Throwback Thursday: 20th Anniversary of Third Eye Blind album
Twenty years ago this month, rock band Third Eye Blind released their self-titled album and the music world hasn’t been the same since.
Third Eye Blind hit the shelves on April 8th, 1997, quickly rising to vast success in terms of albums sold and chart performance. Five songs from the album (“Losing a Whole Year”, “Semi-Charmed Life”, “Jumper”, “Graduate”, and “How It’s Going to Be”) would later be released as singles and took on lives of their own.
This album was truly ‘90s alternative rock at its best.
As a musician myself, I believe “Semi-Charmed Life” is one of the best sing-along songs you can know how to play on guitar. While the verses of the song may be fast and difficult to understand, everyone can join together for to sing, “do, do, do, do-da-do-do”. Ironically, the upbeat nature of the song disguises the casual listener to the reality that “Semi-Charmed Life” is about a crystal meth addict.
Likewise, “Jumper” tackles a difficult subject (suicide) but makes the song enjoyable with a catchy chorus. However, the chorus is far from the best part of “Jumper”. That would be the guitar solo. I love how this section builds up, starting with the bass line, fading in with the solo riff and gradually adding louder chords until the song explodes with energy as singer Stephan Jenkins screams “Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!”.
Sidenote: Third Eye Blind is featured often in pop-culture, but fans of “Jumper” must see this clip from the 2008 movie Yes Man starring Jim Carrey:
Finally, “How It’s Going to Be” is another song frequently mentioned as one of Third Eye Blind’s songs.
This song takes a much more mellow approach compared to the other singles from the Third Eye Blind album, but what it lacks in energy, it makes up in beauty. The main guitar riff is contagious and “How It’s Going to Be” as a whole is perfect for any chill playlist.
Thankfully, we children of the ‘90s will make sure that the ‘90s rock embodied by Third Eye Blind will not fade anytime soon.