History Music / CountingCrows

16th Feb '18 11:35:52 PM CassandraLeo
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Their music can be best described as a harmonious blending of alternative rock and country rock. Some of their most prominent influences include Music/VanMorrison, Music/{{REM}}, Music/BobDylan, and Music/TheBand; they have paid tribute to many of these influences with their cover album ''Underwater Sunshine''.

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Their music can be best described as a harmonious blending of alternative rock and country rock. Some of their most prominent influences include Music/VanMorrison, Music/{{REM}}, Music/BobDylan, Music/TheBand, and Music/TheBand; Music/NeilYoung; they have paid tribute to many of these their other influences with their cover album ''Underwater Sunshine''.



* ''Echoes of the Outlaw Roadshow'' (live album, 2013)



* ConceptAlbum: ''Saturday Nights and Sunday Mornings'', divided into two sides on the precept that "On Saturday night, you sin; on Sunday morning, you repent". The album is also a deep exploration of Duritz' depersonalisation-derealisation disorder and, more generally, failure.



* ConceptAlbum: ''Saturday Nights and Sunday Mornings'', divided into two sides on the precept that "On Saturday night, you sin; on Sunday morning, you repent". The album is also a deep exploration of Duritz' depersonalisation-derealisation disorder and, more generally, failure.

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* ConceptAlbum: ''Saturday Nights CoverSong: In addition to the CoverAlbum, their official discography includes covers of Music/JoniMitchell's "Big Yellow Taxi" (which provided one of their biggest hits), Music/TheGratefulDead's "Friend of the Devil", and Sunday Mornings'', divided into two sides on Jackson C. Frank's "Blues Run the precept that "On Saturday night, you sin; Game" (a bonus track on Sunday morning, you repent". The album is some versions of ''New Amsterdam''). Several of the songs from ''Underwater Sunshine'' have also a deep exploration of Duritz' depersonalisation-derealisation disorder and, more generally, failure.made appearances on their various live albums.


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* GratuitousFrench: "Le Ballet d'or" means "Golden Ballet".
16th Feb '18 11:27:34 PM CassandraLeo
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** In addition to the [[Music/ElvisPresley obvious one]], "Elvis Went to Hollywood" contains references to [[Literature/{{Frankenstein}} Viktor Frankenstein]] and [[Music/BigStar Alex Chilton]].
9th Jan '18 2:36:17 PM CassandraLeo
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** Most of "Mercury" is in 4/4, but the intro and some of the instrumental fills are in 7/4.

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** Most of "Mercury" is in 4/4, but the intro and some of the instrumental fills are in 7/4. This likely ties in with the lyrics, actually ("She'll change so suddenly/She's just like mercury/Yeah, but she's all right with me").
9th Jan '18 2:32:48 PM CassandraLeo
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* FadingIntoTheNextSong: "Hanginaround" fades into "Mrs. Potter's Lullaby" on ''This Desert Life''.
9th Jan '18 10:38:54 AM CassandraLeo
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* UncommonTime: Most of "Mercury" is in 4/4, but the intro and some of the instrumental fills are in 7/4.

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Most of "Mercury" is in 4/4, but the intro and some of the instrumental fills are in 7/4.7/4.
** "Start Again" (a country-styled cover of Scottish alternative rock band Teenage Fanclub) jumps around a lot.
9th Jan '18 10:34:56 AM CassandraLeo
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* RearrangeTheSong: The acoustic disc of ''Across a Wire'' features several radical examples of this trope, incorporating instruments like banjos and accordions that weren't included on the original versions.

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* RearrangeTheSong: The acoustic disc of ''Across a Wire'' features several radical examples of this trope, incorporating instruments like banjos and accordions that weren't included on the original versions. Adam actually says they played mostly rearrangements of their electric material for this show because they liked the new feelings and meanings the process of rearranging the songs brought to the surface.
5th Jan '18 12:13:57 PM CassandraLeo
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* MusicalPastiche: On the whole, while they have clear musical influences, they don't wear them on their sleeves, but there are a few cases that stand out. "New Frontier" nails Music/{{REM}}'s style so closely that you might think it was Michael Stipe singing at times. "Carriage", meanwhile, seems to be Counting Crows' Music/DaveMatthewsBand song, again with Duritz doing a fairly convincing impersonation of Matthews. "Anyone but You" has a pretty good Music/TheBeachBoys pastiche towards the end. "I'm Not Sleeping" is, at several points, quite reminiscent of Music/TheBeatles' "[[Music/MagicalMysteryTour I Am the Walrus]]", particularly in its string arrangement. The ''Across a Wire'' version of "Ghost Train" sounds more than a bit like a lost Music/NeilYoung & Crazy Horse track. And "If I Could Give All My Love -or- Richard Manuel Is Dead" makes its influence from Music/TheBand plain in its very title.

