|Let's get it out of the way: Rob Thomas. Carlos Santana. "Smooth." Grammys galore. Next!
We've gotta move on, 'cause Matchbox 20 has a new album out -- "Mad Season By Matchbox Twenty," its first since the band's 1996 multi-platinum debut, "Yourself Or Someone Like You" -- and the band's off to Europe soon to play a bunch of big-time festivals in front of a few hundred thousand faithful.
Of course, no one's ignoring the group's strange journey these past few years. Moving from quasi-alt-rock stardom to Grammy-laden, adult contemporary tune-smithing might not be all that easy, especially when fans' expectations are so high, but the transition seems to have done little to blunt the band's enjoyment of making music. Recently, Thomas and Matchbox drummer Paul Doucette talked with MTV News' Brian McFayden about their current tour plans and other mysteries, like why it's a mistake to follow Barenaked Ladies onstage, and why people who don't vote shouldn't bitch and moan. Enjoy.
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Brian McFayden: The new video for the single, "Bent," is probably the most eccentric video I've seen in a long time. More eccentric than the last video you guys did, "Real World," with the camel and the bowling alley.
Rob Thomas: You know, the "Real World" video was supposed to be like the new Stone Temple Pilots video [for "Sour Girl"]. With big Care Bears and big bunnies and dark and mean and scary, and then when it was all done, it was this happy video.
MTV: What's the reason for all the violence in the new video, where you just get the crap beaten out of you?
Paul Doucette: It was supposed to represent Rob's walking from point A to point B, and there are hardships as he goes his way. Kyle [guitarist Kyle Cook] did an amazing acting job, I must say.
Thomas: Kyle's a little stud!
MTV: He threw you in mud?
Thomas: Yeah. It was four in the morning, and I'm lying in mud. It was pretty funny. [RealVideo]
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