Sugar Ray Discusses Reasons Why Not To Date Musicians

To paraphrase an old country tune: Mama, don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys... and don't ever let your daughters date musicians.

Those shared words of wisdom come from Willie Nelson and Sugar Ray frontman Mark McGrath, who last summer confessed to five good reasons not to get involved with musicians in an issue of "Cosmopolitan" magazine.

McGrath cited such bad relationship traits as unreliability, lousy credit and no future, and when MTV News chatted with Sugar Ray last week, we asked McGrath and the band's turntablist DJ Homicide if rock musicians were really made bad boyfriends and girlfriends.

"The 'Cosmo' article was something I really exposed myself on," McGrath said, "and sort of gave away all the trade secrets. A lot of people were mad at me. I even had my mom call me and say, 'What kind of child did I raise here?' So dating musicians is sort of rough."

"Obviously, there's the total travel thing, and you're never in the same place at too many times.

Maybe that's good for some people, maybe absence makes the heart grow fonder, but it's rough. I don't wish it on anybody, 'cause you know it's hard. But as for having a new thing to say, on why to date a musician -- I can't even think of one."

"Yeah, I don't know either," DJ Homicide said,"

"You're in for a world of heartache," McGrath agreed.

"Especially if you're dating like this guy," Homicide said, indicating McGrath, "it's like --"

"You're the one in trouble right now," McGrath shot back at Homicide.

"Nah, actually I'm out of trouble now," Homicide answered.

"Oh yeah?" McGrath asked.

"Well, I don't know really," Homicide admitted.

While you might not want to date them, you can still enjoy a night of platonic musical fun at a Sugar Ray concert, as the band's tour in support of "14'59" begins on February 5 in Las Vegas with Everlast.

For more from MTV's interview with Sugar Ray, be sure to check out this week's Online News feature on the group,

"14:59... and Counting."