third eye blind -- classic or dud

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well they're less nauseating than matchbox 20! at least they have that going for them.
-- latebloomer, September 25th, 2004

{resets bar, low. replaces blood-encrusted handkerchief over wheelchair-bound man's face. brief tableaux. exeunt.}

DUD! There was actually a lively debate about how terrible 3EB were on the pavement list once. Whatever happened to the 3EB/Eddie Vedder rivalry that was playing out on VH1? FWIW, what happened to Pearl Jam?

blackmail.is.my.life (blackmail.is.my.life), Saturday, 25 September 2004 12:40 (fifteen years ago) link

I'm not really a fan, but "Semi-Charmed Life" was a deservedly monstrous hit, and has a place in my heart for being of the misleadingly-catchy-melodies- masking-desperately-misanthropic-lyrics school of songwriting. Any band that can get lyrics like "She comes 'round and she goes down on me" and "Those little red panties, they pass the test" on the radio is OK by me.

Tantrum The Cat (Tantrum The Cat), Saturday, 25 September 2004 13:11 (fifteen years ago) link

I dunno, those lyrics seem pretty tame to me.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 25 September 2004 13:18 (fifteen years ago) link

Dudududududud. It contains just about everything you really can't like about music. And worst of all, it's so damn catchy that you can't really tell if you're singing along ironically or liking it for real.

strom (strom), Saturday, 25 September 2004 13:24 (fifteen years ago) link

I'm talking about Semi-Charmed Life of course. Jesus... there are two Third Eye Blind threads on the internet at the same time?

strom (strom), Saturday, 25 September 2004 13:43 (fifteen years ago) link

I dunno, those lyrics seem pretty tame to me.

They are, but they're kinda subsersive in the context of the song (which is essentially an ode to being strung out on crystal meth).

Tantrum The Cat (Tantrum The Cat), Saturday, 25 September 2004 13:45 (fifteen years ago) link

SEX AND DRUGS ON THE RADIO OMG WTF

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 25 September 2004 13:47 (fifteen years ago) link

(Sorry.)

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 25 September 2004 13:47 (fifteen years ago) link

Play nice, Ned. (Also, when are you coming to Toronto?)

Tantrum The Cat (Tantrum The Cat), Saturday, 25 September 2004 13:49 (fifteen years ago) link

If I can swing it, Veteran's Day weekend. But that's not a guarantee by any means.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 25 September 2004 13:50 (fifteen years ago) link

They are, but they're kinda subsersive in the context of the song (which is essentially an ode to being strung out on crystal meth).

-- Tantrum The Cat, September 25th, 2004.

especially when the song fashions itself as either a judgement or a self-aggrandizing "it-could-have-been-me" ode, which makes it UberDud. it's like an Ur text for duds. of course, it's also the gist of the American remake of Traffic.

no low spark for me.

blackmail.is.my.life (blackmail.is.my.life), Saturday, 25 September 2004 13:51 (fifteen years ago) link

I just wrote and erased a long bile-filled post about "How's It Gonna Be?" and how anybody who defends that track deserves to be blah-blah-blah.

Clearly it's opposite day.

manthony m1cc1o (Anthony Miccio), Saturday, 25 September 2004 13:56 (fifteen years ago) link

especially when the song fashions itself as either a judgement or a self-aggrandizing "it-could-have-been-me" ode, which makes it UberDud. it's like an Ur text for duds. of course, it's also the gist of the American remake of Traffic.

I never thought the song was particularly judgemental either way. I haven't seen either version of Traffic so I can't comment on that.

Also:

SEX AND DRUGS ON THE RADIO OMG WTF

It's too bad there's already TV On The Radio (who are awesome), because Sex And Drugs On The Radio is a face-rockingly good band name.

Tantrum The Cat (Tantrum The Cat), Saturday, 25 September 2004 13:57 (fifteen years ago) link

At first I thought he meant Steve Winwood's old band Traffic.

sundar subramanian (sundar), Saturday, 25 September 2004 16:26 (fifteen years ago) link

At first I thought he meant Steve Winwood's old band Traffic.
-- sundar subramanian, September 25th, 2004

don't give steven s0d3rb3rgh any "new" ideas!

blackmail.is.my.life (blackmail.is.my.life), Saturday, 25 September 2004 16:37 (fifteen years ago) link

seven months pass...
"jumper" is a great little oasis song!

cindy williams permafrost (Jody Beth Rosen), Tuesday, 17 May 2005 10:54 (fifteen years ago) link

The song "Graduate" off of their debut is fulla hooks.

