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Playing Around: Caroline's Spine



Even before all of the Saving Private Ryan hullabaloo came 'round, Caroline's Spine was being inspired by the true story of the five brothers from Waterloo, Iowa, who were killed in World War II while serving on the U.S.S. Juneau. Tom Hanks made a movie, the band wrote a song. "Sullivan" rose to No. 23 on the Billboard charts and gained the group an invite to play aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Enterprise. The crew of 5,500 were allowed to wear their civilian clothing, creating a true concert atmosphere. It's something the members of Caroline's Spine say they'll tell their grandkids about.

The success of "Sullivan" and Monsoon, the band's first release on Hollywood Records, allowed the band to continue their rigorous tour schedule, sometimes performing 250 shows per year. Timeout was taken to work with producer Roy Thomas Baker, who had previously worked with Queen, Ozzy, the Cars and Cheap Trick. Baker helped to create Attention Please, the "blistering" follow-up to Monsoon. Also working on the new album was engineer Nick DiDia of Pearl Jam and Stone Temple Pilots. The result is a modern rock orgy of rhythm, guitar and emotion which has been included on both the Varsity Blues and An American Werewolf in Paris film soundtracks.

Bassist Scott Jones, drummer Jason Gilardi, guitarist Mark Haugh and guitarist and vocalist Jimmy Newquist have shared the stage with Third Eye Blind, Bush, Limp Bizkit and Fuel. Sunday, they'll appear with local bands Martyrs & Poets and Soul Lament on the stage of the Colorado Music Hall at 8 p.m. Call 447-9797.

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