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Veruca Salt

Veruca Salt reshaped the jagged, abrasive punk-pop of the Pixies and Breeders into a more accessible, riff-driven power pop formula that also borrowed from pop/hard rockers like Cheap Trick. It was a successful formula, both musically and commercially, yet it didn't ensure them indie rock credibility; in fact, they became one of the most harshly criticized bands of the post-Nirvana alternative rock era, despite being one of the first female-fronted outfits to achieve stardom in that genre.

Veruca Salt took shape in early 1992, when Chicago residents Louise Post and Nina Gordon began touring the local folk circuit. Both were competent singers and guitarists, and a year's worth of coffeehouse performances fueled their desire to recruit additional members for a full-fledged band. After adding bassist Steve Lack and drummer Jim Shapiro (Gordon's brother), Veruca Salt released their debut single, "Seether"/"All Hail Me," in 1994 on the local independent label Minty Fresh Records. Produced by Brad Wood (Liz Phair), the record became a word-of-mouth sensation, working its way to alternative and college radio stations. While supporting Hole on their fall tour, Veruca Salt released the debut album American Thighs on the Minty Fresh label, yet they soon cut a major-label deal with Geffen, which then re-released the album. "Seether" became an MTV hit as well, and soon the single was an across-the-board success. However, the group received scathing criticism from magazines and fanzines, claiming the band was nothing but rip-off artists who used Minty Fresh as a way to gain credibility. Nevertheless, the group's popularity didn't suffer, and American Thighs went gold, even though their next two singles -- "Number One Blind" and "All Hail Me" -- didn't attract half the attention that "Seether" commanded.

After releasing the stopgap, Steve Albini-produced EP Blow It Out Your A** It's Veruca Salt in 1996, the band returned in early 1997 with Eight Arms to Hold You, which found them moving toward hard rock and heavy metal. Although critical reaction was even more mixed, the album still reached gold sales status, propelled in part by the Top 10 rock single "Volcano Girls." Shortly after the album was completed, Shapiro left the lineup and was replaced by former Letters to Cleo drummer Stacy Jones. Meanwhile, in the wake of rumors that Gordon and Post had been fueding and/or considering solo projects, it was confirmed that Gordon had quit the band in early 1998 to pursue a separate solo career.

Undeterred, Post regrouped Veruca Salt as her own project. Now boasting a revised lineup including guitarist Stephen Fitzpatrick, bassist Suzanne Sokol, and drummer Jimmy Madla, the band left Geffen Records (which had been swallowed by a corporate merger) and inked a new record deal with Beyond. They also entered the studio to record Resolver, a fiery album that dealt with Gordon's departure and Post's failed relationship with Dave Grohl. Released during the spring of 2000, Resolver didn't enjoy the same success as Veruca Salt's previous albums, although the band continued to tour as Post wrote new material. The Officially Dead EP was released in 2003 and charted well in Australia, where the band began to focus some of its touring efforts. With an ever-changing lineup (now featuring Post, Fitzpatrick, drummer Kelli Scott, and bassist Nicole Fiorentino), Veruca Salt then recorded another five-song EP, 2005's Lords of Sounds and Lesser Things. An additional full-length album, IV, was issued the following year. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Wait for it.... Veruca salt IS the name of a character in CATCF, but originally (?) is the generic term for that type of....wait for it....wart remover. So there.
Veruca, will you marry me?
im a see them in St. Louis on July 13, totally driving from texas to go see them, I love these two, I can not wait@!!!!!!I love Veruca Salt!!!
I'm so f**king cool, leaving comments on pandora n s**t
I love it when people talk about bands they don't like having no talent, Always makes me laugh. Anyway, I saw VS with Hazel in Nashville, TN and it changed my life...not really, but it's one of the most fun shows I've ever been to.
you like verruca salt, you will love my band called girls buttholes full of spaghetti
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Hands down they're best album. I'm hoping the new album sounds more like this one♥
Yeah baby!! That'swhat immediately talking 'bout!!!
@Julia Gulia: Thank you for posting that! This is the first I've heard about it. Awesome!
Love this
This bio needs updating. Like mentioning the fact that in spring of '13 the band's facebook and twitter started hinting at a reunion, which was confirmed later in the year???

