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Matchbox Twenty

Upon the release of their debut album, Yourself or Someone Like You, in fall 1996, Matchbox Twenty was pigeonholed as one of the legions of post-grunge guitar bands that roamed the American pop scene in the middle of that decade. As their first single, "Push," climbed the charts, it was widely assumed (at least by cynical critics) that they were a one-hit wonder, but Yourself or Someone Like You continued to spin off singles well into 1998. By that time, the group's blend of '70s arena rock and early-'90s American alt-rock -- closer to Pearl Jam and maybe R.E.M. than Nirvana -- had become the sound of mainstream American rock. That transition slipped underneath the radar of many pop music critics and fans. Yourself or Someone Like You sold millions of copies without ever truly dominating the charts -- by 1998, it had gone platinum five times; by 2000, ten times. At no time did the record top the charts, but it was always around, a staple of modern rock, adult alternative, and Top 40 radio alike. Matchbox Twenty was omnipresent because they managed to blend the structure and sentiment of '70s arena rock with '90s hard rock, thereby winning a large audience by seeming simultaneously classicist and modern. They were a little more classicist than modern, but that's the reason why they became America's most popular rock band of the late '90s -- even if nobody quite realized they had achieved that status.

The de facto leader of Matchbox Twenty is lead singer and songwriter Rob Thomas. An Army brat born on a military base in Germany, Thomas spent much of his childhood between his mother's house in Florida and his grandmother's place in South Carolina. The stress of the constant movement spilled over into his schoolwork, and he dropped out of high school at the age of 17. He spent some time wandering around the Southeast, singing in a variety of rock bands before he made Orlando, Florida his home base. There, he met bassist Brian Yale and drummer Paul Doucette, and the three spent several years drifting through local bands before Matchbox Twenty officially formed. They rounded out the lineup with Adam Gaynor (rhythm guitar, vocals), who had previously worked at the Criteria Recording Studios in Miami, and Kyle Cook (lead guitar), a former student of the Atlanta Institute of Music.

The band hooked up with Collective Soul producer Matt Serletic and recorded a batch of demos, which helped the band secure gigs throughout the U.S. Soon, the band signed to Lava, a subsidiary of Atlantic Records, and recorded its debut, Yourself or Someone Like You, also with Serletic. The album was released in October 1996 to little attention, but Matchbox Twenty continued to tour America, cultivating a fan base. They eventually landed their single "Long Day" on several influential radio stations, which paved the way for their breakthrough hit, "Push." In spring 1997, "Push" began climbing its way to the top of the modern rock charts, as it received heavy airplay from radio and MTV. By the summer, the single was in the modern rock Top Ten, and Yourself or Someone Like You had reached the album Top 40 and gone gold.

As it turns out, "Push" wasn't the culmination of their work but the beginning of a somewhat surprising success story. During fall 1997, the record picked up momentum, as "3am" became a bigger hit than "Push," propelling Yourself or Someone Like You to multi-platinum status. Early in 1998, the group was named Best New Band by Rolling Stone's annual reader's poll -- proof that, even if Matchbox Twenty wasn't winning critics, they were winning over a wide, mainstream audience. The band and its debut album continued to sell at a steady pace throughout the year as the singles "Real World" and "Back 2 Good" joined "Push" and "3am" as radio favorites. Throughout it all, Matchbox Twenty stayed on the road, at home and abroad. They did well in foreign territories, including Canada, but they truly connected with Australia, where they went platinum eight times; in neighboring New Zealand, the band went quintuple platinum.

Matchbox Twenty reserved 1999 as the year to record their eagerly anticipated second album, but they didn't disappear from the spotlight, due to the unexpected success of "Smooth," a Santana song co-written and sung by Rob Thomas. "Smooth" was one of many songs sung by celebrities on Santana's cameo-studded comeback album Supernatural, but it was the one chosen as the lead single. A wise choice, as it turned out, since it became a true pop phenomenon, topping many radio charts and driving Supernatural to multi-platinum sales and many industry awards. Throughout the second half of 1999, "Smooth" was inescapable, as it and Supernatural sat on the top of the pop charts. Its success brought more attention to Matchbox Twenty, and Yourself or Someone Like You rocketed to over ten million copies sold -- which now qualified it for the RIAA's Diamond Award, which is only granted to records that have moved over ten million units. On top of that, Thomas was named BMI's 1999 Pop Songwriter of the Year, for "Smooth" and his work with Matchbox Twenty. Early in 2000, Thomas won three Grammys for "Smooth" -- Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.

