After watching Adam hating himself all over a sweet apartment in Counting Crows new video the other day, all we could think was dude needs to get over himself like ten years ago. That’s probably the answer to the question posed by the new Rolling Stone piece “Why Can’t Adam Duritz Get Any Respect?” But still, the interview by Brian Hiatt is a good read. We learn that Duritz is 43, and lets a pretty Berkeley grad named Emily live in his gigantic NYC apartment. He’s not fucking her. In fact, he hasn’t slept with most of the pretty ladies you think he has (only one of the two Friends he dated, for example). His dreadlocks are fake. Anti-psychotic meds have made him fat. He had an acid flashback that lasted all of 1986. Emo bands aren’t afraid to admit they like Counting Crows. Adam Duritz knows you think Counting Crows suck. But, he says, he’s really a nice person.

Read it here.

Comments (72)
  1. I’m sure Adam’s a real sweetheart, but that doesn’t make me loathe his band’s music any less.

  2. did they do that song about putting up a parking lot? if so, im not much of a fan either. if not…well, i dunno

    • terry's chocolate orange  |   Posted on Jan 10th, 2009 0

      that phrase can be found in a Joni Mitchell song. Counting Crows are LOL-funnay

      • really? “found in a joni mitchell song?” That IS a joni mitchell song. Her biggest song. And they’re cover of it is a joke, on a good day. She’s brilliant because she wrote it and performed it acoustically, and, well, wrote it. But to sing it note for note thirty years later, offering nothing to it? meh. Some of their songs are good, and he’s a pretty good songwriter, but surely, this cover sucks donkey.

  3. Can’t you just post the Duritz back tattoo and move on?

  4. gimme  |   Posted on Mar 25th, 2008 0

    fake dreads, emo band love, roommate hanger-on?

    what a steaming stanky cup of doucheness

    voice of doucheritz pollutes my earholes

  5. steve  |   Posted on Mar 25th, 2008 0

    Those “antipsychotic” drugs are hardcore tranquilizers that eventually give you permanent brain damage. I hope Duritz keeps taking his medication.

  6. I don’t know if I like the way the interview was written. It was a sort of sympathy-piece more than anything. Like…check out this sack of shit..what a loser. But he seems like a decent guy, and I quite like the band’s music.

    But Stereogum, don’t give us a whole fucking run-through of an interview and then give us a link so we can read over it all again. Leave us with a few surprises at least. It’s like saying “Hey, here’s a nice apple pie I baked just for you…..by the way, I’ve already licked it all over”.

  7. steve  |   Posted on Mar 25th, 2008 0

    I’ve met a lot of younger people in my area who follow the mainstream “emo”/”indie rock”/whatever trend, and a lot of them listen to the Gin Blossoms or Counting Crows. They think that they’ve discovered some hip retro band from the 90s… but they’re too young to remember when those bands first came out. I was a teenager in the early 90s, and those bands were considered to be a laughing stock. Counting Crows got glowing reviews from those cornballs at Rolling Stone, but what the fuck do THEY know? Anyway, this makes me wonder which shitty bands from the early 21st century are going to be rediscovered by teenagers in 5 years. Is it going to be all the rage for pseudo-hipsters to name drop Papa Roach and Saliva?

  8. qiqi  |   Posted on Mar 25th, 2008 0

    “I’ve met a lot of younger people in my area who follow the mainstream “emo”/”indie rock”/whatever trend, and a lot of them listen to the Gin Blossoms or Counting Crows. They think that they’ve discovered some hip retro band from the 90s… but they’re too young to remember when those bands first came out.”

    A.) Why are you hanging out with people that young?
    B.) Why do you care about their tastes in music?
    C.) Why does anyone care what you think?

    ps – unless your a teacher around younger students all day, you should be arrested.

  9. steve, they’ll be name-dropping vampire weekend and morningwood

  10. fatso  |   Posted on Mar 25th, 2008 0

    ha ha… i was thinking the same thing.

    I will say I do fear a Papa Roach renaissance. That much is true.

  11. renaldo  |   Posted on Mar 25th, 2008 0

    If the Crows had disappeared after Satellites, they would have mountains of cred.

    BUt they stuck around and made music for Meg Ryan movies that dont exist and burned it all up.

