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album called "This Desert Life" that entered the Hot 200 chart at #8. The single "Hanginround" was even utilized in equally popular flick "Cruel Intentions" (1999). To support the band's ever expanding sound, they made multi-instrumentalist David Immergluck their official band member that year. Now a seven-piece act, they baked another studio album which was released in 2002 under the title "Hard Candy". The album did not do as well as the first two albums but when a cover of Joni Mitchell's "Big Yellow Taxi" was added in the album, they once again secured the place in the industry as one of most consistent rock bands out there. Their version which was done with Vanessa Carlton as back-up singer, was used in the movie "Two Weeks Notice" and became one of the most acknowledged versions of the song. The cycle was repeated, due to enormous commitment required to be put in the band as impact of market demand, drummer Mize left the band in the middle of the tour to spend more time with his family and pursue his other interest. In January 2003, Jim Bogios who had played for Sheryl Crow got a call from the band to fill in the empty drum position. In November that year their greatest hits collection, "Films About Ghost" was released and they toured along with big acts like Maroon 5 and John Mayer after that, but their biggest achievement was yet to come.
In 2004 Duritz and co. penned a song titled "Accidentally in Love" although the vocalist admitted that writing a love song was a challenge to them. The song became very popular especially after it was used as the soundtrack to the second installment of DreamWorks' high-grossing animation, "Shrek 2". The band received Academy Awards nomination for Best Original Song but lost it to Jorge Drexler who penned "Al otro lado del Rio". The single went on being included in their Greatest Hits re-release. The biggest hit for the band came when co-finder Malley announced that he would like to leave the band. He was consequently replaced by Millard Powers. With the new member, the band began working on a fifth studio album in 2007 with producer Gil Norton. "Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings" was finally released on March 25, 2008, taking the third position of Billboard Hot 200 chart on the first week.
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