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Yourself or Someone Like You

Yourself or Someone Like You is the debut studio album by American rock band Matchbox 20, released in 1996.

Yourself or Someone Like You
Studio album by
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. "3AM"
    Released: November 23, 1997
  4. "Real World"
    Released: June 23, 1998
  5. "Back 2 Good"
    Released: October 6, 1998
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic
Christgau's Consumer Guide
The Rolling Stone Album Guide

Contents

The album features a sound similar to traditional rock and post-grunge. The album features themes of adolescence, adultery, loneliness, domestic violence, psychological abuse, humiliation, depression, anger, and alcoholism.

According to Rob Thomas, the album's title was originally to be Woodshed Diaries. However, that changed when Thomas and Paul Doucette were at a woman's musical performance at Café Largo when the singer said "this song is for you, or someone like you". They loved the phrase so much that they insisted on changing the album's title, despite the fact that 3,500 copies of the album with the original title had already been made. Their labels agreed, however the name change resulted in the album's release being delayed.

The album sold a mere 610 copies in its first week, but eventually went on to sell several million copies in the United States. Yourself or Someone Like You became one of the few albums to achieve the prestigious Diamond certification, 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.

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 20 by claiming he had first seen the album photo within two years of the litigation. Torres died of heart failure in 2016 at the age of 73.

All tracks are 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)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
Australian limited edition bonus CD
No.TitleLength
1."Girl Like That"(live)3:57
2."Kody"(live)4:01
3."Damn"(live)3:32
4."Mercy, Mercy Me"(live)3:01
5."Push"(acoustic)4:12
6."3AM"(acoustic)3:56

Adapted credits from the liner notes of Yourself or Someone Like You.

Matchbox 20

Additional musicians

  • Matt Serletic – keyboards, percussion
  • Elizabeth Burkhardt – bassoon and woodwind leader on "Back 2 Good"
  • Amy Porter – flute on "Back 2 Good"
  • Yvonne Powers – oboe on "Back 2 Good"
  • Ted Gurch – clarinet on "Back 2 Good"
  • Douglas Smith – bass clarinet on "Back 2 Good"

Production

  • Matt Serletic – producer, mixing engineer
  • Jeff Tomei – engineer
  • Travis McGehee - engineer/mixing engineer
  • John Nielsen – assistant engineer
  • Greg Archilla – mixing engineer
  • Malcolm Springer – assistant mixing engineer
  • Stephen Marcussenmastering 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

Weekly charts

Chart (1996–1998) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA) 1
Canadian Albums (Billboard) 11
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100) 50
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100) 21
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ) 3
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade) 46
UK Albums (OCC) 50
US Billboard 200 5

Year-end charts

Chart (1997) Position
Australian Albums (ARIA) 40
US Billboard 200 22
Chart (1998) Position
Australian Albums (ARIA) 1
US Billboard 200 6
Chart (1999) Position
Australian Albums (ARIA) 54
US Billboard 200 87