    “Hangin Around” indeed.

  12. A friend of mine had to work with Adam on a project and said he was really unpleasant to deal with…maybe he was off his meds that day or in the midst of his acid flashback! I have to second what Grayflannelsuit said the article may paint him as being a cool guy with a sense of humor but I still think the Counting Crows suck! And Cold War Kid that parking lot song is a cover of a really good Joni Mitchell song that Adam and Vanessa Carlton butchered!

  13. Chris  |   Posted on Mar 25th, 2008 0

    Whatever ya’ll. I used to be in Junior High. I knew all the words to August and Everything After for a while there. Oh shit, what did I just admit? I should go listen to Can while hanging myself for my indiscression.

  14. dannygutters  |   Posted on Mar 25th, 2008 0

    Adam, your hair is silly any you choose to wear it. This is why noone likes you.

  15. steve  |   Posted on Mar 25th, 2008 0

    Why are you hanging out with people that young?

    For illicit underage sex…. DUH!

  16. I wasn’t too young when Crows and Gin Blossoms were big (although in the UK they were never “big” anyway). All I know is I got into them in my mid teens because I liked the music. It wasn’t to fit into some niche group. And those bands are still a hell of a lot more respectable than what the majority of kids are listening to these days.

    And Huph, I think it’s funny how you disputed qiqi’s comment. It’s as if you’re giving peodophiles your full support.

  17. Gig  |   Posted on Mar 25th, 2008 0

    Man o’ man, the whole article is just sad. Like the Counting Crowes or not, this is just a story of a pathetic guy who needs to just fade into nothingness. I can’t believe I cared enough to read the article.

  18. I completely agree Stephen.

    Just because high school girls like a band does not mean they suck (although it may be a good indicator). I get so tired of this indie music trend to hate everything that sells a lot of records. August is a classic and both Satellites and American Girls are good albums which should be judged by the music, not by who listens to them or what soundtracks the songs appeared on.

    • August IS a classic. Anna Begins and Murder of One are incredible songs and shouldn’t be forgotten about. In fact, Recovering the Satellites is great, and This Desert Life is also very good.

      I’m glad Stereogum is keeping up on Counting Crows–they wrote some great songs. It’s one thing to bash Adam Duritz (it’s hard to defend that Rolling Stone article) but unless you know August beyond Mr. Jones and Round Here, you should probably save your comments.

      • clydicus  |   Posted on Mar 26th, 2008 0

        > unless you know August beyond Mr. Jones and Round Here, you should probably save your comments

        Well I guess that album must take one hell of a turn for the better after the singles…yick.

  19. Oops. I said ‘american girls’ but I meant ‘hard candy.’ Whatever, you know what I mean.

  20. aiden  |   Posted on Mar 25th, 2008 0

    August is far from a classic….. Long December, and Round here are okay, but I don’t think they are any better than Dancing Nancies or Satellite…..

    Classic 90′s records are Crooken Rain, I See A Darkness, Loveless, 69 Love Songs, etc…

    So if those records are classics…. The Counting Crows can’t even be close to classic……

  21. Eric  |   Posted on Mar 25th, 2008 0

    I agree with Stephen’s comments…Gin Blossoms and CC’s were big right around the time I started paying attention to music (5th grade, probably 1994?) and being naive, I thought they were great because, well, I liked the music and didn’t have some sort of hipster mentality way back in 5th grade. All I knew is that I got made fun of for listening to them because they weren’t Seal or whatever rap group was big in 1994. I was in college before I realized that Gin Blossoms were apparently really uncool. I had no idea. So basically, you’re damned if you like GB or CC by either side of the musical spectrum, in my experience.

    • steve  |   Posted on Mar 25th, 2008 0

      I was in 7th grade when the Counting Crows got big, and I think the Gin Blossoms big hits were from the same year. The funny thing is, I kinda liked their singles at the time because I had just started paying attention to music. Once I started getting into Nirvana and the more authentic bands later that year, it became obvious that neither band had anything to do with “alternative” music. Anyway, I brought them up because it’s amazing to me that bands who originally had zero cred are becoming retroactively cool. It’s like they’ve taken advantage of a new audience who don’t remember the band’s original failed grab for credibility.

