Far Behind by Candlebox - Daily Song Facts

Far Behind by Candlebox - Daily Song Facts

  • This was written about Andrew Wood, lead singer of the Seattle group Mother Love Bone, who died of an heroin-overdose in 1990. Other songs inspired by his death are "Would?" by Alice in Chains, "Hey Mr. Lovedog" by Faster Pussycat, and the whole Temple Of The Dog project.
  • Candlebox vocalist Kevin Martin first met Andy Wood when he was working at Seattle's Fluevog shoe store with Susan Silver, who was managing Soundgarden at the time. He recalled to About.com: "Andy used to come in there with band flyers and stuff for shows and concerts. We just got to talking about music ever time he'd pop in. He asked me, 'Are you a singer? What do you do?' I said, 'Well, I'm a singing in this band, doing my thing and whatnot.' He said, 'Man, just do it. There are gonna be haters and people that love you. If you're meant to do it, you're meant to do it. Regardless of what anyone says to you or about you – it's what you're supposed to do.' And I never forgot that. The day he died was incredibly sad – not only for those who were close to him but for the music community of Seattle – for the people that loved what he was doing: Malfunkshun, Mother Love Bone and all these f---ing amazing bands that he was a part of. And his talent was sad to see let go and initially the lyric was, 'Now Andy, I didn't mean to treat you bad.' It was written from the perspective of the drug that destroyed him. When I got in the studio to track that song I changed it to 'Now maybe.' I didn't want it to be so obvious. I think that's why for years people thought it was a love song. Nobody really knew that it was about death and the loss of a friend and fellow musician. So that's how the song was written."
  • It is the group's highest-charting hit, peaking at #18 on the Billboard Hot 100, after spending almost a year on the chart. It also reached #4 and #7, on the Billboard Album Rock Tracks and Modern Rock Tracks charts.
  • The song aired heavily on MTV and was one of the most requested videos of 1994.

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