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01: Who is Adam going out with? Nicole Kidman? The cast of Friends?

02: Is Adam African American?

03: Will Counting Crows ever come to _______?

04: What is Adam saying at the beginning of "New Frontier"?

05: Do you know when the new album is coming out?

06: Who did the Cover of "This Desert Life"?

07: Are Counting Crows selling out for world domination?

08: Did I see them in a Coke commercial?

09: Who sings back up on ______?

10: Why was "1492" excluded from "Hard Candy"?

11: What’s the difference between the US and UK editions of "Hard Candy"?

12: Why are there extra tracks on foreign issues of "Hard Candy"?

13: What’s up with all the covers? What covers have been released so far?

14: Who is "Maria" and all of the other people Adam sings about?

15: What books have inspired Counting Crows songs?

16: Who produced "Hard Candy"?

17: Did they switch labels?

18: How many official albums have been released?

19: Who plays the horns on "Chelsea?"

20: How many hidden tracks are there?

21: How did Counting Crows get their name?

22: What are the words on the cover of "August and Everything After"?

23: * Where can I get a copy of the song "August and Everything After"?

24: Counting Crows were only six, now seven? What gives?

25: Are Adam and Fred Durst related?

26: What is that song that was playing before the band took the stage?

27: Who are some of the famous fellow Counting Crows fans?

28: What Movies/Soundtracks/Television shows have Crows songs appeared in?

29: What are bootlegs?

30: Do you know the band?

31: How can I contact the band?

32: How come there are so many "unreleased" Counting Crows songs?

33: Are there any DVD'S or plans to release a DVD?

34: Where can I send requests for interviews?

35: Who's the girl in the yellow hat?

36: When is the next Shim Sham?

37: How can I get backstage passes?

38: Whats the deal with the devil and the bunny?

39: Where can I find biographies on the band?

40: Who or what is The Himalayans?

41: What are the background lyrics to "Monkey"?

42: Why did Ben quit the band?

43: Where did the band originally form and start playing?

44: Where can I find guitar tabs and sheet music for CC songs?

45: Which band members are married?

46: Who's the voice at the beginning of the Storytellers disc that says, "Please welcome, uhh, my favorite band, Counting Crows?"

47: What is adam mumbling in Rain king from Across a wire (disc 1)?

48: Who is the girl in the Accidentally in Love Video?

49: What happened to Matt Malley? Has he been replaced?

* I need more information about the band, where can I find it?

Did we forget anything? Drop us a line and let us know.

1: Who is Adam going out with? Nicole Kidman? The Cast of Friends? Back to the Top

First off who he is going out with is no one's business. Having said that, Adam has stated that he dated Jennifer Anniston briefly, Courtney Cox for quite a while, and Nicole Kidman was just a tabloid spawned rumor. I also heard a rumor that he has a crush on me, but I'm married, so too bad. ;)
Please don't send in submissions for this section, it's not a running tally on his love life. These three are the ones asked about most often, so we felt the need to address it.

2: Is Adam African American? Back to the Top

I wonder why it is I get asked this so much. Does it really matter? For the answer, see the lyrics to "1492" -
"I'm a Russian Jew American impersonating African Jamaican"

3: Will Counting Crows ever come to _______? Back to the Top

I don't have and hold onto this info so please don't ask me about advanced information regarding tour dates before they are made public. I promise to post that info on the official as soon as it becomes available.

4: What is Adam saying at the beginning of "New Frontier"? Back to the Top

"Come on children mind the gap", In the English Underground system (subway), there is a space between the platform and the train, called the gap. When the subway trains are about to pull into the station a voice comes over a PA and says "mind the gap", telling you to not stand close to the edge while the train approaches as to prevent riders from accidentally falling or getting their legs stuck.

5: Do you know when the new album is coming out? Back to the Top

"Hard Candy" was released in July of 2002. Films About Ghosts (the best of), released November, 2003. Saturday Nights and Sunday mornings, is set to be released sometime in November 2007

6: Who did the cover of "This Desert Life"? Back to the Top

The cover for "This Desert Life" was done by Dave McKean and is taken off the cover of the children's book written by Neil Gaiman called "The Day I Swapped My Dad for 2 Goldfish". All the artwork on the booklet was also done by Dave McKean and is original for TDL. Dave was chosen to do the artwork after Adam saw his work on Neil Gaiman's series "The Sandman" and other various CD covers he did.

