This fall we’ve seen freakouts over the 20th anniversary of Nirvana‘s Nevermind, Pearl Jam‘s 20 documentary, the Spin Doctors performing Pocket Full of Kryptonite in its entirety, and the announcement from Matthew Sweet that he’s “celebrating” Girlfriend on tour this fall. But lost in all this is any love/hate/nostalgia for the Counting Crows, who also had one of the top-selling records of the ’90s, the 7x platinum August and Everything After. The band released a live recording and concert DVD of the album at the end of August this year, with little fanfare or anything after.
But don’t fret, Duritz lovers: producer Dawn Golden & Rosy Cross recently recorded the Crows’ “Colorblind,” a song from 1999′s This Desert Life that was featured prominently in the film Cruel Intentions. So what’s the reason for getting behind the Crows? Is there just not enough Crow love these days?
“There really isn’t a good answer for this,” Dawn Golden principle Dexter Tortoriello tells Hive. “When I was a kid I despised that ‘Mr. Jones’ song and really never heard anything else of theirs. ‘Colorblind’ was a track that really surprised me. The lyrics are incredibly poignant, and the composition was simple and pretty.” Tortoriello transforms the rather straight forward rock tune into something haunting while retaining elements of the original melody. “As most of my songs come about, I was sitting in my bedroom playing piano and it just sort of happened,” he says. “I wanted to add an intensity to the song that isn’t really there in the original, which is where the screeching feedback and distorted synthesizers came into play. My main goal is to take the more abrasive elements of music and noise and present them as a means to summon beauty and despair in a way they usually don’t.”