All of this success happened as Matchbox Twenty was recording their second album, again with producer Matt Serletic. The success raised expectations for the new album, entitled Mad Season, which was released in May 2000. Two years later, the band emerged with its third album, More Than You Think You Are. With this particular record, the band shared songwriting duties as a whole for the first time ever. Despite, or perhaps because of, the band's success and frequent touring, Matchbox Twenty decided to take a break from recording and in 2005, Thomas released his debut solo album, Something to Be. Featuring a more polished funk and dance-influenced sound, the album sold well and spawned several hit songs, including "Lonely No More" and "This Is How a Heart Breaks." In 2007, the reunited Matchbox Twenty -- with Doucette now on guitar replacing Gaynor, who left the band in 2005, and Push Stars' Ryan MacMillan on drums -- delivered the hits collection Exile on Mainstream which included a bonus EP of new tracks. North, the band's fourth studio album, and first official release since 2002, arrived in September 2012. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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GUESS, ITS REALLY OVER!?
I NEVER LEFT!!! I WASNT TIRED OF U!!! YOU WERE!!
CANT SLEEP!!!
maeflower024
Smh <3<3<3 M B 20!!!!!
maeflower024
I'm not crazy just alittle unwell!!!Lov e Matchbox 20!!!!!
Yup
Not likin the music by them
GREAT
I love How Far We Come! Such a great song :) How Far We Come should totally be the PJ&O/HoO theme
Mb20 is f**king great!!!!!
Don't read this it actually works,you will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life.tomorro w will be the best day of your life.however if you don't post this u will die in 2days.now you've started reading so don't stop.this is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in143 minutes wen done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters.this is so scary it because it actually works
LOVE Matchbox Twenty!
Love matchbox twenty
This kinda sad. I hate it when people talk bad behind their backs. I lost so many friends to it. :,(
Love them
Bbysmael, no 1 cares. Honestly. Just stop. Sorry not trying to h8 but I'm looking 4 actual meaningful comments.
I like this song! Matchbox 20 is awesome!
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stoxp. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 songs. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come up on the screen in big letters. This is scary because it actually works.
I wish the real world would stop hasthling me. HAHA.
FROM THE REALITY SHOW REAL WORLD: The Real World is a reality television program on MTV originally produced by Mary-Ellis Bunim and Jonathan Murray. First broadcast in 1992, the show, which was inspired by the 1973 PBS documentary series An American Family, is the longest-runn i n g program in MTV history<1> and one of the longest-runn i n g reality series in history, credited with launching the modern reality TV genre.<2>
I HATE REALITY SHOWS. IT MAKES ME WANT TO SING THIS SONG, I wish the Real Worl
Real World: This is the song that sold and bought me on Matchbox 20. I Love this band. Great music. Always. :-)
Awesome band....
Kiss ur hand
Say ur crush
Say a weekday
Close ur hand
Say ur name
Post this 15 times
Ur crush will ask you out on that day
Kiss your left hand
Say your crushes name
Close your hand
Pick a school day
Post this on 15 diff songs
INTELLIGENT COMMENT "BADWOLF". I LOVE MATCHBOX TWENTY!!!
BADWOLF: GROW UP! This is something LITTLE KIDS write. You make me sick with that trash!
Follow for follow
Follow for follow
Follow for follow
megan1490
Use to have a crush on rob Thomas when I first saw his real world song on pop up video when I was little. His wife on his smooth video is so gorgeous
1 kiss your left hand
2 say you're crushes name
3 close you're hand
4 pick a school day
5 say ur name
6 post this on 15 different songs and the day you picked is the day your crush will ask you out
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redbeanblain e
THESE PEOPLE ARE THE BEST!!!!!!
Blink 10 times and comment this on 20 comments in 30 minutes and your crush will ask you out.
Follow for follow (Please read my bio)
This freaked me out. This isn't fake. Apparently, if you copy and paste this on ten comments in ten minutes, you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either be kissed or asked out. If you break this chain, you will see a little girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry.
taxmonkey121
Great band with great music
the actual best band ever
This freaked me out. This isn't fake. Apparently, if you copy and paste this on ten comments in ten minutes you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either be kissed or asked out. If you break this chain, you will see a little girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry
stephie_09_
great song
Back to good will always be my fav
Sounds of my youth!!!!
Love i!
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1 kiss your left hand
2 say your crushes name
3 close your hand
4 pick a school day
5 say ur name
6 post this on 15 different songs and the day you picked is the day your crush will ask you out
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