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MR JONES COUNT­ING CROWS, 1993

The Courier-Mail - QWeekend - - UPFRONT -

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.

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