remember the first time you heard the angsty anthem "Push"? you couldn't quite make out all the words, but you could tell this guy had some grit to him. the snarling drawl of Thomas's voice pushed this possible-ode-to-domestic-violence into the charts, and planted the seed of buttrock in our hearts.
warming the world up to his vocal styles by slipping them into a string of highly poppy hits created a craze for the "nyeeeahh" vocals that's still burning strong in the top-40's today. for being a leader, for ushering us bravely into this new frontier, for paving the way for many little Stapps to come, we salute you, Rob Thomas: one of the founding fathers of butt.