How's It Going to Be
|"How's It Going to Be"|
|Single by Third Eye Blind|
|from the album Third Eye Blind|
|Released||November 18, 1997|
|Third Eye Blind singles chronology|
"How's It Going to Be" is a song by the American rock band Third Eye Blind, featured on their 1997 self-titled album. The B-side is a non-album track entitled "Horror Show", written by guitarist Kevin Cadogan and vocalist Stephan Jenkins. According to Jenkins, the song deals with the trauma of the ending of a relationship and how the transition from friends to acquaintances is a brutal one. It is one of a few songs by the band to feature an autoharp.
Released as a single, "How's It Going to Be" reached number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States, to become the band's third top 10 single, following "Semi-Charmed Life" and "Jumper". In the UK, the single peaked at number 51.
The band performed the song during their appearance on Saturday Night Live in April 1998.
In an interview with Stephan Jenkins published in Billboard in 1998, he explained:
The song’s inspiration came about when Third Eye guitarist Kevin Cadogan was tinkering around with an autoharp, ‘which is a vintage-sounding instrument that you can’t really play without it having a sort of nostalgic sound to it. That inspired this emotional condition in me,’ Jenkins says. That condition surrounds the idea of lost love, of realizing that there may come a despairing day when the two meet and no longer know each other. ‘I think we all feel violated when we find that a relationship actually has time limits, that it’s not unconditional. That’s the thing that aches in people,’ he explains. ‘That’s something everybody can relate to, even when you know you have no business being with this person anymore.’
The song's music video was directed by Nigel Dick. In the video, the band members are in a car parked on a city street. On the opposite sidewalk, they spot a woman carrying many items (implied as an ex-girlfriend) enter a nearby building and immediately bring their instruments inside. They follow her to her office. As the band performs in front of the office, the woman hides behind a divider as another employee calls building security.
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||9|
|U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks||5|
|U.S. Billboard Adult Top 40 Tracks||5|
|U.S. Billboard Mainstream Top 40||14|
End of year charts
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||11|
- "Meaning of How's It Going to Be". stephanjenkins.com.
- Whitburn, Joel. The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th ed., Billboard Publications, Inc. 1996. ISBN 0-8230-7632-6
- Third Eye Blind Finds Another Audience Connection With Latest Crossover Cut. Billboard.
- "Billboard Top 100 - 1998". Retrieved 2010-08-28.