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“Kryptonite” by 3 Doors Down

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    “Kryptonite” by 3 Doors Down (official video) is a hard rock song.

    Song Title: Kryptonite (official video)
    Artist: 3 Doors Down
    Album: The Better Life
    Genre: hard rock, modern rock, post-grunge, alternative rock
    Composer: Copyright © music: Brad Arnold, Matt Roberts, Todd Harrell; lyrics Brad Arnold
    Lead Vocals: Brad Arnold
    Lead Guitar: Matt Roberts, Chris Henderson
    Rhythm Guitar: Matt Roberts, Chris Henderson
    Bass: Todd Harrell
    Drums: Brad Arnold
    Director: Dean Karr
    Producer: Paul Ebersold
    Recorded: Ardent Studios, Memphis, Tennessee (recorded by Paul Ebersold and Matt Martone)
    Released: January 17, 2000
    Label: Republic/Universal
    Number of listens: 34860
    Current rank: 55 (updated weekly)
    Highest rank: 10 (play the video all the way through to register a vote for this song)

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    Summary quotation from Wikipedia:

    “Kryptonite” is a song by the American rock band 3 Doors Down. It was originally released as a demo for local play by 97.9 WCPR-FM in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Composition and Inspiration

    The song was written by drummer/vocalist Brad Arnold in a mathematics class when he was fifteen, and was one of the first songs he ever wrote.

    In terms of the song’s meaning Arnold has said

    “That song seems like it’s really just kind of like asking a question. It’s question is kind of a strange one. It’s not just asking, “If I fall down, will you be there for me?” Because it’s easy to be there for someone when they’re down. But it’s not always easy to be there for somebody when they’re doing good. And that’s the question it’s asking. It’s like, “If I go crazy, will you still call me Superman?” It’s asking, “If I’m down, will you still be there for me?” But at the same time, “If I’m alive and well, will you be there holding my hand?” That’s kind of asking, “If I’m doing good, will you be there for me? Will you not be jealous of me?” That’s the basic question that song’s asking, and maybe throughout the years of singing that song, I might have come up with more meanings for it than it actually might have originally had.”
Release and reception

    After the song’s release, it began to garner significant radio play. This allowed it to reach its high position in the charts and give 3 Doors Down their breakthrough hit. As a result of the popularity of the single, along with the fame of the other less known singles, The Better Life went on to sell over six million copies. The song still remains 3 Doors Down’s best known song to this day, and many fans consider it to be their signature song. The song plays during the freestyle of Superman monster truck at Monster Jam events.

    In September 2009, “Kryptonite” was included on the setlist for the music video game Guitar Hero 5. Users on the Guitar Hero website have voted the song as the most popular from the game’s main setlist. It was also released as downloadable content for Rock Band.

Music video

    Directed by Dean Karr, the music video presents an old man who was a big time action hero on TV. The scene cuts between the band hanging around on the roof of the apartments where the old man lives, spying on a man harassing a woman. When the man drags her away, the old man dons his trusty suit and follows. In between shots of the old hero chasing the bad guy and failing to protect himself against a group of goths, the band is shown playing in a club with several other elderly people dressed as caricatures of comic villains. The video comes to a close when the old man dives through the skylight and catches the bad guy off guard, possibly knocking him out by falling on top of him. The video ends with the old man smiling, giving a thumbs up to the camera.

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music news

    Todd Harrell, bassist for 3 Doors Down, was arrested July 19, 2012, for DUI in D’Iberville, Mississippi (southern Mississippi).
    Police Chief Wayne Payne said in a news release that Todd harrell was pulled over after 7 a.m. on Thursday, July 19, 2012, after failing to stop at an intersection and colliding with a silver Toyota pickup truck driven by Darryl Thibodeaus of Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Thibodeaux was taken to Ocean Sprigns Hospital for back and neck pain, but was quickly treated and released. Todd Harrell was driving a black Cadillac.
    Chief Payne said Todd Harrell was charged with DUI-other and not wearing a seatbelt. DUI-other indicates being under the influence of any controlled substance other than alcohol.
    The bassist was released on $1,000 bond after an appearance before a judge. According to D’Iberville police captain Clay Jones, Todd Harrell consented to a blood test after police suspected that the bassist was high on some sort of drug..
    Todd Harrell (bass), Matt Roberts (guitar), and Brad Arnold (lead singer) formed the band 3 Doors Down in Escatawpa, Mississippi, in 1996. Matt Roberts left the band on May 24, 2012 with health problems. According to the official band website statement, Matt Roberts has problems with blood circulation and other health issues.

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