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* MusicalPastiche: On the whole, while they have clear musical influences, they don't wear them on their sleeves, but there are a few cases that stand out. "New Frontier" nails Music/{{REM}}'s style so closely that you might think it was Michael Stipe singing at times. "Carriage", meanwhile, seems to be Counting Crows' Music/DaveMatthewsBand song, again with Duritz doing a fairly convincing impersonation of Matthews. "Anyone but You" has a pretty good Music/TheBeachBoys pastiche towards the end. "I'm Not Sleeping" is, at several points, quite reminiscent of Music/TheBeatles' "[[Music/MagicalMysteryTour I Am the Walrus]]", particularly in its string arrangement. The ''Across a Wire'' version of "Ghost Train" sounds more than a bit like a lost Music/NeilYoung & Crazy Horse track.track, organ solo aside. And "If I Could Give All My Love -or- Richard Manuel Is Dead" makes its influence from Music/TheBand plain in its very title.
5th Jan '18 12:12:57 PM CassandraLeo
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** ''Across a Wire'' is a live example, with the first disc (''VH1 Storytellers'') being acoustic and the second (''MTV Live from the 10 Spot'') being electric. Some songs are included on both discs, but the arrangements are significantly (often radically) different.

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** ''Across a Wire'' is a live example, with the first disc (''VH1 Storytellers'') being (mostly) acoustic and the second (''MTV Live from the 10 Spot'') being electric. Some songs are included on both discs, but the arrangements are significantly (often radically) different.



* MusicalPastiche: On the whole, while they have clear musical influences, they don't wear them on their sleeves, but there are a few cases that stand out. "New Frontier" nails Music/{{REM}}'s style so closely that you might think it was Michael Stipe singing at times. "Carriage", meanwhile, seems to be Counting Crows' Music/DaveMatthewsBand song, again with Duritz doing a fairly convincing impersonation of Matthews. "Anyone but You" has a pretty good Music/TheBeachBoys pastiche towards the end. "I'm Not Sleeping" is, at several points, quite reminiscent of Music/TheBeatles' "[[Music/MagicalMysteryTour I Am the Walrus]]", particularly in its string arrangement. And "If I Could Give All My Love -or- Richard Manuel Is Dead" makes its influence from Music/TheBand plain in its very title.

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* MusicalPastiche: On the whole, while they have clear musical influences, they don't wear them on their sleeves, but there are a few cases that stand out. "New Frontier" nails Music/{{REM}}'s style so closely that you might think it was Michael Stipe singing at times. "Carriage", meanwhile, seems to be Counting Crows' Music/DaveMatthewsBand song, again with Duritz doing a fairly convincing impersonation of Matthews. "Anyone but You" has a pretty good Music/TheBeachBoys pastiche towards the end. "I'm Not Sleeping" is, at several points, quite reminiscent of Music/TheBeatles' "[[Music/MagicalMysteryTour I Am the Walrus]]", particularly in its string arrangement. The ''Across a Wire'' version of "Ghost Train" sounds more than a bit like a lost Music/NeilYoung & Crazy Horse track. And "If I Could Give All My Love -or- Richard Manuel Is Dead" makes its influence from Music/TheBand plain in its very title.
5th Jan '18 12:08:28 PM CassandraLeo
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** Live versions of "Round Here" and "Rain King" are known to go on for over eleven minutes. The version of "Round Here" on disc two of ''Across a Wire'' is exactly ten minutes long. ("Anna Begins" runs for 13:55, but less than half of that is the song proper; it's still a bit over six minutes long, though).

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** Live versions of "Round Here" and "Rain King" are known to go on for over eleven minutes. The version of "Round Here" on disc two of ''Across a Wire'' is exactly ten minutes long. ("Anna Begins" on the first disc runs for 13:55, but less than half of that is the song proper; it's still a bit over six minutes long, though).
5th Jan '18 12:06:19 PM CassandraLeo
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* EpicRocking: "Mrs. Potter's Lullaby", at over seven-and-a-half minutes long.
** "Palisades Park" clocks in just over the eight minute mark, making it their longest song ever released.
** Live versions of "Round Here" and "Rain King" are known to go on for over eleven minutes.

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* EpicRocking: "Mrs. Potter's Lullaby", at over seven-and-a-half minutes long.
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** "Palisades Park" clocks in just over the eight minute mark, at 8:21, making it their longest song studio track ever released.
** Live versions of "Round Here" and "Rain King" are known to go on for over eleven minutes. The version of "Round Here" on disc two of ''Across a Wire'' is exactly ten minutes long. ("Anna Begins" runs for 13:55, but less than half of that is the song proper; it's still a bit over six minutes long, though).
** Also topping the six-minute mark are "High Life" (6:21) and the hidden track "Kid Things" (7:06).
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