Yourself or Someone Like You

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Yourself or Someone Like You
Matchbox Twenty - Yourself or Someone Like You.jpg
Studio album by Matchbox 20
Released October 1, 1996
Recorded
Genre
Length 46:43
Label Atlantic
Producer Matt Serletic
Matchbox 20 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. "Girl Like That"
    Released: September 22, 1998
  6. "Back 2 Good"
    Released: October 6, 1998
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[2]

Yourself or Someone Like You is the debut studio album by American rock band Matchbox 20, released in 1996. The album features a sound similar to traditional rock sound and post-grunge.[3] The album features themes of adolescence, loneliness, psychological abuse, humiliation, depression, anger, and alcoholism. The album sold several million copies in the U.S and was certified Diamond, and it was also certified multi-platinum in Australia, Canada and New Zealand. To date, the album has sold more than 15 million copies worldwide.[4]

Legal Action[edit]

In 2005, almost a decade after the album's release, the band was sued by Frank Torres, the man on the album's cover. 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.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Rob Thomas except where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Real World"   3:50
2. "Long Day"   3:45
3. "3AM" John Leslie Goff, John Joseph Stanley, Thomas, Brian Yale 3:46
4. "Push" Matt Serletic, Thomas 3:59
5. "Girl Like That"   3:45
6. "Back 2 Good" Serletic, Thomas 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
Total length: 46:43

Personnel[edit]

Additional musicians
Production
  • 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
  • Valerie Wagner – art direction
  • Valerie Wagner – graphic design
  • Katrin Thomas – photography
  • Chris Cuffaro – band photo

Charts and certifications[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Charts (1997–98) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Albums Chart 1
Canadian Albums Chart 11
Dutch Albums Chart 50
German Albums Chart 21
New Zealand Albums Chart 3
Swiss Albums Chart 46
UK Albums Chart 50
US Billboard 200 5

End-of-decade charts[edit]

Chart (1990–1999) Position
U.S. Billboard 200[6] 28

Certifications[edit]

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

Singles[edit]

Year Song U.S.
Hot 100
U.S.
Modern Rock
U.S.
Mainstream Rock
U.S.
Adult Top 40
U.S.
Top 40 Mainstream
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. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Yourself or Someone Like You – Matchbox Twenty". AllMusic. Retrieved April 5, 2012. 
  2. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. p. 519. ISBN 0-743-20169-8. 
  3. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/artist/matchbox-twenty-mn0000383889
  4. ^ "Bio". Matchbox Twenty. Retrieved 2011-12-03. 
  5. ^ "Matchbox Twenty sued over album cover". Archived from the original on 2005-05-27. 
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2000 Albums". Aria.com.au. Retrieved 2011-12-03. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ "Gold and Platinum". Cria.ca. 2011-11-01. Archived from the original on May 1, 2010. Retrieved 2011-12-03. 
  10. ^ "Press Releases- Newsroom". Time Warner. Retrieved 2011-12-03. 
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 22, 2011. Retrieved February 8, 2011. 
  12. ^ 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