|Single by Gin Blossoms|
|from the album New Miserable Experience|
|B-side||"Cajun Song", "Just South of Nowhere", and "Angels Tonight"|
|Format||CD single, cassette single, 7" single, 8" square vinyl|
|Producer(s)||Gin Blossoms, John Hampton|
|Gin Blossoms singles chronology|
The chiming guitars and dour lyrics of "Hey Jealousy" are emblematic of Doug Hopkins' songwriting
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"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.
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.
The lyrics originally contained the line "you can trust me not to drink", referring to Hopkins' addiction, but this was changed by the band.
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". Allmusic staff writer Rick Anderson stated that "'Hey Jealousy' and 'Until I Fall Away' are the two songs that leave the deepest impression".
The Ergs! recorded a cover of the song on their 2008 album "Hindsight is 20/20, My Friend," released on Dirtnap Records.
Bowling for Soup recorded a cover of "Hey Jealousy" on their 2016 album Drunk Dynasty.
Australian band Kisschasy recorded a cover of "Hey Jealousy" as a B-Side to their 2005 single Do-Do's & Whoa-Oh's.
|1993||Mainstream Rock Tracks||4|
|1993||Billboard Hot 100||25|
|1993||Top 40 Mainstream||20|
End of year charts
|End of year chart (1993)||Position|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||95|
- "Hey Jealousy" (Doug Hopkins) – 3:56
- "Cajun Song" (Jesse Valenzuela) – 2:56
- "Just South of Nowhere" (Valenzuela) – 3:26
- "Angels Tonight" (Hopkins) – 3:34
- Wood, James (January 8, 2013). "Interview: Gin Blossoms' Jesse Valenzuela Discusses the Band's Plans for 2013". Guitar World. Retrieved May 17, 2016.
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- "Gin Blossoms: New Miserable Experience". Rolling Stone. July 17, 1997. Retrieved April 16, 2010.
- Anderson, Rick. "allmusic ((( New Miserable Experience - Review )))". Allmusic. Retrieved April 22, 2010.
- "allmusic ((( New Miserable Experience > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". Allmusic. Retrieved April 22, 2010.
- "Billboard Top 100 - 1993". Retrieved 2010-08-27.