Friday, August 17, 2012
AccuRadio Song Of the Day-Third Eye Blind
Third Eye Blind hit it big with their 1997 debut CD and their debut single Semi-Charmed Life. They had a total of three top ten hits from that album. But long term success was hampered by a financial dispute between the group leaders and they haven't been the same since then. Third Eye Blind is from San Francisco. Lead singer, rhythm guitarist and songwriter Stephan Jenkins has a BA in English Literature from University Of California, Berkeley. His duo Puck and Natty placed a song on the 1992 soundtrack of Beverly Hills 90210. He wanted to form a band and he found a songwriting partner in lead guitarist Kevin Cadogan in 1993. Other members were Arion Salazar on bass and Steve Bowman on drums. Brad Hargreaves replaced Bowman in 1995. After several record companies tried to sign them, Third Eye Blind went with Elektra Records because president Sylvia Rhone let them self produce their music. Their debut CD Third Eye Blind was released in 1997 and Semi-Charmed Life reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. How's It Going To Be and Jumper were also top ten hits. The album sold six million copies. Their second CD Blue still sold a million copies but it didn't have the same impact. Then there was a rift between Jenkins and Cadogan. The band was formed as an equal partnership between the two. When Jenkins tried to launch his own label in 2000 in partnership with Elektra, he insisted on full ownership. Cadogan refused to agree to that and left the band. Third Eye Bilnd took a three year break and Jenkins relaunched them in 2003 with the CD Out Of The Vein. It did OK but then Elektra was absorbed by Atlantic Records and Third Eye Blind was released. They last recorded in 2009 and still tour. You can get all their hits on this comp and I think it's safe to say Third Eye Blind's hitmaking days are over. Kevin Cadogan has released three solo albums. Here's the video for Semi-Charmed Life by Third Eye Blind.