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Album Review

I've Suffered a Head Injury, released only months after the band formed, collects some of the stronger material from the members' previous bands (Johnny With An Eye and Water 4 the Pool), with each member contributing songs. While it's clearly a flawed debut, there is no shortage of great songs, and the album shows a great deal of promise, incorporating a competent blend of quirky pop reminiscent of XTC crossed with the rocking side of R.E.M. and a brooding introspection obviously influenced by Bob Mould. [Upon signing to RCA, the album was reissued in a slightly modified form, dropping three songs including "The Freshmen," the stark, emotional closer and easily the high point of the album. A re-recorded version of "The Freshmen" would later appear on the RCA debut. The song was re-recorded again for the single release and became the band's first national hit.]

Customer Reviews


The 1992 release of this CD deserves 5 stars, but this re-release is missing 3 songs. The original has a version of The Freshmen on it that is only topped by the way Brian Vander Ark performed it live. I feel like I'm 17 years every time I listen to this album.

Love it, BUT I want the REAL Freshman! :(

Is the only copy of the true Freshman version that I grew up with and the only one I love going to die with my casette tape that I bought from the State Theater in Kalamazoo back in the 90s??? I blame RCA! Ah well, at least I have the rest of the songs, especially Martyr Material, love it!!!!


Great album, but like others have stated, old girlfriend ended up w/ an original CD inclusive of Freshman, prior to RCA signing them. I would love to have a copy of that. I believe that was better than the big hit version. Saw them 3 times at the State Theatre & every show was awesome, back in the day.


Formed: 1992 in Lansing, MI

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Primarily known for their post-grunge blockbuster hit "The Freshmen," the Verve Pipe formed in 1992 in Lansing, Michigan, where frontman Brian Vander Ark pieced his group together from the ashes of two local bands. He and his brother, bassist Brad Vander Ark, had previously played in Johnny with an Eye, while drummer Donny Brown and guitarist Brian Stout were veterans of Water 4 the Pool. Both bands had been local favorites throughout Michigan, which helped the newly formed Verve Pipe become a local...
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