  22. his dreadlocks are fake? i am feeling the same feeling when i discovered santa wasn’t real

  23. I love Duritz, and the Counting Crows and I’m not afraid to say so. Loud. If someone’s hipster image or music snobness prevents them from appreciating great songwriting, then screw them. It’s their loss.

  24. I can see how it can be really easy to hate Counting Crows. I used to hate them more than any other band (except for Candlebox). Then I heard Duritz sing with Nancy Griffith, and everything changed for me.
    Recovering the Satellites is just a fantastic album. It always reminds me of a great New Years Eve in what seems like many years ago. We listened to that album on the drive to Jones Beach, and everything was perfect.

    Wait, his dreads are fake? I am feeling the same as when I discovered Springsteen’s sweat was fake.

  25. Tyler  |   Posted on Mar 26th, 2008 0

    I understand that some people genuinely don’t like the Counting Crows or the Gin Blossoms, and that’s fine. But I feel like some of the distain is just self-aware hipster crap.

    I’m not saying that either band was ever great (and the Counting Crows really went south after “Recovering The Satellites”), but I think that their cred problems stem from two things:

    1. Your sister liked them. So did the captain of the football team. As hipsters and audiophiles, we’re an elitist bunch who runs from most things embraced by the masses.
    2. They made pop-oriented music that wasn’t [a.] dance/electronic (“D.A.N.C.E.”), [b.] camp (Rufus Wainwright) or [c.] embraced as ironic (“I’m a hipster but I listen to Rhianna. Get it?”).

    Adam Duritz is probably a pathetic douche, but “August and Everything After” and “Recovering the Satellites” (and most Gin Blossom singles) were great. Sure, they weren’t Pavement or My Bloody Valentine (not that they were trying to be), but they weren’t Eve 6 or the Offspring either.

  26. God you hipsters are such uptight assholes. Seriously, anyone on here who doesn’t think that RTS or August are classic albums has their heads up their asses. You can bitch all day and all night about Adam’s fake dreads or how great Vampire Weekend is, but at the end of the day it doesn’t even matter.

    Listen to those two albums (and NO I’m NOT talking about Mr. Jones/Round Here/Long December) and then tell me you still think it’s shit music.

    Tyler nailed this thing already – pretentious indie kids just can’t stand the fact that someone ELSE might like the band you’re listening too. It’s okay if the other indie kids listen to it, but no one else is allowed, right? God, get off your fucking high horses. You’re missing out on a LOT of great music just because someone else MIGHT like it.

  27. rocknrollchad  |   Posted on Mar 26th, 2008 0

    Too funny, I am going to see the Hold Steady play tomorrow night at Emo’s, seriously cant wait for Stay Positive…

    Now the funny part, the Hold Steady and Counting Crows are playing a show together in Europe…

    Slam CC and Adam all you want, not defending anything after this Desert Life but the song Cowboys off Saturday Nights Sunday Morning…Tapes and Tapes, Death Cab, Bright Eyes, etc etc would kill to have a song that good…

  28. Kevin Burton Smith  |   Posted on Mar 26th, 2008 0

    This whole tiresome “indie cred” thing is silly — a way for mopey, insecure kids (and scared college kids away from home for the first time) to sneer at everyone else. In a few years (or maybe, in some cases, a few weeks), all the pretensions will be gone and there’ll just be the music left, and if it’s any good, it’ll stick around. Live long enough and you’ll see that half the fondly remembered “golden oldies” are adored by the very people who wouldn’t have been caught dead listening to them when they first came out.

    If Duritz had been a bigger asshole and died early (cf: Morrison, Cobain, etc.), the same snotty little mopes would probably be lighting candles for him. Being a sad dead fuck is cool; growing up and dealing with stuff apparently isn’t.

  29. fuck youguys  |   Posted on Mar 26th, 2008 0

    I will admit that I am a big weener hipster that listens animal collective, tapes n tapes, etc

    however counting crows are an excellent band go through their first three albums and try and find more that 5 or 6 songs that aren’t exceptional.

