The new Counting Crows FAQ


Version : 3.0
Release Date : July 4, 1999
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Created & Maintained by : Barry Spendlove
New in this version : NEW SITE - Full FAQ background site - http://come.to/ccfaq

NEW SECTION - 'This Desert Life' {the new cd} FAQ
Current News

  • The new album - Update & new FAQ section
  • Touring Information
  • Revised Questions & Answers
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Table of Contents

Introduction

Section 1. General History of the Band
  • Where did the name "Counting Crows" come from?
  • How did the band form and what did they do?
  • *Adam on How Band Formed*
  • Section 2. Band Members
  • Who is in the Band ?
  • Adam F. Duritz:
  • When is Adam's Birthday
  • Is Adam Duritz a stage name or a real name?
  • What is Adam's middle name?
  • Where is Adam from?
  • Is Adam Jewish?
  • What was the first song Adam wrote?
  • Are Adam's dreads real?
  • When did Adam decide he wanted to be a singer/songwriter?
  • What were the band members doing when they started Counting Crows
  • What's the deal with Adam's throat?
  • Is it true Adam had a nervous breakdown after AAEA?
  • Is there an Adam fan club?
  • What about his relationships ?
  • Why is Adam so defensive about people getting too close to him while he's on stage?
  • How did Adam hurt his knee?
  • Does Adam have a Degree in any major field of study from a university?
  • What literature has Adam read?
  • Is Adam on the internet, does he have an email address and where can I find what he writes ?

  • The Rest of the Band
  • When are their Birthdays :
  • Why was Steve Bowman replaced by Ben Mize?
  • What is Steve Bowman up to now?
  • What were the band members doing when they started Counting Crows
  • Are any of the band members married?
  • Why doesn't Matt Malley do any interviews?
  • Does Matt write songs?
  • What guitars do Dave Bryson use?
  • Do any of the band members have bootlegs?
  • Why is Ben Mize listed as playing light bulbs and zippo lighters in the cd insert?
  • Have any of the other band members ever sung a song?
  • What other bands have the various members been in?
  • Who are their influences?
  • Section 3. Current Situation & Plans

    Section 4. The Music

    The Songs

  • Why are all their songs so depressing?
  • What's the story behind the song "August and Everything After" and where can I find a copy of it?
  • Will Chelsea and/or Good Luck ever be released?
  • What is the story behind Einstein on the Beach?
  • Why wasn't Margery Dreams of Horses put on the album?
  • Why wasn't Suffocate put on the album?
  • Is Barely Out of Tuesday an original Counting Crows song or is it a cover?
  • On what album is Barely Out of Tuesday - where can I hear it?
  • How do I get a hold of unreleased songs?
  • What is the connection between Anna Begins, Margery, and Another Horse Dreamers Blues; because Adam has called them a trilogy?
  • What covers do Counting Crows do?
  • What was the first song Adam wrote?
  • Why do Counting Crows choose not to record in studios?
  • Why on the back of Recovering the Satellites, are the songs grouped into four sections?
  • What are the background lyrics in Monkey?
  • Why don't Counting Crows play Mr. Jones in concert the way it is on the CD?
  • What ever happened to Anna from 'Anna Begins' and Elisabeth?
  • Is Elisabeth a real person?
  • Monkey
  • Anna?
  • Is Maria in Counting Crows songs, Maria Mckee?
  • Is A Long December about Adam and Courteney's relationship?
  • Who is "Mr. Jones"?
  • Does the "Rain King" have anything to do with the book by Saul Bellow
  • Why don't they play 40 Years anymore ?
  • The Albums
  • Why is the album called August and Everything After?
  • Why is the album called Recovering the Satellites?
  • What is the song on the cover and back of AAEA ?
  • What is the song on the piano on the Walkaways page of the RTS inlay.?
  • Why did it take so long for them to come out with a new album?
  • Are Counting Crows coming out with a new album soon?
  • Will Counting Crows be releasing a rarities album?
  • Is the sheet music available for either or both albums?
  • Why don't they play 40 Years anymore ?
  • The new CD - 'This Desert Life' FAQ
  • What will it be called?
  • Why that?
  • When will the new CD be out?
  • Have they finished it yet?
  • Who is producing this one?
  • Do we know the tracks yet?
  • Have they played the songs yet?
  • Will they do it again?
  • Will it be any good?
  • Has anyone heard it yet
  • What has been said about the songs?
  • Do we know any lyrics yet?
  • Where can I hear the songs
  • Would I have heard any of them before?
  • Is there any change in the line up like with Ben and Dan on RTS?
  • Will they be playing the new songs on the July Tour
  • What do I do if I get more info?
  • Lyrics
    Due to the space contraint - the lyrics are contained in three seperate files (also found at the website).

    August and Everything After
    Recovering the Satellites
    Unreleased tracks

    Interpretations
    Adam's words on August and Everything After
    Adam's words on Recovering the Satellites
    Adam's words on his songs during Storytellers
    Guitar Tabs
    Due to the space contraint - the lyrics are contained in three seperate files (also found at the website).

    August and Everything After
    Recovering the Satellites
    Unreleased tracks

    Section 5. Misc. Q's
  • What is their connection to Sordid Humor & Himalayans?
  • Where do I get Himalayans' tapes?
  • Didn't they do Round Here first ?
  • Is their version on that Himalayan's Tape
  • How can I get a copy of Sordid Humor's album?
  • What bands have Counting Crows toured with?
  • What is a 2:1 trade ?
  • Will Counting Crows ever do MTV Unplugged?
  • What's this 'Gimme' thing ?
  • I really want to meet the band, can I get backstage passes for the concerts ?
  • So, you mean I can take pictures of me & Adam when I meet them ?
  • What about the rest of the band - any problems ?
  • Section 6. Adam Quotes

  • Section 6. Resources & Contact info
  • Official Website
  • Newsgroup
  • Mailing list
  • AOL Folder for CC
  • CC Chat
  • Mailing Address:
  • Fan Club:
  • Quality Fan Sites:



  • Introduction

    Welcome to the new Counting Crows FAQ. Although there are old versions of Elaine Naiman's previous FAQs available, it was felt that there was a need for an updated one. So, as a result, I along with the CC Mailing List have put this together to answer many frequently asked questions about the band and to free up both the newsgroup and mailing list for better discussion.

    This FAQ is being maintained by Barry Spendlove and will be archived at http://come.to/ccfaq and it's alias http://www.dnet.co.uk/users/dnetyjqy/ccfaq/.

    Much appreciation must be given to Elaine and members of the old mailing list for putting together the original and also to Chad Kochel for his FAQ. Both were used in the making of this. Thanks go out too to the people who transcribed the lyrics & articles on all the fan-sites.

    This file is a work in progress and if your copy is more than 3 months old, then I suggest a visit to http://come.to/ccfaq. for a newer version.

    We should note that the lyrics and the music are the property of Counting Crows and that other copyrighted material may be used. If quotes are to be submitted, please keep them short and leave the bulk of the article available for purchase.

    [This file may be copied freely so long as it is made available *free of charge* and *completely intact*, including this notice and it is the most *current version* available. Finally, if it is put on websites - I must insist that a link to the *latest HTML version* is used. - http://www.dnet.co.uk/users/dnetyjqy/ccfaq/newfaq.htm ]

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    Section 1. General History of the Band

  • Where did the name "Counting Crows" come from?

    The name Counting Crows came from "an old English divination rhyme that suggests life is as pointless as counting crows". ("Crows Fly High" from Washington Post, May 14, 1994.)

  • How did the band form and what did they do?