Veruca Salt was incredible and I am dying with excitement for the new album in 2014!!! It's going to be a ROCKIN year!!
nicko252008
Great music, great band name. The bad egg
I will always love them. HUGE influence on me.
Chris Patrick-that ' s HILARIOUS. :D
Im a die hard fan sibe 1995. The band reunited this year.See on facebook and twitter
This was the first Veruca Salt song I've heard way back when so I was hooked ever since. Great band!
I still think Seether is written about my wife.... :-)
These chicks rock!!!!!
Love most songs on this album. Also love charlie & chocolate factory
i love this song
garbania85
I like this song it was in Jawbreaker the movie
Wasn't Veruca Salt the girl from Charlie and The Chocolate Factory
I like chick bands because they can rock
icitti
i only heard Volcano Girls &Veruca Salt is great!
Back in high school my cd player always had Veruca Salt, Bush, Hole, Smashing Pumpkins rocking out of it. These girls continue to rock hard!
I was living in Humboldt Park - Chicago when this band came of age. Of the bands in the area - Veruca Salt and Liz Phair were at the bottom of the heap in terms of talent. Guess marketabilit y (and sex appeal) is more import to selling music then talent. Long live The Empty Bottle!
j_antolak
Johnny sandwich, simply delicious!
willowtree_7 7 7
American thighs...isn t that a line ffrom you shook me all night long by ACDC?
jasonparkere s 3
If you don't like VS then you suck
This a pretty good album. The more I listened to it, the more I liked it. I still haven't gotten to the bottom of the split. I def think Louise + Nina is far better than either on their own. Forsythia is a great song, it should have been a single. There is a cool anime video for it on the web. Can't figure what it was that the critics found to dislike so much.
Amen, a-rod14. Anyone who lets music critics determine their listening habits is playing a fools game at best. If you like it, you like it. Even Frank Zappa, who made fun of almost everything made it a point to never disparage a particular style of music. Plus I just hate music critics, but that's just me.
a-rod14
I dont' care if critics like/don't like these guys, errr, girls. I don't care about indie credibility, or lack thereof. I have always like Veruca Salt.
Can't believe I never heard about you till today! My only excuse (it's a good one,lol) I had my 3rd child in 93, and we were forclosed on in '94, total of 5 hubby, me & 3 Offspring. Lost Big Home an moved to 2br 1ba in Mission Bay Area. Now Back to Finding your Band-I'm going to check you all out and turn my three "HeadBanging " Offspring! Thank Padora for the Turn On TO SOME KICKA** JAMZ,,,,PEAC E , HEALTH, & LUV SdRoxx aka Susan Frey .....
Saw them at the Hi-Dive (Denver) last year. Louise was on deathbed w/ the flu. Stood facing her amp w/ her hood on her head all night. Still rockin!
Love it!
Not sure I quite understand the connection between the band name and the spoiled girl in Willy Wonka.
Why is Demi Lovato even being mentioned on the same page as this band. Keep your teen age bullshit crush to yourself jb.
Definitely Breeders influenced. Love it!
The rumor mill says that Dave cheated on Louise with Nina or vice versa. Like I said just a rumor as to why Nina left the band. Who knows? Either way its our loss. Great band.
Great lyrics and great sound. just puts me in a good mood...
shinglehouse 0 1
She's married and has a baby....
Love this!
quavondraii
The lead singer dated Dave Grohl for quite a while...a lot of the songs on Resolver deal with their break up....so probably not a "lesbo"
I love the 1994-1998 line-up of this band. They have such a unique sound and all of their songs are amazing. Great B-sides as well!
not that there's anything wrong with that...
VS LEAD SINGER IS A LESBO
Demi Lovato rips off VS's style for a lot of her songs. Or, rather, Demi's producers do. One song even has the same name (but its a diff song)--that would be "Get Back"--you can really hear every element of VS's style on Demi's "Get Back"
fenderbender j o e
Very cool. Love the songs Victrola and Forsythia
sarah777
i love the name- after the rich annoying girl who gets put down the nut shoot in charlie and the chocolate factory
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