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Blindside

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blindside is a hardcore band from Stockholm, Sweden. They formed in 1994 as "Underfree" and kept that name for two years before releasing their debut EP in 1996. All members are Christian, and it is evident in their lyrics ("I thought about Your love"; "I caught a glimpse of Your eye"), among countless other examples.

In 1997, Solid State Records got a hold of the EP, and signed blindside to a record deal. The first album, which was self-titled, was released to American audiences. In 1998, Tooth & Nail Records issued a new EP, titled Empty Box.

In 2000, A Thought Crushed My Mind was released. It was their final album for Solid State, after lackluster sales of the two albums. P.O.D. soon started endorsing blindside (actually, they were doing so since 1998) and signed them to Elektra Records under the imprint, 3 Points.

2002 saw the release of blindside's next album, Silence. It generated minor hits in "Sleepwalking", "Pitiful", and "Caught a Glimpse". In 2003 they toured with Hoobastank in support of the album.

Then in 2004, About a Burning Fire was released. It has generated a minor hit in All of Us. In late 2004, it was announced that blindside were leaving Elektra Records per the band's request.

In 2003, the Warner Music Group was sold to private investors, and employees lost jobs as a result. Therefore, the label couldn't support them anymore. Thankfully the Blindside Union and P.O.D. Warriors are doing more than enough to help out. blindside sold out five of the shows they headlined this Summer (2004).

However, the headlining tour was marred by a couple of incidents. First, their tour bus crashed, and was in disrepair, so they were forced to rent a van. Second, their last show in Bartlesville, OK had to be cancelled. They went in to a restaurant after their show in Dallas, TX, and when they came out, they found every thing in their rental van stolen, including their passports and whatever money they had.

Members

  • Christian Lindskog - Vocals
  • Simon Grenehed - Guitar
  • Tomas Naslund - Bass
  • Marcus Dahlstrom - Drums

Discography

  • 1997 - Blindside
  • 2000 - A Thought Crushed My Mind
  • 2003 - Silence
  • 2004 - About a Burning Fire

Billboard chart positions, by song

  • Pitiful, Mainstream rock tracks, peaked at #18
  • Pitiful, Modern rock tracks, peaked at #36
  • Sleepwalking, Mainstream rock tracks, peaked at #31

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First, their tour bus crashed, and was in disrepair, so they were forced to rent a van. Second, their last show in Bartlesville, OK had to be cancelled. They went in to a restaurant after their show in Dallas, TX, and when they came out, they found every thing in their rental van stolen, including their passports and whatever money they had. After this, the group was effectively disbanded, though there was a brief resurgence in popularity once the old albums came out on CD. However, the headlining tour was marred by a couple of incidents. Though this reestablished an audience, Columbia Records dropped the group. blindside sold out five of the shows they headlined this Summer (2004). Personnel changes continued at a breakneck pace, culminating in the return of David Calyton-Thomas and the release of a successful comeback album called New City. Warriors are doing more than enough to help out. No Sweat and Mirror Image followed and sold miserably.

Thankfully the Blindside Union and P.O.D. Jim Fielder and Steve Katz quit as the group moved more towards jazz. Therefore, the label couldn't support them anymore. The new group released New Blood but this album did not reestablish an audience. In 2003, the Warner Music Group was sold to private investors, and employees lost jobs as a result. Amidst the personnel changes, a Greatest Hits album was released. In late 2004, it was announced that blindside were leaving Elektra Records per the band's request. Dick Halligan was replaced by Larry Willis while George Wadenius joined as a second guitarist.

It has generated a minor hit in All of Us. Fred Lipsius quit and was replaced by Joe Henderson, then Lou Marini Jr. Then in 2004, About a Burning Fire was released. He was replaced by Bob Doyle, then Jerry Fisher. In 2003 they toured with Hoobastank in support of the album. Personality difficulties had split the group in rock and jazz factions with Clayton-Thomas in the middle; he chose to quit to pursue a solo career. It generated minor hits in "Sleepwalking", "Pitiful", and "Caught a Glimpse". Their fourth album sold poorly too and Jerry Hyman was replaced by Dave Bargeron.

2002 saw the release of blindside's next album, Silence. Compounding the image problems was a decision to play at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada, a notoriously unhip place in an unhip city. soon started endorsing blindside (actually, they were doing so since 1998) and signed them to Elektra Records under the imprint, 3 Points. After returning Stateside, the group released Blood, Sweat & Tears 3; it was a critical and popular failure compared to the prior two albums. P.O.D. In retrospect, it is now known that the State Department subtly requested the tour in exchange for more amicability on the issue of Clayton-Thomas' visa. It was their final album for Solid State, after lackluster sales of the two albums. Any voluntary association with the government was extremely unpopular at the time, and the band was ridiculed for it.

In 2000, A Thought Crushed My Mind was released. This was compounded by a United States Department of State-sponsored tour of Eastern Europe. In 1998, Tooth & Nail Records issued a new EP, titled Empty Box. Because of the presence of horns and the lack of Al Kooper, Blood, Sweat & Tears had trouble holding onto any sort of countercultural hipness at a time when this was very important. The first album, which was self-titled, was released to American audiences. The album was much more pop-oriented and soon hit the top of the charts and won Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards. In 1997, Solid State Records got a hold of the EP, and signed blindside to a record deal. Blood, Sweat & Tears, the group's second, self-titled album, was released in 1969.

All members are Christian, and it is evident in their lyrics ("I thought about Your love"; "I caught a glimpse of Your eye"), among countless other examples. Chuck Winfield, Lew Soloff and Jerry Hyman joined soon after to bring the band up to nine total members. They formed in 1994 as "Underfree" and kept that name for two years before releasing their debut EP in 1996. Colomby and Katz started recruiting singers, considering the still unknown Stephen Stills and Laura Nyro before settling on David Clayton-Thomas, a Canadian singer. blindside is a hardcore band from Stockholm, Sweden. Randy Brecker and Jerry Weiss also quit, joining Horace Silver's band and Ambergris, respectively. Sleepwalking, Mainstream rock tracks, peaked at #31. With the debut album slowly achieving critical mass, Kooper left the group to become a record producer for Columbia.

Pitiful, Modern rock tracks, peaked at #36. Colomby and Katz wanted to move Kooper to the organ exclusively and hire a vocalist for the group. Pitiful, Mainstream rock tracks, peaked at #18. While sales slowly picked up, personality conflicts started tearing apart the band. 2004 - About a Burning Fire. Without any pop-oriented hit singles, though, the album's sales were sluggish. 2003 - Silence. After signing to Columbia Records, the group released one of the most critically acclaimed albums of the 1960s, Child is Father to the Man.

2000 - A Thought Crushed My Mind. The group debuted at Cafe Au Go Go in New York City in 1967, opening for Moby Grape; the band was a hit with the audience, who liked the innovative fusion of jazz with psychedelic rock and roll. 1997 - Blindside. Blood, Sweat & Tears was an American rock and roll group formed in New York City in 1967. Al Kooper, Jim Fielder, Fred Lipsius, Randy Brecker, Jerry Weiss, Dick Halligan, Steve Katz, and Bobby Colomby formed the original incarnation of the band, which was named after a 1963 album by Johnny Cash. Kooper was bandleader, having insisted on that position based on his experiences with Blues Project, his previous band, which had been organized as an egalitarian collective and fallen apart. Marcus Dahlstrom - Drums. Tomas Naslund - Bass.

Simon Grenehed - Guitar. Christian Lindskog - Vocals.

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