    Adam Duritz and guitarist David Bryson are introduced by San Francisco Bay Area musician David Immergluck and subsequently begin writing songs together. Contrary to popular belief however, they never really played Coffee Houses. Amongst the bars they played in were The Paradise Lounge and The Tap Room and other small clubs.

    In August 1991, Duritz and Bryson recruit Bay Area music scene friends Matt Malley (bass), Charles Gillingham (keyboards), and Steve Bowman (drums) to record a demo. The session was successful and that was the beginning of the version of the band that recorded the debut album.

    Audiences in the area always liked them and many labels were interested, but they chose Geffen. Adam became good friends with A&R person Gary Gersh. He wanted the band to take their time recording and not have to deal with the pressures of a recording studio so arranged for them to live and work in a house in Los Angeles. They spent 2 months recording. The album was released in September 1993. They did club tours opening for Suede and Cracker. By early 1994, the album was on the charts and being played on college radio.

    When MTV added "Mr. Jones", the album jumped 40 places a week.
    The album had sold its first million copies by around March 1994.

    (info from "Learn to Fly" by Bill Flanagan, "Musician", May 1994 & CC official Timeline)

    They toured until early 1995, took 6 months off and recorded Recovering the Satellites in another big house in Hollywood in the winter of 1995/1996. After the release, they started touring again and just finished recently.

    *Adam on How Band Formed*

    "Uh, well Dave and I, (our rhythm guitar player) had just been playing together in little coffee houses, cafes, bars, and we decided to put a whole band together. And, uh, knew a lot of guys from the scene from playing around San Francisco. Charlie played keyboards for a band that I opened for on my very first gig. Matt, our bass player, had been in Dave's old band. Steve, uh, Steve and I had rehearsed in the same building on different bands, Dave produced Steve's band's record.

    We had all been around for a while. Dan used to play guitar in a lot of Charlie's bands. Um, we'd just kind of known each other and they were guys we had always wanted to play with, so...that's how we did it."

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    Section 2. Band Members

    This section is really divided into two sections : Adam & the rest of the Band. This may sound unfair, but especially for newbies, most of the questions are about Adam.

  • Who is in the Band ?


    The band originally started out as an acoustic duo of Dave and Adam, but at the time of AAEA had Adam, Dave, Steve, Charlie and Matt. Steve was later replaced by Ben Mize and Dan Vickrey joined also.

  • Adam F. Duritz:

  • When is Adam's Birthday

    August 1, 1964.

  • Is Adam a stage name or a real name?

    It is his real name

  • What is Adam's middle name?

    Fredric

  • Where is Adam from?

    Adam lived all over the USA as a child. He lived in Baltimore, Boston, El Paso, Berkeley and now in Hollywood.

  • Is Adam Jewish?

    Adam Duritz was raised Jewish, but we are uncertain if he still practices his religion.

  • What was the first song Adam wrote?

    A song Adam wrote about his sister called, "Good Morning Little Sister" was his first song.

  • Are Adam's dreads real?

    Not sure at the moment - Adams has used extensions in the past. (He tried to grow them once but his scalp got all itchy and gross so he stopped) Haven't heard anything recently.

  • When did Adam decide he wanted to be a singer/songwriter?

    Adam recently said, "I was born to do it." From the time he was a child, he was singing in his town. Adam always wrote songs, but as he says, "most of them sucked." If he wasn't a singer he admits that he wouldn't be doing anything impressive.

  • What was Adam doing when they started Counting Crows

    Adam was washing dishes and landscaping.

  • What's the deal with Adam's throat?

    Adam tries to take care of his throat. He is very emotional on stage and sometimes loses his head. He intentially kept the sets short at the beginning of the tour so his voice wouldn't go. On the last tour, the band had to cancel some gigs, because Adam's voice fell apart. However there is no truth to the rumor that Adam had throat cancer, but he did have some nodes in his throat.

  • Is it true Adam had a nervous breakdown after AAEA?

    Actually, Adam did have a nervous breakdown between AAEA and RTS. From the horses mouth:

    (San Francisco Datebook, Oct. 27- Nov. 2nd 1996)
    "'I didn't write anything for the whole of '94 and '95. I couldn't handle what had happened to us, and as a result writing became a turn-off' Duritz said, grimacing. ' it seems symbolic of everything that was wrong. I was so wiped out after the last touring go-round that I came home and hid for six months. I found I just didn't like playing music anymore. I didn't see it was making my life good; it was just making me a lot of money. As for writing, that was the crux of the problem. That's what got me into all of this trouble. That last year on the road was not a good year for me. I cancled gigs, had a nervous breakdown..." His voice trailed off. "What saved my life was Sal at the Viper Room."

    From : Elizabeth at reak@earthlink.net

  • Is there an Adam Duritz fan club?

    There is no fan club just for Adam, but there is a new fan club for the band. The address and details are at the bottom of the FAQ.

  • What about his relationships ?

    Amongst others - Adam had relationships with the following celebrities : Mary Louise Parker, Courteney Cox, Samantha Mathis and Jennifer Aniston.

  • Why is Adam so defensive about people getting too close to him while he's on stage?

    Adam refers to the stage as his house. He doesn't like people invading his space, especially when he's performing. He is really into what he is doing, and he doesn't need to worry about his safety while on stage.

  • How did Adam hurt his knee?

    When he jumped off a piano riser while performing "Angels of the Silences" at the Beacon Theatre in early December '96, Adam tore his ACL. He finished that song and four others before leaving to get taped.

  • Does Adam have a Degree in any major field of study from a university?

    Adam studied English at Berkeley, but left just two credits shy of graduation, because the department refused to recognize his genre of english - songwriting.

  • What literature has Adam read?

    Adam has read works by Shelby Foote, William Kennedy, James Thurber, Hohn O'Hara, and Levon Helm.

  • Is Adam on the internet, does he have an email address and where can I find what he writes ?

    Adam *is* on the internet and posts to the CC folder on AOL (instructions in section 6 on how to get there). He posts with the subject: me but doesn't want people to know his email address and requests his privacy.
    Matt is also on-line quite often. He has been known to hang out in the AOL Philosophy Chat-room and many fans email with him regularly.
    An up-to-date collection of all Adam's posts is available at http://www.dnet.co.uk/users/dnetyjqy/ccfaq/adamsposts.htm .
  • The Rest of the Band

  • When are their Birthdays :

    Charlie Gillingham: January 12, 1960
    Dave Bryson: October 5, 1961 (not November as previously stated)
    Matt Malley: July 4, 1963
    Ben Mize: February 2, 1971
    Dan Vickrey : August 26, 1966
    Steve Bowman: Jan 14, 1967

  • Why was Steve Bowman replaced by Ben Mize?

    Steve Bowman never really gelled with Adam. Adam says they split up because of musical differences. But I believe that they just didn't like each other. Now that Ben is the new drummer the band seems a lot happier. One of the band members said that Steve never understood Adam.

  • What is Steve Bowman up to now?

    Someone on the Mailing List had been talking to him recently and he has just gotten married this past Summer and is now in a new band .

  • What were the band members doing when they started Counting Crows

    Matt wanted to be an air-traffic controller, Adam was washing dishes and landscaping, Dan was working in a record store, Ben was working in a rock club, Charlie was designing artificial intelligence in Silicon Valley, and Dave was a producer.

  • Are any of the band members married?

    Matt Malley is married. He was married in early 1997 I believe. Charlie Gillingham is also married.

  • Why doesn't Matt Malley do any interviews?

    Matt Malley does do interviews. He recently participated in the Rockline interview. Perhaps the reason Matt doesn't talk much is because Adam does most of the talking.

  • Does Matt write songs?

    Matt has helped write some songs, namely A Murder of One. Dan Vickrey does write songs though.

  • What guitars do Dave Bryson use?

