“Those songs aren’t even about the girls,” he tells me.
“In Anna Begins Anna is a character, but really the song is not about me and her, it’s just about me.
Johnny knew all these people.” When he wasn’t hanging out with Johnny and his famous friends, Duritz was dating some of the most desirable women in Hollywood, including Christina Applegate, Lara Flynn Boyle, Gwen Stefani and Winona Ryder.
He is also possibly the only man alive who can start a sentence with the words: “I dated a couple of girls who were in Friends.” That doesn’t sound like a bad way to spend time, but Duritz claims his reputation as a ladies man is more myth than fact.
“When everybody loves me, I will never be lonely,” he sang on that song.
The reality, as we’ll see, did not quite turn out that way.
Counting Crows, the band Duritz formed in 1989, have sold more than 20 million albums.
We ended up dating, but within weeks realised we had absolutely nothing in common.” What about Christina Applegate?Counting Crows are about to embark on their first British tour in four years.I first saw the band 19 years ago – back then Duritz sported a tangled mass of dreadlocks that seemed to have a life of their own.She also released a Christmas EP the same year, titled Carol of the Bells.In 2013, she released a follow-up album called Sentimental Journey Afterwards, she changed record labels and signed with Mercury Nashville Records in 2014 and finally announced a major label debut album that would breakthrough with 2 hit singles.