Tuesday, December 22, 2015

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Train

Song:Drops Of Jupiter
Album:Drops Of Jupiter/My Private Nation

Drops Of Jupiter was a top five hit in 2001. It put Train on the map and they are still around today. Lead singer Pat Monahan led a Led Zeppelin cover band in his home town of Erie, PA. In 1993, he moved to San Francisco looking for better opportunities in the music business. He met former Apostles lead singer Rob Hotchkiss and the two started performing together. Then they decided to form a band with Jimmie Stafford on guitar, Charlie Colin on bass and Scott Underwood on drums. Train released a CD independently but then they signed with Columbia and they picked it up for release. Meet Virginia was a top 20 hit in 1999. For their 2001 CD Drops Of Jupiter, they were assigned to veteran producer Brendan O'Brien who was a VP at Epic Records. The single Drops Of Jupiter was released before the album was released and it reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album was certified 2XPlatinum. The strings were arranged by Paul Buckmaster known for his work with Elton John. Train was looking to replicate that sound. Hotchkiss left Train in 2003 over control issues. Monahan had become the main songwriter and singer and Hotchkiss resented it. Colin also left to go to rehab. The 2003 CD My Private Nation was certified Platinum but there were no hit singles. Train released a live album and then the 2006 CD For Me, It's You. When that album wasn't as successful as the previous albums, Train went on hiatus and Monahan released a solo CD in 2007. Train returned in 2009 with the CD Save Me, San Francisco. Hey Soul Sister reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album was certified Platinum. So that was a successful return. Columbia has not released a single CD comp. But the albums Drops Of Jupiter and My Private Nation are available as a reasonably priced 2CD twofer. Train left Columbia for Universal last year and the CD Christmas In Tahoe was released last month. Monahan and Stafford are the original members still in Train. They will begin touring in February. Here's the video for Drops Of Jupiter by Train.

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