Song of the Day #1,341: ‘Hey Jealousy’ – Gin Blossoms

Best 90s Artists – #2
Gin Blossoms

If I had to pick one album that best captures my musical memory of the 90s, it may well be Gin Blossoms’ New Miserable Experience. Released in 1992, the year I met my wife-to-be, it (along with a few others on this list) formed the soundtrack of that summer and fall.

I’ve written a lot on this blog about the music I listened to during the early 90s, particularly 1992. Those times were so special that the music I happened to have been listening to became special, too.

If I’d met my wife in 2005, I’d probably have the same emotions tied up in Maroon 5’s Song About Jane or whatever other album I listened to with her.

In ’92, that album was New Miserable Experience, and if it sounds to this day like the perfect alternative pop record only because of my personal associations, so be it.

Songs like ‘Found Out About You’ and today’s SOTD are pure sonic pleasure, smoother and sweeter than the grunge records battling them for a spot on the charts. The rest of the album keeps up the pace, too. Recently I was amused to see a Gim Blossoms greatest hits CD in the bargain bin at Best Buy and something like nine of the 12 songs were from this album. Deservedly.

Tell me do you think it’d be all right
If I could just crash here tonight
You can see I’m in no shape for driving
And anyway I’ve got no place to go
And you know it might not be that bad
You were the best I’d ever had
If I hadn’t blown the whole thing years ago
I might not be alone

[Chorus:]
Tomorrow we can drive around this town
And let the cops chase us around
The past is gone but something might be found
To take its place…hey jealousy

And you can trust me not to think
And not to sleep around
If you don’t expect too much from me
You might not be let down
Cause all I really want is to be with you
Feeling like I matter too
If I hadn’t blown the whole thing years ago
I might be here with you

[Chorus x2]

Tell me do you think it’d be all right
If I could just crash here tonight
You can see I’m in no shape for driving
And anyway I’ve got no place to go
And you know it might not be that bad
You were the best I’d ever had
If I hadn’t blown the whole thing years ago
I might not be alone

[Chorus x2]

Hey jealousy
She took my heart
Well there’s only one thing I couldn’t start

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One thought on “Song of the Day #1,341: ‘Hey Jealousy’ – Gin Blossoms

  1. Dana says:

    1992 was obviously special for Amy and me as well:) Yet, as I said earlier, we were clearly both firmly stuck in the 80’s during the 90’s, but with two very notable musical exceptions — REM’s Automatic for the People and Lyle Lovett’s Joshua Judges Ruth.

    Gin Blossoms was completely off my musical radar then and now, though this song sounds vaguely familiar.

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