Third Eye Blind (album)

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Third Eye Blind
Third eye blind self titled.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 8, 1997
Recorded1995–1996 at various studios in San Francisco, US
GenreAlternative rock, post-grunge, power pop
ProducerEric Valentine, Stephan Jenkins
Third Eye Blind chronology
Third Eye Blind
Singles from Third Eye Blind
  1. "Semi-Charmed Life"
    Released: June 1997
  2. "Graduate"
    Released: August 1997
  3. "How's It Going to Be"
    Released: November 1997
  4. "Losing a Whole Year"
    Released: March 1998
  5. "Jumper"
    Released: August 1998

Third Eye Blind is the debut studio album by American rock band Third Eye Blind, released on April 8, 1997. The album spawned five singles, including the top ten chart hits "Semi-Charmed Life", "Jumper", and "How's It Going to Be".


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Consumer Guide(neither)[2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[3]
Entertainment WeeklyB[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[5]

While Third Eye Blind only peaked at #25 on the Billboard 200, it spent 106 weeks on the chart.[6] Three singles from the album charted in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100: "Semi-Charmed Life", "Jumper", and "How's It Going to Be".[6] It is the group's best-selling album, having been certified 6× Platinum by the RIAA.[7]


There are variations of the cover art. The first US issue of Third Eye Blind, approximately 500,000 copies, featured a gold-tinted cover photograph by photographer Christine Alicino, with a dark red band logo. The colors were then reverted (as seen above). UK and other Continental European nations continued offering the gold edition, and Japan had a cyan, negative photo cover.[8] The 20th Anniversary Edition of the album features a black version of the cover.[9]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Stephan Jenkins and Kevin Cadogan, except where noted.

1."Losing a Whole Year"3:21
3."Semi-Charmed Life" (writer: Jenkins)4:29
4."Jumper" (writer: Jenkins)4:33
6."How's It Going to Be"4:14
7."Thanks a Lot"4:58
8."Burning Man"3:00
9."Good for You"3:52
11."I Want You" (writer: Jenkins)4:29
12."The Background"4:57
13."Motorcycle Drive By" (writer: Jenkins)4:23
14."God of Wine"5:18
Total length:57:40


Third Eye Blind

  • Kevin Cadogan – lead guitar (tracks 1-14); backing vocals (tracks 1,3,4,5,6,10); autoharp (track 6)
  • Brad Hargreaves – drums (tracks 3–5, 7–10, 12, 14)
  • Stephan Jenkins – lead vocals (all tracks); percussion (tracks 1, 4–5, 11, 13–14); brushes (track 3); guitar (3–4, 7, 11); programming (tracks 3, 13); keyboard arrangements (tracks 4, 7, 11, 14); drums (tracks 11, 13); acoustic guitar (track 13)
  • Arion Salazar – bass guitar (tracks 1–10, 12–14); backing vocals (tracks 2, 4–6, 9–10, 13); piano (track 4)

Additional musicians

  • Michael Urbano – drums (tracks 1–2, 6, 13)
  • Eric Valentine – programming (tracks 3, 11, 13); piano (tracks 7, 14); guitar (track 11); keyboards (track 11)
  • Ari Gorman – cello (track 6)


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Third Eye Blind – Third Eye Blind". AllMusic. Retrieved December 1, 2015.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000). "Third Eye Blind: Third Eye Blind". Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s. St. Martin's Press. ISBN 0-312-24560-2. Retrieved December 1, 2015.
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2009). "Third Eye Blind". The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-199-72636-1. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  4. ^ Grad, David (April 25, 1997). "Third Eye Blind". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 1, 2015.
  5. ^ Moon, Tom (2004). "Third Eye Blind". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. p. 810. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  6. ^ a b Trust, Gary, Alex Vitoulis, et al. "Reba McEntire Nets Second No. 1 On Billboard 200". August 28, 2009.
  7. ^ "Gold and Platinum Database Search". Retrieved 2009-06-18.
  8. ^ "Third Eye Blind". Retrieved on 12-12-08.
  9. ^ "Third Eye Blind - Self-Titled - 20th Anniversary Edition -IN STOCK - Third Eye Blind". Retrieved on 10-29-17.

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