Mountain Man (song)

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"Mountain Man"
Single by Crash Kings
from the album Crash Kings
Released April 21, 2009 (2009-04-21)
Format Digital download
Genre Alternative rock, indie rock
Length 3:18
Label Custard/Universal Motown
Writer(s) Crash Kings
Producer(s) Dave Sardy
Crash Kings singles chronology
"Mountain Man"
"You Got Me"

"Mountain Man" is a song by American rock band Crash Kings, from their eponymous debut album. Written by band members Tony Beliveau, Mike Beliveau and Jason Morris, and produced by Dave Sardy, it was inspired by an experience Tony Beliveau had on top of a mountain in Yosemite National Park.[1] The song was released as the album's first single in April 2009, with a music video following in June. The single entered the Billboard Alternative Songs chart in November, and reached number one in April 2010.


"Mountain Man" was released to radio on October 26, 2009.[2] In November 2009, the single entered the Billboard Alternative Songs chart at number 40, and peaked at number one the following April.[3] The song also peaked at number 54 on the Canadian Hot 100.[4] Music writer Stephen Thomas Erlewine called the song "a modern-rock makeover of "My Doorbell", a 2005 single by The White Stripes.[5] Erlewine also thought that producer Dave Sardy's previous work with Australian hard rock band Wolfmother was stylistically similar to "Mountain Man".[5] MTV noted the song's many influences, again comparing the lead vocals to those of The White Stripes, noting a "theatrical piano-driven back-up" reminiscent of Ben Folds, as well as an "epic guitar crunch a la Weezer emulating Queen. The song was also featured in Warren Miller's Dynasty which also features the band doing a cover of Emerson Lake and Palmer's Karn Evil 9 during the opening credits.[6]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2009-2010) Peak
US Billboard Alternative Songs 1
US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 32
US Billboard Rock Songs 13
Canadian Hot 100 54

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Mountain Man". Retrieved 2010-04-12. 
  2. ^ "Available for Airplay Archive". FMQB. Retrieved 2009-11-23. 
  3. ^ a b "Crash Kings Music News & Info". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.). Retrieved 2009-11-23. 
  4. ^ "Crash Kings Album & Song Chart History". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.). Retrieved 2010-03-25. 
  5. ^ a b "Crash Kings - Overview". Allmusic (Rovi Corporation). Archived from the original on 2009-11-22. Retrieved 2009-11-18. 
  6. ^ "Buzzworthy Obsession: Crash Kings". MTV. Retrieved 2009-11-23. 

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