Counting Crows (formed 1991)
Counting Crows are a rock band from California best known for hits such as 'Mr. Jones' and 'Accidentally In Love'.
Counting Crows: Formation
Counting Crows was formed by frontman Adam Duritz and guitarist David Bryson originally as a duo playing acoustic gigs around San Francisco.
Their name came from the superstition rhyme 'One For Sorrow' about counting magpies, which are birds from the crow family.
They were occasionally unofficially joined by David Immerglück, but the band soon became a five-piece with bassist Matt Malley, keyboardist Charlie Gillingham and drummer Steve Bowman.
In 1993, they signed to Geffen Records, and soon got the chance to play at Van Morrison's induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Counting Crows: Musical career
Counting Crows unveiled their debut album 'August and Everything After' in 1993. The album was produced by T-Bone Burnett and was followed by a long tour supporting the likes of The Cranberries, Suede, Bob Dylan and others.
The lead single was major hit 'Mr. Jones' which reached number 5 in US charts. Guitarist Dan Vickrey joined the band soon after, as Bowman left and Duritz, struggling under the pressure of their newfound success, had a nervous breakdown.
1996 saw the release of album two 'Recovering the Satellites' which featured the song 'A Long December'. The following year, excessive touring took its toll on Durtiz and he was forced to take a break after damaging his vocal chords. They release a live album entitled 'Across a Wire: Live in New York City' following the tour.
In 1999, they unleashed 'This Desert Life' featuring the tracks 'Hanginaround' and 'Colorblind' from the Sarah Michelle Gellar movie 'Cruel Intentions'. That year also saw Immerglück officially join the band.
Their fourth album, 'Hard Candy', came out in 2002 featuring a cover of Joni Mitchell's 'Big Yellow Taxi'. Drummer Ben Mize left during the subsequent tour to be replaced by Jim Bogios. Malley also quit, with Millard Powers taking his place as bassist.
Greatest hits album 'Films About Ghosts' came out the following year, followed by a tour with John Mayer.
The song 'Accidentally in Love' featured on the soundtrack to 2004's 'Shrek 2', and it was later nominated at the Oscars.
Gil Norton produced their next album 'Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings' which dropped in 2008. They subsequently performed on 'The View' and 'Good Morning America' among other shows.
In 2009, the band left Geffen, continuing to tour with their Saturday Night Rebel Rockers Traveling Circus and Medicine Show featuring all the bands playing alongside each other for various performances. A brief hiatus followed, with some members deciding to work on various side projects.
In 2012, they unveiled covers album 'Underwater Sunshine (Or What We Did On Our Summer Vacation)', featuring songs by Travis, Dawes, Madonna, Big Star, Stereophonics and others. Another tour followed, alongside their Outlaw Roadshow festival tour with they present with Ryan Spaulding. A live album for the tour, 'Echoes of the Outlaw Roadshow', was released in 2013.
Between 2012 and 2013, Duritz co-wrote the play 'Black Sun'. The band also released some live recordings for the website Daytrotter.
In 2014, they released 'Somewhere Under Wonderland'; an album which marked a change in direction in terms of songwriting and features lead single 'Palisades Park'.