gin blossoms singles poll

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I didn't include gb 2.0 stuff cause I hadn't heard it, maybe it's good? probably not.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
"Hey Jealousy" 13
"Found Out About You" 8
"Allison Road" 5
"Til I Hear It from You" 2
"Lost Horizons" 1
"Until I Fall Away" 0
"Mrs. Rita" 0
"Follow You Down" 0
"Day Job" 0
"As Long as It Matters" 0
"Not Only Numb" 0


iatee, Monday, 4 October 2010 23:33 (six years ago) Permalink

allison road - 1

iatee, Monday, 4 October 2010 23:34 (six years ago) Permalink

found out about you

hypnopriapism (electricsound), Monday, 4 October 2010 23:35 (six years ago) Permalink

I think I only know three, but I'd be surprised if anything's better than "Found Out About You."

clemenza, Monday, 4 October 2010 23:35 (six years ago) Permalink

"Hey Jealousy", although it is a tough choice. their later singles never did as much for me, but "Found Out About You", "Hey Jealousy", "Until I Fall Away" were all great.

I don't really listen to much of that genre at all, but I remember New Miserable Experience having competent album tracks as well.

it takes a nation of will.i.ams to hold us back (San Te), Monday, 4 October 2010 23:36 (six years ago) Permalink

now you all arem aking me rethink my vote.

it takes a nation of will.i.ams to hold us back (San Te), Monday, 4 October 2010 23:36 (six years ago) Permalink

Allison Road vs. Hey Jealousy tho Mrs. Rita is dope

all yoga attacks are fire based (rogermexico.), Monday, 4 October 2010 23:37 (six years ago) Permalink

These guys should have done the soundtrack song for the owl movie. They're the right kind of sincere.

Mormons come out of the sky and they stand there (Abbbottt), Monday, 4 October 2010 23:37 (six years ago) Permalink

"Hey Jealousy," "Until I Fall Away," and the Marshall Crenshaw-penned "Til I Hear It From You" are really all I need, but they pack more intensity than most of Matthew Sweet's own efforts.

raging hetero lifechill (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 4 October 2010 23:38 (six years ago) Permalink

Lost Horizons.

By the way, all of you should check out their first album "Dusted." Goddammit that album rocks-- though if you've defined this band by "Till I Heard it from You," you'll never believe me.

Lazarus Niles-Burnham (res), Monday, 4 October 2010 23:41 (six years ago) Permalink

My friend's first CD he ever bought was "New Miserable Experience" and his fundie dad made him sell it back to the store because of "Hey Jealousy." He got to "I'm in no shape for driving" and was enraged that the song encouraged drinking. He hadn't even got to the words "sleep around" yet. It was stories like this that made me feel grateful that I was able to slip 90% or so of my music selections past my parents' radar.

Mormons come out of the sky and they stand there (Abbbottt), Monday, 4 October 2010 23:41 (six years ago) Permalink

oh yeah, and there are much better versions of some of the "New Miserable Experience" singles on "Dusted."

Lazarus Niles-Burnham (res), Monday, 4 October 2010 23:42 (six years ago) Permalink

impossible

iatee, Monday, 4 October 2010 23:47 (six years ago) Permalink

okay maybe possible

iatee, Monday, 4 October 2010 23:47 (six years ago) Permalink

I think if I was going to do one of these at karaoke it would be "Found Out About You."

Mormons come out of the sky and they stand there (Abbbottt), Monday, 4 October 2010 23:48 (six years ago) Permalink

Hey Jealousy

No Good, Scrunty-Looking, Narf Herder (Gukbe), Monday, 4 October 2010 23:54 (six years ago) Permalink

because it is there best song to drive around to, and why would you be listening to gin blossoms if you're not driving around

No Good, Scrunty-Looking, Narf Herder (Gukbe), Monday, 4 October 2010 23:54 (six years ago) Permalink

what if you're no shape for driving?

raging hetero lifechill (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 4 October 2010 23:54 (six years ago) Permalink

Hey Jealousy. But these songs have aged so well, I love hearing them all.

kornrulez6969, Tuesday, 5 October 2010 00:01 (six years ago) Permalink

it's crazy that nme came out 18 YEARS ago

iatee, Tuesday, 5 October 2010 00:02 (six years ago) Permalink

These songs were inescapable between '94 and '96.

