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Music: Matchbox Twenty
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Matchbox Twenty (originally spelled officially, and still sometimes known, as Matchbox 20) is an American rock band, formed in Orlando, Florida in 1995. The group currently comprises Rob Thomas (lead vocals, piano), Paul Doucette (rhythm guitar, backing vocals), Brian Yale (bass guitar), Kyle Cook (lead guitar, backing vocals) and Ryan Macmillan (drums, percussion).

Matchbox Twenty rose to international fame with their debut album, Yourself or Someone Like You (1996), which was certified diamond in the United States and multi-platinum in Australia, Canada and New Zealand. Their second album, Mad Season, released in 2000, charted in the top three on the Billboard 200 and was certified 4 platinum in the United States. Their third album, More Than You Think You Are, released in 2002, was certified double platinum in the United States. However, it was not as successful as the previous two albums, despite its singles receiving significant airplay.

The band then went on hiatus in 2004, and rhythm guitarist Adam Gaynor left the band in 2005, after performing on the first three studio albums. As a result, Paul Doucette took over rhythm guitar, and the band reunited and released a compilation album, Exile on Mainstream, in 2007, which was certified gold in the United States. After the release, former Push Stars drummer Ryan Macmillan filled Doucette's vacated drum spot. Matchbox Twenty then took another hiatus, but reunited again in 2011. Their fourth album, North, was released in September 2012, with the single "She's So Mean".

Discography:

  • Yourself or Someone Like You (1996)
    • "Long Day"
    • "Push" (#5)
    • "3 am" (#3)
    • "Real World" (#38)
    • "Back 2 Good" (#24)
    • "Girl Like That"
  • Mad Season (2000)
    • "Bent" (#1)
    • "Crutch"
    • "If You're Gone" (#5)
    • "Mad Season" (#48)
    • "Angry"
    • "Last Beautiful Girl" (#113)
  • More Than You Think You Are (2002)
    • "Disease" (#29)
    • "Unwell" (#5)
    • "Bright Lights" (#23)
    • "Downfall"
    • "All I Need"
  • Exile On Mainstream (2007)
    • "How Far We've Come" (#11)
    • "All Your Reasons"
    • "These Hard Times" (#112)
  • North (2012)
    • "She's So Mean" (#40)
    • "Overjoyed"

Tropes:

  • Audience Participation Song: "Push"
  • Author Appeal: As mentioned on the Rob Thomas page, Rob's a fan of African-American choir vocals. A choir's featured pretty prominently on "Downfall\".
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Inverted and Gender Flipped in "She's So Mean".
  • Creator Breakdown: "How Far We've Come"
  • Greatest Hits Album: The majority of Exile On Mainstream; the first six songs were new ones.
  • Love Will Lead You Back: "Bright Lights", "If You're Gone".
  • Living Emotional Crutch: On "crutch" I don't'wanna be the crutch, one step from down.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: "3 A.M."'s music is catchy and somewhat upbeat. It's actually, however, about Rob's time of confusion as a preteen/teenager while his mother was sick with cancer.
    • "Push", a little ditty about abusive relationships.
    • "She's So Mean", a sing-along song about unhealthy relationships.
    • "Unwell", about feeling alone and messed up.
    • "How Far We've Come", an upbeat song about the impending end of the world. Or so the protagonist believes.
  • Motor Mouth: Rob can get this way sometimes. Examples include "Hand Me Down", the chorus of "Busted". Heck, "3 AM" and "Crutch" slips in and out of it, too.
  • New Sound Album: More Than You Think You Are
    • They arguably changed sounds with each album. Yourself was straight-ahead post-grunge with some hints of arena rock, save for a couple of acoustic songs here and there. Mad Season had a lot more pop elements and wider instrumentation, and More Than You Think You Are seemed to fall somewhere in between the two - leaning slightly more toward arena rock.
  • Performance Video: "Bright Lights"
  • Precision F-Strike: Other than some mild oaths ("damn", "hell", and the like), Matchbox Twenty's lyrics - their radio singles in particular - have been pretty clean. But "Long Day" (from their first album) gives us this one:
    ''I'm sorry 'bout the attitude I need to give when I'm with you
    'cause no one else would take this shit from me''
    • Another in "She's So Mean": "You better get your shit together, 'cause she's bringing you down now!"
  • Rock Star Song: "Mad Season"
  • Obsession Song: "Disease" passively.
  • Sanity Slippage Song: "Bent", "Unwell", "Real World".
  • Stalker with a Crush: "Disease"
    I can't live without you
    Tell me what I am supposed to do about it
    Keep your distance from me/ Don't pay no attention to me
    I got a disease
  • Step Up to the Microphone: Guitarist Kyle Cook gets a feature on North with "The Way."
  • Take That Me: The majority of the video for "Bent" lampooned Rob Thomas's sudden fame from his appearance in Santana's "Smooth" by having all manner of misfortune happen to him during the video.
  • Truck Driver's Gear Change: "Cold" drops one in after the bridge with almost no apparent setup. It actually sounds pretty cool.
  • Vocal Evolution: On Yourself Or Someone Like You, Rob Thomas's vocal style was much less polished and frankly featured a lot of controlled shouting (see "Back 2 Good" and "Busted", for example). As his songwriting evolved, his vocal versatility evolved with it.
  • You Are Not Alone: "Hand Me Down", arguably.

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alternative title(s): Matchbox Twenty
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