    Duritz has an incredible passionate voice, his early lyrics are very good and personal without stooping to the pretentiousness of a bright eyes kind of singer

    you can’t deny they are good, you might say they suck but inside you will know

  30. meehhhhhh  |   Posted on Mar 27th, 2008 0

    meh i didnt know his dreads were fake, that sucks pretty bad
    ive always liked the crows but I feel like they will always be seen as cheesy

    i think when they go down in history they’ll be equivalent to the eagles or some lame band like that
    I agree they are talented but they always get shitted on
    i think its cause duritz is a fat pussy with fake dreds, a genius one but none the less

    • You show me a band who can do 5-part harmonies as closely and perfectly as the Eagles can. Yet another band teenage hipsters love to shit over just because your dad loved them. And when it comes to playing live, even today they beat the shit out of these indie clown-acts who spend their days trying to out-weird each other.

      • The Beach Boys.

      • Hey, some people don’t like the Eagles because they’re the definition of bloated, pretentious rock music of the 70′s. And then other people don’t like them because they grew up in small towns where the only rock station was a classic rock station, and they got tired of hearing “Hotel California” 20 times a day for 20 fucking years!

        You hipsters are overstepping your bounds. Hate for bands doesn’t always have something to do with some sort of pop perception. It’s obvious when people accuse others of liking/disliking something because it’s hip, that they’re only covering up their own embarassed realization that *THEY* are the ones who are actually constantly being swayed by others’ opinions.

  31. Juan  |   Posted on Mar 27th, 2008 0

    He is actually quite nice. Met him at a record store I used to work at. Quiet, easy going, really enthusiastic about music.

  32. steve  |   Posted on Mar 27th, 2008 0

    dude… get an education. that “put up a parking lot song” is actually called “Big Yellow Taxi” and it was a Joni Mitchell cover and her version was f’ing fantastic. try listening to some music made before 2000, you might learn a thing or two.

    and for the record August and Everything After is a fabulous album, if you can listen to “anna begins” and not feel something then you, sir, are a robot…

  33. hovi  |   Posted on Mar 28th, 2008 0

    yeah maybe, 40 years ago.
    The Eagles can still hammer them out, despite their age. In fact, their live shows are tighter now than they were back in their prime.

  34. I don’t care what anybody says, “Anna Begins” is a beautiful song. So is “Mr. Jones.” Really, that whole album is good.

    I remember wondering why he had such issues, when it became clear he was writing for acceptance somehow. It was like he had the issues of a teenage girl. He really cares what the public thinks, though he shouldn’t. He needs to grow up, obviously, but more than that, he needs to be himself finally. Get rid of those ridiculous dreds for starters.

    And I end my $.02 of pop psychology pulled right out of my ass by saying: 1. John Mayer is headed down this same road 2. Adam is still not as douchey as that guy from Smash Mouth.

  35. Loner nyc  |   Posted on Mar 29th, 2008 0

    The hipsteresq srcastic tone of this aricle made me puke on my computer.”We learn that he is 43″.How old would a singer from the early 90′s be at 2008?The fact that he takes anti-depressents does mean that the art he makes is more real then most of the bands that write about their pain in their mtv crib swimming pools next to their supermodel wives.

  36. i know one thing for sure – duritz fires band members left and right and after dispensing of the managers who brought cc to success in favor of his asshole idiot a&r guy, things started to slip.

  37. THANK YOU GREYFLANNEL SUIT!! Just cause I don’t like the Counting Crows doesn’t automatically mean I’m a hipster!

    • Grimmone  |   Posted on Apr 1st, 2008 0

      Sorry to post twice! I listened to a replay of a Howard Stern show from last week and the Adam and the boys were special guests. And Adam came across as a bit of a douche.

  38. Smoke-Tron  |   Posted on Apr 1st, 2008 0

    Listen to Mrs. Potter’s Lullaby. Tell me its not good.

  39. James  |   Posted on Apr 1st, 2008 0

    I know that the premise of this site is that taste in music isn’t just cocktail party chatter, but an important part of life for some of us. But I also know that I feel kind of queasy when I read the remarks of folks on this site that seek to establish the poster as the more authentic, sophisticated listener. I mean, where’s the fun in going after each other? We’re in the minority folks! Most of musicians that we love have surprisingly eclectic tastes. Dirty Projectors love Cyndi Lauper. Ben Gibbard loves Hall and Oates. Radiohead have a thing for Fleetwood Mac. You can make and appreciate adventurous music while still enjoying stuff that isn’t as difficult. Right?