    Dave plays a vintage Les Paul Junior, a goldtop Paul, a black and white Rickenbacker, and a Gibson acoustic.

  • Do any of the band members have bootlegs?

    From what I've heard, almost every guy in the band has bootlegs. Adam has quite a few of Counting Crows and a lot of other bands. Matt collects Counting Crows bootlegs. Charlie has some too.

  • Why is Ben Mize listed as playing light bulbs and zippo lighters in the cd insert?

    The zippo lighter is in the very beginning of 'Goodnight Elisabeth.' (Chad Kochel). The lightbulbs are in i'm not sleeping at 3 minutes 30 seconds (Adam Clay)

  • Have any of the other band members ever sung a song?

    Adam is the lead singer, but almost every other guy sings backup vocals. There is one exception: When Adam hurt his knee at the Beacon, Dan Vickrey sang Wiseblood.

  • What other bands have the various members been in?

    Adam has been in the bands Model Society, Himalayans and Sordid Humor. Dave was in Mr. Dog.

  • Who are their influences?

    Many people upon first hearing "August and Everything After" heard Van Morrison/The Band/Bruce Springsteen influences in their music.
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    Section 3. Current Situation & Plans

    The new CD, 'This Desert Life', is due to be released in October '99. There were talks of further delays as talk of redoing some songs was rumoured, but October looks fairly certain now.

    Kid Things will not be on the new CD.

    They are currently about to start a 'Canadian' tour. Details are in the touring page of the FAQ Site, http://come.to/ccfaq. They will then travel to South Africa and tour there. Following a six-week break, they are due to do a full US tour.

    Adam still hasn't been back in the aol folder since posts about his personal life.

    Colorblind was released on the Cruel Intentions soundtrack - the CD is available now so go buy it

    The song 'baby, i'm a big star now' was available to hear at the end of John Dahl's movie, 'Rounders'. It has been released on video in the US since February so there are good MP3s available. Adam says it won't be on a Rounders soundtrack but is planned for the new CD.

    Some of the new songs were played at the band's two 'secret' shows at the Viper Room in LA a few months back and they just played another secret show in LA on July 1.

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    Section 4. The Music

    The Songs

  • Why are all their songs so depressing?

    Nearly all of the songs are written by Adam Duritz about his life. Many of the topics Adam wishes to write about are unhappy and depressing. In a recent interview the band said they felt many of their songs were happy and many were unhappy.

    Adam says:
    "The most important thing about this band is heart," Adam Duritz says. "That's where the songs come from: that's what I'd most want people to understand. What sounds good or looks good, that's nothing. The only worthwhile thing in art is seeing someone else's heart."

  • What's the story behind the song "August and Everything After" and where can I find a copy of it?

    You can't.
    The song's lyrics appear on the front and back of the CD insert for the album, but the song is not on the album. Rumor is that the band recorded the song for AAEA but couldn't come up with a version that they liked enough to put on the album.
    (Tom Williams - williams@i2s.com)
    As for the meaning of the song, it was posted to the newsgroup that Adam was born in August and each song is a portion of his life.

  • Will Chelsea and/or Good Luck ever be released?

    Big changes here since the last version. (Adam had said that they were plannde for RTS but would have unbalanced it and slanted it too much towards being a piano album - so they were cut.)

    'Good Luck' has been used on the 'Burn' Soundtrack - a movie Adam co-executive-produced. We still don't know if it will be released widely - it was shown at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah last year but was invited to the Seattle Film Festival too so if its good enough, you never know !!.

    'Chelsea' has been tacked on to the end of the first CD of 'Across A Wire' as a hidden track.

  • What is the story behind Einstein on the Beach?

    Einstein on the Beach was a song from the original Counting Crows demo. The song ended up being released on a CD entitled, DGC Rarities Volume 1 which can be found in most record stores.

    Adam Duritz writes -- "Dave Bryson and I wrote the song a couple of years ago in a hotel room in Los Angeles. I was trying to sleep, but I kept humming guitar parts in my head and then making David get up to play them. Then David kept hearing melodies in his head, and waking me up to sing them. We finally finished the song at 4 a.m. and recorded it on the answering machine in the hotel room. I always loved the song, but it didn't seem to belong on August and Everything After. Not mopey enough." (source - Liner notes of DGC Rarities Vol. 1 - supplied by Tom Williams)

    Adam, however, now regards the release of this song as the biggest mistake he ever made. At a time when he wanted the hype from August and Everything After to wind down, the rarities album came out. He stated that it "was annoying to hear this poppy demo on the radio."

  • Why wasn't Margery Dreams of Horses put on the album?

    The band began to record it, but decided that it was an old song (1989) which didn't fit on Recovering the Satellites, which was about the past few years.

  • Why wasn't Suffocate put on the album?

    This song will never be on any album. Adam hates the song, but the rest of the band likes it.

  • Is Barely Out of Tuesday an original Counting Crows song or is it a cover?

    This song is an original Counting Crows song, it is not a cover. Adam supposedly wrote the song with a friend of his.

  • On what album is Barely Out of Tuesday - where can I hear it?

    It is not on any album and won't be. As Adam has said "music for "barely..." was partially written by someone i cannot stand. nothing of her, other than my scorn, will be on any future albums. also no old songs. that was then, this is now."
    To my knowledge, it has only been played live once in its entirety (Beacon Theatre, NYC, 9 Dec 1996), but parts of it are regularly inserted into the live versions of Round Here.

  • How do I get a hold of unreleased songs?

    The best way is to go to the mailing list or newsgroup: alt.music.counting-crows and ask nicely for somebody to make a copy of a tape for a newbie. The best bootlegs to get if you are interested are the Flying Demos or the Hollywood Grand Show for songs like Chelsea, Good Luck, Margery Dreams of Horses, Suffocate, etc. From there - start trading.

  • What is the connection between Anna Begins, Margery, and Another Horse Dreamers Blues; because Adam has called them a trilogy?

    Adam has said that Margery Dreams of Horses and Another Horsedreamers' Blues are sequels of Anna Begins. But when somebody asked him about a trilogy, he knew nothing of it.

  • What covers do Counting Crows do?

    'Wiseblood' by Kurt Stevenson, 'Four White Stallions' by Patrick Winningham, 'Jumpin Jesus' by Tom Barnes, 'Maggie May' by Rod Stewart, 'Caravan' by Van Morrison, 'Good Year for the Roses by George Jones, 'The Richest Man", 'Six Different Ways' by The Cure, 'This Must Be the Place' by Talking Heads, and 'Ghost in You' by the Psychadelic Furs.

  • What was the first song Adam wrote?

    A song Adam wrote about his sister called, "Good Morning Little Sister" was his first song.

  • Why do Counting Crows choose not to record in studios?

    Most of the band has said, that when you record in a studio, you feel like you are getting up and going to work. They prefer to rent a house on a hill, and live in it from the first day of recording to the last day of recording. That way they are totally absorbed in the record.

  • Why on the back of Recovering the Satellites, are the songs grouped into four sections?

    Adam said there is significants to two of the sections but not four. He says it is really split into two records. The first one ending with Have You Seen Me Lately. The album is about catharsis - the first part of the record is about all the suffering, and the second half is about trying to recover what they lost in those first few years. The reason for the four sections is that it was originally released as a double-vinyl - so each section is a side.

  • What are the background lyrics in Monkey?

    Isn't it a shame/Gone away again and I've been in/Can't you seen the pain I'm in/and Monkey where you been?

  • Why don't Counting Crows play Mr. Jones in concert the way it is on the CD?

