Incubus Celebrates 20 Years of 'Make Yourself'

How the album propelled the band to new heights

October 26, 2019

The year was 1999. Incubus had been together as a band since the early part of the decade and had released two studio albums. Their major label debut S.C.I.E.N.C.E. made some noise, but things were about to go to another level.

When Make Yourself hit store shelves on October 26, fans were re-introduced to a band that had focused their wide range of influences and decided who they wanted to be and separated themselves from a pack of similar-sounding groups.

“It was the first album where we kind of stumbled into our identity as songwriters, I think, for the first time,” frontman Brandon Boyd told RADIO.COM earlier this year. “And it was the first time that a lot of people heard our band.”

The album spawned three hit singles: “Pardon Me,” “Stellar” and “Drive.” In an interview with the Recording Academy, the band recalled the excitement over hearing “Pardon Me” on KROQ for the first time. They were at a small golf course and knew the song was going to be played at a certain time.

“It was an exciting moment. It’s hard to describe,” Boyd said. “I don’t think it was like anything any of us had ever experienced; to hear something that you have put so much time and energy and love and effort into get played to a lot of people, like arguably tens of thousands of people all at that one moment.”

Make Yourself went on to be certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. With the bar set higher, Incubus followed Make Yourself with Morning View in 2001 and entrenched themselves as heavy hitters.

Incubus has been celebrating the 20th anniversary of their 1999 album on tour, and released the new single “Into the Summer” in August. Boyd has promised more new music is on the way.

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