10 Things You Didn't Know About Maroon 5
|James and Adam on MTV after the premiere of "One More Night."|
Hardcore fans may know that Adam Levine was once with singer and actress Jessica Simpson or that he grew up and went to school with actor Jake Gyllenhaal. But do they know these next 10 things about the guys of Maroon 5?
1 . Adam Levine wrote "Nothing Lasts Forever" in a shower
It was one lonely evening in a shower at a hotel in BOSTON... that Maroon 5 front man wrote the hook for "Nothing Lasts Forever", and what would soon become Kanye's choice of chorus on his hit "Heard 'Em Say." After embarking on a 5 year venture through North America on tour in support of Maroon 5's sleeper hit Songs About Jane, Levine wrote and recorded some demos for a Jane follow-up. "Nothing Lasts Forever" ended up becoming a masterful power ballad on 2007's It Won't Be Soon Before Long, but not before it was used as the hook to Mr. West's "Heard 'Em Say" from his album Late Registration.
2. Ryan Dusick left due to an arm injury... AND was un-enthused by his record label
If you didn't know Maroon 5's first drummer was actually Los Angeles native Ryan Dusick, than you're probably not a hardcore fan. It's okay. Dusick was in Kara's Flowers prior to the insane success Maroon 5 had in 2002 and on. However, after being in the band for years and years on end, on a cold, dark day in September of 2006, Ryan decided to leave the band. For good. But why? He told press the next month that it was because of an arm injury in his left shoulder from playing baseball. But some sources say that the former drummer left due to his label, A&M at the time, not giving him the proper pay check. Uninterested in being in the band, new coming drummer Matt Flynn replaced him that year.
3. Adam Levine was a writers assistant for the show Judging Amy
In the late 1990's, Levine wasn't known quite yet for his brilliant lyricism and artistry just yet. He was actually a writer's assistant for the crew for the show Judging Amy. And no it wasn't for NBC. It was for CBS, actually. For the record, the show flopped in 2005.
4. Jane's name is not Jane?
While many believe that Maroon 5's successful debut release Songs About Jane was named after a girl named Jane, according to most (including Adam himself) carry on the thresh hold rumor that the girl's name was not actually Jane. Those who disagree may believe the album's name was inspired by Jane Herman, Adam's ex-girlfriend in which the songs on the record were intently written about. Except "Harder to Breathe", but we'll get to that later.
5. "Get Back In My Life" was actually dubbed "Stay Out of My Life"
You may already know this fact if you are indeed a hardcore "Marooner" but you know that groovy funk track on Maroon 5's third album, Hands All Over titled "Get Back in My Life"? Originally it was titled "Stay Out of My Life." In an exclusive behind-the-scenes look of the recording process of HAO in Switzerland from Rolling Stone, you can clearly hear singer Adam Levine state that the song's title was "Stay Out..." However, in a later Rolling Stone magazine interview, Jesse Carmichael said the name's change occurred after the band decided to have a more positive overall feel for the album. We agree, Jesse. But I still wonder what "Stay Out of My Life" would've sounded like. More aggressive, maybe?
6. "Harder to Breathe" is not about girls
As the album title suggests, many of the songs on it are about Jane, who is lead singer Adam Levine's ex-girlfriend. "Harder to Breathe", however, is not about Jane. It's about their record label, and how they put pressure on the band to make certain songs and put a record out. Levine thought the label was smothering them.
7. Overexposed had a "no guest vocalists" contract but MONEY changed that
You know that one tune "Payphone" featuring that ghastly bridge verse from rapper Wiz Khalifa? Well in the beginning, Maroon 5's 2012 album Overexposed was under a "no guest vocalist policy" in late 2011 according to A&M. However, earlier that next year, Khalifa was offered by producer Benny Blanco to guest on "Payphone", but first had to find loop holes and break rules to make it happen. The song saw an insane amount of success becoming one of the top selling hits of 2012 and broke first-week sales records. What do ya know.
8. Jesse Carmichael has a solo project
Again, if you're a bigtime Maroon 5 fanatic, you may know that keyboardist and co-founder Jesse Carmichael has a music project of his own. But let's start from the beginning. In March 2012, Carmichael addressed that he would be taking a temporary vacation from the band to pursue his passion for "spiritual healing" and to later pursue a solo project. In the summer of 2012, he founded indie pop act 1863 where he has released several demos, EP's with former members of Oasis and Phantom Planet, and a Christmas song. It's pretty rad. Jesse said he was to return to the band after touring in support of Overexposed was finished. So where is he?
9. James Valentine quit his band Square to play guitar in Maroon 5
It was a night in downtown Los Angeles where Maroon 5 played an intimate show for L.A. locals and where James Valentine eventually was swept away from his band to pursue a career with Maroon 5. Valentine, originally in the jazz fusion band Square, was opening for Maroon 5 at a nightclub one night and Levine and Dusick ended up stealing James from his own band. Literally. There's more to the story than what we already know. Wish we knew.
10. Maroon 5 would've made it big with a song called... "HJ Train"
Ok... not really the complete truth. But in 2007, the band recorded a skit with close friend Jonah Hill about making a song inappropriately titled... "HJ Train". Yes. A song about hand jobs and hookers. You can listen to it below.