raging hetero lifechill (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 5 October 2010 00:02 (six years ago) Permalink

okay maybe possible

The songs are faster, less produced, and have the wild abandon of a hungry bar band. Think: the Replacements, mixed with a little of the southwest flavor of the Refreshments

take this example, "Fireworks":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mD1c4oy7zU4

Lazarus Niles-Burnham (res), Tuesday, 5 October 2010 00:03 (six years ago) Permalink

Weren't most of their biggest hits all on the same album? If so, I should get it someday; I remember thinking most of them were likeable at the time, if never quite great. Good chance they'd sound even better to me now. Anyway, "Found Out About You" is the one that immediately came to mind when I saw the thread title, so I'm going with that.

xhuxk, Tuesday, 5 October 2010 00:28 (six years ago) Permalink

Iatee you just made me real sad with the 18 year factoid :(

it takes a nation of will.i.ams to hold us back (San Te), Tuesday, 5 October 2010 00:30 (six years ago) Permalink

somebody who was born the day this came out can VOTE and SMOKE

iatee, Tuesday, 5 October 2010 00:35 (six years ago) Permalink

also you can sleep w/ them

iatee, Tuesday, 5 October 2010 00:35 (six years ago) Permalink

I wonder if children were indeed conceived during a Gin Blossoms record release party

it takes a nation of will.i.ams to hold us back (San Te), Tuesday, 5 October 2010 00:36 (six years ago) Permalink

"Found Out About You"

iatee, Tuesday, 5 October 2010 00:41 (six years ago) Permalink

No one's mentioned the guitarist/songwriter's suicide yet. Songs live or die on their own merits, but that does lurk in the background for me when I think about how "Found Out About You" sounds sort of spooky.

clemenza, Tuesday, 5 October 2010 00:44 (six years ago) Permalink

No one's mentioned the guitarist/songwriter's suicide yet. Songs live or die on their own merits, but that does lurk in the background for me when I think about how "Found Out About You" sounds sort of spooky.

It's worse when you hear "Lost Horizons" because it seems to predict Doug Hopkins' suicide. I really think the world lost an amazing songwriter-- one who was way more edgy and talented than the band's reputation would suggest.


The last horizons I can see
Are filled with bars and factories
And in them all we fight to stay awake

I drink enough of anything
To make this world look new again
Drunk, drunk, drunk in the gardens and the graves

She had nothing left to say
So she said sShe loved me
I stood there grateful for the lie

...

The last horizons I can see
Are now resigned to memories
I never thought I'd still be here today

Lazarus Niles-Burnham (res), Tuesday, 5 October 2010 01:04 (six years ago) Permalink

19th century Romantic poetry!

raging hetero lifechill (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 5 October 2010 01:05 (six years ago) Permalink

Weren't most of their biggest hits all on the same album? If so, I should get it someday; I remember thinking most of them were likeable at the time, if never quite great. Good chance they'd sound even better to me now. Anyway, "Found Out About You" is the one that immediately came to mind when I saw the thread title, so I'm going with that.

― xhuxk, Monday, October 4, 2010 8:28 PM (40 minutes ago) Bookmark

it's kind of commonplace now, but for a while Gin Blossoms were kind of infamous for being maybe the first of those '90s bands whose label put out a "best of" comp after they only had 2 albums, and 7 of the 12 songs from New Miserable Experience are on that best-of.

algernod shiplies (some dude), Tuesday, 5 October 2010 01:15 (six years ago) Permalink

well also they broke up

iatee, Tuesday, 5 October 2010 01:18 (six years ago) Permalink

allison road

hypnosis is the reason some Jewish people backed him → (will), Tuesday, 5 October 2010 01:24 (six years ago) Permalink

had a pretty real bonding experience w/ hey jealousy rather recently so it's got my vote

dynamicinterface, Tuesday, 5 October 2010 01:27 (six years ago) Permalink

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:GinBlossoms_NoChocolateCakeCvr_72.jpg

what a horrible horrible cover

iatee, Tuesday, 5 October 2010 01:34 (six years ago) Permalink

"Found Out About You" is a really great single; I like most of the other songs here too, but "Found Out About You" is in another league, worthy of the Byrds' debut.

