"I believe in the sand beneath my toes. The beach gives a feeling, an earthy feeling. I believe in the faith that grows. And the four right chords can make me cry."
Third Eye Blind is a commercially successful Alternative Rock
band that emerged during the late 1990s (though, as the article says, "Alternative Rock" certainly wasn't the "alternative" at the time). Their story begins with the release of their Self-Titled Album
in 1997. The band catapulted to fame on the back of the album's two big-hit singles: "Semi-Charmed Life", a wildly upbeat and extremely catchy
song about a man suffering from a crystal meth addiction, and the powerful anti-suicide ballad "Jumper".
Not content with being a one-album band
, Third Eye Blind followed up their success with Blue
in 2000. While the darker
and more experimental Blue
sold quite a few copies, its success couldn't be compared to their first album's and it met with a far colder reception from critics. What's worse, soon after the album was released, guitarist Kevin Cadogan (who co-wrote most of the songs with singer Stephan Jenkins) was suddenly fired, replaced, and allegedly denied royalties for the work he helped create. Cadogan sued, of course, and the debacle ended with a settlement in 2002. Nevertheless, the band continued.
In 2003, they released Out of the Vein
. While one might be inclined to think that this album was all about drugs (given that the band was famous for "Semi-Charmed Life"), this self-described New Sound Album
mostly contained one Breakup Song
after another that dealt with the end of Jenkins' relationship with Charlize Theron
. Partly because their record label was being purchased by a bigger record label at the time, Out of the Vein
sold less than half the number of copies that Blue
The band then went five years without releasing any new material (a Greatest Hits Album
was released in the interim). In 2008, they finally released the politically charged Red Star
EP, consisting of three of the songs off of their next album. The EP's mild success was a sign of things to come for the band, as their next album, Ursa Major
, was a miniature comeback for them. Sadly, after Ursa Major was released, Tony Fredianelli, the guitarist who replaced Cadogan, left and sued the band for denying him credit and royalties that were owed to him. Needless to say, as two of its former guitarists sued the band for similar reasons, many feel that Jenkins (who gets most of the credit for writing the songs) might be something of a Small Name, Big Ego
This band provides examples of:
- Alternative Rock: One of the most famous examples of this from the 1990s.
- Breakup Song: Many of the songs on Out of The Vein. "Crystal Baller", "Can't Get Away" and "Palm Reader" stand out as the songs that most explicitly talk about a break-up.
- Also "How's It Going to Be," from their debut.
- Careful With That Axe: Right after the final verse of "Losing a Whole Year".
- Darker and Edgier: The self-titled album had a catchy ditty about drugs. Blue had a song about the glamorization of murder ("Slow Motion"), a song about a victim of sexual abuse ("Wounded") and a song about teen pregnancy ("10 Days Late").
- Lyrical Dissonance: In some circles, "Semi-Charmed Life" is famous for this.
- Murder Ballad: "Slow Motion", from Blue, tells the story of a teenage murderer whose life story gets turned into a movie.
- The Nineties: You bet!
- Protest Song: A good deal of Ursa Major is about how much the band hated the George W. Bush administration.
- Teen Pregnancy: "10 Days Late"
- Third Eye: They're named after this concept.