7: Are Counting Crows selling out for world domination? Back to the Top

First off it was a misquote. The whole "world domination" idea came from a list the rest of the band made while making Hard Candy of all the places Adam names in his songs. Hard Candy became known as the "World Domination" album. Counting Crows will never sell out.

8: Did I see them in a Coke commercial? Back to the Top

Yup, you sure did. It's not such a big deal, you can see it on the official web site (in the video archives). Adam was quoted as saying :
"I like Coke. Well, not really Coke. It's too sweet, but I am completely addicted to Diet Coke. So the commercial seemed and still seems perfectly harmless to me."

9: Who sings back up on ______? Back to the Top

Just to name a few:

Vanessa Carlton - Big Yellow Taxi
Sheryl Crow - American Girls
Maria Mckee - Sullivan Street
Ryan Adams - Butterfly in Reverse
David Gibbs, Matthew Sweet - Hard Candy
Leona Naess - Black And Blue

To turn the tables, Adam has done backup on several albums also.

Ryan Adams - Gold - (Answering Bell) - Also appears in video
LIVE - V - (Flow, etc)
Peter Stuart - Propeller - (Propeller Girl)
Cracker - Garage D'Or - (You Ain't Going Nowhere)
Joe 90 - Dream This - (Drive)
The Wallflowers - Bringing Down the Horse - (6th Ave. Heartache)
Dog's Eye View - Daisy - (Last Letter Home, etc.)
Sordid Humor - Light Music For Dying People - (Barberosa) - Also appears in video
Nanci Griffith - Flyer - (Going Back To Georgia, etc.)
Maria Mckee - Sweet Relief - (Opelousas)

Click here for sound samples.

10: Why was "1492" excluded from Hard Candy? Back to the Top

"1492 failed to make the record because we never really got a great recording of it. A lot of us really loved that song but I have a really strict rule about that sort of thing. It doesn't matter how great the song is if the recording isn't great too." - Adam Duritz

11: What’s the difference between the US and UK editions of "Hard Candy?" Back to the Top

The US version is enhanced, with access to the secret site.
The UK version is not enhanced but has two bonus tracks ("Four White Stallions" and "You Ain’t Going Nowhere").
Other import sequences have slight variations but are mostly the same.

12: Why are there extra tracks on foreign issues of Hard Candy? Back to the Top

Straight from the bunny's mouth , err… fingers:
"The reason some international territories ask us for extra tracks is that their economies are a little more fucked up there and CDs are therefore more expensive. To avoid their markets being swamped by cheaper imports, they ask us for material that's not on the American version. It is not our intention to get you to buy three different CDs. It's so Japanese and Dutch people don't buy American CDs. That's all."

13: What’s up with all the covers? What covers have been released so far? Back to the Top

The band’s original plan was to release a covers album, or at least a bonus disc of covers. Instead, the covers are being released on foreign versions of Hard Candy and on the singles.

American Girls #1 features "Start Again" (Teenage Fan club) and "Someday" (Sparklehorse)
American Girls #2 features "Blues Run the Game" (Jackson Frank) and "Mercy" (Kurt Stevenson)
Hard Candy UK edition features "Four White Stallions" (Patrick Winningham) and "You Ain’t Going Nowhere" (Bob Dylan).

Hangin Around (released) features "Friend of the Devil"

Visit the official site for sound samples (audio archives)

Counting Crows do lots of cover songs. Most of which can be heard on the sounds page.

The guys have made several low key appearances singing at nightclubs, often doing all covers.

"Blues Run the Game", by Jackson Franke has been being played as of late in the encore performances.

14: Who is "Maria" and all of the other people Adam sings about? Back to the Top

Maria is the only one who's not completely real. "She's just an idea of someone I came up with when I was writing "Round Here." I mean, she's me. It's through the eyes of a girl, but it's someone very much like me struggling at the edge, not sure if she's going to fall off on one side or the other. It's a theme that's stuck through songs. So she keeps popping up."

