Gin Blossoms Interview
By: Cara Carriveau
Fueled by mega-hits including “Hey Jealousy,” “Found Out About You” and “Til I Hear It From You,” Gin Blossoms completed the classic crossover from college-circuit heroes to multi-platinum album sellers.
The band’s hometown following in Tempe, Arizona grew quickly as the band earned a great reputation as a live act. Readers of the Phoenix New Times chose them as the city’s best rock band qualifying them to play at the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas in March, 1989. Later that year, College Music Journal dubbed them the “Best Unsigned Band in America” and invited them to play MTV’s New Music Awards in New York City.
Major label interest quickly followed …their initial releases on A&M Records included Up and Crumbling in 1991 and the multi-platinum selling New Miserable Experience in 1992 featuring the single, “Hey Jealousy” which peaked at #25 on the Billboard Hot 100. Four more singles followed … “Mrs. Rita,” “Found Out About You,” “Allison Road” and “Until I Fall Away.” With NME having sold nearly 3 million copies in the US alone, the Gin Blossoms became a band to be reckoned with.
Congratulations I’m Sorry, which was released in 1996, was the Blossom’s final original album of the decade bringing them two more hits … “Follow You Down” which spent ten weeks in the Top Ten and “As Long As It Matters” which earned the group a Grammy nomination for “Best Performance by a Duo or Group.” The album debuted in Billboard’s Top Ten and a year of touring helped put the record past 1,500,000 units sold.
The group then took a lengthy hiatus before embarking on an eighty-date US tour in 2002 and then releasing a new album, Major Lodge Victory in 2006.
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