    It has less to do with Mr. Jones being a hit, than what it is about. Adam said that it's hard to say some of those lines, like "we all wanna be big stars" because those lines just aren't true anymore. Especially Adam doesn't want to see his face on the television one more time. If they do play it, they like to play it in a stripped down acoustic manner.

  • What ever happened to Anna from 'Anna Begins' and Elisabeth from 'Goodnight Elisabeth'?

    Anna is married and living in Australia. Elisabeth from 'Goodnight Elisabeth' is also married.

  • Is Elisabeth a real person?

    Elisabeth in "Goodnight Elisabeth" is a real person. She was Adam's girlfriend when the band left to tour for the first record, but when they came back, she wasn't his girlfriend. Her real name is Betsy and she is now married.

  • What about Monkey ?

    Apprently it is Courteney Cox (they went out for 2 years, but broke up). As for the song is about looking forward to next year and all the possibilities.

  • and Anna ?

    Adam met Anna on vacation and started a relationship - it was supposed to be light, but got more serious as time went on - the song is about the denial - 'how far you'll go to deny that something's really happening because it's too complicated, too terrifying, too difficult'.

  • Is Maria in Counting Crows songs, Maria Mckee?

    The 'Maria' mentioned in Mr. Jones, and in some other songs, is NOT Maria McKee. She's fictional. Maria McKee is a friend of the band's. She's on the same label, Geffen. Adam sang on a song for the her new record. And she sang the back up vocals on 'Sullivan St.'

  • Is A Long December about Adam and Courteney's relationship?

    Adam, wrote the song late one night, after visiting his friends at 2 in the morning in Hillside Manor. Adam was visiting a friend in a hospital who had gotten hit by a car. Courteney Cox was also a friend of the girl who was hit. So Adam and Courteney talked a lot in the hospital, so the song is at least partly about her and Adam.

  • Who is "Mr. Jones"?

    Marty Jones, former band member "who shared Adam's dreams of stardom and inspired the tune", good friend of Adam's who played in every band until the current version of Counting Crows. (Musician, May 1994)

  • Does the "Rain King" have anything to do with the book by Saul Bellow

    "Rain King is a book I read, but in this song I was relating it to me. Just someone who maybe pours out a little too much. Sort of a vision of excess. You know, just someone who does everything just a little bit too excess, like a big open wound of a person. For good and for bad, get yourself all over other people." (Adam Duritz, Rome TV interview, 28/4/94) Alternative first sentence of above paragraph: "..........but in this song I was relating it to mean just someone who maybe pours out a little too much."

  • Why don't they play 40 Years anymore ?

    Although it hadn't been played for a number of years - they did bring it out again during one of the Viper Room shows - previously, Adam had said he didn't like playing it because he didn't feel that way anymore. It was also recorded for the new CD, but then discarded because they didn't like it.
  • The Albums

  • Why is the album called August and Everything After?

    I'm not sure about the album but, as for the meaning of the song, it was posted to the newsgroup that Adam was born in August and each song is a portion of his life.

  • Why is the album called Recovering the Satellites?

    Most of the band seems to think that the song Recovering the Satellites sums up what the album is all about, so that is why the album is called that.

  • What is the song on the cover and back of AAEA ?

    That is August and Everything After - the song.

  • What is the song on the piano on the Walkaways page of the RTS inlay.?

    That would be Chelsea - ended up not being on the album (can be found as a hidden track on Across A Wire).

  • Why did it take so long for them to come out with a new album? (RTS)

    August and Everything After came out in September of 1993. From their, they toured until the beginning of 1995. They took six months off, then began to work again. They recorded in the winter of 1995/1996 and then it took a few months for the record company to get the cd out. So it really wasn't that much time off, just a lot of touring.

  • Are Counting Crows coming out with a new album soon?

    'This Desert Life' is expected in October. Across A Wire came out in July 1998 however to tide us over until then.

  • Will Counting Crows be releasing a rarities album?

    They had previously talked about releasing such an album - but there hadn't been word of it for a while but Adam did mention it again in a recent interview - so maybe after the next album !

  • Is the sheet music available for either or both albums?

    The sheet music has been released -
    The ISBN for the August book is: 0-7935-3523-9 (older book - no pictures) and the newer one is 0-7935-3637-5.
    The ISBNs for the Recovering book are 0-7935-7883-3 and 0-7935-7884-1.
  • The new CD - 'This Desert Life' FAQ

  • What will it be called?

    The working title is still 'this desert life'.

  • Why that?

    The album's title is a line from a song, High Life. He's talking about being alittle wiped out by the nightlife.

    The lyrics go:
    There's a nightlife falling down on me,
    I just feel like a change,
    Beneath the sun and the summer,
    A sea of flowers won't bloom without the rain.
    But, oh this desert life,
    This high life here at the dying end of the day,
    I wasn't made for this scene, but I was made in this scene,
    And baby, that's just my way."


  • When will the new CD be out?

    According to band's management, we should now see it in October.

  • Have they finished it yet?

    They have finished it and it is all mixed, but we haven't seen it yet.

  • Who is producing this one?

    It is being co-produced by David Herring (Throwing Muses, Camper Van Beethoven) and David Lowery (Cracker).

  • Do we know the tracks yet?


  • Have they played the songs yet?

    They played some at the Viper Room shows a while back and Adam played Four Days and Mrs. Potters' Lullaby in April with the Continental Drifters. Some were also played July 1 in LA.

  • Will they do it again?

    They just played July 1 in LA. They have been known to play at the Viper Room as practice gigs before the release and would more than likely do it again this time.

  • Will it be any good?

    They're always good !

  • Has anyone heard it yet

    Julie was at the Viper Room shows where they played some new songs but apart from that, only the band, producers etc. and the odd interviewer perhaps.

  • What has been said about the songs?

    'The new songs sound great.'

    "Amy Hit the Atmosphere" has a psychedelic feel, combining classic Duritz lyrics ("Amy hit the atmosphere/Caught herself a rocket ride/Out of the gutter/And she's never coming back") with a Beatles-esque chorus and trippy guitar.

    "Speedway" is a moody, confessional number ("I get so nervous I'm shaking/Get so I have no pride at all/Gets so bad but I keep comin' back for more ...") featuring '60s organ and low, cool guitars.

    Duritz reflected on a few of the band's new songs, describing:

    "Hanging Around" as being "like a hip-hop Beatles song ... about growing up and being a bum and getting stoned all the time in Berkeley [Calif.]"

    "High Life" as having a "looping Talking Heads sound. It's got that Wurlitzer-teardrop sound."

    as performed onstage in New Orleans;
    "Four Days" is an uptempo, insistent riff-rocker, cut from the "Mr. Jones" cloth.

    "Mrs. Potter's Lullaby" is far less forgettable, an epic ballad that, if DGC gets its way, will saturate radio later this year. It's somewhat like "A Long December," but with an arguably stronger hook in its rather plaintive, soaring chorus'

  • Do we know any lyrics yet?

    Visit the 'this desert life' Lyrics Page



  • Where can I hear the songs

    The best place to go is Lisa's CC Shrine - she has a great archive of CC music.

  • Would I have heard any of them before?

    Colorblind was on the soundtrack for Cruel Intentions. This has also been played regularly on the radio recently. Baby, I'm A Big Star Now was featured at the end of Rounders, but will not be on any soundtrack.

  • Is there any change in the line up like with Ben and Dan on RTS?

    Maybe!! - David Immergluck is coming to tour with them, but is not as of yet an official band-member. We wait and see.

  • Will they be playing the new songs on the July Tour

    We would presume so - they have been playing them at the viper room shows and in April in New Orleans

  • What do I do if I get more info?

    Simple - Email me at ccfaq@geocities.com

  • A more regularly updated version of the 'this desert life' FAQ is available ate the webwite - http://come.to/ccfaq

  • Lyrics

    Due to the space contraint - the lyrics are contained in three seperate files (also found at the website).

