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Veruca Salt

Current Lineup. From Left: Stephen Fitzpatrick, Kellii Scott, Louise Post and Nicole Fiorentino
Background information
Origin Chicago, Illinois, United States
Genres Alternative rock
Years active 1993 - present
Labels Minty Fresh
DGC Records
Beyond Music
Sympathy for the Record Industry
Louise Post
Stephen Fitzpatrick
Kellii Scott
Nicole Fiorentino
Former members
Nina Gordon
Suzanne Sokol
Jimmy Madla
Jim Shapiro
Stacy Jones
Steve Lack
Gina Crosley
Zach Ingraham (touring drummer)
Solomon Snyder
Michael Miley

For the Willy Wonka character, see Veruca Salt.

Veruca Salt is an alternative rock band founded in 1993 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Since its inception, the band's line-up has included vocalist-guitarist Louise Post. The current guitarist is Stephen Fitzpatrick, who has been with the band since 1999. The current drummer is Kellii Scott, who has worked with the group on and off since 1999[1], and the current bassist is Nicole Fiorentino, who has been with the band since 2006.



1993 - 1998: formation and growth

Named after Veruca Salt, the spoiled rich girl from the children's book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, Veruca Salt was formed in Chicago by Louise Post (guitar/vocals) and Nina Gordon (guitar/vocals). Post and Gordon were introduced through mutual friend and actress Lili Taylor, and began playing music together. They wrote songs for a year and a half before being joined by Gordon's brother, Jim Shapiro, on drums and Steve Lack on bass guitar.

The band had done a handful of shows when Jim Powers of Minty Fresh Records asked them to sign to the independent label.[2] The band's first release was the single "Seether"/"All Hail Me" on Minty Fresh Records, in 1994. The single was a success and Veruca Salt accompanied Hole on a tour, before releasing their first full-length album, American Thighs, which eventually reached Gold status.

After signing to Geffen Records, the band quickly gained in popularity as "Seether" became an MTV hit. A stop-gap EP recorded by Steve Albini, Blow It Out Your Ass It's Veruca Salt, was released in 1996.

Veruca Salt's popularity skyrocketed after their second full album, Eight Arms to Hold You, was released in 1997. Produced by Bob Rock, the album generated the hit lead single "Volcano Girls", which gained exposure as the opening theme to the teen comedy film Jawbreaker. Veruca Salt performed another single, "Shutterbug", on Saturday Night Live; however, instead of the featured musical group performing two songs as had been tradition, the musical performances were split between Sting and Veruca Salt. Shapiro left the band soon after the release of Eight Arms and was replaced by Stacy Jones (of Letters to Cleo and now American Hi-Fi). Jones toured with the band on the Eight Arms tour, but never recorded with them.[citation needed]

Songwriting was shared between Gordon and Post, though the two seldom collaborated. Rather, each would typically submit a complete song to the group and sing the lead vocal on that song, while the other would record backing vocals. Critics often cited the harmonies between Gordon and Post as one of the band's major strengths.[citation needed]

1998 - 2005: Gordon's departure, reformation and Resolver

In 1998, Gordon left the band to pursue a solo career (her first album Tonight and the Rest of My Life, was released in 2000). The undisclosed dispute between Gordon and Post has been described as "one of the greatest rock soap operas since Fleetwood Mac or Hüsker Dü."[3]

Post, now the only original band member, recruited a new band, consisting of Stephen Fitzpatrick (guitar), Suzanne Sokol (bass guitar) and Jimmy Madla (of 'Blind Venetians' and 'Anger Cake')(drums), and continued to record and perform under the Veruca Salt name. The new band signed with Beyond Records. The first album with the new lineup was 2000's Resolver.

Suzanne Sokol was fired at the end of 2000. Post's friend, Gina Crosley, took her place. The new line-up toured in summer 2001, and spent time promoting Resolver in the UK. Crosley and Post then moved to Los Angeles where they lived together and wrote songs that appeared on the Officially Dead EP. Crosley is credited with co-writing "Smoke & Mirrors", but left the band before the record was released. She also worked on songs that later appeared on IV, but no credit is officially given.

In December 2002, both Resolver and its lead single "Born Entertainer" were released, in Australia through Embryo Records/MGM. Following the release of "Born Entertainer", the label released the single "Officially Dead", which contained newly recorded tracks as well as a remix of "The Same Person".

2005 - Present: VSIV

In 2005, the band went through another line-up change with Sokol and Madla leaving, replaced by Solomon Snyder on bass guitar and Michael Miley on drums for the recording of the EP Lords of Sounds and Lesser Things (LOSALT). The band went on tour as Post, Fitzpatrick, drummer Kellii Scott, and bass guitarist Nicole Fiorentino. LOSALT was released and sold independently at the band's shows and via the website and included six new songs. The title of the EP is an extract from Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God. This preceded the full-length album, IV, released in September 2006, accompanied by a U.S. tour. IV failed to chart in the US. The lead single, "So Weird", was released to radio at the end of October 2006; however, a video was never produced and the single failed to receive any significant radio play.

In 2007, the band recorded a cover of Neil Young's song "Burned" for a 2007 Breast Cancer Benefit album due for release in October 2007.


Year Album Title Label
1994 American Thighs Minty Fresh

DGC/Minty Fresh (re-release)

1996 Blow It Out Your Ass It's Veruca Salt (EP) DGC/Minty Fresh
1997 Eight Arms to Hold You Outpost/Geffen
2000 Resolver Beyond
2003 Officially Dead (EP) Embryo Records
2005 Lords of Sounds and Lesser Things (EP) Self-released
2006 IV Sympathy For The Record Industry (US) and on Shock Records (AUS)
Year Single Title Album Taken From
1994 "Seether" / "All Hail Me" American Thighs
1995 "Number One Blind"
1997 "Volcano Girls" Eight Arms to Hold You
"The Morning Sad" (Promo Only)
"Straight" (Promo Only)
2000 "Born Entertainer" Resolver
"Only You Know" (Promo Only)
2003 "Born Entertainer" (Australian Release)
"Officially Dead"
"Yeah Man" (Promo Only)
2006 "So Weird" IV

Chart performance

Album U.S. Billboard 200 UK Albums Chart[4]
American Thighs 69 47
Eight Arms To Hold You 55 DNC
Resolver 171 DNC
Single U.S. Hot Modern Rock Tracks U.S. Mainstream Rock Tracks UK Singles Chart[4] Australia Triple J Hottest 100
"Seether" 8 61 6
"Number One Blind" 20 68
"Volcano Girls" 8 9 56
"Shutterbug" 38
"Benjamin" 75
"Straight" 39

See also


  1. ^ "Veruca Salt: New Band, New Look, New Label". MTV. June 29, 1999. Retrieved July 4, 2009. 
  2. ^ Eric Blair Interview With Louise Post, 2006 "[1]"
  3. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Resolver: Review". Allmusic. Retrieved August 18, 2005.
  4. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 585. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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