Collective Soul's career almost ended before it began. The band was
founded in the mid-'80s in Stockbridge, Ga., by guitarist and
singer/songwriter Ed Roland, a dropout of Boston's Berklee School of
Music. Collective Soul got their name from Ayn Rand's classic novel The
Fountainhead, in which the author describes mankind as a "collective
When the band was unable to sell itself to record labels, Roland packed
it in. But in 1992, a demo he made that included "Shine" attracted
Atlantic Records, which signed Collective Soul.
Released as a single, "Shine" went on to become a smash hit and
Collective Soul's career was established. Tomorrow (Feb. 9), the band
will release its fourth LP, Dosage, one day after bassist Will Turpin turns
Turpin knew drummer Shane Evans and lead guitarist Ross Childress from
their school years together. Turpin met Roland, the son of a Baptist
preacher, in a church choir. The four eventually began playing music
together and added Roland's brother, Dean, on guitar to complete the
Collective Soul lineup heard on its Atlantic debut.
"Shine" was included on that debut album, the platinum-selling Hints,
Allegations and Things Left Unsaid, and became an album-oriented
radio hit and MTV favorite. The band then appeared at Woodstock '94.
Collective Soul's self-titled, multi-platinum 1995 follow-up yielded the
radio hits "Gel," "The World I Know," "Smashing Young Man" and
"December." The group also opened for Van Halen on a major tour.
Then things came to a sudden halt. In 1996, the group fought an ugly,
protracted battle with a former manager that left the band legally
unable to capitalize on the success set in motion by "Shine."
"It was a one-and-a-half year process of hiring new managers, hiring
lawyers, interviewing witnesses and the slow grind of the [U.S.] justice
system," Turpin said about Collective Soul's forced hiatus.
"Basically, our career was shut down through 1996."
Following the paralyzing year-plus of legal entanglements, Collective
Soul rebounded with 1997's Disciplined Breakdown, including the
single "Precious Declaration." The LP also included such songs as
"Listen," "Maybe" and "Blame."
The Ed Roland-produced Dosage will feature the single
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also is on the soundtrack to the new hit film, "Varsity Blues."
Dosage shares "She Said" with yet another soundtrack album,
("Scream 2") and also includes the songs "Tremble for My Beloved,"
"Heavy" and "No More, No Less." Turpin also guests on How Do You
Live (Pissy Missy Records), the new album by roots rocker Michelle
Collective Soul plan to be on the road for a good part of this year.
Other birthdays: Tom Rush, 58; Adolpho "Fito" de la Parra (Canned Heat),
53; Paul Barker (Revolting Cocks), 49; Sam Llanas (BoDeans), 38; and Vince
Neil (ex-Mötley Crüe), 38.