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Our Lady Peace was one of the most successful Canadian bands of the post-grunge era, issuing platinum-selling album after platinum-selling album while also enjoying modest acclaim in America. The group formed at the University of Toronto in 1992, where vocalist Raine Maida and guitarist Mike Turner (a British expatriate) first banded together under the name "As If". They later recruited bassist Chris Eacrett and jazz drummer Jeremy Taggart, and the quartet changed its name to Our Lady Peace in tribute to a Mark Van Doren poem. After partnering with the Canadian branch of Sony Records, Our Lady Peace released 1995's Naveed, a strong debut album that sparked the modern rock hit "Starseed." A smaller label, Relativity, released the album in America, and Our Lady Peace built their North American audience by touring with fellow Canadian Alanis Morissette that summer. After the band replaced Eacrett with bassist Duncan Coutts, the sophomore effort Clumsy arrived in 1997. Fueled by Raine Maida's unique vocals, which relied heavily on the singer's falsetto range, Clumsy proved to be enormously successful, going platinum in the U.S. and earning a rare diamond certification in Canada. Our Lady Peace returned two years later with Happiness Is Not a Fish That You Can Catch, a lighter album that featured the new addition of synthesizers, and Spiritual Machines followed in 2001. Shortly thereafter, founding guitarist Mike Turner left the band due to creative differences, and Michigan native Steve Mazur stepped in to replace him. With Mazur on board, Our Lady Peace worked alongside producer Bob Rock to carve out a commercial, mainstream-minded sound for 2002's Gravity. Maida's falsetto range was absent from the album, a change that shocked some longtime fans of the band. Nevertheless, Gravity's polished track list spawned several international singles, most notably "Somewhere Out There" and "Innocent." The band toured throughout Canada and the U.S. in support of such hits, and the jaunt was documented by a concert album (Live from Calgary and Edmonton) and a live DVD. Our Lady Peace then returned to the studio with Bob Rock, intending to reprise their fruitful partnership with another album. Recording sessions proved to be difficult this time around, however, and the group nearly disbanded in the process. Healthy in Paranoid Times was eventually released in late August 2005 and climbed to platinum status, although it failed to match the success of any previous OLP album. Raine Maida would later distance himself from the record, claiming that the band spent too much time filling the album with potential singles for American radio. A Decade, a greatest-hits album celebrating the first ten years of Our Lady Peace's career, returned the band to the upper reaches of the charts in 2006. The compilation went platinum in America and, like 1997's Clumsy, earned a diamond certification in Canada. Two years later, Our Lady Peace received another surge in popularity, this one coming from an unlikely source: the American television show American Idol. Contestant David Cook was evidently a loyal fan of the band, and he enthusiastically promoted OLP's music during the competition. Cook eventually won the show, and Maida briefly decamped to America to collaborate with the burgeoning musician on his platinum-selling debut. Maida returned his focus to Our Lady Peace shortly thereafter, however, and the band issued Burn Burn, in 2009. The band's eighth studio album found the alt-rockers broadening their horizons, offering up a nine-song set that Maida described as "more experimental and ambitious" than any of their previous outings. The resulting Curve, which was preceded by the first single, "Heavyweights," arrived in spring 2012. ~ John Bush & Andrew Leahey
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Stations Featuring
Our Lady Peace

    '90s Alternative

    '90s Alternative
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Albums by
Our Lady Peace

Top Songs by
Our Lady Peace

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Superman's Dead
  3.   Clumsy
  4.   Starseed
  5.   One Man Army
  6.   4AM
  7.   Somewhere Out There
  8.   Innocent
  9.   Naveed
  10.   In Repair
  11.   Automatic Flowers
  12.   Where Are You
  13.   Kiss on the Mouth
  14.   Right Behind You (Mafia)
  15.   R.K. 2029 (Pt. 2)
  16.   Heavyweight
  17.   Wonderful Future
  18.   Hello Oskar
  19.   Whatever
  20.   Life
  21.   Is Anybody Home?
  22.   Angels/Losing/Sleep
  23.   Middle of Yesterday
  24.   Big Dumb Rocket
  25.   A Story About a Girl
  26.   Not Enough
  27.   If You Believe
  28.   Annie
  29.   Thief
  30.   Hope
  31.   Carnival
  32.   Fight The Good Fight
  33.   Mettle
  34.   Love and Trust
  35.   Will the Future Blame Us
  36.   Bring Back the Sun
  37.   Sorry
  38.   All My Friends
  39.   Made to Heal
  40.   Waited
  41.   Supersatellite
  42.   Denied
  43.   Car Crash
  44.   Consequence of Laughing
  45.   Let You Down
  46.   Rabbits
  47.   Will Someday Change
  48.   If This Is It
  49.   As Fast as You Can
  50.   Window Seat
  51.   Allowance
  52.   Wipe That Smile
  53.   Paper Moon
  54.   Signs of Life
  55.   White Flags
  56.   Refuge
  57.   Escape Artist
  58.   The End is Where We Begin
  59.   Monkey Brains
  60.   Dreamland
  61.   The World on a String
  62.   Somwhere Out There
  63.   Our Time Is Fading
  64.   Sell My Soul
  65.   Made of Steel
  66.   Do You Like It
  67.   All for You
  68.   R.K. 1949-97
  69.   Are You Sad
  70.   Stealing Babies
  71.   Lying Awake
  72.   Blister
  73.   Potato Girl
  74.   Happiness & the Fish
  75.   The Birdman