[Madonna] said, ‘Okay, I’ll see you guys tomorrow. And you, stay’—or ‘Why don’t you stick around for a little bit?’ It could have been for a cup of coffee, but you know exactly what she was talking about. I said, ‘Look, you know I can’t stay. I’ve got a show at Madison Square Garden tomorrow that I’m nervous as hell about. I’m going to bed.’ If I’d have been single I would’ve been like, ‘Sure,’ but the girl I was dating at the time I was crazy about—and she happened to be Madonna and Freddy [DeMann’s] assistant at [Candlebox’s label, Maverick Records]…. The other assistant who was there was looking at me like, What are you doing? It was very strange. It’s very Italian, like a ‘You don’t tell Tony Soprano no’ sort of thing. What? I do.
Candlebox singer Kevin Martin on the time label boss Madonna tried to seduce him, from Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge
It’s kind of funny because we were probably one of the most Seattle Seattle bands around. Pete, Scotty and myself were all born and raised in Seattle. Kevin moved to Seattle when he was like in 10th grade, and that must have been a good five years before Nirvana formed. We were supposed to have been from L.A. and moved up to Seattle to cash in—that was the kind of shit-talking I’d hear second- or third-hand.
from my interview with Candlebox bassist Bard Martin
We got a ton of shit for being on Madonna’s label. Everybody thinks that you sleep with her. She had just released her Sex book. It’s like, “Did you fuck her?” We didn’t meet Madonna until a year and half after we signed. No one had sex with her.
from my interview with Candlebox singer Kevin Martin