MR JONES COUNTING CROWS, 1993
Be careful what you wish for is the subtext of Counting Crows’ debut single, which catapulted the American band to instant fame. “When everybody loves me / I will never be lonely,” singer Adam Duritz wrote, never for a moment suspecting his words would come back to haunt him. “You’re supposed to know that’s not true,” he said in 2013. “But you still want it – you want life to be easier, you want to be a rock star so it’s easier to talk to girls.” The “Mr Jones” of the song’s title was Marty Jones, a former bandmate of Duritz. “We went out one night to see his dad play; he was in San Francisco with his old flamenco troupe,” Duritz recalled. “After the gig we all went to this bar where Marty and I sat staring at these two girls, wishing we could talk to them. We joked to each other that if we were big-time rock stars, it would be easier. I went home that night and wrote this song about it.” Counting Crows play The Tivoli, Fortitude Valley, next Sunday.