Adam doesn't always say exactly who his songs are about. "Elisabeth", "Anna" and "Amelia" ("Amy" in "Miami") are old girlfriends. "Amy" ("Amy Hit the Atmosphere") is a close friend.
"Mrs. Potter" is Monica Potter (actress). "Galen" ("New Frontier) is Galen Aires, daughter of Kevin Aires. "Nicole" ("Children In Bloom") is Adam's little sister. "Mr. Jones" is Marty Jones (bass player with Sordid Humor and Himalayans). ,
Mary-Ann ("Butterfly in Reverse") is Mary Louise Parker (actress) . "Richard Manuel" was the singer/piano player for "The Band"
Many fictional characters are inspired by books (see below). For more in depth explanations to song meanings see The Meanings Page

15: What books have inspired Counting Crows songs? Back to the Top

A lot of adams songs are inspired by books.
"Henderson the Rain King" and "The Greening of America" to name a few.
"Another Horsedreamer's Blues" was inspired by the Sam Sheppard play called "Geography of a Horse Dreamer". It can be found in a compilation set called Fool For Love and Other Plays.
The song Margery Dreams of Horses has nothing to do with the song "Another Horsedreamer's Blues". It's said to be a sequel to "Anna Begins".

(Speaking of books)
- A Dutch writer quoted Adam in his book "Phileine Zegt Sorry" (Phileine Says Sorry) in the book, the girl lies down to listen to some music and sings along with it. Then he quotes the beginning of Perfect Blue Buildings.

- From a book by Stephen King titled "Everything's Eventual"
...Three weeks later I'm on an airplane for the first time in my life-and what a way to lose your cherry! The only passenger in a Lear 35, listening to Counting Crows pouring out of quad speakers with a Coke in one hand, watching as the altimer climbs all the way to forty-two thousand feet..

- Adam is quoted on the jacket of a book called "A&R" by Bill Flanagan.
"You begin with the things you love. You end up with the things you'll do. And one day you find yourself staring at a line on the ground, knowing that if you cross that line you'll never be the same again"

- He is also quoted in "Mouthing Off : A Book of Rock and Roll Quotes"
"I don't know where I am when I'm singing. I don't take care of my voice when I'm performing. I just lose my head. I'm gone."

- He also makes a cameo in the political book "We the People: A Call to Take Back America," a 200 page non-fiction comic book about how a government of, by, and for the people has been replaced by corporate domination.. By Thom Hartmann.

16: Who produced "Hard Candy"? Back to the Top

Steve Lillywhite and Ethan Johns. Each producer spent time with the band separately, at different times throughout the recording process. The band recorded for a while with Ethan Johns, took a break and toured, then went back into the studio with Steve Lillywhite.

17: Did they switch labels?

"This Desert Life" is the band's first release since the Universal/PolyGram merger, which resulted in massive staff layoffs at the Universal-owned Geffen. Geffen's duties have since been primarily absorbed by the staff at Interscope Records, also owned by Universal.

18: How many official albums have been released? Back to the Top

4, " August and Everything After", "Recovering the Satellites , "This Desert Life", "Hard Candy" & Films About Ghosts", The crows greatest hits album. The band also released a double live album called Across A Wire and two official bootlegs called "By The Time We Got To Woodstock" and "Face the Promised Land". You can get a copy of "Across A Wire" . The official bootlegs were exclusive to their website and are no longer in print.

19: Who plays the horns on "Chelsea?" Back to the Top

The brass is played by Soul Rebels, a New Orleans brass band...original is all piano. It was slated to be on RTS but Adam said it fell out of the time frame that the album covered so it along with Margery Dreams of Horses was omitted. Chelsea was later included as a hidden track on the double live album "Across a wire"
Didn't know there was a hidden track? It's ok, you're not alone.

20: How many hidden tracks are there? Back to the Top

3 -
"Kid Things "(at the end of "This Desert Life")
"Chelsea" (at the end of "Across A Wire")
"Big Yellow Taxi" (at the end of "Hard Candy")

21: How did Counting Crows get their name? Back to the Top

The term counting crows comes from an old english divination that stated..
"If you hang on to the flimsiness of anything you may as well be standing there counting crows...
I don't think anyone (not even the band) has a copy of it, for they in fact just heard it quoted in a movie called Signs of Life and adopted the term as the bands name.

22: What are the words on the cover of "August and Everything After"? Back to the Top

The words are the lyrics to the song "August And Everything After", which was excluded from the album itself.

23: Where can I get a copy of the song "August And Everything After"?

Had you asked prior to 12/12/03 I'd have said the following: You can't. No one has it, rumors say only Adam's dad has it, but I've heard that certain band members say, that in and of itself is just a rumor and the song is probably lost to oblivion.

HOWEVER After some ranting on the official message board, someone showed up with lyrics that she claimed came from a demo tape (11/18). These lyrics were sent to Adam with a request to confirm or deny. He did neither (11/31). He was later given a copy (12/08) and proceeded to play it on 12/12. Saying in his update the next night that he used those lyrics to remember the song. The fans were pretty relentless about him playing it and he finally gave in, giving their "bitching" full credit.

