Hey Jealousy

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"Hey Jealousy"
Gin Blossoms - Hey Jealousy.jpg
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, 8" square vinyl
Genre
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)
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.[2]

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".[3] Allmusic staff writer Rick Anderson stated that "'Hey Jealousy' and 'Until I Fall Away' are the two songs that leave the deepest impression".[4]

Cover versions[edit]

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.

Chart positions[edit]

Peak positions[edit]

Year Chart Peak position
1993 Mainstream Rock Tracks 4[5]
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[6] 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" (Hopkins) – 3:34

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Wood, James (January 8, 2013). "Interview: Gin Blossoms' Jesse Valenzuela Discusses the Band's Plans for 2013". Guitar World. Retrieved May 17, 2016. 
  2. ^ Wasoba, Ryan (2009-10-13). "Gin Blossoms "Hey Jealousy"". Crawdaddy! magazine. Retrieved 2010-03-23. 
  3. ^ "Gin Blossoms: New Miserable Experience". Rolling Stone. July 17, 1997. Retrieved April 16, 2010. 
  4. ^ Anderson, Rick. "allmusic ((( New Miserable Experience - Review )))". Allmusic. Retrieved April 22, 2010. 
  5. ^ "allmusic ((( New Miserable Experience > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". Allmusic. Retrieved April 22, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1993". Retrieved 2010-08-27. 

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