After wracking up multi-platinum sales of the group’s debut album, Matchbox 20 has begun to formulate strategies in how to deal with the pressure of following up such a phenomenally successful record.
When the band completes its final handful of Australian shows next week, frontman Rob Thomas told the MTV Radio Network that the band was going to drop out of sight for a while in order for audiences not to get over-saturated with them — a plan modeled after another artist with a monster debut, Alanis Morissette.
“Alanis Morissette, I think, did a great job,” Thomas offered, “she had a wonderful record that was full of great songs, that after a while you got sick of hearing because they [were] all over the radio, as great as they were. Now that I put [’Jagged Little Pill’] on, because I don’t hear it as much, I love to listen to it again.”
is that period where you don’t want to hear [the album] again,” he continued. “She took a long break, and now that [she’s] coming out with something, it shows she did it just the right way. Cause now people remember how much they love Alanis Morissette, and they wanna hear the new Alanis Morissette. So, we’re gonna do that.” [28.8 RealVideo]
Matchbox 20’s debut, “Yourself Or Someone Like You,” has logged some 86 weeks on the “Billboard” album charts, where it currently sits at number 35.