We’ve all been there: You’re chilling out, listening to your favorite Sum-41, matchbox twenty, or blink-182 album (Enema of the State is a personal favorite) but the whole time you’re thinking “Damn, why does this band name look just like a ’90s AIM handle?” It happens to us all the time. Rock is filled with groups that have puzzling digits in their names. But what do they MEAN!? Why wasn’t it 31 Seconds to Mars, or Ten Inch Nails!? Well we at VH1 got on the case and have finally gotten the real story behind these mysterious monikers.
VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown‘s Jim Shearer will do anything to get the exclusive story. That includes following our You Oughta Know artist, Walk The Moon, into the men’s restroom to talk about pancakes. Luckily, his bravery doesn’t stop there. We have a playlist of Jim asking the good, great and wonky questions to various musical acts. VH1 Storytellers alum Jason Mraz told Jim his choice for two of the greatest hip-hop songs of all time were. Despite the impossible task, Mraz said, “I’m gonna go with ‘Rapper’s Delight’ ’cause I think that inspired a generation.” “And I’m also a fan of, and this is my generation, Young MC, Stone Cold Rhymin’ was the album…and I can’t think of the name of the song.” Guess we’ll never know what that second song was, but Mraz is certain it wasn’t “Bust A Move.” Read more…
Though Rob Thomas and Paul Doucette have been doing this for years now, it’s still not easy. VH1 News caught up with the boys from Matchbox 20 on the set of the video for the first single off of their fourth studio album, North, and Thomas confessed that he still “feels silly” sometimes. “She’s So Mean” is the classic pop-song ode to a guilty-pleasure girl, the kind who invites you to the club than leaves with her friends, who “makes you so blind but you don’t mind.” Like “a drug,” Thomas says. “Everybody’s been in that relationship.”
Not everybody, though, would risk actual third-degree burns for it, like the guys did for their fiery new video. “Psh-sha, forget that, we’re just going to set him right on fire,” Thomas joked of their fire marshal mandated fire retardant gear. “I’m just going to take a Bic to his leg and light him up.” They sure don’t call them matchbox for nothing!
Watch the full interview above, and check out the racy “She’s So Mean” lyric video below. North is out September 4th. Read more…
VH1 sent Matchbox Twenty singer and solo star Rob Thomas into Times Square here in New York City to answer anything and everything people wanted to know and you won’t believe some of the things they asked him.? Watch the entire playlist and more Rob Thomas videos HERE
But wait, that’s not all the exclusive Rob Thomas content we have on VH1!
Want to know Rob Thomas’ favorite tunes? Then CLICK HERE to see My Playlist: Rob Thomas! and if that’s still not enough Rob for you then watch 5 Questions: Rob Thomas to hear more of his thoughts on life, love and music.