HUGE news out of the Third Eye Blind camp this week as they announced they will be going on tour to commemorate the 20th anniversary of their self-titled album. If you’re a close friend/family, follow me on twitter, or work in the office next to me, you know how big of a Third Eye Blind fan I am. Although I think their entire discography has merit, it’s hard to deny their first album is their best. This opinion (fact) is what makes this tweet so god damn special
Third Eye Blind. By Third Eye Blind. In it’s entirety. In concert.
If you’ve never listened to this album:
- I’m sorry
- Stop reading this and listen to it first
When I heard the news yesterday, I stopped what I was listening to (which was tough because four episodes of Second String just came out) and put on this album on repeat. While listening I jotted down some notes and ranked each song on the album. These rankings are based on a ton of different things, but creativity, enjoyability, and lyrics were probably the biggest factors. Let’s get it:
14. I Want You
Generic and decently boring. Honestly feels like they were trying to be deep in this song and it just falls flat. That said just because it’s last on this list doesn’t mean it’s a bad song, it’s just on one of the greatest albums of all time
The most overrated song on this album. It might be because it comes right after Semi-Charmed, but it drags on and is kind of whiny. I feel like if there’s anything I’m gonna get flack for it’s putting Jumper near the bottom of the list
11. Thanks a Lot
One of those songs where the verses are awesome and the chorus just doesn’t quite do it. The falsetto in this song is kind of rough and is keeping it out of the top 10
10. Burning Man
“Life is not to fear, life is to enjoy”
9. God of Wine
Now that I’ve graduated this song’s kind of lost it’s luster (although I guess never having done meth (narc) means there’s a good amount of this album I can’t relate to)
7. How’s it Gonna Be
“I’m only pretty sure / that I can take anymore”
6. Good for You
“Everything is fine / I’m lonely all the time”
Song gets kind of shouty at the end but if we’re being honest with each other that’s kind of my roots.
5. The Background
“Where’s that crazy girl you don’t get drunk on red wine and fight no more”
Story about Jenkins losing his girlfriend. It’s a little unclear whether they broke up or she passed away (probably the latter), but the imagery of him trying to live his life without her is powerful regardless. Killer build too. Song hits hard after the first chorus but feels super natural. Pretty neat stuff
4. Losing a Whole Year
“And I realized that you never heard / one god damn word I ever said”
This album starts with a fucking bang. I’m pretty sure a solid 9 or 10 of these songs are about the same relationship he was in at some point of his life, but this one in particular has some pretty interesting moments.
“I close my eyes / I dream that I’m awake”
I don’t mean to brag but I used to have pretty severe sleep problems. The line “My greatest fear is the sucking sound, and then I know I’ll never get back out” is a perfect description of the hypnagognic reflex.
2. Motorcycle Drive By
“I’ve never been so alone / and I’ve never been so alive”
Definitely the song people say is their favorite when they’re trying to be edgy and acting like Semi-Charmed Life isn’t superior
1. Semi-Charmed Life
“And the four right chords can make me cry”
Not only the best song on this album but maybe one of the greatest songs of all time. My description obviously can’t do it justice so check out this Jenkins quote from Billboard, Mar 15, 1997:
“It’s about a time in my life when it seemed like all of my friends just sort of tapped out on speed. [like the drug, the song is] bright and shiny on the surface, and then it just pulls you down in this lockjawed mess. The music that I wrote for it is not intended to be bright and shiny for bright and shiny’s sake, […] it’s intended to be what the seductiveness of speed is like, represented in music”
You can take out of that whatever you want, but at it’s essence, it’s what makes this song so special. You can hear the cheery melody and the doo-doo-doos, but the second you start to think about what he’s saying, you realize how heart breaking this song actually is. I could probably do a ranking of the top 14 lines from this song. Still when it comes on at a bar you can just appreciate it for how fun and upbeat it is.
Disagree with me? Let me know. The only thing I like more than talking about Third Eye Blind is being right about my opinion on Third Eye Blind.