If you don't know this song is considered the Holy Grail of all crows songs.
Ashlee Speight, who transcribed the lyrics, and Mike Mckee who recorded it, deserve extra special thanks for making this happen. You can download it on the sounds page.
I was there, it was the coolest thing ever. [Click here for the intro]

24: Counting Crows were only six, now seven? What gives? Back to the Top

David Immergluck (Immy) is a talented musician who played on all of Counting Crows albums. He officially became a member of the band with the release of "This Desert Life" in 1999.

25 : Are Adam and Fred Durst related? Back to the Top

No, they are not related although they have the same record label (Interscope). Look carefully:
Adam DURITZ
Fred DURST
dig it?

26 : What is that song that was playing before the band took the stage?  Back to the Top

Some of the songs that have preceded the guys coming on stage are:
California Dreamin' - Mamas and the Papas
Whippin' Picadilly - Gomez
Abide Me - Thelonious Monk
Magical Mystery Tour - The Beatles
Sweet Emotion - Aerosmith
Jeepster - T Rex
Inspirational Information - Shuggie Otis
Walk Away Renee - Left Banke
The Kids Are Alright - The Who
Pinball Wizard -The Who.
Young Americans - David Bowie

27 : Who are some of the famous fellow Counting Crows fans?  Back to the Top

David Letterman (talk show host), Ryder Strong (Boy Meets World), Hanson , Danny Ferry - (Cleveland Cavaliers), Michelle Kwan (figure skater), Scott Wolfe (Party of Five), Melissa Joan Hart (Sabrina- Teen Witch), Gillian Anderson, Chris Carter (The X-Files),Jennifer Garner (actress), Sean Marks, Yogi Stewart (Toronto Raptors), Dennis Rodman, , Jeremy Dean (keyboard player for Nine Days), ESPN News anchor John Buccigross, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, David Lago (The Young and the Restless), Ellen DeGeneres, Fabio Volo (Italian anchor-man), John Mayer, Mathieu Schneider (Detroit Red Wings)

28 : What Movies/Soundtracks have Crows songs appeared in?  Back to the Top

Shrek 2 - Accidentally in Love
Two Weeks Notice - Big Yellow Taxi (not on soundtrack)
Mr. Deeds - Goin' Down to New York Town
Rules of Attraction - Anna Begins - (cover, not on soundtrack)
Rounders
- Baby I'm a Big Star Now (not on soundtrack)
Cruel Intentions - Colorblind
Clueless - The Ghost In You
Unhook the Stars - Raining In Baltimore (not on soundtrack)
Visit the official site for more soundtrack samples (audio archives).

Television shows which have featured crows songs:

Boston Public (they made a personal cameo as "band in bar")
Dawsons Creek
The Days
Everwood
E.R
Laguna Beach
One Tree Hill
Party Of Five
Roswell
Scrubs
Homicide: Life on the Street” episode 5, “The Last of the Watermen.”

29 : What are bootlegs?  Back to the Top

Bootlegs can be defined several ways but in a nutshell they are live or demo recordings that are traded among fans. Don't let anyone fool you into believing that anything other than "Across A Wire", "By The Time We Got To Woodstock" and "Face The Promised Land" are official releases, for they are not. Counting Crows recently adopted an official taping policy. Visit the BDB for more information on bootlegs.

30 : Do you know the band?  Back to the Top

To be honest, they are like family to me. I imagine thats how everyone who has worked for them any length of time would feel. The word "know" is a pretty general, one I like to avoid using. I can say however, I'm well aquainted with them ;)

31 : How can I contact the band?  Back to the Top

Leave them a message on their website. I'm not obliged to give out contact info for obvious reasons. So please don't ask.

32 : How come there are so many "unreleased" Counting Crows songs?  Back to the Top

Counting Crows have always been the kind of band to test out new material on the road. Like with any band lots of that material will never see the light of day. Since Counting Crows have always been cool about people taping shows, those songs get recorded and subsequently circulated, sometimes heavily.

33 : Are there any DVD'S or plans to release a DVD?  Back to the Top

There are as of yet NO DVD releases by Counting Crows. There are however rumors of possible future releases and online petitions pushing forth trying to force a release. Visit DVD CC for more info.

34 : Where can I send requests for interviews?  Back to the Top

Again I'm not obliged to give out contact info to anyone who asks. If you have a legitimate request, drop me a line and I'll try to get your request forwarded to the appropriate people.
If it helps : their record label is Universal/Interscope/Geffen - Their manager is Gary Gersh.

