Blue is the second studio album by the American rock band Third Eye Blind. Released on November 23, 1999, it is a moodier, darker album than the band's debut. The album debuted at #40 on the US Billboard 200, selling about 75,000 copies in its first week of release.Blue has been certified platinum by the RIAA, selling over 1.25 million copies in the U.S.
During the band's tour shortly after the release of Blue, Kevin Cadogan was released from the band on January 25, 2000.Tony Fredianelli, who had some limited experience with the band previously, joined the band shortly thereafter. Cadogan subsequently sued Third Eye Blind for breach of contract, with a settlement of an undisclosed amount permanently ending the relationship.
A second pressing of Blue was released which placed "Slow Motion" as the last song on the album. It was originally track 11, between "Farther" and "Darkness".
"Slow Motion" was originally released with only the chorus, due to concerns about its lyrical content. Soon thereafter, Elektra Records re-released Blue with an instrumental version. However, the full version of the song was released everywhere outside of the States and found its way around the Internet, and people began to request the song at many of the band's live shows. In the summer of 2006, Rhino Records released the compilation A Collection, which features the full version of the song, with all lyrics included. The vinyl version also has the uncensored song.
After the fadeout of "Slow Motion", there is about 12 minutes of silence, and then a hidden track, an extended coda of "The Red Summer Sun". The hidden track is not included on the 2nd pressing, however a portion of the silence is intact.