Thursday, June 24, 2010

Then And Now - Train


The band made up of the core trio of vocalist Patrick Monahan, guitarist Jimmy Stafford and drummer Scott Underwood first got together in 1994, and have been making music ever since. They've had five major label releases, the latest being Save Me, San Fransisco, the late 2009 release that spawned their latest single, Hey, Soul Sister. The album followed a three year hiatus for the band, who wanted to take time for family and friends after several hectic years launching their major label career. The light and frothy pop tune is a departure from their previous hits, which had more of an anthem feel to them. It scored #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Pop charts, as well as #1 on the Hot Adult Top 40 chart.

Although they had a self-titled release in 1998, it was the 2001 album Drops of Jupiter and the title song that brought them to the attention of many. The song also earned the band 2 Grammy Awards for "Best Rock Song" and "Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)". While speculation was rampant about the lyrics, singer/lyricist Monahan says he was inspired by the death of his mother for the lyrics, although the interpretation of them have led to many odd trails.

In 2003 Train returned to the top of the charts with Calling All Angels, the first release from the album My Private Nation. Again the band found themselves on top of the Hot Adult Top 40 chart, and peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 at #19.

For more on the band, check out their official website here. In 2007, vocalist Pat Monahan released a solo album, Last of Seven, to favorable reviews and a couple of Adult Contemporary hits. You can check out his official website here.


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