  40. Roos  |   Posted on Apr 1st, 2008 0

    “his dreadlocks are fake” WTF does that mean? He wears a dreadlock-tupee? If so, how is that mentioned so nonchalantly? A dreadlock-tupee, really?

  41. Naes  |   Posted on Apr 2nd, 2008 0

    Two points:
    (1) Why does “This Desert Life” never get any love? Everyone that does stand up for the Crows talks like they dropped off after “Satellites.” I think that “Desert Life” was one of their most interesting albums.

    (2) I don’t understand why people keep talking about “Counting Crows and Gin Blossoms” like they were one in the same. I think to compare those two is a misconception, and is part of the reason the Crows get a bad name — people think that’s what the Crows sound like. Gin Blossoms are a decently fun listen now and then, but the Counting Crows had (and have) a lot more substance.

  42. ME  |   Posted on Apr 4th, 2008 0

    It’s astounding to me the level of anger conveyed by all anyone that doesn’t care for their music. And especially the things pointed at Adam Duritz.

    The music doesn’t stand at an ironic distance, but wears its confessional nature like a badge of honor.

    It’s not a style that’s going to get a lot of respect in a world of angry, anonymous bloggers–but it’s one of the few touchstones we have to that era of Blue, Blood on the Tracks and all the rest of the wonderful stuff from the 70s when musicians tore the angst from their guts and shared it for anyone that wanted to be a part of the shows.

    I personally love their music, but you don’t have to. But you have to respect it.

    They are ambitious–recording each of the five albums in a different manner. They reject the profitable fashion of recording an album whenever the label wants more product and spend years creating something that is complex and has something to say. Albums with an arc as rich as a Russian novel.

    You may not care for the music, but you must respect a group that reaches for something great. That is well aware of the grief you’ll give them for the weave; For the honesty of the music and does it anyway.

    My iTunes has Kanye West, Jackson C Frank, Phillip Glass, Counting Crows, Radiohead, George Strait, Ben Gibbard, Cadence Weapon, Brendan Benson, Jackson Five, Ani DiFranco, Gemma Hayes, Be Your Own Pet and on and on…

    Can’t you reserve a little room in your hearts, or at least your playlists, for the kind of lines that stay on your lips for a lifetime?

  43. 8693  |   Posted on Apr 12th, 2008 0

    you guys need to get a life. I met this man and he is amazing. He takes antipsychotic drugs because he has differential personality, something he cannot help. He is an AMAZING lyricist if you guys would quit bashing on people you don’t know and listen to his music. It was an honor to talk to him. He wears those fake dreads in the picture you have posted, but his hair IS in (less sofisticated) dreadlocks. So if you stopped being an asshole for 2 seconds and worried about your OWN life, you would understand the Crows are one of the best out there.

  44. I don’t care what anybody says… I like Counting Crows.

  45. June Frise  |   Posted on May 15th, 2008 0

    Always knew he was special – anybody taking those drugs has the sort of problems that are only experienced by an utter genius. I actually shook his hand at a Virgin Music Festival and felt I was in the presence of utter greatness.

  46. June Frise  |   Posted on May 15th, 2008 0

    Always knew he was special – anybody taking those drugs has the sort of problems that are only experienced by an utter genius. I actually shook his hand at a Virgin Music Festival and felt I was in the presence of utter greatness.

  47. jara  |   Posted on Jun 2nd, 2008 0

    ik hou van die man!die man die heeft alles waar ik van houdt,hij heeft iets wat anderen niet hebben,wat kan ik niet uitleggen,maar ik reis hem haast overal achterna…ben gek op die man,hou van hem met heel mijn hart!

  48. jara  |   Posted on Jun 2nd, 2008 0

    I love him!

  49. Musician/Songwriter  |   Posted on Nov 12th, 2008 0

    I am not the biggest Counting Crows fan, but they have at least 3 songs that I love (not coincidentally probably their 3 biggest hits), that I think are unique and two of which are artistically valuable to music as a whole. They have managed to create their own sound in a world where many bands sound a lot alike and songs are mostly mediocre. Considering their total record sales at least 20 million people around the world agree. I consider myself highly impartial as a music listener because I love all kinds of music from classical to country to hip-hop to thrash and death metal. I am a consummate musician and can appreciate talent even in music I don’t like. I can’t stand Counting Crows version of “Big Yellow Taxi” although I like the original. If I’m not impartial I don’t know who is.

