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The Freshmen (RCA, 1997)

From American alternative rock band, The Verve Pipe, The Freshmen chronicles the guilt felt by guitarist and lead singer Brian Vander Ark over the suicide of an ex girlfriend. Ark later admitted the suicide was poetic license and the real incident that inspired the song was abortion his girlfriend had had. The Freshmen was actually first recorded in 1992. It was re-recorded and finally released in 1997, becoming The Verve Pipe’s breakthrough and best known single. The Freshmen was off their debut album (for a major label), Villains. The song hit the top of Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart and #5 on the Hot 100 and went to #6 in Canada. Elsewhere it peaked at #28 in Australia and #71 in the Netherlands.