Euler, Tuesday, 5 October 2010 01:47 (six years ago) Permalink

Good god that is a horrible album cover. I just checked out their new single "Miss Disarray" on YouTube and unfortunately, it's the mid-tempo adult contemporary Gin Blossoms of Empire Records, not the rocking Gin Blossoms of Dusted and New Miserable Experience.

Lazarus Niles-Burnham (res), Tuesday, 5 October 2010 02:27 (six years ago) Permalink

that album cover and title doesn't even have the excuse of being from the 90s

their previous 00s album cover is okay!

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/0/0f/GinBlossomsMajorLodgecover.jpg

iatee, Tuesday, 5 October 2010 02:34 (six years ago) Permalink

okay not the fontt

iatee, Tuesday, 5 October 2010 02:35 (six years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Tuesday, 5 October 2010 23:01 (six years ago) Permalink

God I want chocolate cake suddenly.

Lazarus Niles-Burnham (res), Wednesday, 6 October 2010 02:31 (six years ago) Permalink

listening to dusten versions on youtube v interesting

iatee, Wednesday, 6 October 2010 02:36 (six years ago) Permalink

dusted

iatee, Wednesday, 6 October 2010 02:36 (six years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0OurHnqWp0

iatee, Wednesday, 6 October 2010 02:38 (six years ago) Permalink

you're right, def hear the replacements in that

iatee, Wednesday, 6 October 2010 02:39 (six years ago) Permalink

found out about you--they really were a different band before/after that dude left

call all destroyer, Wednesday, 6 October 2010 02:54 (six years ago) Permalink

found out about you--they really were a different band before/after that dude left

Same guys, I think-- but they kicked out Doug Hopkins after recording New Miserable Experience (although by many accounts he was uselessly drunk during the sessions). I think the production work on NME made their music sound uncomfortably like maudlin sentimentality instead of the shambolic self-destruction of Dusted, which unfortunately didn't work in the music's favor.

Lazarus Niles-Burnham (res), Wednesday, 6 October 2010 03:39 (six years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Wednesday, 6 October 2010 23:01 (six years ago) Permalink

i can go for that

committee for the removal of eccentric, evil mods (C.R.E.E.M.) (San Te), Wednesday, 6 October 2010 23:46 (six years ago) Permalink

woah the Dusted versions posted upthread are awesome! dunno how I missed them for so long

haven't you people ever heard of theodor a-goddamn-dorno (bernard snowy), Thursday, 7 October 2010 04:21 (six years ago) Permalink

Do any of you GB fans rate The Best Kissers In The World? They came from the same scene, but with a bit more punch and less of that Toad/REM thing going on...

Fartbritz Sootzveti (Steve Shasta), Thursday, 7 October 2010 04:43 (six years ago) Permalink

no love for "Follow You Down" is surprising

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Thursday, 7 October 2010 04:53 (six years ago) Permalink

these Dusted versions - holy Replacements, frealz. Gotta get a copy of this.

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Thursday, 7 October 2010 04:56 (six years ago) Permalink

frealz, this is one of the most overlooked rock albums of the last 20 years

Lazarus Niles-Burnham (res), Thursday, 7 October 2010 05:12 (six years ago) Permalink

no love for "Follow You Down" is surprising

surprising but deserved

billstevejim, Thursday, 7 October 2010 05:37 (six years ago) Permalink

haha okay if we're going to namecheck Mats, Toad and REM I'm going to post the link: Taking Sides: Gin Blossoms vs. Toad The Wet Sprocket

all yoga attacks are fire based (rogermexico.), Thursday, 7 October 2010 06:02 (six years ago) Permalink

I love love love the Best Kissers In The World song "Bleeder" & thought their whole first album was good to very good.

Euler, Thursday, 7 October 2010 13:06 (six years ago) Permalink

Wish I had voted in time to throw my support behind Allison Road. I love that song even though my friend Allison used to play it all the time and be a total dick about it

abbygarnett, Thursday, 7 October 2010 15:05 (six years ago) Permalink

Best Kissers In The World

I haven't heard them, but that name has got to go

Lazarus Niles-Burnham (res), Thursday, 7 October 2010 16:09 (six years ago) Permalink

there should really be an early-90s band names poll

all yoga attacks are fire based (rogermexico.), Thursday, 7 October 2010 17:07 (six years ago) Permalink

it's kind of commonplace now, but for a while Gin Blossoms were kind of infamous for being maybe the first of those '90s bands whose label put out a "best of" comp after they only had 2 albums, and 7 of the 12 songs from New Miserable Experience are on that best-of.

