Today I’m bringing this delicious song, “Mr. Jones“, by American alternative rock band Counting Crows. It was released in December 1993 and it was the band’s first radio hit and one of their most popular singles.
Some believe the song is a veiled reference to the protagonist of Bob Dylan’s “Ballad of a Thin Man”. However, according to Adam Duritz, “It’s really a song about my friend Marty and I. We went out one night to watch his dad play, his dad was a Flamenco guitar player who lived in Spain (David Serva), and he was in San Francisco in the mission playing with his old Flamenco troupe. And after the gig we all went to this bar called the New Amsterdam in San Francisco on Columbus.”
In a 2013 interview, Duritz explained that the song is named for his friend Marty Jones, but that is about himself. “I wrote a song about me, I just happened to be out with him that night,” Duritz said. The inspiration for the song came as Duritz and Jones were drunk at a bar after watching Jones’ father perform, when they saw Kenney Dale Johnson, longtime drummer for the musician Chris Isaak, sitting with three women. “It just seemed like, you know, we couldn’t even manage to talk to girls, … we were just thinking if we were rock stars, it’d be easier. I went home and wrote the song,” Duritz said. Read more here.
Do you agree with Duritz’s declaration? Do you ever feel just like he said?
Listen to the song and leave your answer in the comments, please!