    The lyrics to "August and Everything After" can be found at http://www.dnet.co.uk/users/dnetyjqy/ccfaq/aaea/lyrics.htm

    The lyrics to "Recovering the Satellites" can be found at http://www.dnet.co.uk/users/dnetyjqy/ccfaq/rts/lyrics.htm

    The lyrics to the unreleased tracks can be found at http://www.dnet.co.uk/users/dnetyjqy/ccfaq/unrel/lyrics.htm

    Interpretations

    Adam's words on August and Everything After

    ROUND HERE

    "This guy has heard all those life lessons that you're given when you're a child about what you should do to be a good adult and carve out your name in society -- all those cliches. He's an adult now and has the rights to do the things that 10-year-olds aren't allowed to do -- but so what, it's nothing. Everything has such consequences for him, he can't touch anything or anyone, he's terrified. By the end of the songs, he's so completely lost; he's become more of a ghost than a person, and he's taking other people down with him."

    OMAHA

    "It's about how circular life is, how it turns people over the way the seasons turn over. Somehow life just bulldozes people."

    MR. JONES

    "I love this song because there's so many levels to it. On one level, it's a simple guy song -- but it also has to do with all the things you dream about as a young musician, and how silly and sad and helpless it is to think that everyone's going to love you if you're famous. What do you think is going to be satisfying to get these dreams fulfilled? I can't tell you why I want some of the things I want, but I want...I want...I want..."

    PERFECT BLUE BUILDINGS

    "The verses are about how horrifyingly gray and mundane and pointless life in general can be. Nothing catastrophic. Little horrors. Envy of other people. Deep need that is unsatisfied. Boredom. And so the chorus is about how suductive coma-visions are: these dreams of placidity, colors, shapes that are so clean. But the peace is a trap to the person in the song; he doesn't want to fall prey to the visions."

    ANNA BEGINS

    "It's about denial -- how far you'll go to deny that something's really happening because it's too complicated, too terrifying, too difficult. It's about me and Anna: The relationship was supposed to be light -- we met on vacation -- but we got further into it and it became harder and harder."

    TIME AND TIME AGAIN

    "A weird song, a wasteland song. It's about the spaciousness of loneliness, equating solitariness with the hugeness of the country. It's about large geographic locations and the protagonist's wish to be displaced in them."

    RAIN KING

    "He's a figure of excess. He wants more than he has; he thinks he deserves more than he's got. Joyously and pathetically, he pours all over everyone like a big open wound. In one sense, he's great because he's actually living -- but in another, he's a mess, and he's heading for a very dark place."

    SULLIVAN STREET

    "My last girlfriend, for the first month and a half that we were going out, her mother was living with her, and her mother's very Catholic. We couldn't spend the night together, so I was constantly making these drives in the middle of the night -- very surreal, four in the morning, falling asleep. I really believed in the relationship, but when I was writing this song, the lyrics
    came out: "Pretty soon I won't come around". It wasn't what I wanted -- I didn't want it to end -- but there it was. It's about the inevitability of leaving."

    GHOST TRAIN

    "I think memories are like ghosts -- you can see them, but they're not really there. The more you go on in life, the more you have in your train of ghosts. And when you fall in love, you ride that train together -- the more you get into love, the more you have to share your ghosts with the other person while you're reliving them yourself. That's such a horrible prospect for
    the guy in this song. It doesn't happen, he doesn't do it -- but he remembers, in the choruses, why he though he might."

    RAINING IN BALTIMORE

    "It's a rare song about being 50 miles from nowhere and wanting to be somewhere else with someone that you miss -- but also realizing that you set this situation up for yourself. This is the saddest, bitterest song on the record for me."

    A MURDER OF ONE

    "I can remember being eight years old and having infinite possibilities. But life ends up being so much less that we thought it would be when we were kids, with relationships that are so empty and stupid and brutal. If you don't find a way to break the chain and change in some way, then you wind up, as the rhyme goes: a murder of one, for sorrow."



    Adam's words on Recovering the Satellites

    Catapult


    Angels of the Silences

    'i don't think about the different verses of "angels..." as being about specific different things(e.g. god, girl, self). i think all the verses are about all those things. the point is the faith'

    Daylight Fading


    I'm Not Sleeping


    Goodnight Elisabeth

    "One of the interviewers said to me yesterday "Ya, but how bad can it be...you can have any girl you want." OK, but what if the one girl you do want is at home studying for a Ph.D., and she can't come. She can't even come visit because on the weekends she interns at a clinic. What do you do. "Life isn't about having any girl you want. That can seem great for a minute....and, I'm sure that if I was 21, that would be a lot better than it is now. Maybe that would be more fun. I don't know. I'm sure it would have been. The road gives a lot to you, and this whole business gives a lot to you, but it takes away too. I lost things that were really important to me...things that I thought would be with me my whole life. What do I have for myself from that period? I have a buncha money, and I have songs about periods of my life that are gone now. "Like, I have Goodnight Elisabeth. But Elisabeth just got married 2 weeks ago to somebody else. so, that's...that's gone..and that's gone because *I* was gone all the time. And not, like, doing anything wrong, not that I cheated on her ever, but it's gone. And, you know, that goes on...and, and...that's not heaven."

    The reason I said goodnight instead of good-bye is because I wanted it to be a lullaby...something she could remember it...us by. It’s a little sorted, that song, in places. Because I wanted to be honest about it too....I knew what I was going to do after I lost her. I knew that I would go out there and I would sleep with people. I would do anything to stop myself from thinking about her in the middle of the night....where she was...with some other guy or something. It’s like it says: I’ll wait for you in Baton Rouge, and I’ll miss you down in New Orleans, I’ll wait for you while that girl takes her clothes off, and I’ll wait for you while we’re having sex, and I’ll miss you while we’re having sex, but I’m still going to be doing that. That last verse is about that...the difference between me and her: You can wrap yourself in daffodils...me, the nut that I am, I’ll wrap myself in pain and mope about it all day long. But, you’re you and I’m the king of the rain.


    Children in Bloom


    Have You Seen Me Lately

    [It is]a howl which says "Not only do you not know me, but neither do I." It sums up the touring, fame, and everything, saying where it brought me to. "

    I *wanted* to disappear everytime I heard myself on the radio. Not that I didn’t like hearing it, but after a while, you’re in a restaurant or in a bar somewhere, and it plays, and everyone looks at you, and it just creeped me out after a while. I felt that I couldn’t get into a place where people weren’t looking at me.

    I think that the public, a lot of the time, have a tendency to color people in, who are famous. Make them their own image. Take what they believe a famous person should be, and what they’re like, and what they have, and how they’re life is, and color it into the person who may have nothing to do with that. That’s what the last verse of that song is about. It’s saying: Having felt that I was so disappearing, why didn’t somebody tell me this was happening. I thought somebody would notice. I thought somebody would say something if I was disappearing...if I was missing. And then he sort of screams out: can’t you see me? And then he says: OK, well then, color me in. If I’m everything you think I am...go on, color me in. And while you’re at it, make the sky green, make the...what is it...blue rain...make the rain blue, and make the sky black. If you can make me anything you want, go ahead and do that. Make the whole world anything you want. But, the he says: Give me your blue rain, give me your black sky...or just give me your green eyes...or your white skin. Something real. Do you really know who I am? Everyone was saying they did. I’m not sure they did.