Decade-end charts

Chart (1990–1999) Position
US Billboard 200 28

Country Providers Certification Sales or
Shipments
Australia ARIA 10× Platinum 700,000
Canada CRIA 8× Platinum 800,000
New Zealand RMNZ 5× Platinum 75,000
United Kingdom BPI Gold 100,000
United States RIAA Diamond 12,000,000
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Yourself or Someone Like You
Yourself or Someone Like You Language Watch Edit Yourself or Someone Like You is the debut studio album by American rock band Matchbox 20 released in 1996 Yourself or Someone Like YouStudio album by Matchbox 20ReleasedOctober 1 1996 1 RecordedJune 1996StudioTriclops Recording Atlanta GeorgiaGenreAlternative rockpost grungeLength46 43LabelMelismaLavaAtlanticProducerMatt SerleticMatchbox 20 chronologyYourself or Someone Like You 1996 Mad Season 2000 Singles from Yourself or Someone Like You Long Day Released October 8 1996 Push Released May 27 1997 3AM Released November 23 1997 Real World Released June 23 1998 Back 2 Good Released October 6 1998Professional ratingsReview scoresSourceRatingAllMusic 2 Christgau s Consumer Guide 3 The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4 Contents 1 Composition and Release 2 Artwork lawsuit 3 Track listing 4 Personnel 5 Charts 5 1 Weekly charts 5 2 Year end charts 5 3 Decade end charts 6 Certifications 7 See also 8 Notes 9 ReferencesComposition and Release EditThe album features a sound similar to traditional rock and post grunge 5 The album features themes of adolescence adultery loneliness domestic violence psychological abuse humiliation depression anger and alcoholism According to Rob Thomas the album s title was originally to be Woodshed Diaries However that changed when Thomas and Paul Doucette were at a woman s musical performance at Cafe Largo when the singer said this song is for you or someone like you They loved the phrase so much that they insisted on changing the album s title despite the fact that 3 500 copies of the album with the original title had already been made Their labels agreed however the name change resulted in the album s release being delayed 6 The album sold a mere 610 copies in its first week but eventually went on to sell several million copies in the United States Yourself or Someone Like You became one of the few albums to achieve the prestigious Diamond certification 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 7 Artwork lawsuit EditIn 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 20 by claiming he had first seen the album photo within two years of the litigation 8 Torres died of heart failure in 2016 at the age of 73 9 Track listing EditAll tracks are written by Rob Thomas except where noted No TitleLength1 Real World 3 502 Long Day 3 453 3AM writers John Leslie Goff John Joseph Stanley Thomas Brian Yale 3 464 Push writers Matt Serletic Thomas 3 595 Girl Like That 3 456 Back 2 Good writers Serletic Thomas 5 407 Damn 3 208 Argue 2 589 Kody 4 0310 Busted 4 1511 Shame 3 3512 Hang 3 47Total length 46 43Australian limited edition bonus CDNo TitleLength1 Girl Like That live 3 572 Kody live 4 013 Damn live 3 324 Mercy Mercy Me live 3 015 Push acoustic 4 126 3AM acoustic 3 56Personnel EditAdapted credits from the liner notes of Yourself or Someone Like You 10 Matchbox 20 Rob Thomas lead vocals acoustic guitar on Hang Kyle Cook lead guitar backing vocals co lead vocals on Hang Adam Gaynor rhythm guitar backing vocals Brian Yale bass Paul Doucette drums Additional musicians Matt Serletic keyboards percussion Elizabeth Burkhardt bassoon and woodwind leader on Back 2 Good Amy Porter flute on Back 2 Good Yvonne Powers oboe on Back 2 Good Ted Gurch clarinet on Back 2 Good Douglas Smith bass clarinet on Back 2 Good Production Matt Serletic producer mixing engineer Jeff Tomei engineer Travis McGehee engineer mixing engineer John Nielsen 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 photoCharts EditWeekly charts Edit Chart 1996 1998 Peak positionAustralian Albums ARIA 11 1Canadian Albums Billboard 12 11Dutch Albums Album Top 100 13 50German Albums Offizielle Top 100 14 21New Zealand Albums RMNZ 15 3Swiss Albums Schweizer Hitparade 16 46UK Albums OCC 17 50US Billboard 200 18 5 Year end charts Edit Chart 1997 PositionAustralian Albums ARIA 19 40US Billboard 200 20 22Chart 1998 PositionAustralian Albums ARIA 21 1US Billboard 200 22 6Chart 1999 PositionAustralian Albums ARIA 23 54US Billboard 200 24 87Decade end charts Edit Chart 1990 1999 PositionUS Billboard 200 25 28Certifications EditCountry Providers Certification Sales or ShipmentsAustralia ARIA 10 Platinum 26 700 000 27 Canada CRIA 8 Platinum 28 800 000 27 New Zealand RMNZ 5 Platinum 29 75 000 27 United Kingdom BPI Gold 30 100 000 27 United States RIAA Diamond 31 12 000 000 31 See also EditList of best selling albums in the United StatesNotes EditReferences Edit https music avclub com rob thomas reflects on matchbox twenty s debut album 20 1798250451 Erlewine Stephen Thomas Yourself or Someone Like You Matchbox Twenty AllMusic Retrieved April 5 2012 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 Harris Keith 2004 Matchbox Twenty In Brackett Nathan Hoard Christian eds The New Rolling Stone Album Guide 4th ed Simon amp Schuster p 519 ISBN 0 7432 0169 8 Matchbox Twenty Biography Discography Awards AllMusic Retrieved May 29 2021 https www youtube com watch v uPkLcsDoxCk Bio Matchbox Twenty Retrieved 2011 12 03 Matchbox Twenty sued over album cover Archived from the original on 2005 05 27 https www reddenfuneralhome net book of memories 2370250 Torres Frank obituary php Yourself or Someone Like You liner notes Matchbox 20 Lava 1996 CD 92721 CS1 maint others in cite AV media notes link Australiancharts com Matchbox 20 Yourself or Someone Like You Hung Medien Retrieved September 2 2020 Matchbox Twenty Chart History Canadian Albums Billboard Retrieved September 2 2020 Dutchcharts nl Matchbox 20 Yourself or Someone Like You in Dutch Hung Medien Retrieved September 2 2020 Offiziellecharts de Matchbox 20 Yourself or Someone Like You in German GfK Entertainment Charts Retrieved September 2 2020 Charts nz Matchbox 20 Yourself or Someone Like You Hung Medien Retrieved September 2 2020 Swisscharts com Matchbox 20 Yourself or Someone Like You Hung Medien Retrieved September 2 2020 Official Albums Chart Top 100 Official Charts Company Retrieved September 2 2020 Matchbox Twenty Chart History Billboard 200 Billboard Retrieved September 2 2020 ARIA Top 100 Albums for 1997 Australian Recording Industry Association Retrieved April 11 2021 Top Billboard 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