Third Eye Blind (album)

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Third Eye Blind
Third eye blind self titled.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 26, 1997 (1997-03-26)
Recorded1995 – 1996
StudioToast Studios, Skywalker Ranch & H.O.S.
Third Eye Blind chronology
Third Eye Blind
Singles from Third Eye Blind
  1. "Semi-Charmed Life"
    Released: May 10, 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. It was released on March 26, 1997 by Elektra Records. The album spawned five singles, including the top ten chart hits "Semi-Charmed Life", "Jumper", and "How's It Going to Be".


The photo shoot for the album was done by photographer Christine Alicino in December 1996 at San Francisco, and features model Shandra Boatwright.[1] Alicino commented that she was hired to "photograph a young woman with an expressive mouth in my edgy polaroid style".[1] The first US issue of Third Eye Blind, approximately 500,000 copies, featured a gold-tinted cover 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.[2] The 20th Anniversary Edition of the album features a black version of the cover.[3]


In December 2019, a 22 minute documentary short film titled Motorcycle Drive By was announced on Third Eye Blind's Twitter page.[4] The documentary is directed by David Wexler and focuses on the backstory of the song of same name.[5] The documentary was originally planned to premiere on April 17th, 2020 at the 19th Tribeca Film Festival, although the film festival was indefinitely postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[6] The documentary was then released on May 29, 2020 on YouTube as part of the We Are One: A Global Film Festival.[7]


Third Eye Blind performed across the United States alongside Eve 6 on MTV's Campus Invasion tour.[8] The band also performed as an opening act for The Rolling Stones and U2 on their respective tours.[9]


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[10]
Christgau's Consumer Guide(neither)[11]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music5/5 stars[12]
Entertainment WeeklyB[13]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[14]

Critical reception to Third Eye Blind was generally positive. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic described Third Eye Blind as "easy on the ears," stating that "its straight-ahead professionalism makes it a pleasurable listen for post-grungers".[10] David Grad of Entertainment Weekly described the album as "balancing a cheery ear for harmonies with a finely honed sense of despair".[13]

Third Eye Blind was a sleeper hit, entering the Billboard album charts at number 135 and then peaking at number 25 nearly a year after release.[15] The album spent a total of 106 weeks on the chart, and was certified 6x platinum by the RIAA in August 2001.[16][17] As of April 2017, Third Eye Blind has sold over 6 million units in the U.S., selling approximately 84,000 units in its best week.[18][19] The album remains as Third Eye Blind's most successful release, accounting for the plurality of their career sales.[20]

Track listing[edit]

1."Losing a Whole Year"Stephan Jenkins · Kevin Cadogan3:21
2."Narcolepsy"Jenkins · Cadogan3:49
3."Semi-Charmed Life"Jenkins4:29
5."Graduate"Jenkins · Cadogan3:10
6."How's It Going to Be"Jenkins · Cadogan4:14
7."Thanks a Lot"Jenkins · Cadogan4:58
8."Burning Man"Jenkins · Cadogan3:00
9."Good for You"Jenkins · Cadogan3:52
10."London"Jenkins · Cadogan3:07
11."I Want You"Jenkins4:29
12."The Background"Jenkins · Cadogan4:57
13."Motorcycle Drive By"Jenkins4:23
14."God of Wine"Jenkins · Cadogan5:18
Japanese edition bonus track
15."Tattoo of the Sun"Jenkins · Cadogan · Arion Salazar4:16
20th anniversary edition (disc 2)[21]
1."Alright Caroline" (2016 Recording)Jenkins4:50
2."Scattered" (2016 Recording)Jenkins3:17
3."Slow Motion" (Demo)Jenkins4:36
4."Semi-Charmed Life" (Demo)Jenkins4:19
5."Kiss Goodnight" (Demo)Jenkins · Cadogan3:14
6."Scattered" (Demo)Jenkins3:16
7."Heroin" (Demo)Lou Reed4:44
8."Tattoo of the Sun" (2017 Version)Jenkins4:30


Third Eye Blind

  • Kevin Cadogan – lead guitar (tracks 1–14); backing vocals (tracks 1, 3–6, 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)


Chart (1997) Peak
Australian Albums Chart[22] 51
Canadian Albums Chart 34
New Zealand Albums Top 40 20
US Billboard 200[16] 25

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[23] Platinum 100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[24] Gold 7,500^
United States (RIAA)[25] 6× Platinum 6,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


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  5. ^ Martoccio, Angie (March 5, 2020). "Third Eye Blind Documentary to Premiere at 2020 Tribeca Film Festival". Rolling Stone. Retrieved July 9, 2020.
  6. ^ Garvey, Marianne (March 12, 2020). "Tribeca Film Festival postponed due to coronavirus". CNN. Retrieved July 9, 2020.
  7. ^ McNary, Dave (May 26, 2020). "YouTube, Tribeca Unveil Lineup for Free 'We Are One: A Global Film Festival'". Variety. Retrieved July 9, 2020.
  8. ^ "Third Eye Blind, Eve 6 Head Back to School for Campus Invasion Tour". MTV News. September 25, 1998. Retrieved July 9, 2020.
  9. ^ "News Flash: Third Eye Blind Opening for U2, Stones". MTV News. September 19, 1997. Retrieved July 3, 2020.
  10. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Third Eye Blind – Third Eye Blind". AllMusic. Retrieved December 1, 2015.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ Larkin, Colin (2006). "Third Eye Blind". The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19531-373-9.
  13. ^ a b Grad, David (April 25, 1997). "Third Eye Blind". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 1, 2015.
  14. ^ Moon, Tom (2004). "Third Eye Blind". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. p. 810. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  15. ^ "Top 200 Albums | Billboard 200 chart". Billboard.
  16. ^ a b "Third Eye Blind Chart History". Billboard.
  17. ^ "Gold & Platinum". RIAA.
  18. ^ Joffe, Justin (April 7, 2017). "Stephan Jenkins on 'Third Eye Blind' 20 Years Later". Observer. Retrieved June 25, 2020.
  19. ^ "Manson Bids to Be 'Golden' Boy". Billboard. May 24, 2003. p. 10.
  20. ^ Espinoza, Russ (August 17, 2019). "Third Eye Blind Set Fall Tour To Showcase New Album". Forbes. Retrieved July 9, 2020.
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  23. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Third Eye Blind – Third Eye Blind". Music Canada. Retrieved April 9, 2012.
  24. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Third Eye Blind – Third Eye Blind". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved April 9, 2012.
  25. ^ "American album certifications – Third Eye Blind – Third Eye Blind". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved April 9, 2012. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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