Maroon 5 is an American band from Los Angeles
. Originally forming as Kara's Flowers
in high school by lead vocalist and guitarist Adam Levine
, keyboardist Jesse Carmichael, bass guitarist Mickey Madden, and drummer Ryan Dusick, the band released one album under the moniker in 1997. Upon the arrival of guitarist James Valentine, the band rebranded themselves as Maroon 5
. In 2002, they released their debut album, Songs About Jane
. It wasn't until a year later, however, when their breakout single "This Love" was released, and officially put them on the map of listeners. The album went on to contain other hit singles like "Harder to Breathe", "She Will Be Loved" and "Sunday Morning". Songs About Jane
enjoyed major chart success, going gold, platinum, and triple platinum in many countries around the world.
In support of Songs About Jane
, Maroon 5 toured extensively throughout 2003–2005, and released two live albums during that period. After winning won the Grammy Award
for Best New Artist in 2005, Ryan Dusick left the band in September 2006, citing injuries sustained by constant touring; he was replaced by their current drummer, Matt Flynn.
After a five year gap, Maroon 5's second studio album, It Won't Be Soon Before Long
,was released in May 2007. Its lead single "Makes Me Wonder" become the band's first number one single in America, and subsequent singles "Wake Up Call" and "Won't Go Home Without You" were released to decent success. Additionally, a compilation of previously unreleased songs, The B-Side Collection
, and a remix album, Call and Response
, were also released shortly after.
Their third studio album Hands All Over
was released in September 2010, launched by the hit single "Misery". In 2011, Adam Levine was named a coach on the American version of The Voice
. Capitalizing on the show's surprise success, Maroon 5 recorded a duet, "Moves Like Jagger
" with Adam's fellow Voice
coach Christina Aguilera
; the song became their second #1 single in their home country, and topped the chart for four non-consecutive weeks, becoming their biggest hit yet. As well, Levine emerged the winning coach of The Voice
's first season, with his protege, Javier Colon, being crowned its inaugural champion.
Since debuting in 2002, the band has sold over 10 million albums in the United States and nearly 15 million worldwide.
- The Fourth World (1999, as Kara's Flowers)
- Songs About Jane (2002)
- It Won't Be Soon Before Long (2007)
- Hands All Over (2010)
- Overexposed (2012)
- A Wiz Khalifa Appears: In "Payphone".
- Anti-Love Song: A straight example in "If I Never See Your Face Again", but it's implied in the lyrics of most of Songs About Jane, with maybe the exception of "Sweetest Goodbye" and "Tangled". "One More Night" is another example.
- Audience Participation Song: Anybody could cover "This Love" and get an audience going.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted in the video for "Payphone". Adam starts out looking pretty good. By the end of the video, he's bleeding, dirty and looks exhausted.
- Break Up Song: "Through With You", "Not Coming Home", "Sweetest Goodbye" (of the bittersweet form), "Just A Feeling", "Makes Me Wonder", and "How".
- Chekhov's Gun: The conversation at the beginning of the video for "Wake Up Call"- it's a seemingly innocent chat between Adam and his girlfriend, where she apologises for lying to him and he admits that the whole thing was probably his fault anyway. Then, later, we hear the rest of the conversation, where they agree to work together and start a cover-up of the murder Adam committed- that is, when he shot his girlfriend's lover.
- Cover Version: "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" on Hands All Over. In addition, "This Love" is one of the most covered songs of the last 10 years.
- Creator Backlash: According to The Other Wiki they were attempting to be too many things on "Hands All Over" and that's why they got help cleaning up their sound for "Overexposed"
- Destructive Romance: "One More Night" is about one, but the guy can't help but come back to her and feel bad about it later.
- Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Word of God is that the relationship in "Misery" is not supposed to be a positive one. The video has Adam getting seven kinds of hell beat out of him by his ex, who then proceeds to repeatedly try to kill him. More than a few YouTube commenters have pointed out that if the video was instead Adam beating seven kinds of hell out of his ex, the outcry would be enormous.
- Dream Team: Worked with Christina Aguilera and Rihanna to musical and critical success.
- Executive Meddling: While their previous work was mostly written by Maroon 5 members themselves, the majority of the songs on "Overexposed" were written or co-written by professional writers.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: From "This Love":
I tried my best to feed her appetite
Keep her comin' every night
So hard to keep her satisfied.
- Depends on your age, coming around or coming the other way..
- Needless to say Maroon 5 does this a lot, but that's the most heard radar skipping.
