Blinded (song)

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"Blinded"
Single by Third Eye Blind
from the album Out of the Vein
Released 2003
Format CD
Genre Alternative rock
Length 4:22 (Album version)
Label Elektra
Writer(s) Stephan Jenkins
Arion Salazar
Tony Fredianelli
Producer(s) Stephan Jenkins
Third Eye Blind singles chronology
"Deep Inside of You"
(2000)
"Blinded"
(2003)
"Crystal Baller"
(2003)
Audio sample
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For the song by John Miles Band, see John Miles discography.

"Blinded" is a song by alternative rock band Third Eye Blind from their 2003 album, Out of the Vein. It was written by Stephan Jenkins, Arion Salazar, and Tony Fredianelli. The song received positive reviews from music critics and peaked at #17 on the Billboard Pop Songs chart.

Background[edit]

"Blinded" is four minutes and 22 seconds long.[1] It was written by Stephan Jenkins, Arion Salazar, and Tony Fredianelli and was produced by Jenkins.[2]

The protagonist of the song is a man who goes to his ex-lover's apartment and spies on her through the bathroom door, illustrated in lyrics such as "I see you fogging up the mirror / Vapor round your body glistens from the shower."[3]

According to Entertainment Weekly '​s Tom Sinclair, the song seems to reference The Who's "Pinball Wizard".[3]

Release[edit]

"Blinded" was released as a single in April 2003.[4] It was the second track on Third Eye Blind's 2003 album, Out of the Vein, which was released the following month.[1]

The song also appeared on Third Eye Blind's 2006 compilation album, A Collection.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

"Blinded" received positive critical reviews. Billboard '​s Chuck Taylor wrote that the song was "a jangly, pop-rooted rocker that reflects the signature style of the band: lyric-loaded, a big chorus, hearty, organic instrumentation, and more than a smattering of sexual innuendo. Adult top 40 and modern rock should take this baby in and give it a happy home."[2] Billboard '​s Larry Flick thought that the song would "easily stand the test of time."[6] While comparing Out of the Vein to Third Eye Blind's previous work, the Record-Journal '​s Alan Sculley wrote, "Frisky songs like 'Blinded (When I See You)' and 'Crystal Baller' sit comfortably alongside past hits like 'Semi-Charmed Life' and 'Never Let You Go.'"[7]

Chart performance[edit]

"Blinded" was the first single released off of Out of the Vein.[3] It spent 15 weeks on the Billboard Adult Pop Songs chart and peaked at #17 on July 5, 2003. It also peaked at #35 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart and at #34 on the Billboard Pop Songs chart.[8] It was the only single from Out of the Vein to appear on the charts.[9]

Music video[edit]

The song's music video was directed by Stephan Jenkins and features the band members fooling around and performing onstage.[10]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2003)[8] Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Adult Pop Songs 17
U.S. Billboard Alternative Songs 35
U.S. Billboard Pop Songs 34

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Out of the Vein - Third Eye Blind". allmusic.com. Retrieved June 16, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Singles". Billboard. April 26, 2003. p. 39.
  3. ^ a b c Sinclair, Tom. "Out of the Vein Review". ew.com. May 7, 2003. Retrieved June 16, 2012.
  4. ^ "Blinded - Third Eye". allmusic.com. Retrieved June 16, 2012.
  5. ^ "A Collection - Third Eye Blind". allmusic.com. Retrieved June 16, 2012.
  6. ^ "Albums". Billboard. May 24, 2003. p. 34.
  7. ^ Sculley, Alan. "Third Eye Blind takes their sweet time with latest CD". Record-Journal. May 1, 2003.
  8. ^ a b "Blinded - Third Eye Blind". billboard.com. Retrieved June 16, 2012.
  9. ^ "Out of the Vein - Third Eye Blind Awards". allmusic.com. Retrieved June 16, 2012.
  10. ^ "Blinded (When I See You)". mtv.com. June 24, 2003. Retrieved June 16, 2012.