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Album Review

The Gin Blossoms were one of the more truly damned rock & roll bands to grace the pop charts in the early 1990s. The group was founded and spiritually led by singer-guitarist Doug Hopkins, who also wrote the band's best songs; by the time New Miserable Experience marked the band's major-label debut, however, Hopkins had been kicked out (his bandmates had apparently tired of dealing with his alcoholism). Hopkins killed himself shorly after the album's release, and the band subsequently enjoyed the biggest hit of its career with "'Til I Hear It From You" (which, perversely, never appeared on a Gin Blossoms album, but only on the Empire Records soundtrack). The band dropped from sight not long after.

New Miserable Experience remains the best and most representative document of the group's existence, a tight and lean collection of brilliant, edgy pop music. "Hey Jealousy" and "Until I Fall Away" are the two songs that leave the deepest impression — and, appropriately, both became major radio hits — but the crunchy melodicism and lyrical desperation of "Hold Me Down" also leaves an impression. Two dilettantish genre pieces — "Cajun Song" and a country weeper called "Cheatin'" (as in "you can't call it cheatin' 'cause she reminds me of you") — provide the program's two low points, but even those aren't completely without charm. [Released in 2002, a deluxe edition of the album featured an entire disc of bonus material, including live tracks and songs from the band's 1991 EP.]

Customer Reviews

Best Album I Own

I was young when the Gin Blossoms hit the scene big, so don't really remember them, but one day I heard one of their songs on radio. It was weird because I knew almost all of it from hearing it all the time when I was much younger. Now I am in college and I find their songs to still be amazing. I would much rather listen to them than the rap that is abundant now. This album is a non-stop ride. It truly displays what the band can do, with pop hits (Hey jealousy) and then toned down meaningful songs(Until I Fall Away). This is an album you can listen to over and over again, plus the bonus material is great with never before released tracks and the live song. I may be a good few years late in becomming a fan, but the Blossoms are my favorite band and this album is simple amazing. If a 19 year old college kid still likes them, then they must withstand the test of time. Can't wait for their new release in August.


Doug Hopkins was the guitar player.. That's why they "sound the same" :)

Epic Album

This Gin Blossoms album is truly a masterpiece. Doug Hopkins songwriting completely and unapologetically shines a light on his alcoholism and depression in such a fashion as to still make you feel good. It is sad and poetic while maintaining a curious wit. As a side note, Robin Wilson (the lead singer) wrote Allison Road, not Doug. In fact, it was the only song Robin wrote entirely on his own. Doug penned or co-penned only 6 of the 12 songs on the original NME - Lost Horizons, Hey Jealousy, Hold Me Down (w/ Robin Wilson), Found Out About You, Pieces Of The Night and Cheatin' (w/ Valenzuela). Jesse Valenzuela (the other guitar player) also penned or co-penned 6 of the songs.


Formed: 1987 in Tempe, AZ

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

By blending contemporary power pop with elements of the post-grunge era, Gin Blossoms briefly emerged as torchbearers of the lighter side of alternative rock. Bassist Bill Leen and guitarist Doug Hopkins formed the band in 1987 in Tempe, AZ, rounding out the initial lineup with vocalist Jesse Valenzuela, guitarist Richard Taylor, and drummer Chris McCann. The following year saw several personnel shifts as the band struggled to solidify -- McCann was replaced by Dan Henzerling (and, shortly thereafter,...
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