    You’re suddenly...you can become a very semi-private person who has trouble dealing with people, and the next day you belong to everyone. And, all I’m saying is that I’m not sure you get it, really. People come up to and they say “oh...we love you, we love you, can we take a picture with you?” Pictures make me uncomfortable. I can’t tell you why, but they do. And since they do, I probably shouldn’t do them. So, I’d say “I don’t really feel comfortable doing that.” They say “ya, well, screw you...we *made* you.” No you didn’t. The truth is, I was always me. I wasn’t nothing before this happened. I may not have been famous, I may not have been wealthy, but I was something. You don’t make somebody. You don’t. And, you can’t take it away either. That’s the thing people don’t realize. I appreciate what they’re saying....they’re just saying that “we appreciate what you do.” But, I couldn’t always take all that appreciation, sometimes. I just need a little space.


    Miller's Angels

    So I wrote this song about the sort of suddenness of life. What if you lived in fear of that? What if there were angels, but instead of being benevolent, they were ambivalent, just there to do a job and hang between God and us or whatever? And they just hang there and wait 'til it's time to go pluck you off. And what if you couldn't stop thinking about it? "


    Another Horsedreamers' Blues


    Recovering the Satellites

    " It makes sense as the title song for the album. It makes sense as a summary for the album. "

    " [Recovering the Satellites] is an album about the uncertainty about the attempt to recover yourself. And it's also about the attempt to throw yourself off the cliff, that you have to recover yourself from. Because certainly the earlier portions of the album are about a great deal of turmoil inside myself and quite honestly, the desire to hurl myself off into oblivion on a couple of these songs. "


    Monkey

    "This is a song that we wrote while we were making the record [RTS]- looking forward to changes in life, and looking forward optimistically to next year.
    This is a song about falling in love and all the possibilities."


    Mercury

    Have you ever been crazy about someone who is just completely out of their mind - completely bad for you but there's just nothing you can do about it. This is a song about the most changeable girl in the world.

    This is a song about being in love with someone who is just so fucking difficult , so messed up but you just can't help it because, you know, when you're there , you're there.


    A Long December

    "I wrote it one night in the middle of the night. A friend of mine got hit by a car and was in the hospital. It seemed like everything was going shitty. At the time I was writing it, we'd started the record and we'd been working on it and we had all this great material, but I think I had a certain ambivalence about it myself. Am I ready to go into this again? It was so hard last time. I so much didn't ever want to play music again. But the song's really about all the people I didn't have a chance to tell it to and maybe the one person I was actually going to have a chance to finally tell it to at the right time.

    I have to at least recognize what it was, which was something that was a part of my life that existed.

    That's me in a nutshell--people leaving, me leaving, days going past. By the end of the song, what he says is "I can't remember all the times I tried to tell myself/ To hold on to these moments as they pass." You have to remember to hold on to these moments. Life can be flashing moments that pass by you and add up to nothing, or they can be things that you keep and cherish. Loss doesn't mean gone forever: you have your memories. The things you lose don't have to be such ghosts as we always make them out to be. They can be memories that we can keep--especially me, since I get to write songs about them. "


    Walkaways

    'I wanted to use it as a one-word thing because I wanted to suggest that it's a habitual thing, that it's actually something we have a word for, which suggests that it's something one does over and over again. And since it's something that I have done over and over again and had done to me, I called it that. "No big difference these days/ Just the same old walkaways/ And someday I'm gonna stay but not today." '





    Adam's words on his songs during Storytellers

    Round Here

    "The first way Counting Crows ever sounded, it was me and Dave in bars and coffee houses playing open mics, doing this song this way.

    "The song begins with a guy walking out the front door of his house, and leaving behind this woman..and uh... but the more he begins to leave people behind in his life, the more he feels like he's leaving himself behind as well... and um.. the less and less substantial he feels like he's becoming to himself... and that's sorta what the song's about because he feels that even as he disappears from the lives of people, he's disappearing more and more from his own life.

    "And uh, the chorus is, he sorta keeps sort of screaming out these idioms these sort of lessons that your mother might say to you when you were a kid, sort of child lessons ya know 'round here we always stand up straight'..um..'carving out our names'; things that you're told when you're a kid are the things that you do these things, and when you're grown up it'll add up to something' ya know... you'll have a job, you'll have a life and, I think for me and for the character in the song, they don't add up to anything. It's just a bunch of crap kind of.. um.. your life comes to you or it doesn't come to you, but, those things, they didn't really mean anything.

    "And then, by the end of the song he's so dismayed by this that he's sort of screaming out that he get to stay up as late as he wants, and Nobody makes him wait... the sort of things that are important if you're a kid, ya know.. that you don't have to go to bed, you don't have to do anything; but the sort of things that, they don't make any difference at all when you're an adult, they're nothing...and uh...this is a song about... about me.
    And it's called Round Here..."


    Have You Seen Me Lately?

    There was a period when we were touring on the last album where it, it all became kind of a bit much to me and I wrote this song in the year following that. I kinda hesitated to put it on the album because sometimes I think songs like this can be a little trite. It seems like everybody who has a big record writes a song about how hard a time they're having. I think it's a little hard to get people to sympathize with that sometimes because it's like, 'oh, he's famous, poor, poor shmuck.' But the truth is that it's a weird thing, you know. All of a sudden the whole world's different. People look at you differently, people treat you differently. You know, if you woke up on Mars, you'd have trouble with the gravity too, for a little while. You adjust, I, I adjusted.

    But there is a period where I had a really hard time. One of the things that happens is that you have all these big things that happen to you in your life when this sort of things that happens to us happens. And you begin to pile up big experiences, but I think sometimes, you don't get to keep any of the little ones that are really important. Like in the song the person says, 'I remember all the little things that make up a memory, like she said she loved to watch me sleep, like she said, it's the breathing, it's the breathing in and out and in.' I realized that I wasn't really getting to keep any of the really little memories like that, and that it may be an angry songs in some forms, but it's also a really sad song about the small things in your life that you lose track of.
    And it's called "Have You Seen Me Lately?"


    Angels of the Silences

    I write quite a few songs where the sort of issue is faith--having faith, keeping faith. And this song in particular is about the difficulty in having faith in things, and finding things to have faith in, in yourself, in God, in like he said, a woman. Faith is a weird thing, it in a sense it is all about waiting. It's not actually about getting anything, you know, faith is about the wait, because once you get something there is no need anymore. So a lot about faith is just the willingness to sort of throw yourself on a fence and hang there for a while. That's a very difficult and bitter thing, you know. In this song, I keep saying the main character, *I*, I said, "All my sins, I would pay for them if I could come back to you." It's not just about finding things to believe in, it's about wanting to be able to believe in anything too. And it's about all the voices that get inside your head and whisper for you to do it or not to do it as well.
    And it's called "Angels of the Silences."


    Catapult

    I guess it has been pretty well documented by now that during the touring process of "August," you know, I kinda flipped out for a while and we had to take a little time off the road. I was thinking about this the other day, there's, if there's one thing that really kind of sort of sent me spinning to begin with it was, it was when Kurt Cobain died. It was a pretty hectic time for us, we, the record, the beginning of April '94 had been in the top five for a few weeks. We, we had just played the "Letterman" show and played "Round Here." We went on this European tour and in the middle of the European tour in Paris we were supposed to meet David Wilde and Mark Selliger and do an interview and photos for the cover of "Rolling Stone." And I, I was really unsure about doing this because it just seemed like everything's getting really huge as it is, and that's something I'm kind of nervous about and it is it really such a great idea to have ourselves on the cover of every magazine stand in America, you know?