- Had To Be Falsely Suspected To Be A Crook: In the video for "Payphone", Adam and his coworker escape from the robbers by stealing one of their guns, threatening them with it and running like hell. The police mistake Adam for an accomplice since he was running out of a bank robbery in progress with a gun in one hand and an attractive woman in the other and he keeps running, steals a car and blows up a police car to escape... an occupied one. And it wouldn't have happened if everyone had just stopped to talk.
- Intercourse with You: Songs About Jane is this trope.
- "Hands All Over", "Kiwi", "Sunday Morning" and "Shiver", as well.
- "Moves Like Jagger" could be heard this way as well.
- "Lucky Strike" isn't subtle at all.
- Irony: Wiz Khalifa's verse in "Payphone" is basically "I'm rich, you're not, I made it, you didn't, so fuck off, haters." When he sings it in the video... he doesn't exactly look it.
- And this is right after Adam steals his car; his final appearance in the video is him watching his car get returned, only for it to blow up. He's left stranded in the same slummy-looking part of town Adam's stuck in.
- Kubrick Stare: Done by Adam several times in the video for "Makes Me Wonder."
- Lonely Piano Piece: "Sad" from Overexposed.
- Love Makes You Crazy: Songs About Jane is proof this trope is true. Word of God is that the album was made and named mostly to get it out of their systems.
- Lyrics/Video Mismatch: "Payphone" is about a relationship that ended badly. The video starts with a bank robbery, then goes into a car chase. Epic, but unexpectednote .
- The video for "Wake Up Call" is a strange one- it resembles a trailer for a movie. This 'movie' starts out adhering to the video in that a guy shoots his girlfriend's lover, but the subsequent cover-up involves gamblers, strippers, boat chases and abductions.
- Made of Iron: Adam in the video for "Misery". He somehow survives a variety of fatal/permanently crippling situations whereas in reality, he'd be in hospital after the first thirty seconds.
- Mood Whiplash: "Not Coming Home" - "Through With You" - "Sweetest Goodbye" is of the angry song, angry song, sweet song variety.
- The video for "Misery" starts out horrifying, as Adam's crazy ex beats the crap out of him, and then gets hilarious as she goes after him with a fucking bazooka.
- Mr. Fanservice: Adam spends most of their videos either shirtless or wearing something extremely tight. He's also well aware of his straight female, bisexuals, and gay male fanbase and quite willingly plays to all three.
- My God, What Have I Done?: The viewpoint character of "Wake Up Call" apparently has one of these after he shoots the man his lover was sleeping with.
- Name's the Same / In Name Only: Their song "This Love" is completely different from that other "This Love" and the other "This Love"
- New Sound Album:
- It Won't Be Soon Before Long structure and music stands out between Hands All Over and Songs About Jane.
- Overexposed subverts the band's Signature Style for straight pop music.
- Obsession Song: "Shiver", "Can't Stop", "Harder To Breathe", "Little Of Your Time", "Stutter", "Give A Little More", "Secret", "Get Back in My Life".
- Performance Video: "Sunday Morning".
- Precision F-Strike: "Not fit to fuckin' tread the ground that I've been walking on" from "Harder to Breathe".
- "And it really makes me wonder if I ever gave a fuck about you" from "Makes Me Wonder".
- Downplayed in "Moves like Jagger" with "I don't give a shit".
- "All those fairy tales are full of shit! One more fucking love song, I'll be sick!" from "Payphone". That's not even getting into Wiz Khalifa's verse...
- Protest Song: The rare non-Anvilicious one—"Makes Me Wonder", which originally started out as a simple Break Up Song (and was started well before its eventual release and then shelved because Adam couldn't seem to make it work), but there were some lines that seemed to apply to the political climate at the time so it was reworked into a song with two meanings, one about a failed relationship (as originally intended) and the other about "failure to understand or trust" the leadership of his country.
- Rule of Drama/ Every Car Is a Pinto: In the "Payphone" video, Adam's car waits for him to get out and walk about a metre away before exploding spectacularly. Adam himself is somehow unharmed.
- Self-Deprecation: The title of the album Overexposed seems to be a playful jab at themselves for how much airtime their songs have gotten.
- Silly Love Songs: "Sweetest Goodbye", "Never Gonna Leave This Bed", "Sunday Morning".
- Studio Chatter: Before their cover of "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" on Hands All Over.
- Stuff Blowing Up: "Payphone".
- Vocal Evolution: Adam's voice has gotten a lot higher than it used to be.
- What Happened to the Mouse??: The fate of the woman in the "Payphone" music video that escaped with Levine is never found out. Presumably, she was either arrested by the police or made it out OK.
- Your Cheating Heart: "Wake Up Call".
- Yandere: "Wake Up Call".