Yourself or Someone Like You

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Yourself or Someone Like You
Studio album by Matchbox Twenty
Released October 1, 1996
Recorded June 1996,
Atlanta, Georgia
Genre Alternative rock, post-grunge
Length 46:43
Label Atlantic
Producer Matt Serletic
Matchbox Twenty chronology
Yourself or Someone Like You
(1996)
Mad Season
(2000)
Singles from Yourself or Someone Like You
  1. "Long Day"
    Released: October 8, 1996
  2. "Push"
    Released: May 27, 1997
  3. "3 a.m."
    Released: November 23, 1997
  4. "Real World"
    Released: June 23, 1998
  5. "Back 2 Good"
    Released: October 6, 1998 (US), 1999 (WW)
  6. "Girl Like That"
    Released: 1998
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (1-star Honorable Mention)[2]

Yourself or Someone Like You is the debut album by American rock band Matchbox Twenty, released in 1996. Featuring a traditional rock sound and themes of loneliness, psychological abuse, humiliation, depression, anger, and alcoholism, the album sold several million copies in the U.S and was certified Diamond. It was also certified multi-platinum in Australia, Canada and New Zealand. To date, the album has sold more than 15 million copies worldwide.[3]

Controversy[edit]

In 2005, almost a decade after the album's release, the band was sued by the subject of the cover, Frank Torres. Torres claimed the band never asked for his permission to use his image on the album's cover. In the litigation, Torres claimed the photo was taken as he was walking down the street after being asked to pose. He also claimed the photo had caused him mental anguish. Torres justified the delay in suing Matchbox Twenty by claiming he had only seen the album photo within the last two years.[4]

Track listing[edit]

  • All tracks were written by Rob Thomas unless otherwise stated.
  1. "Real World" – 3:50
  2. "Long Day" – 3:45
  3. "3 A.M." (Thomas, John Leslie Goff, John Joseph Stanley, Brian Yale) – 3:46
  4. "Push" (Thomas, Matt Serletic) – 3:59
  5. "Girl Like That" – 3:45
  6. "Back 2 Good" (Thomas, Serletic) – 5:40
  7. "Damn" – 3:20
  8. "Argue" – 2:58
  9. "Kody" – 4:03
  10. "Busted" – 4:15
  11. "Shame" – 3:35
  12. "Hang" – 3:47
  13. "Tired" – 3:57 (Japanese bonus track)
Australian limited edition bonus CD
  1. "Girl Like That" (MTV's Live from the 10 Spot)
  2. "Kody" (MTV's Live from the 10 Spot)
  3. "Damn" (MTV's Live from the 10 Spot)
  4. "Mercy, Mercy Me" (MTV's Live from the 10 Spot)
  5. "Push" (acoustic)
  6. "3 am" (acoustic)

Personnel[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Matt Serletic – producer
  • Jeff Tomei – engineer
  • Travis McGehee - engineer/mixing engineer
  • John Neilson – assistant engineer
  • Greg Archilla – mixing engineer
  • Matt Serletic – mixing engineer
  • Malcolm Springer – assistant mixing engineer
  • Stephen Marcussen – mastering engineer
  • Don C. Tyler – digital editing
  • Tony Adams – drum tech
  • Craig Poole – guitar tech
  • Jan Smith – vocal coach

Charts[edit]

Charts (1997) Peak
position
Top Canadian Albums 11
Dutch Albums Chart 50
German Albums Chart 21
New Zealand Albums Chart 3
Swiss Albums Chart 46
UK Albums Chart 50
U.S. Billboard 200 5
Charts (1998) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Albums Chart 1

End-of-decade charts[edit]

Chart (1990–1999) Position
U.S. Billboard 200[5] 28

Certifications[edit]

Country Providers Certification Sales or
Shipments
Australia ARIA 10× Platinum[6] 700,000[7]
Canada CRIA 8× Platinum[8] 800,000[7]
New Zealand RIANZ 5× Platinum[9] 75,000[7]
United Kingdom BPI Silver[10] 60,000[7]
United States RIAA 12× Platinum (Diamond)[11] 12,000,000[11]

Singles[edit]

Year Song U.S.
Hot 100
U.S.
Modern Rock
U.S.
Main-
stream Rock
U.S.
Adult Top 40
U.S.
Top 40 Main-
stream
U.S.
Pop 100
UK AUS CAN CAN
Alt.
1996 "Long Day" 8 83 43 18
1997 "Push" 5 1 4 6 3 38 8 6 4
"3 A.M." 3 3 2 1 2 64 31 1 1
1998 "Real World" 38 13 17 3 4 119 40 5 8
"Back 2 Good" 24 4 8 11
"Girl Like That"

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Matchbox Twenty". Robert Christgau. 
  3. ^ "Bio". Matchbox Twenty. Retrieved 2011-12-03. 
  4. ^ "Matchbox Twenty sued over album cover". Archived from the original on 2005-05-27. 
  5. ^ Geoff Mayfield (December 25, 1999). 1999 The Year in Music Totally '90s: Diary of a Decade - The listing of Top Pop Albums of the '90s & Hot 100 Singles of the '90s. Billboard. Retrieved October 15, 2010. 
  6. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2000 Albums". Aria.com.au. Retrieved 2011-12-03. 
  7. ^ a b c d Various (2005). "Standard for Certifying Awards of Countries" (PDF). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Archived from the original on 2009-08-02. Retrieved July 13, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Gold and Platinum". Cria.ca. 2011-11-01. Retrieved 2011-12-03. 
  9. ^ "Press Releases- Newsroom". Time Warner. Retrieved 2011-12-03. 
  10. ^ http://www.bpi.co.uk/certifiedawards/search.aspx
  11. ^ a b "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Retrieved 2011-12-03. 
Preceded by
Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk
by Jeff Buckley
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
May 24 – June 6, 1998
July 26 – August 15, 1998
September 13–19, 1998
Succeeded by
You Am I's #4 Record by You Am I