    And, uh, but we agreed to it, you know, and as it led up to that day when we arrived in Paris I got kind of more and more uptight and nervous about this. We landed in Paris and before we even had the chance to talk to any reporters or do any photographs, we, we found, we heard that, that he had shot himself. And it really scared the hell out of me because I thought, these things in my life are getting so out of control and I'm, I'm so wondering if it's possible to handle all these changes as they happen. And then we found out that he was dead and I thought well, you know, maybe these things *aren't* something you can handle, maybe this is something that is just too difficult to deal with. And here we are about to shoot this cover, you know.

    I think it really freaked me out because although fame can seem like something where you're surrounded by people all the time and it's really great and you're, you're always among friends and among people. The fact is that it can really wig you out and there can come a time when you feel like you're just completely and utterly alone. I thought that he must have just come to that point where he just was completely alone, and I really didn't want to get to that place myself. And about a year later when I was writing this song, it began as a song about, like so many other songs I wrote in this period of time, about just wanting to push everything back and frustratingly wanting to just make everything just stop. And I thought of *him* because I thought it's not, it's a horrible thing to have to come to that place and feels so alone because you wish you didn't have to, and you don't really want to. But, you find yourself there anyways.
    And it' s called "Catapult."


    Mr. Jones

    This is a song that has been misinterpreted greatly, to say the least. I think people too often look for symbolism in songs when they're simpler than they seem. This, in particular, is much simpler than it must seem to a lot of people. I have heard everything from it being about some ancient blues man who taught me to play music, which is completely ridiculous (but like somebody's movie fantasy). And I've also heard it's about my dick, which is even more ridiculous. Why do people go there, you know?

    When we did the interview for "Rolling Stone" I walked with David Wilde into the [Muse De Ce] in Paris one day and the first thing that happened was these two kids ran up to us and said, "Hey! You're the guy from Counting Crows, right?" And I said, 'yeah.' And he said, "Is Mr. Jones about your dick?" I wanted to kill the guy because I knew where that was going to end up, which is the first paragraph of the article in "Rolling Stone."

    It's really a song about my friend Marty and I. We went out one night to watch his dad play, his dad was a flamenco guitar player who lived in Spain, and he was in San Francisco in the mission playing with his old flamenco troupe. And after the gig we all went to this bar called the New Amsterdam in San Francisco on Columbus and we got completely drunk. And Marty and I sat at the bar staring at these two girls, wishing there was *some* way we could go talk to them, but we were, we were too shy. And we thought, we kept joking with each other, that if we were big rock stars instead of such loser, low-budget musicians, we'd be able to, this would be easy. And I went home that night and I wrote a song about it.

    And I joke about what's it about, that story. But it's really a song about all the dreams and all the things that make you want to go in to , you know, doing whatever it is that like seizes your heart, whether it's being a rock star or being a doctor or whatever it is, you know. And I mean, those things run from like 'all this stuff I have pent up inside of me' to , 'I want to meet girls' you know, because I'm tired of not being able to. And it is a lot of those things, it's about all those dreams. But it's also kind of cautionary because it's about how misguided you may be about some of those things and how hollow they may be too. Like the character in the song keeps saying, 'When everybody loves me I will never be lonely.' And you're supposed to know that that's not the way it's gonna be, probably. I knew that even then.
    And this is a song about my dreams.


    Rain King

    I read this book in college when I was at Berkeley called "Henderson, the Rain King." And the main character in the book was kind of this big, open-wound of a person, Eugene Henderson, he just sot of bled all over everyone around him. For better or for worse, full of joy, full of sorrow, he just made a mess of everything. And when I wrote the song years later, it didn't really have anything to do with the book except the book had kind of become a totem for how I felt about creativity and writing--that it was just this thing where you just took everything inside of you and just sort of [funny noise] sprayed it all over everything, and not to worry too much about it. You try and craft it but not to be self-conscious about it, in any case. And, it's sort of a song about everything that goes into writing, all the feelings, everything that makes you want to write, makes you want to maybe pick up a guitar and do it, and express yourself because it's full of all the doubts and the fears about how I felt about my life at that time. And also the feeling that I really deserved something better than what I had accomplished up to that point. I think it *is* sort of a religious song about the sort of undefinable thing inside you or out there somewhere that makes you write, makes you create, makes you do any kind of art form, you know?
    And makes me the rain king, sort of.


    Mercury


    Ghost Train

    When you fall in love with someone...Your life is like a train full of these ghosts, you know, they're just sort of strung out behind you. And when you fall in love with someone, it's as if you both get on the train together with all your respective ghosts. And the longer you’re in it, the more you show each other all of these ghosts. And it's, it's a very hard thing for a lot of people to do, especially myself. And in the song, the character doesn't do it, you know, he gets off the train. And as it says in the last verse, 'I took the cannonball down to the ocean and watched the diesel disappear beneath the tumbling waves, love is a ghost train howling on the radio, remember me, she said, when only memory remains' meant for him, that is all that remains of this thing and he remembers it in every chorus when he...The chorus is him remembering the moment when he met her when she said how do you do. And even though he got off the train, the chorus is the way in which he remembers why at one point he thought he might ride it.
    And, here's Dan.


    Anna Begins

    "There was this period where I got really, really sick of playing music, and I saved up some money from landscaping and I um ...

    "I bought a backpack and some boots and me and a friend got tickets and went over to Europe just to backpack around Europe .. it was like uh.. the summer of 1989. I ended up on this Greek island and I met this girl named Anna .. and uh ..I completely fell in love with her ; and I think vice versa.

    "Which is a dumb thing to do in the middle of the summer on a Greek island, because the girl's from Australia and you're from California, and the last thing - you should have a fling, y'know - but the last thing you need to do is fall in love with a girl from Australia; because you've got- you don't have years, you have weeks.

    "Y'know and then everyone goes home ... ya know ..and we were kids, and the plane tickets are too expensive and.. you can't change these things y'know .. and um .. it was just really difficult because no one wants to cop to how important they feel about it because ..it's a ..it's a hole that you're gonna fall into ..y'know

    "And ..so the song is really about .. um .. denial. Y' know, the characters in the song keep saying to each other ' na, I'm not ready for this sorta thing' ;

    "Until the very end, when it's too late - and they realize what they really weren't ready for is the loss ..and um .. it's a terrible thing to find out, because it's uh ..it's too late. Which is what it ended up being at that point.

    "And it's .. it's um .. it's funny she's married now, and she's got a kid and she still lives in Sydney ...and we still talk every once in a while - not too much, but uh .. whenever I talk to her, she still tells me she loves this song and um ..I do too.
    This is uh .. this is Anna Begins ".


    A Long December

    "In the middle of December of '95 my friend Jennifer got run over by a car, and just creamed; and I spent that whole month, while we were just beginning the record and most of Jan & Feb in the hospital, each like, morning and early afternoon then I'd go to the studio, the house where we were recording, and we'd play all afternoon and all night ... and uh ... it was a very weird time because ya know, there is a lot of stress ; not that it's a big deal being a second album, but any album. There just not that easy to make...ya know .. It's a very stressful process, and especially when you're first starting out.. and uh ... and like I said, I spent a lot of time in the hospital which is pretty weird .. Um...

    "But one day I just left the studio about 2 in the morning, and I went to my friend Samantha and Tracy's house which is Hillside Manor; and uh.. That's what we call it anyway, it's just a little house...and uh..I sat there talking with them, I woke 'em up, got 'em out of bed and made 'em talk to me for a couple hours, then I went home to my house.

    "And I wrote this song between about 4 and 6 and then uh ...went to the hospital the next day, and came to the house and I played it for the guys before dinner and ...and taught it to them after dinner. And we played it about 6 or 7 times ..and ..do you remember which take number it was? Take number 6. We just stopped, that was it. We recorded the song, it was done. We all went in to the kitchen and had a cold beer, I grabbed Brad our engineer and ran back out about 5min later, had him play the tape three times, just recorded all the harmonies ...and uh..we've never touched it since, that was it. It's a completely live song except for the harmonies.

