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At least one feminist group tried to ban this song, believing that it encouraged violence toward woman. The ploy failed when the band explained that it was about emotional, rather than physical confrontation, and dealt with female on male mental harm, not the other way around. Lead singer Rob Thomas has said that this is evident to anyone who listens to the lyrics and not just the chorus. (thanks, Liam - London, England)
Thomas wrote this about a high school girlfriend who vengefully broke up with him by giving his clothes to charity. Thomas didn't have money to buy new clothes, so local bands helped him out by giving him T-shirts and other items. Over the next few months, he wore a lot of band T-shirts.
This was their first hit, but not their first single. They first released "Long Day," which got some airplay and helped open the door for "Push."
The album was out for a year before this was released as a single. Yourself Or Someone Like You
got noticed gradually and stayed on the charts for about 2 years while the band released more singles from it like "3 AM" and "Real World." It also got a boost in 1999 when Rob Thomas wrote and sang on Santana's hit "Smooth
." By 2000, the album had sold over 10 million copies, giving it the rare designation of "Diamond Album."
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