    To address a few of the comments… Adam seems to be a person who dares to be honest… and different. So what if his dreads are fake and look a little weird? He doesn’t hide that fact, he says he likes how they feel, so give him a break – I don’t see people complaining about how people wears hats. IF the case is that he’s doing it because he’s balding, how is it different from balding guys who shave their heads – it’s the basic idea. Get over it! As for Adam himself, I admire his ability to have coped with his mental illness so well, and even more amazingly, to be so honest about it. I will include a link below where he describes the meanings of his songs if you want to know how honest he his. I believe they’re quotes from Storytellers.

    http://anna-begins.com/info/?id=augmeanings

    Quit hatin’ – you haters wish you had half the talent he has in his pinky finger.

  50. Musician/Songwriter  |   Posted on Nov 12th, 2008 0

    I am not the biggest Counting Crows fan, but they have at least 3 songs that I love (not coincidentally probably their 3 biggest hits), that I think are unique and two of which are artistically valuable to music as a whole. They have managed to create their own sound in a world where many bands sound a lot alike and songs are mostly mediocre. Considering their total record sales at least 20 million people around the world agree. I consider myself highly impartial as a music listener because I love all kinds of music from classical to country to hip-hop to thrash and death metal. I am a consummate musician and can appreciate talent even in music I don’t like. I can’t stand Counting Crows version of “Big Yellow Taxi” although I like the original. If I’m not impartial I don’t know who is.

    To address a few of the comments… Adam seems to be a person who dares to be honest… and different. So what if his dreads are fake and look a little weird? He doesn’t hide that fact, he says he likes how they feel, so give him a break – I don’t see people complaining about how people wears hats. IF the case is that he’s doing it because he’s balding, how is it different from balding guys who shave their heads – it’s the basic idea. Get over it! As for Adam himself, I admire his ability to have coped with his mental illness so well, and even more amazingly, to be so honest about it. I will include a link below where he describes the meanings of his songs if you want to know how honest he his. I believe they’re quotes from Storytellers.

    http://anna-begins.com/info/?id=augmeanings

    Quit hatin’ – you haters wish you had half the talent he has in his pinky finger.

    • Britney  |   Posted on Apr 14th, 2009 0

      Thank you! I love this band and Adam! I am like you that I like all types of music and I can recognize talent even if I don?t like the song….I really feel like people who post on these things are often very ignorant. Most of the people on here have only heard “Mr. Jones” and “round here” and haven’t listened to all the albums all the way thru so they shouldn’t say that the music isn’t good because two songs is not a very representative sample of their music. Counting Crows have made beautiful music and one of the best things about them is the passion! If you ever go to a cc show or two you’ll find that Adam never sings the song the same way. His performances are not mechanical routines he does every night on stage like most artists. They are unique and his words come from the heart. Adam writes all of his own music except for ?big yellow taxi? and I won’t defend that one because it lacks that passion and beauty all the other songs have because it’s not his. People don’t like this band because it’s not viewed as hip. Most of their songs don’t have place on the radio because radio stations are broken into genres like rap, hip hop, alternative rock, classical rock, and country. CC is so awesomely original and true to who they are they don’t fit into any of these. There will always be tons of artists like Mariah Carey and Rhianna with that same sound but it’s not every day a band with unique qualities as cc has comes along. There was a study done that looked at colleges and the sat scores that it takes to get in to the school and types of music that the students and alumni listen to and they found that the smartest people based on the college prefer cc and bob Dylan. Just thought you all should know there is a correlation between intelligence and the music you like as cc is one that intelligent people like. Maybe that?s why none of you get? As for Adam he is a really cool guy! He has the most amazing relationship with his fans. He has a blog that he writes on and shares his life with his fans he has been keeping it for like fifteen years now and he is amazingly open. He shares things that most people don’t share with their family. he shares the good and the bad he doesn’t sugar coat things when he writes to his fans he doesn’t worry about what you think he is down to earth and true to himself. Not many artists or celebrities let their fans in this way but Adam does.

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