Counting Crows rose to fame quickly, with their 1993 debut album selling over 10 million copies worldwide. For their founders Adam Duritz and David Bryson, however, it was a longer road, as they each spent a lot of time in Northern California kicking around with different bands before Counting Crows. In our interview with Adam Duritz
, he says that is what inspired the song: "We spent 10 years in clubs, so I spent a lot of years hanging around Berkeley, not necessarily sure whether I was going anywhere, but having a lot of fun. Being up late, getting drunk, and playing music. I spent a lot of years not really knowing where that was going."