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is an Adult Alternative/pop rock band from California, consisting of Pat Monahan, Jimmy Stafford, and Scott Underwood. Signed to Columbia Records
since 1998, they have released six albums.
The band first made itself known in 1998 with "Free", and hit the Top 40 for the first time with "Meet Virginia" a year later. Their next two hits, "Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)" and "Calling All Angels", came in two year increments. Then in 2009, they made their big comeback with "Hey, Soul Sister", their most successful single to date. Since then, they've maintained a steady presence on the charts.
"Tell me, did the tropes sweep you off your feet?":
- Age-Progression Song: "This'll Be My Year"
- Breakup Song: "50 Ways to Say Goodbye" is arguably a Stealth Parody of this trope.
- Blatant Lies: "50 Ways to Say Goodbye" does not list 50 ways to say goodbye.
- Cover Album: Train Does Led Zeppelin II, a cover of the second Led Zeppelin album in its entirety: They learned the album for a live performance, then released a studio version for charity. Pat Monahan was once in a Led Zeppelin cover band, so he can sound uncannily like Robert Plant when he wants to.
- The Four Chords of Pop: "Hey, Soul Sister"
- New Old West: "Angel In Blue Jeans" has a country vein, the title woman is compared to a gunslinger, and it even has a Western-inspired video featuring Danny Trejo.
- New Sound Album: Their first few albums were built on the style of roots-y alt. rock that was popular in the late 90s/early 2000s. Starting with Save Me, San Francisco, they decided to evolve with the times with more of a country-pop style that's helped them make a huge comeback.
- Not Staying for Breakfast: "Drive By" is about how he regrets doing this.
- One-Woman Song: "Meet Virginia", "Angel In Blue Jeans"
- Rearrange the Song: "Hey, Soul Sister" was even sent to Country Music with mandolin, banjo and fiddle dubbed in.
- Shout-Out: "50 Ways To Say Goodbye" borrows it's title (and partially the concept) from Paul Simon's "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover."
- Silly Love Songs: "Marry Me", "If It's Love", "Hey, Soul Sister"
- Title Track: Drops of Jupiter, though the title song from that album has its most recurring lyrics (Tell Me) as its subtitle.
- Vocal Evolution: Pat Monahan's voice has gotten a lot higher.
- What Does She See in Him?: "Mermaid" contains a mention:
- Word Salad Lyrics: A recurring feature of their songs, particularly "Hey, Soul Sister" and "Drive By". Todd in the Shadows has joked that Pat Monahan is a schizophrenic with aphasia.
- Word Salad Title: Bulletproof Picasso.