Counting Crows’ Adam Duritz Talks About Debut’s 20th Anniversary
A handful of alternative bands that emerged in the early 1990s, from Smashing Pumpkins to Pearl Jam, continue to put out music nearly 20 years after their debut, and Counting Crows is the latest act to fall in this camp. But, when speaking with Billboard about August and Everything After, Adam Duritz explained that, because everyone has heard their seven-times platinum debut, the band has no reason to celebrate it.
Instead, Duritz states, their 1996 follow-up Recovering The Satellites is more deserving of a revisit. He said: "Everyone says we should do something for 'August'...but, honestly, a group of years seems like a particularly lame reason to revisit a record, I can see why, the commerce of it. But it would be like just taking money from the fans.”
Going double platinum, Satellites does well in terms of modern record sales but was a steep drop off from their debut. Looking back on this release, Duritz said: "I don't think it necessarily got the credit it deserves 'cause there was a bit of backlash after 'August.' It was a huge step forward for the band to go from 'August and Everything After,' which was pretty contained, to 'Satellites,' which is a much more sprawling record."
A Satellites package version could potentially include extensive live footage from their concert videos, Live at the Ten Spot, VH1 Storytellers, and a documentary. However, because label Geffen lost the original tapes of all non-mastered tracks, new music would not be included. Although a package or deluxe version of their sophomore album could be a possibility, however, the effort does not appear to have a release date as of yet.
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