Brooker Buckingham (Brooker B), Tuesday, 17 May 2005 13:46 (fifteen years ago) link

I love "How's It Gonna Be" and "Can't Let You Go" and can't work myself into a lather about everything else (and I doubt anyone else does either).

Jim Derogatis' interview/dis of Stephen Jenkins is one of the meanest, most self-serving pieces of journalism I've read in recent years.

Alfred Soto (Alfred Soto), Tuesday, 17 May 2005 14:10 (fifteen years ago) link

Semi-Charmed Life, Never Let You Go, Jumper, How's it Gonna Be: CLASSIC. Graduate is pretty good too. I don't remember the rest.

sleep (sleep), Tuesday, 17 May 2005 16:27 (fifteen years ago) link

I picked up their album while it was new and completely loved it. For a week, anyway....

(dud....)

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Tuesday, 17 May 2005 17:07 (fifteen years ago) link

Six years or so removed from a time when I actually loved Third Eye Blind and listened to them daily, I took a listen to Blue (second album) today. And I can't really find anything I don't like about it....it's quite good. Someone above mentioned how it's hard not to get caught up in the visceral (albeit entirely tame) production values, singing, and playing. Completely OTM.

Not classic.......but still seems to hit me on a level most rock music fails to reach.

PB, Sunday, 29 May 2005 02:06 (fifteen years ago) link

three years pass...

dont they have a new album coming out?
always had a spot for them

Kevin Keller, Thursday, 13 November 2008 07:03 (eleven years ago) link

yes and it's called "Ursa Major", speaking of Superdrag

sonderangerbot, Thursday, 13 November 2008 12:53 (eleven years ago) link

ha, the single

cutty, Saturday, 22 November 2008 03:30 (eleven years ago) link

four months pass...

I can't stand the affected English accent but when "Semi-Charmed" or "How's It Going to Be" come on the radio I'm glad. I'm gonna pull a Nostradamus and predict that late 90s alt-grunge-make-out-rock ballads like the aforementioned "How's It Going to Be" or the Goo Goo Doll's "Iris" will eventually become the "Don't Stop Believin'" are-we-being-ironic-or-not-i-dunno anthems of a future generation.

Cunga, Saturday, 28 March 2009 05:01 (eleven years ago) link

I couldn't never get past my impression of Jenkins as a sleazy perv. 'Semi-Charmed' just confirmed all my suspicions to a catchy beat and as a band they just give me a mental block. my first thought is always "Erg! Yuk!"

VegemiteGrrrl, Saturday, 28 March 2009 05:12 (eleven years ago) link

I don't think the aforementioned songs (which I really like) are the right combo of ridiculous+good to become are-we-being-ironic classics.

'I Want It That Way' has already earned a place in that canon though.

iatee, Saturday, 28 March 2009 05:16 (eleven years ago) link

I'm sure there are some others. That might be a good thread idea.

iatee, Saturday, 28 March 2009 05:16 (eleven years ago) link

"How's It Going to Be" probably not, but I easily see a song as well known and over the top as "Iris" as taking a spot up there some day (the epic cheese factor for some 90s songs has yet to fully set in - we're still hearing it with somewhat fresh ears i.e. 1997 wasn't too long ago for many). And you should start the thread, would be fun to think about.

Cunga, Saturday, 28 March 2009 05:29 (eleven years ago) link

Yeah, maybe Iris. And 3eb are ridiculous...just not ridiculous in the right way. I'll make the thread.

iatee, Saturday, 28 March 2009 05:36 (eleven years ago) link

undeniably classic. first album is completely unfuckwithable, love songs here and there thereafter as well.

knive k (k3vin k.), Saturday, 28 March 2009 17:20 (eleven years ago) link

four months pass...

this guy's pop culture references are always so uncomfortable and awkward

yet i still think this band is great, didn't like them first time around in the 90s, now their nostalgia factor is pretty ridiculous

cutty, Thursday, 13 August 2009 01:24 (ten years ago) link

yeah those singles have aged well imo, "Graduate" is the shit

nutsih the clown (some dude), Thursday, 13 August 2009 03:44 (ten years ago) link

