One of the biggest mysteries of ’90s music has been solved. Adam Duritz of the Counting Crows finally reveals the identity of Mr. Jones, 20 years later.
It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years since the release of the Counting Crows’ arguably most-recognized song, but the mystery surrounding “Mr. Jones” is finally being revealed.
Lead singer Adam Duritz sat down with HuffPost Live on Thursday to talk about the enigmatic Mr. Jones. He told host Ricky Camilleri he was inspired by his friend, bassist Marty Jones, after a night out in Los Angeles.
“We couldn’t even manage to talk to girls,” Duritz said. “We were just thinking if we were rock stars, it would be easier. I went home and wrote the song.”
He said that another musician, Chris Isaak’s drummer at the time, was out that night, and Duritz and Jones watched as he picked up women with ease. Duritz’s story matches the resulting song perfectly.
“We all want to be big stars, but we don’t know why, and we don’t know how. But when everybody loves me, I’m going to be just about as happy as I can be. Mr. Jones and me, we’re gonna be big stars…”
Duritz and Jones were in the band the Himalayans before Duritz started Counting Crows. The band’s first album, August and Everything After, featured the song “Mr. Jones,” and was released in 1993. It later went on to sell millions of records.
Duritz also told Camilleri if it was up to their record label, “Mr. Jones” wouldn’t have been the single. They thought another song off the album, “A Murder of One,” was going to be the hit. But eventually “Mr. Jones” was given the green light, possibly changing the course of the band’s career.
Over the last two decades, Counting Crows has sold over 20 million albums. And Duritz got his wish. He has since been linked to women like Christina Applegate, Jennifer Aniston and most recently, Emmy Rossum (among many, many others).