New Miserable Experience
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|New Miserable Experience|
|Studio album by Gin Blossoms|
|Released||August 4, 1992|
|Genre||Power pop, jangle pop, alternative rock|
|Gin Blossoms chronology|
|Singles from New Miserable Experience|
New Miserable Experience is the breakthrough album by rock band Gin Blossoms, released on August 4, 1992. The album was released to little fanfare and relatively lackluster reviews. However, nearly a year after its release the lead single, "Hey Jealousy", entered the top 40, with "Found Out About You" following a few months later. The album eventually reached multi-platinum status.
The band's guitarist, Doug Hopkins, was fired near the conclusion of the recording sessions for the album, ostensibly for his persistent alcohol problems. His replacement, Scott Johnson, is listed as a member of the band in the liner notes, but did not play on the album. Just as the album was becoming a success at the end of 1993, Hopkins committed suicide.
New Miserable Experience's initial release had completely different packaging. The album's original cover artwork depicted the Arizona desert. Songs on the album, such as "Mrs. Rita", a song about a local psychic from the Gin Blossoms' hometown of Tempe, Arizona, were also written with references to the area, people and events surrounding the band at the time. The majority of the songs rely on a melody-driven pop style while the final track, "Cheatin'", leans into country music. The album was re-released in late summer 1993, in conjunction with A&M's newfound support of the album. To celebrate the album's tenth anniversary, a deluxe edition containing an extra disc of demos, outtakes and live performances was released by the label in 2002.
- "Lost Horizons" (Doug Hopkins) – 3:20
- "Hey Jealousy" (Hopkins) – 3:56
- "Mrs. Rita" (Jim Swafford, Jesse Valenzuela) – 4:25
- "Until I Fall Away" (Valenzuela, Robin Wilson) – 3:51
- "Hold Me Down" (Hopkins, Wilson) – 4:50
- "Cajun Song" (Valenzuela) – 2:56
- "Hands Are Tied" (Valenzuela) – 3:17
- "Found Out About You" (Hopkins) – 3:53
- "Allison Road" (Wilson) – 3:18
- "29" (Valenzuela) – 4:18
- "Pieces of the Night" (Hopkins) – 4:33
- "Cheatin'" (Hopkins, Valenzuela) – 3:25
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
|The Village Voice||C+|
Album - Billboard (North America)
|The Billboard 200||30|
Singles - Billboard (North America)
|1993||"Hey Jealousy"||Mainstream Rock Tracks||4|
|The Billboard Hot 100||25|
|Top 40 Mainstream||20|
|"Found Out About You"||Mainstream Rock Tracks||5|
|Modern Rock Tracks||1|
|The Billboard Hot 100||25|
|Top 40 Mainstream||6|
|"Mrs. Rita"||Mainstream Rock Tracks||36|
|1994||"Until I Fall Away"||Adult Contemporary||23|
|Mainstream Rock Tracks||40|
|Modern Rock Tracks||13|
|Top 40 Mainstream||13|
|"Allison Road"||Mainstream Rock Tracks||20|
|Modern Rock Tracks||39|
|1995||"Found Out About You"||Adult Top 40||38|
- Robin Wilson - lead vocals, acoustic guitar
- Doug Hopkins - guitars (uncredited)
- Jesse Valenzuela - guitars, mandolin, background vocals
- Bill Leen - bass guitar
- Phillip Rhodes - percussion, drums
- Robert Becker - piano on "Until I Fall Away" and "Pieces of the Night"
- C. J. Chenier - accordion on "Cajun Song"
- Robby Turner - pedal steel guitar on "Cheatin'" and "Cajun Song"
- Producers: Gin Blossoms, John Hampton
- Engineer: John Hampton
- Assistant Engineer: James "Left Of" Senter
- Mixing: John Hampton
- Mastering: George Marino
- Art direction: Barrie Goshko
- Design: Barrie Goshko
- Photography: Jay Blakesberg, Robin Wilson
- Crew: Jim Coleman, Scott Guess, Mike Chappell
- Recorded at: Ardent Studios (Memphis, TN), except: Allison Road and Mrs. Rita, recorded at: AB Recorders (Phoenix, AZ) By: Andy Barret
Original 1992 release:
- Art direction and design: Rowan Moore
- Photography: Dennis Keeley
- Radiator: Kelly Ray
- Wood, James (January 8, 2013). "Interview: Gin Blossoms’ Jesse Valenzuela Discusses the Band’s Plans for 2013". Guitar World. Retrieved May 17, 2016.
- Allmusic review
- Chicago Tribune review
- "Gin Blossoms: New Miserable Experience : Music Reviews (Unfinished review)". Rolling Stone: 146. December 23, 1993. Archived from the original on December 23, 2007. Retrieved July 27, 2013.
- Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 332. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
- Christgau, Robert (November 29, 1994). "Turkey Shoot". The Village Voice (New York). Retrieved September 23, 2015.