Sunday, January 11, 2015

Song Of The Week: 1/11/15

Song: "Just One" (acoustic)

Artist: Hoobastank

Album: "Is This The Day"

Year: 2010

"Just One" is a pretty straight forward song. It appears to be about getting that one chance and taking that oppurtunity without hesitation or regret. The vocalist knows what he wants and he is going to go all in for it. This version of "Just One" is an acoustic rendition of the song that came on the Japan only release "Is This The Day". The original version of the song can be found on the Hoobastank album "The Reason". Hoobastank formed as a band back in 1994, hailing from California. After years of playing gigs together, the band self-released their first album, "They Sure Don't Make Basketball Shorts Like They Used To" in 1998. In 2000, the band was signed to Island Records. Hoobastank did have an album, "Forward", ready for release but the label did not like the direction of that material so the album was shelved. Some tracks from that album would be re-worked and re-recorded for their major label debut, "Hoobastank", which was released in 2001. Thanks in part to the singles "Crawling In The Dark", "Running Away" and "Remember Me", their self-titled debut reached #25 on the Billboard 200 charts and #1 on the Billboard Heatseeker chart. In 2003, the band released "The Reason" featuring the singles "Out Of Control", "Same Direction" and "The Reason". This album reached #1 on the U.S. and World Modern Rock charts. "The Reason" became the band's biggest single and the album was the band's most successful, reaching #3 on the Billboard 200 charts. 2006 saw the band release "Every Man For Himself". This album debuted at #12 and spawned the singles "If I Were You", "Inside Of You" and "Born To Lead". Though not as successful as their previous album, "Every Man For Himself" was certified gold in the U.S. In 2009, Hoobastank released "For(N)ever" featuring the singles "My Turn", "The Letter" and "So Close, So Far". Later in 2009, the band released a greatest hits compilation, "The Greatest Hits: Don't Touch My Moustache" and a live album which was exclusive to Itunes, "Live At The Wiltern". In 2010, after playing some acoustic shows in Japan, Hoobastank went into a recording studio to re-record some of their classic songs in stripped down, acoustic versions. These recordings made up the album "Is This The Day" which was only released in Japan. The last full length studio album by Hoobastank was released in 2012. The album was called "Fight Or Flight" and featured the singles "This Is Gonna Hurt", "Can You Save Me" and "Incomplete". In 2014, to celebrate having two million "likes" on their Facebook page, Hoobastank released the song "Sing What You Can't Say". Currently, while there has been no word as to whether Hoobastank are recording new material or not, I would assume that a new album by them will probably come in the not so distant future as they usually take 3 or 4 years between releases. Hoobastank are often compared to Incubus in style. Both bands played together often as they were from neighboring California cities. Hoobastank front man Doug Robb and Incubus front man Brandon Boyd have similar vocal styles plus both bands were signed to Island Records. While Incubus incorporated a DJ into their sound, Hoobastank was much more straight forward mainstream rock. Hard to believe Hoobastank has been around for 20 years now!! Their success speaks for itself as the band has sold more than 10 million albums world wide.

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