How did Matchbox Twenty get their name? If you were forming a band, it probably wouldn't be the first name you thought of. In fact, it would probably come up somewhere after Kleenex Eleven, Car Keys Three Point One, and Common Item Forty Four.
Well, we didn't know. But we really wanted to know! Finally, we consulted our friend, the internet, who told us this:
Lead vocalist and songwriter Rob Thomas, bassist Brian Yale, and drummer Paul Doucette formed the band in the mid-1990s after quitting the band Tabitha's Secret. The name "Matchbox 20" was inspired by a patron of a restaurant Thomas and Doucette were waiting tables at. The man was wearing a jersey marked with the number 20 that was covered with patches. The only word Doucette could make out on the shirt was "matchbox."
A jersey with patches! Who'd've thought it? So let's sum it up: they left Tabitha's Secret to form the much-better-named Matchbox Twenty. It's quite a tale!
Mystery solved, we went on to write the intro to this week's captions. In fact, this actually is the intro! This, these very words! Sadly, we don't actually have Matchbox Twenty in Framed this week, but we do have the next best thing: Rob Thomas, their extraordinary singer.
Thomas launched a solo career back in 2005, with...Something To Be, and released his second solo album, Cradlesong, in '09. The LPs peaked at #1 and #3 on the Billboard charts, respectively, so you can see that Rob is quite a success in both phases of his musical career. And this week we're offering "Someday" a single from Cradlesong that's sure to make you feel good about, well, everything.
The theme, if we can call it that, of the video has something to do with Rob meandering through a parade of peacenik environmentalists in New York City. For some reason, it delights Rob, as well as all the people he hired to be in the video with him. So we're hoping that it will also delight you, our estimable readers. But even if it doesn't, please enjoy our captions, which are--as always!--hand-crafted for your entertainment!
1 -- "Oh, boy! If my new video is any good, it might get me into Framed! Maybe I'll meet Gummo himself! I hope nothing goes wrong!"
2 -- "These people are arguing, probably about which of my solo albums is actually the greatest! I can't take sides!"
3 -- "I'd better watch where I step. Framed is known to be a big fan of 'Ant Jesus!'"
4 -- "Boy, everybody must be talking about me, 'cause my ears are burning. Well, my ear, anyway."
5 -- "Wow. I always thought that was just a saying. But it appears that my ear is, quite literally, on fire!"
6 -- "You know, this is actually starting to hurt a bit."
7 -- "Whew. It seems to have died down some. I can get on with the video."
8 -- "Arrgh! It's back in full force! Please, someone help me because my ear is on fire! Stop talking about me!!"
9 -- "The pain. It's indescribable. I'm in hell!"
10 -- "For God's sake, somebody HELP ME!"
11 -- "They're going to use my ear as kindling! My fate is a cruel one!"
12 -- "Thank God I was saved at the last minute when this common garden hose appeared and quenched the flames! Almost as if it could think! What a crazy way to get into Framed!"