valuable through secondary markets such as ebay.[ citation needed ] 2002 was a very busy year for the band. First, Live Industrial Sampler was released which included live performances from their Attention Please world tour. Later that year, The Grovers 10th Anniversary Edition was released to commemorate a decade passing since Jimmy and Mark were in the college band together. The album featured early versions of four songs ("Psycho," "She's Coming Home," "Why Don't We Get Along," and "I Will Be Alright") that would eventually appear on Caroline's Spine records. Finally, the band's eighth album, Overlooked , was also released in late 2002. It packaged remixes of the four new tracks from Like it or Not with two songs previously unreleased in America and six new songs.

Live is a live album by American alternative rock band Caroline's Spine. The collection features songs recorded live at various venues. It was only released for a short time and not to the average consumer.

Overlooked is a compilation album by American alternative rock band Caroline's Spine. It includes several tracks that appeared on previous releases, simply rerecorded and slightly updated in style, tone, and quality. Overlooked was intended to give fans who were unable to acquire the band's older albums to hear some of the previous songs.

The next five years saw a handful of live concerts before the group went on an unofficial hiatus. The band members took time to concentrate on family as well as other music projects. Jimmy Newquist released his first solo record, Ashley Ave, in 2003. Later that year, Jason Gilardi and Scott Jones released a self-titled album from their side project, New Science. The following year, Newquist recorded acoustic versions of eight Caroline's Spine fan favorites and released them as a new disc entitled On Tour. The third solo release from Newquist entitled Bump was released in 2005.

Taking advantage of online sales opportunities, the band released The Collection in 2006. This consisted of many live soundboard recordings from over the years as well as various demo recordings. A sort of greatest hits album was also released as The Collection Retail CD . More live concerts and demos are set to be released in the near future according to Newquist.

2007 saw the return of all four members with the release of their ninth album, Captured . The album featured new songs with reworked versions of old song ideas from over the years. A short tour followed to promote the release. Almost all the shows were considered sold out as the fans returned after the five-year hiatus. The official departure of band members Jason Gilardi, Scott Jones, and Mark Haugh was announced on the band's MySpace on June 29, 2007 due to "situations beyond our control." A tenth studio album, Work it Out was released in 2008. [6] This includes the single "The Light Inside" which would go on to rank as the second most downloaded Caroline's Spine song,[ citation needed ] just under "Sullivan."

Current status

On February 15, 2009, Jimmy Newquist flew back to the United States to perform live concerts again. The musicians reunited and performed a gig in Madison, Wisconsin. They are now back touring and recording present. It was only two years before they got back as recording artists on the radio. They are mainly performing a U.S tour. [ citation needed ]

Members

Current

Former members

Discography

Studio albums

YearTitleLabel
1993 Caroline's Spine Anza Records
1994 ... So Good Afternoon Anza Records
1995 Ignore the Ants Anza Records
1996 Huge Anza Records
1997 Monsoon Hollywood Records
1999 Attention Please Hollywood Records [7]
2007 Captured (7th Kid Entertainment)
2008 Work It Out (7th Kid Entertainment)

Compilation albums

YearTitleLabel
2000 Like it or Not (Independent)
2002 Overlooked (Independent)
2003 The Grovers (Independent)

Greatest hits albums

YearTitleLabel
2006 The Collection (Independent)

Live albums

YearTitleLabel
2002 Live (industry sampler) (Independent)

Singles

YearTitleLabel
2011 "Do U Remember When"(7th Kid Entertainment)

Other projects

YearTitleLabel
2003 Jimmy Newquist - Ashley Ave.7th Kid Entertainment
2004 Jimmy Newquist - On Tour7th Kid Entertainment
2004New Science - New Science(Independent)
2005 Jimmy Newquist - Bump7th Kid Entertainment

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