Like the character in Rock Star
, Brian Vander Ark had gone through a rise and fall when he wrote this song. In 1997, The Verve Pipe had a breakout hit with "The Freshman
," but their next album went nowhere. Underneath
followed in 2001; it got great reviews and was primed for success thanks to the film, but then September 11 happened. Rock Star
was released on September 7 - it later found a following on DVD and television, but few saw it in theaters. Underneath
was also the victim of this unfortunate timing. Released on September 25, it went nowhere and the band split up. When The Verve Pipe reunited eight years later, they included some tracks from the album in their repertoire, including "Colorful." Vander Ark also plays it at most of his solo shows, including the house concerts he plays every summer.