― algernod shiplies (some dude), Monday, October 4, 2010 9:15 PM (3 days ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

well also they broke up

― iatee, Monday, October 4, 2010 9:18 PM (3 days ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

yeah, but my point was an '70s or '80s band that broke up after 2 hit albums wouldn't get a best-of comp a few years later

would've voted for "Follow You Down" if i'd remembered to vote

some dude, Thursday, 7 October 2010 17:40 (six years ago) Permalink

ah yes, the cover of a Greatest Hits album culling songs from Boston's first 4 albums that was released 20 years after their debut really knocks down my point! good job!

some dude, Thursday, 7 October 2010 18:26 (six years ago) Permalink

u got sonned

Lazarus Niles-Burnham (res), Thursday, 7 October 2010 18:31 (six years ago) Permalink

7 years for Tom Scholz was like, 1 for everybody else.....

committee for the removal of eccentric, evil mods (C.R.E.E.M.) (San Te), Thursday, 7 October 2010 18:37 (six years ago) Permalink

i'm not even arguing! just another example of a "greatest hits" that's just the debut album minus a couple of great tracks and plus a bunch of filler to make it look like it's not just the debut album minus a couple of tracks. is all.

all yoga attacks are fire based (rogermexico.), Thursday, 7 October 2010 18:41 (six years ago) Permalink

Closest comparison I can think of is the Fine Young Cannibals best of, but that came out over a decade after the first album

da croupier, Thursday, 7 October 2010 18:42 (six years ago) Permalink

there's also the sort of hilarious way silvertone kept repackaging their exact same stone roses catalog (one album plus singles and b-sides), including as "the very best of the stone roses."

a tenth level which features a single castle (tipsy mothra), Thursday, 7 October 2010 18:49 (six years ago) Permalink

(oh i take it back, the very best has tracks from second coming. i was thinking of the complete stone roses, which didn't. still.)

a tenth level which features a single castle (tipsy mothra), Thursday, 7 October 2010 18:50 (six years ago) Permalink

I actually like the idea of the Gin Blossoms as the American Stone Roses, except one that doesn't suck...

the production is what saviours her (Drugs A. Money), Thursday, 7 October 2010 18:58 (six years ago) Permalink

I think the repackaging of the stone roses catalog had something to do with contractual limitations. They switched record companies (Silvertone to Geffen) between the first and second albums, which is also part of the reason there was such a huge time gap between the two.

Lazarus Niles-Burnham (res), Thursday, 7 October 2010 18:59 (six years ago) Permalink

yep. and while they failed to release a second album, silvertone just kept finding ever more ludicrous way to keep releasing the stuff they had.

a tenth level which features a single castle (tipsy mothra), Thursday, 7 October 2010 19:54 (six years ago) Permalink

I was checking on something and realized that I would have seen these guys in 1993 at KROQ's first Weenie Roast show -- but I have no memory of their set at all. Everyone else, yes, but not them.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 7 October 2010 20:03 (six years ago) Permalink

i'm not even arguing! just another example of a "greatest hits" that's just the debut album minus a couple of great tracks and plus a bunch of filler to make it look like it's not just the debut album minus a couple of tracks. is all.

― all yoga attacks are fire based (rogermexico.), Thursday, October 7, 2010 2:41 PM (1 hour ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

ah ok, gotcha

some dude, Thursday, 7 October 2010 20:07 (six years ago) Permalink

five years pass...

Alison Road is so gorgeous

Comme Si, Kamasi (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, 15 November 2015 23:37 (one year ago) Permalink

Love "Lost Horizons" and "Found Out About You"

bunny slopes, Monday, 16 November 2015 00:29 (one year ago) Permalink

Haven't thought about this band in ages. "Not Only Numb" is tres pretty.

Fetty Wap Is Strong In Here (cryptosicko), Monday, 16 November 2015 05:46 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...

"Not Only Numb" is tres pretty.

― Fetty Wap Is Strong In Here (cryptosicko), Sunday, November 15, 2015 10:46 PM (one year ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

yeah this wouldve got my vote.

Spottie, Monday, 7 August 2017 17:26 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Follow You Down -> Not Only Numb -> As Long As It Matters is a great run

Spottie, Monday, 7 August 2017 17:33 (two weeks ago) Permalink


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