    "It's a song about looking back on your life and seeing changes happening, and for once for me, looking forward and thinking...ya know...things are gonna change for the better maybe this year will be better than the last' and uh...and so, like a lot of songs on the end of album it's not about everything turning out great, but it at least is about hope...and the possibilities ..."


    Good Luck


    Guitar Tabs

    Due to the space contraint - the lyrics are contained in three seperate files (also found at the website).

    The Tabs to "August and Everything After" can be found at http://www.dnet.co.uk/users/dnetyjqy/ccfaq/aaea/tabs.htm

    The Tabs to "Recovering the Satellites" can be found at http://www.dnet.co.uk/users/dnetyjqy/ccfaq/rts/tabs.htm

    The Tabs to the unreleased tracks can be found in their individual files

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    Section 5. Misc. Q's

  • What is their connection to Sordid Humor & Himalayans?

    Adam sang backup vocals on their album Light Music for Dying People. In addition, David Bryson produced about half of the Sordid Humor record. Also Marty Jones, about whom Mr. Jones is written, played bass on the Sordid Humor record.
    Adam was vocalist for Himalayans.

  • Where do I get Himalayans' tapes?

    To receive a copy of the Himalyans' tape She Likes the Weather on which Adam Duritz is the vocalist, send an inquiry to cstier00@counsel.com asking for information on how to obtain their tape.

  • Didn't they do Round Here first ?

    Yes - they wrote and performed Round Here originally, although it doesn't sound much like the CC version as far as I'm aware.

  • Is their version on that Himalayan's Tape ?

    Well - originally it was but now it appears because of copyright etc, it's not on the tape that's available now - but there are loads of copies around the place and you could probably trade for one. Watch the copyright though !

  • How can I get a copy of Sordid Humor's album?

    Light Music for Dying People is rare, but can be found at some record stores. You may have to look under "S" and go through all the miscellaneous bands that start with "S". Somebody also said they found it with Counting Crows.

  • What bands have Counting Crows toured with?

    The Cranberries, The Rolling Stones, Alex Chilton, Suede, Cake, Ben Folds Five, Cracker, Fiona Apple, Engine 88, Dogs Eye View, Lisa Loeb, That Dog, Neilson Hubbard, Wallflowers, Bettie Serveert & several more.

  • What is a 2:1 trade ?

    This is done when one party to the trade has nothing to offer - and they send 2 tapes for each copy wanted. We recommend against this - as it is sort-of unfair to people starting out and you can usually find someone who will copy something for you on a 1:1 & postage basis.

  • Will Counting Crows ever do MTV Unplugged?

    Possibly. Adam has been asked about this, and they never say "no", but nor do they say "yes." However, there are no current plans to do MTV Unplugged and given the recent release of a live album including a primarily acoustic Storytellers, it would seem unlikely for the time being.

  • What's this 'Gimme' thing ?

    It was a project by the CC mailing list and specifically by Tom Bowie. It was a double-CD collection of some of the best rare and live songs from the best boots. Unfortunately, it's finished now - try trading for it.

  • I really want to meet the band, can I get backstage passes for the concerts ?

    Well, if you can swing them - then cool!, but you really don't have to because they come outside after every show to talk and sign autographs for everyone. So don't rush off after the show.

  • So, you mean I can take pictures of me & Adam when I meet them ?

    No, one thing you can't do is take pictures with Adam - also you shouldn't start petting him or asking him for a dread. He really doesn't like photos and he's probably just sick and tired of the latter two.
    As Adam put it : 'People come up to and they say "oh...we love you, we love you, can we take a picture with you?" Pictures make me uncomfortable. I can't tell you why, but they do. And since they do, I probably shouldn't do them. So, I'd say "I don't really feel comfortable doing that." They say "ya, well, screw you...we *made* you."'

  • What about the rest of the band - any problems ?

    The rest of band come out too - but get out early to catch Matt - he usually leaves quite quickly. They are really cool and do allow photos if you ask. Spend some time with them and learn how cool they are instead of just crowding Adam - that way you can get the most of everything and still get Adam's autograph.
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    Section 6. Resources & Contact info

  • Official Website

    The Official Counting Crows website is at http://countingcrows.com
    and in the RTS insert card, it says you can email info@countingcrows.com but I don't anyone has ever actually gotten a reply!

  • Newsgroup

    There is a usenet newsgroup available on many sites at alt.music.counting-crows
    There is also an official newsgroup at news://emerald.net/countingcrows.misc

  • Mailing list

    The goal of the Counting Crows -L mailing list is 'to keep this list as a good source of information about the Counting Crows, a discussion of their music, a place to trade tapes and make friends.'

    There are almost 500 people subscribed and between 25 and 45 posts to the mailing list each day and cover all topics related to CC in some way or another.

    Kelly and Karin have very kindly put in enormous effort to create a mailing list website for everyone - so go visit www.countingcrows-l.org.


    To send mail to the list (not admin commands), write to :
    COUNTINGCROWS-L@LISTSERV.AOL.COM
    Note: Only subscribed members can send mail to the list.



  • AOL Folder for CC

    There is also an AOL folder for CC (and that's where Adam usually posts !).
    To get there: enter "aol://5863:126/mB:82108 " as the keyword


  • CC Chat

    Counting Crows official chatroom at http://www.chatbox.com/scripts/chatbox/IMM_Crows/chat.exe
    or #countingcrows on IRC {meeting sundays @ 6pm GMT / 1pm EST}


  • Mailing Address:

    Again from the RTS insert card :
    c/o Counting Crows Fan Club,
    PO Box 5008,
    Berkeley,
    CA 94705
    USA
    

  • Fan Club:

    Details of this are available on the CC website too, but it is run by a Fan-Club company and does just give out the usual pictures etc - but if that's what you want for your $15 .........
    There were big delays at the start (waiting for pictures to be signed) but I believe things are smoother now.
    Anyway ... here's what you get

    How to Join:  Send cash check of money order for 15.00 US dollars (20 outside us) to :
    
    COUNTING CROWS FAN CLUB
    300 Queen Anne Ave. N., Suite 332
    Seattle, WA   98109  
    USA
    
    For further details: 
    web site: www.countingcrows.com
    e-mail:  countingcrows@liberty-lyle.com
      
    


  • Quality Fan Sites:

    The Counting Crows FAQ Site at http://come.to/ccfaq
    "The Definitive Guide to Counting Crows" at http://come.to/countingcrows
    Lisa's Counting Crows Shrine
    Counting Crows Mailing List - Official Site
    Julie Luvcat's CC Site
    Chad Kochel's Crows Nest
    Counting Crows Fan Art
    One for Sorrow, Two for Joy
    Counting Crows Brazil
    Bartel's Counting Crows Page
    Dan's Counting Crows/Himalayans Page
    Rick Fuss' Bootography Pages
    Counting Crows Trading Center
    Enno's Counting Crows Page
    Binh's Counting Crows Bootlegs
    Viktor's Counting Crows Page
    Matthew's Counting Crows Page
    Sullivan Street: A Tribute to the Counting Crows
    Counting Crows Guitar Music
    Another Sleepless Town

    More to come in the next version.
    If you have a good site - email the URL to ccfaq@geocities.com.

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    I hope you found this FAQ informative and interesting.
    Send comments, corrections, additions and questions to :
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    "
    i'll probably never get that chance again
    and i'm glad i didn't miss it.
    see what you can before it disappears. go camping.
    go to a museum. visit the zoo. kiss a girl. do whatever.
    join a rock and roll band.
    and then don't forget.

    try not to ever forget.
    "
    goodnight, ad