typically considered a rock band, became extremely popular
in 1994 following the release of their debut album August
and Everything After, which featured the hit song "Mr.
Adam Duritz and guitarist David Bryson (both formerly of The
Himalayans) formed the Counting Crows in
San Francisco in 1991. Duritz had experience as a member of The
Himalayans and as a contributor to recordings by the San
Francisco Bay Area group Sordid Humor (though never a
member). Counting Crows originally performed as an acoustic
duo, playing gigs in and around
and San Francisco.
Counting Crows, with their intimate and melancholy approach,
quickly achieved a large fan base among Generation X
alternative rock fans who were looking for something
different from the raging guitars of the
music scene. It was during this time that a full band was
formed from local musicians, and the band was signed to
first album, August and Everything After was released
in 1993, with the song "Mr. Jones", about Adam's childhood
friend and bassist in The Himalayans Marty Jones, becoming a
1996, Recovering the Satellites, the band's second
album, was released. This album took a more heavy, riff led
approach than August and Everything After. However,
it did contain some calmer, melancholy tracks, such as the
title track "Recovering the Satellites" and the singles "A
Long December" and "Miller's Angels." "Recovering the
Satellites" is often considered Adam Duritz's response to
his sudden and somewhat unasked-for fame.
1999, Counting Crows released This Desert Life, sales
of which were propelled by the success of "Hanginaround" and
featuring the song "Colorblind" (also heard in the movie
Cruel Intentions.) To support the album, the band toured
extensively with the alternative rock band Live, on a
co-headlining tour, where the two acts would alternate who
performed first. Each night, during Live's song "The
Dolphin's Cry," Adam Duritz would perform alongside Live's
Ed Kowalczyk, in a duet version of the song. In return,
Kowakczyk would sing a verse of "Hanginaround" with the
Counting Crows during their set.
of their 2002 release of Hard Candy, Counting Crows
covered the 1970 Joni Mitchell song, "Big Yellow Taxi." On
the soundtrack to the romantic comedy film Two Weeks
Notice, Vanessa Carlton sang the backing vocals on the
single edit of the song, a major hit that brought new (and
young) fans to the band. The band seems to be fond of
classic rock, especially from the 1970's and have covered
songs live by artists such as
Bruce Springsteen, Rod
Stewart, Pure Prairie League,
Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead,
Van Morrison and Oasis.
November 2003, Counting Crows released a "best of..." album,
Films About Ghosts. ("Films about ghosts" is a lyric
from the band's song "Mrs. Potter's Lullaby," which appeared
on This Desert Life.) They also toured in 2003 with
John Mayer, Maroon 5, and the Graham Colton Band.
summer of 2004, Counting Crows released the song
"Accidentally in Love" for the soundtrack of the hugely
popular computer-animated movie Shrek 2. The song was
nominated for an Academy Award. Later versions of the Crows'
2003 greatest-hits disc include "Accidentally in Love."
of 2006, The Counting Crows released New Amsterdam: Live
at Heineken Music Hall a live album comprised of
performances from their 2003 tour supporting Hard Candy.
Although it is composed mostly of live performances of
already released material, it does contain the impromptu
"Hazy" as well as various vendor specific additional tracks
such as "Blues Run the Game", and "Black and Blue".
Counting Crows' lead singer Adam Duritz's vocal style has
often been compared to that of
Van Morrison. Counting Crows'
lyrics (composed primarily by Adam Duritz) frequently deal
with aspects of ordinary life, and even in their most upbeat
songs somber undertones are often present.
Forthcoming new album
frontman Adam Duritz has hinted that their next studio
record may be released as soon as early 2007, which both him
and guitarist Dan Vickrey indicating the band recently spent
three weeks working in a Hell's Kitchen recording studio
with Gil Norton, the producer behind 1996's Recovering
the Satellites. Vickrey has added that the forthcoming
album will sound closest to Recovering The Satellites
among their other releases, with half of the songs "loud,
raucous rockers" written in May in New York, and the other
half (expected to be written and recorded after this
summer's co-headlining tour with the Goo Goo Dolls) to be
more acoustic and country-sounding.
has also speculated that the working title of their
forthcoming fifth studio release is Saturday Night,
Sunday Morning, explaining, "Saturday night is when you
sin and Sunday is when you regret. Sinning is often done
very loudly, angrily, bitterly, violently."
tentative song titles for the new record include "Come
Around," "Hanging Tree" and "Suffocate" (the last of which
pre-dates Recovering the Satellites).
Adam Duritz (Vocals, Piano)
David Bryson (Guitar)
Dan Vickrey (Guitar)
David Immerglück (Guitar, Mandolin, Pedal Steel)
Jim Bogios (Drums)
Charles Gillingham (Keyboards, Accordion)
Powers (Bass Guitar, Piano) is not officially in the band.
Ben Ulrich (Drums) 1990-1992
Steve Bowman (Drums) 1992-1994
Matt Malley (Bass Guitar) 1992-2005
Ben Mize (Drums) 1994-2002
Marty Jones (Bass) 1990-1992
Holly (Keyboards 1990-1992
Toby Hawkins (Drums) 1990-1992
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