- The Grapes of Wrath (band)
Infobox musical artist |
Name = The Grapes of Wrath
Background = group_or_band
Origin = Kelowna, BC,
Years_active = 1983 – 1992, 2000-2001
Associated_acts = Ginger
Chris HooperTom Hooper Kevin KaneVincent Jones
The Grapes of Wrath are a Canadian
folk rockband, who were one of Canada's most successful pop bands in the late 1980s and early 1990s before disbanding in 1992. With the band name tied up in litigation, most of the band continued to record through the 1990s as Ginger. The Grapes of Wrath then reunited for one album in 2000, although not with their full original lineup.
The Grapes of Wrath were formed in Kelowna,
British Columbiain 1983 by Chris Hooper, Tom Hooper and Kevin Kane. Keyboardist Vincent Jones joined the band later. They came up with the name for the band after looking at a movie guide--nobody in the band had seen the movie or read the book. In 1984, they signed to Nettwerk, releasing a self-titled EP that year. The following year, their debut album "September Bowl of Green" was released.
1987's "Treehouse", produced by
Tom Cochrane, was the band's initial Canadian breakthrough, yielding the minor hit single "Peace of Mind".
"Now and Again", released in 1989, was the band's most successful album. The band's tour to support this album was also notable for its opening act, a then-emerging singer/songwriter named
"These Days", released in 1991, found the band experimenting with a harder rock sound, and while it sold well and spawned the hit singles "I Am Here" and "You May Be Right", it was to be the band's last effort for almost a decade. Citing creative differences, Kane left the band in 1992. The band's name and song catalogue were tied up in litigation for several years, forcing the remaining members to record under the name Ginger.
In 1999, Kane and Tom Hooper, the Grapes' main songwriting team, decided to work together again, and released "Field Trip" under the Grapes of Wrath name in 2000. However, neither Chris Hooper nor Vincent Jones participated in the reunion, and
Matt Brainwas enlisted as the band's new drummer.
* [http://jam.canoe.ca/Music/Pop_Encyclopedia/G/Grapes_Of_Wrath.html Jam!'s Canadian Pop Music Encyclopedia]
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