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Formed: 1994 in San Francisco, Ca
Active: '90s, 2000s, 2010s Major
Styles: American Trad Rock, Jam Bands, Alternative/Indie Rock Major
Members: Rob Hotchkiss, Jimmy Stafford, Pat Monahan, Scott Underwood, Charlie Colin Representative
Albums: "My Private Nation", "Alive at Last", "Save Me, San Francisco " Representative
Songs: "Drops of Jupiter", "Meet Virginia", "Calling All Angels"

UPC Type Title
827969283028 CD Alive at Last
886919522228 CD California 37
886919878226 (i) CD California 37: International Edition
887654312129 (i) CD California 37
886919522211 Vinyl California 37
074646988824 CD Drops of Jupiter
4988009246918 (i) CD Drops of Jupiter
5099750230626 (i) CD Drops of Jupiter
886919869521 CD For Me It's You
828767820620 (i) CD For Me It's You
074645419596 DVD Midnight Moon
888837157629 CD My Private Nation
4547366011371 (i) CD My Private Nation
886977731426 CD Save Me San Francisco
886976889821 (i) CD Save Me San Francisco
886973610220 CD Train
886919333824 CD X2

Biography: Train was inescapable during the turn of the 21st century, when songs like "Calling All Angels" and "Drops of Jupiter" made the San Francisco residents some of America's most popular balladeers. Although formed during the glory days of post-grunge, the group found more success in the pop/rock world, where Train straddled the line between adult contemporary and family-friendly alternative rock. The hits began drying up after 2003, but Train continued releasing material throughout the rest of the decade and even returned to the charts in 2010, when the single "Hey, Soul Sister" became a surprise Top 10 hit.

Following the dissolution of his Led Zeppelin cover band, singer Pat Monahan left his hometown of Erie, PA, in late 1993. He resettled in California and crossed paths with Rob Hotchkiss, the former frontman of a Los Angeles group named the Apostles. The two formed their own duo and began playing local coffeehouse shows, eventually expanding the group to a trio with the addition of former Apostles guitarist Jim Stafford. Bassist Charlie Colin and drummer Scott Underwood also climbed aboard, thus solidifying Train's lineup in 1994.

Over the course of several years, Train developed a sizable audience in the San Francisco area. The band also toured the country, opening shows for the likes of Barenaked Ladies and Counting Crows while drumming up enough money to record an album. Although few labels showed interest at first, Train eventually attracted the interest of Columbia Records, who signed the band to one of its smaller labels -- Aware Records -- and issued the self-financed debut record Train in 1998. "Meet Virginia" became a Top 40 hit one year later, but the band truly hit its stride in 2001, when Drops of Jupiter became a multi-platinum success thanks to its titular single. The song remained in the Top 40 for nearly 40 weeks, while the album itself sold more than three million copies.

My Private Nation followed in 2003 and went platinum, largely due to the successful single "Calling All Angels." Although the album didn't yield any more Top 40 hits, three of its songs fared well on the adult contemporary charts, a sign that Train had traded its alternative rock roots for an older fan base. For Me, It's You followed in 2006, but sales proved to be the lowest of Train's career. Accordingly, Monahan briefly turned his focus inward, releasing a solo album in 2007 and briefly touring behind it. He returned to the fold shortly thereafter, though, and Train issued its fifth album, Save Me, San Francisco, in 2009. The album helped rejuvenate Train's career, with "Hey, Soul Sister" peaking at number three on the Billboard 100. In 2012 the band released its sixth studio album, California 37. ~ Andrew Leahey, Rovi