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Hometown: Berkley, California
Albums: August and Everything After (1993), Recovering the Satellites (1996), This Desert Life (1999), Hard Candy (2002), Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings (2008), Underwater Sunshine (2012), Somewhere Under Wonderland (2014)
Awards: 1 VMA, 1 American Music Award
Hits: ‘Mr Jones’, ‘Accidently in Love’,’ Round Here’, ‘A Long December’
Other: ‘Accidently in Love’ nominated for the Academy Award for best Original Song
Counting Crows first rose to prominence in 1993 after the release of their debut album ‘August and Everything After’ that would throw the band from relative obscurity into multiplatinum selling artists. Well a blend of soulful rock that came around during the boom of grunge, they offered a very appealing and up beat rock sound. To this day they remain one of the defining rock groups of the 1990s, continuing to tour and record over 20 years later.
Counting Crows were formed in the San Francisco Bay area in 1989, when singer Adam Duritz met with guitarist David Bryson. They would write and perform songs together as an acoustic set-up, playing in their local area. Not long after they had recruited Matt Malley and Steve Bowman for bass and drums, with multi-instrumentalist Charlie Gillingham completing the band line-up.
They initially concentrated on touring and performing together, solidifying their sounds and getting a reputation in their local San Francisco Bay area. They would then work on their first album, with it being released in late 1993. August After Everything was a resounding success, thanks in no part to the lead single ‘Mr Jones’ which was a sleeper hit, and helped spread the band’s name with lots of air play.
The album would be in the charts for most of 1994, going on to sell a whopping 7 million copies, the most album sales since Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind‘. Counting crows were now a firmly established rock band, and would go on to tour extensively, opening for massive acts such as The Rolling Stones.
Their follow up album was 1996s Recovering the Satellites, which was also a resounding success much like their first release. It debuted at number one, going on to being a double platinum selling record, and featured a number of hits such as ‘Angels of the Silences’.
The end on the 90s and ear 00s saw more releases from the band, including double live album which showcased the bands more intimate nature with an acoustic set. Their next two releases continued to sell well, and featured many of the bands classic songs, such as ‘Hangin Around’ from 1999s This Desert Life and a cover of ‘Big Yellow Taxi’ from their fourth record Hard Candy.
2004 would mark another year of success, as their single ‘Accidently in Love’ that featured in the popular firm Shrek 2, received an Academy Award nomination for best original song. Saturday Nights and Sunday Mornings would prove to be the bands last album under their long time record label Geffen.
More recent years have seen two independently released albums, as well as some solo work from the individual band members. Counting Crows continue to tour extensively, solidifying their reputation as one of the finest live bands still performing from the early 90s.
This is epitomised by the bands website, which encourages the exchanging of bootleg live performances (not to mention the numerous live albums the band have released over the years). Their reputation of performing live is well earned, from intimate acoustic sets to the more rowdy live shows pack with cover songs of many classic rock tracks, counting Crows continue to enamour fans across the globe.