Song of the Day #72: ‘Found Out About You’ – Gin Blossoms

This song would have fit very well in my theme week on my courtship with my wife. It and the album on which it appeared (New Miserable Experience) were in frequent rotation on my car stereo the summer of 1993.

I know a group that has just one great song is called a one-hit wonder, but what about a group with just one great album? New Miserable Experience is best remembered for this song and another hit, ‘Hey Jealousy,’ but it was strong from start to finish. And it holds up quite well today. That early 90s alterna-pop sound (see also: Toad the Wet Sprocket) was a good one, and is dated only in the literal sense.

This is the ultimate broken-hearted high school kid song, told from the point of view of a cuckolded adolescent.

The months roll past the love that you struck dead
Did you love me only in my head?
Things you said and did to me
Seemed to come so easily
The love I thought I’d won you give for free
Whispers at the bus stop
I heard about nights out in the school yard
I found out about you

And I love the final verse, achingly evocative of the sort of self-abuse a lovesick teen wallows in.

Street lights blink on through the car window
I get the time too often on AM radio
You know it’s all I think about
I write your name drive past your house
Your boyfriend’s over I watch your light go out

5 thoughts on “Song of the Day #72: ‘Found Out About You’ – Gin Blossoms

  1. Amy says:

    lol…. I had to call Daniel and Maddie to check this video out. “Why are you watching a Naruto video?” and “Someone is obsessed with Sasuke” are a couple of the comments that ring out. I can’t tell you how many songs we’ve been downloading from iTunes the past couple of months due to YouTube videos such as this one. Pehaps next they’ll be asking if we can get “Found Out about You.”

    I must say that I like the sound of the song much more than I thought I would based on the lyrics you shared. A reminder why it’s the marriage of the music and the words that ultimately matters. “Whispers at the bus stop” will likely be playing on a loop in my head all morning (or at least until the kids start playing the next round of YouTube fan videos celebrating Naruto or TDI — can’t tell you how their uncle’s cool cred has just gone up).

  2. Clay says:

    Well, please don’t tell them I have no idea who Naruto or TDI are! I have stumbled on a lot of anime videos in looking for clips for the blog, but I assumed they were all generated and appreciated overseas. Shows how un-cool I am, I suppose. 🙂

  3. Amy says:

    Uh oh. Maddie just read your confession from over my shoulder. She wants to reassure you – “It’s okay; I didn’t know them for a while either. You’re still the cooliest uncle.” (of course, she’s not yet 13, so “a while” has a whole different context)

  4. Dana says:

    Nice song, but I disagree that it isn’t dated. This a pretty distinctly 90’s sound. But, hey, I’m so uncool that I have never heard of this group or their songs at all:)

  5. Clay says:

    That’s what I meant by dated in only the literal sense… you can tell when it was written and recorded, but that’s not a bad thing.

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