New album isn't out yet, is it?

we make rub' dongs from 4" to 6" (k3vin k.), Thursday, 13 August 2009 05:24 (ten years ago) link

it's not out, but it's good and i don't know why

cutty, Sunday, 16 August 2009 11:52 (ten years ago) link

yeah it's leaked, im really excited to listen to it

pr que (k3vin k.), Sunday, 16 August 2009 13:12 (ten years ago) link

one year passes...

i'm just sayin

i'm imagin harmony notes

and they're right

<3

some droopy HOOS in makeup (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Monday, 18 October 2010 08:32 (nine years ago) link

seven months pass...

dud

my downeaster ilxor (Neanderthal), Thursday, 9 June 2011 02:55 (nine years ago) link

when did Matt Damon join?

The Edge of Gloryhole (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 9 June 2011 02:57 (nine years ago) link

"I just joined a shitty alternapop band. Howdya like THEM apples?"

my downeaster ilxor (Neanderthal), Thursday, 9 June 2011 02:58 (nine years ago) link

lol

the fey bloggers are onto the zagat tweets (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 9 June 2011 02:58 (nine years ago) link

I've always wanted to start a Third Eye Blind tribute band called Third Nostril Anosmic. maybe now's a good time?

gtforia estfufan (unregistered), Thursday, 9 June 2011 03:00 (nine years ago) link

with hit single "Misplacing a Whole 6 Months"?

my downeaster ilxor (Neanderthal), Thursday, 9 June 2011 03:02 (nine years ago) link

song should really have been titled "Losing a Whole 3-½ Minutes" out of sympathy for its listeners.

gtforia estfufan (unregistered), Thursday, 9 June 2011 03:04 (nine years ago) link

f u

positive rapper (k3vin k.), Thursday, 9 June 2011 03:05 (nine years ago) link

two years pass...

John Vanderslice with wisdom. The trick: it's not so much the song as a key member of the band.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 25 June 2013 16:17 (seven years ago) link

That was a fun read.

Shock G Mo Collier (Spottie_Ottie_Dope), Tuesday, 25 June 2013 16:41 (seven years ago) link

yeah that was awesome. exactly how i picture jenkins lol

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Tuesday, 25 June 2013 16:48 (seven years ago) link

this is also one of the more insane-o fandoms i've ever semi-engaged with

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Tuesday, 25 June 2013 16:49 (seven years ago) link

kinda feel like the “new” members are finally completely comfortable with the material, approx 10 years after joining the band. taking back sunday have experienced an almost identical upgrade in live performance over the past three years

apparently... billy corgan is on the new record?

american bradass (BradNelson), Thursday, 25 July 2019 18:34 (eleven months ago) link

Corgan is their "musical consigliere".

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Thursday, 25 July 2019 19:23 (eleven months ago) link

two months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9krdFaC1WE

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 4 October 2019 14:12 (nine months ago) link

i love the new album even though there is an ill-advised trap song on it

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 11 October 2019 14:58 (eight months ago) link

“tropic scorpio” an instant classic

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 11 October 2019 15:03 (eight months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bUrlwtbT68

a perfect third eye blind song

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 18 October 2019 11:51 (eight months ago) link

yeah that seems like the standout after one listen through.

lol @ 2XTigers

de-mamba mentality (Spottie), Friday, 18 October 2019 15:47 (eight months ago) link

i also really love "got so high" and "turn me on" and despite/because of the goofy-ass lyrics, "ways"

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 18 October 2019 15:49 (eight months ago) link

tropic scorpio through light it up is a good run

de-mamba mentality (Spottie), Friday, 18 October 2019 16:03 (eight months ago) link

this is better than expected.

DT, Friday, 18 October 2019 23:52 (eight months ago) link

eight months pass...

A masterpiece.

I’m not pandering, I’m just aware of my sources.

Music is foundational to my life. Though I am infused with Joy Division and Bon Iver and such, the headwaters of the music that flows through me, all of it, finds its source in Black brilliance.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 22 June 2020 23:03 (two weeks ago) link

lol hoo boy

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Monday, 22 June 2020 23:08 (two weeks ago) link


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