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Music / Blues Traveler

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Blues Traveler is a jam band formed in the late 1980s and primarily known for its two 90s hits "Run Around" and "Hook" (both from the album Four) and for appearing on Roseanne as Dan's best friend.

This band provides examples of:

  • The Cameo: All of the tracks of Blow Up The Moon is essentially collaborations with cameos from Hanson, Rome Ramirez, 3OH!3, JC Chasez, Jewel, and The Plain White Ts among others.
  • Epic Rocking: It comes with the territory as a jam band. "Crystal Flame," "Alone," "Sweet Pain," "Mountain Cry," "Whoops," and "Make My Way."
  • Grief Song: "Pretty Angry."
  • Large and in Charge: John Popper was one of the heaviest singers on the scene during his day, eventually tipping the scales at over three hundred pounds. Health issues forced him to drop the weight.
  • Misery Builds Character: Although "blues" was part of their name, they were always quick to point out that they'd never actually "paid their dues" the way most blues artists did back in the day.
    Popper: We're five white kids from the suburbs whose parents supported us while we were starting out, so let's not insult the term.
  • Mixed Metaphor: The second and third verses of "Run-Around" are constant strings of these.
  • Off to See the Wizard: Blues Traveler parodied this story in the video for "Runaround": The Dorothy stand-in and her buddies can't get into the club where the band is performing, and when they manage to sneak in backstage they discover that the band are in the Wizard role, performing offstage while younger, slimmer performers mime playing to their work onstage.
  • Run for the Border: "Get Out of Denver" is a local variant.
  • Shout-Out: The first line in "Regarding Steven" is one to "Sympathy for the Devil". Throughout the latter song, Satan says, "Hope you guess my name"; the first line in "Regarding Steven" is "Well, I guessed your name and I'm sure you know mine..."
  • This Is a Song: "Hook" is entirely about itself, describing how the hook brings you back, confessing that he doesn't mean any of what he is singing, and how the lyrics affect the listener, among other things.