For more than two decades, Gin Blossoms has defined the sound of jangle pop. From its late '80s start as Arizona's top indie rock outfit, the Tempe-based combo has drawn critical applause and massive popular success for its trademark brand of chiming guitars, introspective lyricism, and irresistible melodies. Gin Blossoms soon unfurled a chain of crossover favorites spanning five different formats, from "Hey Jealousy" and "Until I Fall Away" to "Follow You Down" and the Grammy-nominated "As Long As It Matters," earning the band sales in excess of 10 million in the United States alone.
Gin Blossoms made its recorded debut in 1989 with "Dusted." The album – released on the influential Arizona indie label San Jacinto Records—highlighted guitarist Jesse Valenzuela and singer/guitarist Robin Wilson nascent knack for preternaturally catchy hooks and vigorous musicianship. It wasn't long before the majors came calling with A&M Records, ultimately the lucky label to get Gin Blossoms' signature on a contract.
Gin Blossoms self-recorded the 1991 release "Up and Crumbling" EP and got right to work on its major label debut. The band hit Memphis' legendary Ardent Studio to record with equally famed producer/engineer John Hampton (The Replacements, Alex Chilton, The Cramps), armed with such now-classic tunes as "Until I Fall Away," "Allison Road," "Hey Jealousy" and "Found Out About You."
Regarded as one of the era's milestone works, "New Miserable Experience" earned critical acclaim upon its 1992 arrival before exploding into the popular consciousness. "Hey Jealousy" was one of 1993's essential singles, ruling the top 5 at Mainstream Rock radio before ascending to the top 25 on Billboard's Hot 100. The following year saw "Found Out About You" reach equivalent height on the Hot 100, while also eclipsing its predecessor by reaching the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks tally.
Gin Blossoms toured hard as its members wrote their next album, scoring still another smash in the meantime with "Til I Hear It From You," the first single from A&M's "Empire Records: The Soundtrack." "Til I Hear It From You" confirmed Gin Blossoms as surefire soundtrack favorites and its songs were soon featured on the RIAA gold and/or platinum-certified companion albums to such blockbusters as "Speed" and "Wayne's World 2."
In 2006, Gin Blossoms released the long-awaited fourth album "Major Lodge Victory." Rave reviews followed, as did a top 10 Triple A smash in the album's lead single, "Learning The Hard Way." As ever, Gin Blossoms traveled the globe in support of "Major Lodge Victory" and beyond, its singular onstage power captured for posterity on 2009's "Gin Blossoms Live In Concert."
"No Chocolate Cake," the band's fifth studio collection and 429 Records debut, proved another popular success upon its 2010 arrival, reaching No. 1 on the Amazon.com sales chart while also earning yet another Hot AC hit with "Miss Disarray."
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