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
ReleasedOctober 1, 1996
RecordedJune 1996
StudioTriclops Recording, Atlanta, Georgia
Genre
Length46:43
Label
ProducerMatt 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. "Back 2 Good"
    Released: October 6, 1998
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Consumer Guide(1-star Honorable Mention)[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[3]

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.[4] 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.[5]

Artwork lawsuit[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 sleeve. 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 first seen the album photo within two years of the litigation.[6] Eleven years after the lawsuit, Torres died of heart failure in 2016 at the age of 73.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Rob Thomas except where noted.

No.TitleLength
1."Real World"3:50
2."Long Day"3:45
3."3AM" (writers: John Leslie Goff, John Joseph Stanley, Thomas, Brian Yale)3:46
4."Push" (writers: Matt Serletic, Thomas)3:59
5."Girl Like That"3:45
6."Back 2 Good" (writers: Serletic, Thomas, Johnny Depp)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]

Production

  • Matt Serletic – producer, mixing engineer
  • Jeff Tomei – engineer
  • Travis McGehee - engineer/mixing engineer
  • John Neilson – assistant engineer
  • Greg Archilla – 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, 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[7] 28

Certifications[edit]

Country Providers Certification Sales or
Shipments
Australia ARIA 10× Platinum[8] 700,000[9]
Canada CRIA 8× Platinum[10] 800,000[9]
New Zealand RIANZ 5× Platinum[11] 75,000[9]
United Kingdom BPI Gold[12] 100,000[9]
United States RIAA 12× Platinum (Diamond)[13] 12,000,000[13]

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Yourself or Someone Like You – Matchbox Twenty". AllMusic. Retrieved April 5, 2012.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000). "Matchbox 20: Yourself or Someone Like You". Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s. St. Martin's Press. ISBN 0-312-24560-2. Retrieved May 10, 2017.
  3. ^ Harris, Keith (2004). "Matchbox Twenty". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. p. 519. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  4. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/artist/matchbox-twenty-mn0000383889
  5. ^ "Bio". Matchbox Twenty. Retrieved 2011-12-03.
  6. ^ "Matchbox Twenty sued over album cover". Archived from the original on 2005-05-27.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2000 Albums". Aria.com.au. Retrieved 2011-12-03.
  9. ^ a b c d Various (2005). "Standard for Certifying Awards of Countries" (PDF). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2009-08-02. Retrieved July 13, 2009.
  10. ^ "Gold and Platinum". Cria.ca. 2011-11-01. Archived from the original on May 1, 2010. Retrieved 2011-12-03.
  11. ^ "Press Releases- Newsroom". Time Warner. Retrieved 2011-12-03.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 22, 2011. Retrieved September 7, 2017.
  13. ^ a b "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Retrieved 2011-12-03.