35 : Who's the girl in the yellow hat?  Back to the Top

Amelia - Adams former girlfriend. The "picture" in question can be seen here.

36 : When is the next Shim Sham?  Back to the Top

Who knows, maybe never? Adam and Immy had an anual "secret" show in New Orleans at a small club in the french quarter called "The Shim Sham Club".  The first year it was low key and only a few words were ever discussed about it. The second year I found out and announced it on the site. Big mistake. The next year I kept my mouth shut and had a great time in New Orleans. The club that hosted it has since been closed down and there has not been another D&B show since.

37 : How can I get backstage passes?  Back to the Top

CountingCrowsBackStagePasses.com ? Kidding.. you can't. Occasionally brokers secure after show passes, and sell them for outrageous rates. Some vendors (like the HOB) also have "club" V.I.P. access which will often let you into an after show also. "Backstage passes" are reserved for the people who work for the band, their friends and family. Why you wanna go back there anyway? It's boring..hang out around the venue after the show, the band always comes out and it's more fun out there neways.

38: Whats the deal with "The Devil and The Bunny"?  Back to the Top

Back in 99, the band dressed up for a show in Boston on Halloween. Adam dressed like a bunny, Immy a devil. From there they launched an online radio station on a site called mediatrip, where they played de-jay and called their show "The Devil and The Bunny Show". Since then the bunny references have shown up in "Holiday in Spain". A revisited devil and bunny show WAS also being featured on the HOB website (the green room). And the band once again took the stage in their infamous outfits on Halloween night, 2002. The Devil and The Bunny will never go away ..

39: Where can I find biographies on the band?  Back to the Top

We are working on that. No one has ever compiled a definative list, and the guys have not been very forthcoming about it. The most information that has ever been compiled can be found in Jessica Roop's Crow Talk.

40: Who or what is The Himalayans?  Back to the Top

The Himalayans were a local bay area band, Adam was the lead singer. The music is a far cry from Counting Crows, but has Adam's signature vocals and meaningful lyrics. For more information see the lyrics page, and/or Thehimalayans.com where you can purchase the C.D.

41: What are the background lyrics to "Monkey"?  Back to the Top

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

42: Why did Ben quit the band? Back to the Top

Basically, he wanted to devote more time to his family and other projects, such as Nuçi's Space and his new band. He left on very good terms, although the band is sad to see him go. Here you can read the official statement from Ben and Adam's letter to Ben. You can still catch Ben with his band around the Athens area, and check out his website.

He announced his departure mid-tour. He finished up the U.S. tour and Jim Bogios was named as his replacement. He is best known for his work with Sheryl Crow. Jim has been friends with David Immergluck of the Crows for years (Jim played with David in a band called Papa's Culture). David actually recommended Jim to Sheryl in 1996.

43: Where did the band originally form and start playing? Back to the Top

Berkeley/San Francisco, California

44: Where can I find guitar tabs and sheet music for CC songs? Back to the Top

Tabs and some sheet music can be found on, the "Tabs" page on this site. Sheet music for the first three albums can be purchased through sheetmusicplus.com

45: Which band members are married? Back to the Top

Charley and Matt are married and have kids. *Update: Mr Gillingham is now divorced, and Matt Malley is no longer with the band. They are all fair game.

46: Who's the voice at the beginning of the Storytellers disc that says, "Please welcome, uhh, my favorite band, Counting Crows?"

Chris Carter, the creator of The X-Files.

47: What is adam mumbling in Rain king from Across a wire (disc 1)?

Supposedly (but no one really knows for sure) these are the correct lyrics to the Rain King hum as heard on "Across a wire"

"Well every little big fish that sails your gonna sink down - a well underground And all the little things that she does to me feels so good. I said every little bit of fun and loneliness And every little thing that endlessly confuses me and I still know she will"

48: Who is the girl in the accidentally in love video?

Princess Fiona..Seriously, I've heard (but never confirmed) that it was the Actress, Jessica Brooks Grant, who played in the movie "What dreams may come".

49: What happened to Matt Malley? Has he been replaced?

It was announced abruptly that Matt had left the band to pursue a solo career. Although no replacement has been announced the band has had 2 stand in's: Jerry Flowers and Millard Powers.

We miss you Matt :( .

Thanks to Ali, Jules, Tony, Donna and many more for helping to compile this list.

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