Hey Jealousy

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"Hey Jealousy"
Single by Gin Blossoms
from the album New Miserable Experience
B-side "Cajun Song", "Just South of Nowhere", and "Angels Tonight"
Released June 1993 (1993-06)
Format CD single, cassette single, 7" single
Genre Alternative rock, jangle pop
Length 3:56
Label Fontana, A&M
Writer(s) Doug Hopkins
Producer(s) Gin Blossoms, John Hampton
Gin Blossoms singles chronology
"Mrs. Rita"
(1993)
"Hey Jealousy"
(1993)
"Until I Fall Away"
(1994)
The chiming guitars and dour lyrics of "Hey Jealousy" are emblematic of Doug Hopkins' songwriting

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Guitarist Doug Hopkins wrote "Hey Jealousy". The song became the band's breakthrough hit right after he was ejected from Gin Blossoms.

"Hey Jealousy" is a song by the Gin Blossoms. The song was included in the group's debut album Dusted (1989), and then was re-recorded on their breakthrough 1992 album New Miserable Experience. It was written by lead guitarist Doug Hopkins, who was fired from the band shortly after the recording of the second album. It became their first Billboard Top-40 single in 1993, reaching number 25 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 24 on the UK Singles Chart.

Lyrics[edit]

As one critic notes, the lyrics of the song reflect Hopkins' "constantly self-medicating in the face of depression." However, even though the lyrics' "hopefulness shriveled into empty promise", the performance of the song "is emotionally detached from Hopkins' afflictions" and presents a "sunny soundtrack" for his depression.[1]

The lyrics originally contained the line "you can trust me not to drink", referring to Hopkins' addiction, but this was changed by the band.

Critical reception[edit]

Initially largely unnoticed due to its placement on the unsuccessful Dusted, "Hey Jealousy" enjoyed success upon the release of New Miserable Experience. A review by Rolling Stone called the song "manna for radio", highlighting "the ease with which this quintet casts hooks".[2] Allmusic staff writer Rick Anderson stated that "'Hey Jealousy' and 'Until I Fall Away' are the two songs that leave the deepest impression".[3]

"Hey Jealousy" was used in the Beverly Hills 90210 season 4 episode "Windstruck".

Chart positions[edit]

Peak positions[edit]

Year Chart Peak position
1993 Mainstream Rock Tracks 4[4]
1993 Billboard Hot 100 25
1993 Top 40 Mainstream 20

End of year charts[edit]

End of year chart (1993) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[5] 95

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Hey Jealousy" (Doug Hopkins) – 3:56
  2. "Cajun Song" (Jesse Valenzuela) – 2:56
  3. "Just South of Nowhere" (Valenzuela) – 3:26
  4. "Angels Tonight" (Gin Blossoms) – 3:34

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Ryan Wasoba (2009-10-13). "Gin Blossoms "Hey Jealousy"". Crawdaddy! magazine. Retrieved 2010-03-23. 
  2. ^ "Gin Blossoms: New Miserable Experience". Rolling Stone. July 17, 1997. Retrieved April 16, 2010. 
  3. ^ Anderson, Rick. "allmusic ((( New Miserable Experience - Review )))". Allmusic. Retrieved April 22, 2010. 
  4. ^ "allmusic ((( New Miserable Experience > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". Allmusic. Retrieved April 22, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1993". Retrieved 2010-08-27. 

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