How did the guys meet and
form the band?
In the late 80's Donny and AJ
were in the Saginaw, MI, Mick Furlo Band. Donny went on to join
another band from Saginaw called Water for the Pool, where Brian
Stoudt was the guitarist. Around the same time, the Vander Ark
brothers were members of Johnny with an Eye. Brian and Donny met
while their respective bands were playing the Grand
Rapids/Kalamazoo/East Lansing club scene. They decided to merge and
form the original Verve Pipe of Stoudt, Brown and Vander Arks. In
1992, Stoudt left the band. AJ auditioned and replaced him on
guitars. Meanwhile, Pop Smear was in the works. Although technically
not part of TVP at the time, Doug appeared on Pop Smear. (He and
Donny had met at a college Jazz Festival when Doug was part of the
CMU Percussionist Ensemble and Donny played in the MSU Jazz Band).
Doug officially joined the band in August, 1994.
Who is that little kid
pictured sitting in the bass drum on the back of the Villains cd?
It is none other than
keyboardist/percussionist Doug Corella; age 3!
What's the subject of
Villains cover art? Is that a bird?
It's an antique toy bird on the
cover of Villains, similar to those bobbing headed birds. Thanks go
out to Jeff Vander Ark for sending the following information:
...after Villains was completed, but before it's release, I traveled
to Palm Beach, FL to meet with Brian and Brad. I dragged this toy
all the way down there in a little box, to give to Brian. I think it
was going to their publisher at EMI.
Besides "Pop Smear" and
"Villains" are there any other CDs?
Yes, "I Suffered a Head
Injury" the band's first independent label release in 1992. However,
the CD sold today does not include 3 of the original tracks.
Why not? Brian's Song
and Monterrey, were written by Stoudt and went with him. The
original version of Freshmen was omitted on repress when they
decided to re-record it for the release of Villains.
What is "The Freshmen"
It was written by Brian
Vander Ark. It told the story of a guy whose girlfriend had
committed suicide. At the height of the The Freshman success, Vander
Ark told reporters that the song was based on bits and pieces of a
conversation he'd overheard at a party. Now he admits that the song
was more personal than he previously led the public to believe, and
that his actions in covering the truth were cowardly. "It happened
to me," he said, "but I didn't want to expose myself in that way,
especially without a safety net. It's funny because The Freshmen was
written about a situation that had happened to me and I said it was
about somebody else," Vander Ark says."I was feeling guilty about
the success of The Freshman, because it came from exploiting a
girlfriend who committed suicide. So, I thought, Okay, I'm
successful now because I wrote a song about this. That's basically
exploitation.Then I thought, screw it. Because I wrote this song, I
made so many people happy and so many people could identify. It was
therapy for those people. So, I thought, I'm a jerk but I want to be
So Hero, the only single from
self titled, expands on this?
"Deep down I knew i was a
jerk. I thought, Well, I'll write a song about that," and so the
tune Hero was born. The song is written from the viewpoint of a rock
star onstage, singing to his audience. It hits upon the issues
Vander Ark has struggled with and confronts his guilt from the
Freshman. Although the song was painful for Vander Ark to write, he
talks wistfully about the power of free form expression. Its a
stream of consciousness, he says."I can sit down at night and just
come up with one idea and it just takes off. I'm not even thinking
about it. But, by the time I finish, I go back and read it the next
day and go, What the f**k was that? What am I thinking here?"
The Verve Pipe and
http://woof2.wwf.com/tv/sunheat/1999/11/24a.html to get their
take on The Verve Pipe.
Brian has been in
Brian had roles in a two
independent films. He made his debut in Roadkill.
His second film is titled
This Space Between Us; Both films were written and directed by San
Francisco Bay area filmmaker Matthew Leutwyler.
If you go to the web sites listed above, you'll find a few reviews
of both films and lists of festivals where both have been (or will
His third film is Mergers and
Acquisitions, directed by Mitchell Bard. Mergers and Acquisitions
is a low budget independent film in which he plays the character
Larry. It won an award for best feature film at the
Long Island International Film Expo! Get more information from
the filmmaker at:
Click here for a Newday
What about Rock
I can't seem to find any of
TVP's earlier releases in my local record stores...where can I get
"Pop Smear" and "I Suffered a
Head Injury" can be ordered direct online via
CD Now. Other merchandise such
as posters, t-shirts, etc. can be ordered through the band's office.
You can either email LMNO Pop!
or call the Pipeline at 243.988.PIPE for ordering information.
Who is the little boy
pictured on the cover and inside of ISAHI?
It is Joshua Vander Ark,
How old are they? When are
They never seem to give us a
straight answer to either of these! ;-)
Are any of them married or
The personal lives of the
band members are just that - personal.
...and about Verve Pipeings...
Can I link to the Verve
Pipeings site and download some of the pictures?
If you want to borrow scans
from our "Photographs" page, or any other page on this site, we
don't have a problem with that. All we ask is that you give credit
where it is due and say: A.) that you got the image from the Verve
Pipeings site - and - B.) Credit the original photographer.
If you're going to link to
this site from another Web page somewhere, we'd appreciate it if you
linked only to http://www.VervePipeings.net and not any
of the pages within the site. If you have a site you would like us
to consider linking to "Links", please email
chris@VervePipeings.net with the
URL and a brief description of your site.
When and how did Verve
Back in July of 1996, Karen
started a small email discussion forum that consisted of about 30
people. The topic of discussion was her newly found favorite band,
The Verve Pipe. More fans started turning on to TVP and emailing
her ideas and input. In November, 1996, she released the first
Verve Pipeings Newsletter. In January 1997, TVP released their
number 1 smash "The Freshmen" and the rest, as they say, is
history. Now, with the band's second major label cd, "The Verve
Pipe", 1800 Pipeings subscribers are spread across 4 continents.
Who is Karen?
Karen Mulhern is the mailing
list administrator. If there is a piece of information, no matter
how small, out there on the world wide web - Karen can find it.
Who is Sue?
Sue Vail is the webmaster.
Click here for a vacation shot. She hosts the Pipeings list
using Mailman on a Linux/Apache server. She designs and maintains
web sites, and fixes computers. Newts.org is a private server run by
Johnathan and Sue Vail.
Where is the baby?
Baby Emily Vail? Click
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